World-class dressage stars from seven nations are set to go head to head in an online dressage event.
Fans will have the chance to watch some of the best battle it out in the Rotterdam Hickstead Grand Prix Challenge. The event will be broadcast on 18-19 July, with tests ridden beforehand without a public audience, and will feature live commentary from international judges Stephen Clarke and Mariëtte Sanders-van Gansewinkel.
The event will feature 44 British- and Dutch-based riders from Great Britain, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway. Among the riders taking part are Brits Charlotte Dujardin, Louise Bell, Emile Faurie, and Pammy Hutton, Ireland’s Dane Rawlins, the Netherlands’ Patrick van der Meer and Belgian Olympian Jorinde Verwimp.
“We are looking so much forward to see these riders performing after lockdown. The list includes very experienced riders as well as very promising new talent, it’s a very interesting line-up”, said Ms Sanders.
Mr Clarke added: “At the same time it will be great to be back in our ‘online’ judge huts, although we are still not allowed to give marks.”
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We look forward to the first horses going down the centre line on 1 July
The full list of riders taking part:
Kebie vvan der Heijden
Laurens van Lieren
Patrick van der Meer
Romy van der Schaft
The event can be streamed at www.rotterdamhicksteadgpc.com with starting orders to be announced nearer the time.
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