For many years, there have been amateur tournaments in show jumping and with focus on the joy that these tournaments bring, Almased Wellness and Helgstrand&Trabjerg have chosen to join efforts and create the first amateur show circuit for dressage riders: Almased Dressage Amateurs.
Four show venues in Germany and Denmark have been selected to host the 2018 show circuit.
"We have decided to create an equivalent of the great show jumping tournaments for amateurs in order to give dressage equestrians the same opportunity to participate at the big tournaments as well," said Jens Trabjerg, founder of Equitour Aalborg and former national coach of show jumping,. "We are sure that the participants will have an extraordinary experience when they are having the opportunity to participate in the same top professional surroundings as some of the world's best dressage equestrians."
"We are incredibly proud that Almased Wellness has chosen to support the project," Trabjerg added. "We think that Almased Dressage Amateurs is a great initiative to help dressage riders on their way to an international career. The tournament can help to clarify the rider's level before seriously relying on an international career in dressage sport. At the same time, we think that the locations for the tournament mean that more people from the north can test their current level without having to invest a lot of money in transport. International dressage competitions have so far been for a limited group of people, but we want to change that."
Almased Wellness is a German company that has developed products for the health of humans, products that has achieved great success throughout the world.
"It has always been part of our company policy to support sports both locally and internationally," said Anette Witthöft from Almased Wellness. "We have developed health products that many athletes use, so when the chance offered to support the first dressage tournament for amateurs, there was no doubt that this project was within our area of interest and thus a natural way to support our business."
Almased Dressage Amateurs is a new international dressage tournament for amateurs organised by Helgstrand&Trabjerg and presented by Almased Wellness.
In 2018, the show circuit will take place at four shows:
- Deutsches Spring- and Dressur-Derby Hamburg (9-13 May)
- Pfingstturnier Wiesbaden (18-21 May)
- Equitour Aalborg (23-27 May)
- World Cup Qualifier Herning (17-21 October).
Allowed to participate in the tournament are dressage riders at the age of 26 or older who are not on the FEI's World Ranking List. The tournament is limited to 24 riders for each show, and each rider must bring up to 3 horses.
The show circuit is divided by level into three divisions:
- Bronze tour: Prix St. Georges and Intermediate I
- Silver tour: Intermediate I and Intermediate II
- Gold tour: Intermediate II and Grand Prix
For questions, please do not hesitate to contact the show organiser, Jens Trabjerg, at tel. +45 40 25 49 86 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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