Equestrianism - Herning to be equestrian epicentre for five days

Herning in Denmark is bracing itself to host three equestrian European Championships in the space of a week in 2013.


From August 20 to 25 the city's brand new equestrian facilities will host the European dressage, para dressage and jumping championships.

With huge stables, a warm up arena, a separate arena specifically designed for para dressage and a stadium able to accommodate 15,000 spectators, the small Danish town appears well prepared.

Yet Herning will not organise a trial event before the main championships, unlike other host cities which have done so in order to test the facilities, listen to riders' observations and make necessary modifications.

When the action kicks off in Denmark, Britain's dressage team will be sure to garner a great deal of attention. Carl Hester will not ride Uthopia and with a question mark hanging over Valegro's future with Charlotte Dujardin, success is not guaranteed for the Olympic champions.

The uncertainty in the British camp means the Dutch, the Germans and maybe even the Swedish are in with a shout of victory.

Yet whatever happens, Adelinde Cornelissen of the Netherlands will likely have an individual role to play with Jerich Parzival, as will the German Helen Langehanenberg with Damon Hill.

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