17 Jan Traditional tournament VR CLASSICS Neumünster postponed to 2023 – World Cup dressage takes place
Neumünster – The VR CLASSICS Neumünster, which was scheduled to take place within the Holstenhallen from February 16-20, 2022, will be postponed to 2023. “This is a great disappointment for all equestrian fans and also for us as organizers,” said show director Francois Kasselmann, “but the current COVID-situation does not allow any other decision.” The good news is that the FEI Dressage World Cup will be allowed to take place on February 19 and 20 – without an on-site audience, but available via livestream at ClipMyHorse.TV.
The sharply increased infection figures of the Omikron wave and the necessary resolutions and consistent measures of the state of Schleswig-Holstein make it impossible to carry out the traditional VR CLASSICS in the familiar form.
“Until the very end, we had considered all possibilities and hoped to be able to offer our uniquely enthusiastic Neumünster audience carefree, convivial hours and unforgettable moments of absolute top sport in jumping and dressage,” said Francois Kasselmann (Managing Director of Horses and Dreams Entertainment GmbH).
However, he and the team have actually succeeded in securing the FEI Dressage World Cup in Neumünster 2022 on the initiative of the active riders and with the support of private patrons from the equestrian world in a joint “shoulder-to-shoulder effort” with the World Equestrian Federation FEI, the long-standing sponsors & partners as well as the City of Neumünster.
“We are very happy that we can hold the World Cup in Neumünster as an online event in these difficult times,” Francois Kasselmann is pleased.
FEI Dressage World Cup within the Holstenhallen
This is possible thanks to the joint effort and because the regulations of the state ordinance for the event, which will then be limited to dressage competitions, can be complied with. The horse sport fans can then look forward to the qualification for the FEI Dressage World Cup in the Short Grand Prix on Saturday and to the Grand Prix Freestyle of the best 15 pairs on Sunday. This competition is then the current 5th stage of the FEI Dressage World Cup.
A very important signal for the sport scene as well as for the FEI. Neumünster’s VR CLASSICS have been a World Cup venue since 1989 and the organizers want them to remain so in the future.
The daily program will be supplemented for the participating riders by further competitions such as the international small tour. Details about this will be fixed soon.
Finale der BEMER Riders Tour in the outdoor season
The final of the BEMER Riders Tour will take place during the Horses & Dreams meets Canada from April 20-24 in Hagen a.T.W., which is also the kick-off for the 2022 tour season.
The team around the show directors, Francois and Ullrich Kasselmann, as well as Bettina & Paul Schockemöhle would like to thank especially the sponsors and partners of the VR CLASSICS, who have been standing behind the event like a rock for many years and provide the necessary backing in great solidarity.
“But I would also like to emphasize once the great flexibility and willingness to cooperate of Dirk Iwersen and his team of the Holstenhallen, especially in the past two years,” said Bettina Schockemöhle, long-time head of organization.
Purchased tickets retain validity
Tickets already purchased for VR CLASSICS 2022 will retain their validity for the 2023 event. Quite a few equestrian fans had already purchased tickets in 2021. They can now look forward to VR CLASSICS 2023 from February 16-19, 2023. Further information will follow.
Presse release from the January, 17 2022.
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