s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands – April 02, 2021 –The FEI officially announced on the 30th of March that international equestrian events could resume as from 12 April. This is good news for the organization of The Dutch Masters and now there is definite green light to organize the event from 23 to 25 April, where the top 5 ranked riders in the world will be competing.
The planned Covid-19 measures remain in place and this special edition of The Dutch Masters will also take place behind closed doors. The FEI has published a list of measures because of the Rhino virus. Of course the organisation, together with the veterinary team, will closely follow up these measures. Immediately upon arrival the health of the horses will be checked and the temperature will be measured. Especially in the stables everything will be done to avoid contact between the horses and there will be several additional hygiene measures. Safety for man and horse comes first.
Top Jumping Competitors
The organisation can again count on the international jumping top. The numbers 1 and 2 from Switzerland, Steve Guerdat (SUI) and Martin Fuchs (SUI), are present. The number 3, Daniel Deusser (GER) is currently in top form. Last weekend the German rider won the prestigious $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix in Wellington, USA, with the 13-year-old stallion Scuderia Tobago Z, who he also wants to start in ´s-Hertogenbosch. The Swede Henrik von Eckermann, who won the Rolex Grand Prix in the Brabanthallen in 2019, will also travel to ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Peder Fredricson (SWE) and the Belgian Pieter Devos (BEL) ensure that the entire top 5 of the world rankings will be at the start. Of course all the top Dutch riders like Harrie Smolders (NED) and Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED) will also be there. The complete list of participants will be announced shortly.
The top dressage riders are already preparing for the outdoor season in view of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. This proved to be incompatible with the indoor competitions of The Dutch Masters. Therefore, it was decided to skip the dressage program of this edition for a year. The program will be completed with extra show jumping classes so that the riders can prepare their horses optimally for the Rolex Grand Prix.
Source: Press Release from The Dutch Masters – Indoor Brabant
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