The FEI Nations' Cup series for dressage will have two new venues on the calendar for 2019: Geesteren (NED) and Järvenpää (FIN).
Geesteren is a brand new CDI on the calendar and is substituting for the Rotterdam shows, as the venue is hosting the 2019 European Championships in August.
The FEI Nations Cup series was officially launched as a pilot programme in 2013 and since then is still considered "a pilot" as the format has been ever changing, confusing show organizers, riders and spectators.
With no official Final scheduled and just a series winner based on points, the FEI Nations Cup for dressage is anti-climactic. Show jumpers, for instance, annually celebrate their Nations Cup Finals with a huge event staged in sunny Barcelona, Spain.
The FEI's lukewarm interest to develop the series into a proper high profile circuit has made the whole enterprise for dressage pretty pointless.
"The FEI itself has provided less than wholehearted support, dropping distribution of news releases about events while providing complete coverage of jumping and eventing Nations Cups," Dressage-News stated. "It also turned down an offer of a donation of an actual cup as a perpetual trophy and miniatures for the annual series winning team combinations, saying it was working on a sponsor for the series. Seven years later there is no sponsor and the series winner still gets a silver tray."
The 2019 FEI Nations Cup series includes:
- 12 - 17 March 2019: CDIO3* Wellington, USA
- 16 - 19 May 2019:CDIO5* Compiègne, FRA
- 23 - 26 May 2019:CDIO4* Uggerhalne, DEN
- 17 - 23 June 2019:CDIO5* Geesteren, NED
- 05 - 07 July 2019:CDIO4* Järvenpää, FIN
- 11 - 14 July 2019:CDIO5* Falsterbo, SWE
- 17 - 21 July 2019:CDIO5* Aachen, GER
- 25 - 28 July 2019:CDIO3* Hickstead, GBR
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