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2021 Edition of the CHIO of Rotterdam to Take Place on New Dates

Rotterdam, Netherlands – April 07, 2021 – The board of CHIO Rotterdam investigates in close cooperation with FEI, the Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation (KNHS), the City of Rotterdam and other stakeholders if the international equestrian event, which was scheduled for June June 24-27, can be rescheduled to July 1-4, 2021. 

“This date, one week later, will accommodate us better to organize a COVID-19 proof event”, says Ron Voskuilen, general director of CHIO Rotterdam. “We receive feedback from riders and federations that there is a need for observation times with regards to the Olympics in Tokyo later this year. With this new date the CHIO Rotterdam will be in time to allow countries to select and announce their teams before the official deadline of July 5th.”

“This is a very complex puzzle where COVID-19 continuously forces us to change our plans and is requiring a lot of flexibility by everyone involved, such as our suppliers, sponsors, riders and the organization”, says Theo de Rooij, president of CHIO Rotterdam. “I sincerely hope this new date will enhance the chances for having the 72nd CHIO Rotterdam this year and that we will not face another emergency preventing us to have international equestrian sports in Rotterdam.” 

About CHIO Rotterdam:


CHIO Rotterdam is the only Dutch equestrian 5* outdoor event and belongs to the very best international events in the world. With a 72 years history in top level showjumping and dressage CHIO Rotterdam is also the eldest international topsports event in Rotterdam. 


For business the CHIO (in non COVID-19 times) is THE place to be. Many prominent politicians and top executives visit the event every year. Together with the KLM Open and the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament the CHIO belongs to the top 3 of Dutch hospitality events in the Netherlands. The 12 months events calender for the business clubs such as Friends of CHIO, CHIO Port Club Rotterdam, Schoufour Society, etc. is unique in the sports and equestrian world.

The event is more than a great place to meet for equestrian fans and businesses. The CHIO social programs contribute to the Rotterdam society and with various activities for children, shows, entertainment and the well known ‘Stroodorp’ the CHIO Rotterdam is a wonderful experience for every visitor.

Source: Press Release by Anita Lussenburg for CHIO Rotterdam

Photo: © CHIO Rotterdam


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