Picture: Winner of the 2021 Danish Dressage Championships Cathrine Dufour and Atterupgaard’s Cassidy, silver to Nanna Skodborg Merrald and Atterupgaard’s Orthilia and bronze to Daniel Bachmann Andersen and Marshall-Bell.

Helgstrand has been the perfect setting for the Danish Dressage Championships for the past three years, which the Danish Equestrian Federation has just confirmed by granting Helgstrand another three years of hosting the championships. A decision that aligns perfectly with the Global Equestrian Group's increased focus on hosting shows in Denmark as well as in Germany and the US.

It has not been long since Helgstrand's new Head of Event & Partnership, Martin Thorbøll Pedersen, stepped in the door, and one of his first tasks was to ensure another three years of hosting the Danish Dressage Championships at Helgstrand, which is now a reality.

- The great collaboration with the Danish Equestrian federation has been a good starting point for the big visions we have for events at Helgstrand. We have been in dialogue about several shows, and I am pleased to be able to unveil that in addition to the Danish Dressage Championships and the EEF Nations Cup in jumping, we will favour the non-elite with the other shows currently in our pipeline, says Martin Thorbøll Pedersen, Head of Event & Partnership at Helgstrand Dressage.

The venue at Helgstrand provides the perfect setting for national and international competitions alike, and since its establishment, the venue has been expanded yearly in accordance with new ambitions and visions.

- We have many ideas on the drawing board, and our goal is to create the best conditions for good experiences and at the same time to include the non-elite much more. We are working on being able to offer both jumping and dressage competitions at B and C level, which has set in motion a natural rebranding process, as we are now going to run more shows than just Equitour. Therefore, we are looking forward to presenting the new setup soon, Martin Thorbøll Pedersen adds.

The Global Equestrian Group has recently added two more venues to the portfolio, which alongside Helgstrand Academy will be the setting of unique shows across the world.

- We see a great synergy in expanding our business with show activities. And with the acquisitions of Riesenbeck International in Germany and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, US, in addition to Helgstrand Academy, we have developed a setup that favours riders in most of the world. Following two challenging years with COVID, we are really looking forward to seeing you at the showgrounds and feel the atmosphere from the packed stands again, Andreas Helgstrand says.

The dates of the Danish Dressage Championships, which includes the Danish Championships for seniors, U25 and Para Dressage, are yet to be determined, but the show will most likely be at the end of May or in the beginning of June 2022.


Picture: Danish national team who won the Nations Cup (Emil Hallundbæk, Zacha N. Andreasen, Bo K. Møller, Andreas Schou and Konstantin Künnemann).

Equitour is over for now and what a great success! We would like to thank all participants for being a part of our show, we really enjoyed having you all there. We saw lots of great showjumping, some very difficult courses and got to enjoy the Danish National team winning on home ground – this Friday especially was an exciting day as the national teams were very close after the two rounds and ended in a super jump-off!

We would like to thank all of our incredible sponsors and everyone who supported this show.

Next year, we will hopefully be able to invite a lot of spectators, in order for all of you to get a chance to watch the show live.

 

Thanks for now and see you next year!

 


Picture: Jens Fredricson and Markan Cosmopolit.

With great weather we could end this amazing show with a super exciting Grand Prix! The course was complicated and caused some riders problems, and the jump-off finally constituted of 13 riders where only 8 of them had been clear in the first round. In the jump-off Jens Fredricson could demonstrate how much experience he has, and delivered a quick and solid round that resulted in victory with his super gelding Markan Cosmopolit, 10 years old by Cohiba 1198 - Jens this way was the only double clear!

On the second place came Japanese Mike Kawai and 11-year-old As de Mai by Apache d'Adriers, who delivered an incredibly fast round with one unlucky pole down in the jump-off.

Third place went to Stephen Moore with the Danish-bred Albert K by Heartbeat - Stephen and the 12-year-old gelding also had an unlucky pole down in the jump-off.

We would like to congratulate all riders on their super performances. 

Check the full list from the Grand Prix right here.

We would like to thank all our sponsors for making this show a reality and a huge thanks to all the riders who took the long road to compete here! We look forward to seeing you in the future and hopefully with more spectators. 

 


Picture: Andre Thieme and Contadur.

The course in the CEGO Medium tour caused many of the riders problems and the jump-off consisted of 6 riders representing 6 different nations!

Andre Thieme and Contadur started out with a solid clear and quick round that gave him the victory. On a second place came Jur Vrieling with Etoulon VDL and the third place went for Michael Pender who had the fastest round but unfortunately with one pole down.

We are ready for the Grand Prix at 14.00!


Picture: Felix Hassmann and Quiwitino WZ.

 

The last day of Equitour for now is on and the first class has finished. 

It was the Krafft Small Tour, where the victory went to German Felix Hassmann in a very quick round with Quiwitino WZ by Quiwi Dream. 

Tina Lund was definitely also on fire as she took not only the second place, but also the third place. 

The second place was with Centina by Dobel's Cento and the third place was with Cloi by Quirado!

Congratulations!

Right now we are waiting for the first of two ranking classes of the day - the CEGO Medium Tour final which is starting at 10.00 

Later today at 14.00 the show will end with the exciting Helgstrand Grand Prix!

If you want to watch this exciting day live, you can find the live-streaming at ZibraSport Equest right here.

Moreover you can find all results live here.

 

We look forward to an exciting day!

 

Picture: Tina Lund

 


Picture: The winner of both Medium and Big tour, Constant Van Paesschen (Lester IX) 

Despite an awful wind today, we saw very nice riding at the big stadium in the medium and big tour this afternoon.

 

The Hay Hay Haylage Medium tour ended the following way:

1: Constant Van Paesschen and Lester IX by Lord Pezi.

2. Michael Pender and HHS Fortune by Catoki. 

3. Andrius Petrovas and Sherlock by Shandor 34.

 

The Helgstrand Big Tour ended the following way: 

1. Constant Van Paesschen and Vendetta Treize by Diamant de Semilly.

2. Thibeau Spits and Isolde vd Heffinck by Contact van de Heffinck.

3. Geoff Curran and HHS Clinstown by Obos Quality. 

Congratulations to the riders!

We look forward to a new day tomorrow. 

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