From the 8th until the 11th of September the world’s best young dressage horses travel to Ermelo to contend for the world championship. Medals are up for grabs in the age categories 5-, 6-, and 7-year-old horses. The program additionally includes a class for four-year-old horses and a Grand Prix competition. Dressage horse enthusiasts are welcome to enjoy the fifth WC for Young Dressage Horses in Ermelo.
A few weeks ago, it was underlined that the WC is a special competition in the (starting) career of the young dressage horses. The duos Glamourdale – Charlotte Fry and Hermès – Dinja van Liere wrote history at the WC of Herning. We got to enjoy pristine tests, perfect harmony, and the joy the combinations radiated. The highlight followed in the freestyle, where everything perfectly came together and both Fry and Van Liere proved the incredible quality of their own riding and their horses. A gold and bronze medal was the outcome in both the Grand Prix Special and Freestyle to Music. The same week, but four years ago, these duos competed for the medals at the WC Young Dressage Horses. The result was identical in 2018: Dinja and Hermès secured bronze while Charlotte Fry and Glamourdale bagged gold. It once again evidences the power of the WC Young Dressage Horses: it is the perfect steppingstone towards the international top levels. At the end of the WC, we know which combinations can be tipped ‘one to watch’.
Unrivalled number of dressage athletes
The WC for young dressage horses is unique in its sort. One can name very few other events at which the audience is treated to so much dressage sport. No less than 180 horses and 160 riders will demonstrate their abilities in various classes. Prizes are up for grabs in two arenas.
Besides the world championship for 5-, 6-, and 7-year-old horses, 4-year-old horses get to make their debut at this impressive venue. Grand Prix combinations will furthermore demonstrate their skills in the CDI3* class. The qualification for four-year-olds is ridden in the main arena on Thursday September 8. The best ten combinations are invited to the final in the main arena on Saturday September 10, while other contestants may come back for the small final in arena 2 on Friday September 9. The CDI3* is promising to be an equally exciting competition. Competitors in this class will ride the Grand Prix test in the qualification on Saturday September 10. The final is scheduled for Sunday September 11, when the best combinations are giving it their all in the Grand Prix Freestyle to music in the main arena.
Experience it yourself
Experience the battle for the medals up close; order tickets and ensure yourself a front row seat to the action! Grandstand tickets are available, but it is also possible to get the VIP-experience. Find all tickets on the website and order quickly before tickets sell out. Unable to visit in person? We have got you covered with our livestream that is broadcasted by ClipMyHorse.tv every day of the event. Browse the program here and order your tickets now.
Photo Hippo Foto – Dirk Caremans