The first World Dressage Masters of the 2016 show season are scheduled to take place at the CDI Lier on 1 - 6 March 2016. The 2016 CDI Lier is promising to be a very unique event with two full competitions programmed in one week right before the cut-off date of 6 March for scoring points for the Rio Olympic Individual Ranking.
The World Dressage Masters, sponsored by VIAN Group, are returning to equestrian centre Azelhof in Lier, Belgium, where they hosted their first ever Belgian based CDI4* WDM event at the beginning of November 2015. The action packed programme at the time and outstanding facilities at Azelhof made it a given for the Vian Group WDM to return to that location to stage another exceptional show at the start of the 2016 show season.
The 2016 CDI Lier is divided into two events, a CDI 3* which kicks off on Tuesday 1 March 2016 with an Intermediaire A and two Grand Prix classes, and a CDI 4* which begins on Friday 4 March 2016 and runs through the weekend with classes for junior riders, under 25 riders, a small, medium and a 4* big tour.
At the 2016 CDI Lier Grand Prix riders have the opportunity to ride the Grand Prix test no less than three times in one week: on Tuesday 1 March, Friday 4 March as well as on Saturday 5 March. This provides an ideal opportunity to score more Rio Olympic Individual Ranking points and obtained the Minimal Eligibility Score for the Games.
Julia Parkhomenko, event director of the show, is proud to present the second VIAN Group World Dressage Masters in Lier.
"Our events are on the list of dressage qualification events for the 2016 Olympic Games. This is a great opportunity to achieve minimum eligibility requirements as we invited 5* officials to judge the athletes' performances," said Parkhomenko. "Moreover you can receive points for the Olympic Athletes Ranking to qualify for an individual quota place. This is the riders' final chance as this will be the last week during which they can receive their pass for Rio 2016!"
You can enjoy this top class dressage show in an exclusive environment by booking a VIP Table. For an exceptional show experience, reserve your seat on the VIP terrace overlooking the arena and enjoy the culinary delights catered by the top class Azelhof Restaurant. Book here
Definite entries for the 2016 CDI Lier close on 9 February so make sure you register to compete with your National Federation on time.
A full programme of the 2016 CDI Lier can be viewed here.
For more information, visit www.liercdi.com
Photos © Chris Coessens