Helgstrand secures hosting of the Danish Dressage Championships for another three years

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.

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