It's has been 5 amazing days of world class dressage and jumping. A huge folk festival with lots of activities for the whole family. It has been a pleasure to be at the showground and feel the amazing atmosphere that has been throughout the entire competition.
Equitour Aalborg would like to thank all riders, sponsors, volunteers, judges, audiences, exhibitors - all who have been taking part and allowed us to build-up such an amazing event. There have been a lot of great results throughout the competition, and especially the Danish riders have made sure that the Danish flag has come to the top a number of times.
We have already started planning next year's Equitour Aalborg, which will take place from 23rd to 27th of May 2018. Also, next year Equitour Aalborg will offer much more than world class riding, there will also be exciting activities and events that will gather the whole family. So be sure to follow this website or keep an eye on our Facebook page when we post news.
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Ten years ago the Danish jumping team won an FEI Nations Cup home win – and the Danish team is dreaming of an encore, but the competition is fierce this weekend in Uggerhalne.
6 of 11 nations in the draw for Saturdays FEI Nations Cup jumping leg in Uggerhalne are from Europe Division 2 and competing for points, with the teams from Belgium and Great Britain being the favorites to win in Denmark and also take the two spots at the FEI Nations Cup final in Barcelona come fall.
Both Great Britain and Belgium missed their spot when the 1 division was reduced from 10 to 8 teams before this season, and Belgium seems determined to get back, and has been the best placed 2nd division team in the first three legs of this season with two 2nd places and a clear win last weekend in Lisbon.
The calendar is making the current season a challenge for the smaller nations. Five of this seasons seven FEI Nations Cup legs are geographically wide spread and held during only six weeks´.
“With 4 or 5 good combinations it is impossible to travel across Europe in six weeks,” says Danish headcoach, Lars N. Pedersen, but he is still very happy with the FEI Nations Cup events.
“The eligibility of the Nations Cup is unquestionable because each leg presents great opportunities for developing young horses and new combinations, as well as being an important part of championship-preparations,” Lars N. Pedersen says.
In the end, the headcoach is very exited about the FEI Nations Cup leg on hometurf at Equitour Aalborg.
“We have selected the best combinations currently available, and we will do our best to make a good impression and a good result in front of the homecrowd.”
”The dream-scenario is of course to take a home win. All horses can go clear rounds on this level, so we cross our fingers and with a little luck, hopefully all horses will go clear for the team.”
Riders looking forward
German based danish rider, Lars Bak Andersen, grew up in the northern region of Denmark, where Equitour Aalborg is taking place. He was one of the riders taking the home win 10 years ago in Copenhagen, and he is really looking forward to do his first FEI Nations Cup this season going as the first Danish rider.
“It is a blast each time you ride in a team. Riders team up and support each other in a good way, because it is something very special to fight for Denmark, and we will for sure do all we can to make a good result,” Lars Bak Andersen says.
The FEI Nations Cup in Uggerhalne presents the first rider at 15:30 and if you’re unable to be in Uggerhalne, you can watch it live on FEI TV.
- Great Britain
Transportation of horses to Aalborg / Equitour Aalborg
As the Danish police is making random controls of the horse transport to our show, we have made a check list to bear in mind.
Regardless of the purpose of horse transport you must ALWAYS bring along:
- Original registration papers of all horses in the transport
- Registration papers of the vehicles
The Danish authorities always consider participation in FEI international horse shows as “economic business” – there fore the rules for “economic business” have to be followed, regardless you are only transporting your own horses. However the participation in youth classes with minor price money is not considered “economic business” when you have a private owned horse and car. If the horse and/or the car is owned by a company, it is considered “economic business” even though you are using it for your hobby.
For transports in “economic business” you must also bring along:
- Transportation document (information about owner, departure (time/place), destination and expected duration)
- Approval certificate of the vehicle for animal transportation (can be required in Technical Inspection Center, valid for 5 years) – only for international long transports (more than 8 hours)
- There must be appropriate straw/shavings in the trailer/horse box
For transport over a distance exceeding 65 km always bring along:
- Competence certificate (for the driver and/or groom – only the people handling the horses)
- Authorisation for transporting horses (company/private person) issued by the official authorities (valid for 5 years)
For all transportation starting in another country than Denmark you should bring along a health certificate from your official veterinarian (TRACES document).
Rules regarding driving/rest periods apply for “business” for cars/trucks with an allowed maximum weight over 3500 kg, and for “non-business” for cars/trucks with an allowed maximum weight over 7500 kg.
If you transport other peoples animals against payment it is considered professional transport and requires haulier license, if the total vehicle weight exceeds 3500 kg.
All offences to the EU-regulations for transportation and horse passports are fined with up to EUR 1.000 per offence.
We hope to have helped you with this check list and look forward to seeing you in Aalborg !
Nordic International Sales have now almost completed the selection of premium dressage foals, and there has been a huge interest in the auction from both breeders and buyers.
So far around 20 premium dressage foals have been selected for the auction Nordic International Sales sponsored by Stud EVO, which will take place during Equitour in the first weekend of June.
The selection has been made in a cooperation between Danish Warmblood auctioncommittee, Westfalen Verband in Germany and Andreas Helgstrand.
”We are extremely proud of the foals we are able to show at the auction, and at the same time impressed by the number of foals fullfilling the requirements for a future top sport horse in dressage,” Andreas Helgstrand says.
“It has been amazing how Danish and German breeders willingly have shown us their foals and granting us their trust in our capability to create an auction, where they can sell their foals at prices living up to their quality.”
For the people behind Nordic International Sales it has been of the utmost importance, that the auction is founded on a wide cooperation between Equitour, Danish Warmblood and Westfalen Verband.
”The cooperation is very important and has proved itself with a collection of foals focused on the future sporthorse without considering the association or the sire,” Andreas Helgstrand says.
Breeders in both Germany and Denmark has shown great interest in Nordic International Sales, and the same applies to the huge network of buyers around Andreas Helgstrand.
“A huge interest for the auction has arised, and I hope the auction will be very enjoyable, with foals sold at high prices,”
About the auction
Nordic International Sales sponsored by Stud EVO will take place in the evening of Saturday June 3rd during Equitour Aalborg at Helgstrand Academy. The collection of foals are sired by Asgaard’s Ibiza, Borsalino, Bossanova, Don Deluxe, Dream Boy, Floriscount, Franklin, Franziskus, Revolution, Sir Heinrich, Totilas, Vincent Maranello and Vitalis.
The foals can soon be previewed at www.nordicinternationalsales.
Exceptional foals is guaranteed at the new early summer dressage foal auction Nordic International Sales during Equitour Aalborg.
When international top riders, horse owners, international buyers and specially invited potential buyers are seated, bid card in hand, at the Nordic International Sales sponsored by Stutteri EVO on Saturday evening June 3, quality is decisive
The auction is held during the new international show in Denmark with Nations Cup in both dressage and show jumping. Equitour Aalborg and Helgstrand Dressage has joined forces with Danish Warmblood and Westfalen, so breeders in both federations have the opportunity to sell dressage foals of extraordinary quality to buyers from around the world, but the aim is to present an exceptional collection of foals covering a wider range of breeding federations.
“International dressage riders at the level we’ll be seeing during Equitour are always looking for their next dressage star and quality is of course decisive,” explains Equitour event director Jens Trabjerg and continues:
“Pedigree must of course be well documented, but if there are breeders with promising dressage foals out there, the breed is no hindrance for the foal to be entered into the collection at the Nordic International Sales.”
Info for editors
Nordic International Sales sponsored by Stutteri EVO are for dressage foals of high international standards with documented pedigree. The auction is held Saturday evening June 3 during Equitour Aalborg. Around 20 dressage foals are chosen for the auction collection. Before the auction itself, the foals are presented at the show grounds.
Nordic International Sales is part of Equitour Aalborg which is being held for the very first time from 1st - 5th June 2017, and will be hosting one of the FEI Nations Cup legs in both dressage and jumping.
The organizers wants to host a fantastic horse show and make it the most attractive horse show in the North so far. Some of the best combinations in both jumping and dressage will attend. Andreas Helgstrand and Jens Trabjerg, who are the organizers behind the show, have a clear vision: to make Equitour Aalborg one of the most attractive legs of the FEI Nations Cup series for both riders and audience.
Alongside the sports activities, different activity areas will be designed on the showground for the families attending. These areas will include a children’s fairground, a food market, a great exhibition area and a concert space. In other words, it is going to be a huge folk festival for the whole family with lots of atmosphere and visitors, that will help guarantee a world-class tournament – both in the equestrian sport, but also when it comes to the surroundings.
One of the riders we are extremely excited to see during Equitour Aalborg is Severo!
Press play to hear about his expecatitions for his next big show:
Contact us for further information or questions about the horse show
- Grindstedvej 54, Uggerhalne, 9310 Vodskov