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Stars sparkling under the floodlight

There was open arena training under the huge four corner floodlights as preparation for the 15 best dressage combinations in the peak of the dressage championships – the freestyle. Blue Hors FEI World Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle Championship presented by Helgstrand starts at 20:00 and finishes with a celebration, the prize giving and the medal ceremony at 23:00. 

The last challenge for the 15 best dressage combinations in the world championships will be conducted under a slowly darkening sky, bringing an added layer of ambience when their performances re combined with a musical element. The freestyle is often compared to the Olympic discipline ice dance where the skaters compose their own program and choose their music. In the freestyle horse and rider dance together and perform the dressage movements in a pattern of their choosing, adding flow and complexity in accordance with their skill level.  

At its best – freestyle can bring out emotions even from hearts cast in stone and the start list for the world championship finale contain a number of combinations with the right skillset.  

The sold-out stadium will be at boiling point under the floodlights when dressage stars from home nation Denmark alongside with Great Britain, The Netherlands and Sweden set out to rock the spectators out of their seats. 

Prepare to be amazed, by sunset the music will be flowing in Stutteri Ask Stadium.  

See the startlist here


Let the jumping begin

35 nations are gathered in the jumping championships today. 22 of them are participating in the team competition. The team competition medals are given on Friday, while the individual final is on Sunday.  

Today all the jumpers have trained in the Stutteri Ask Stadium, where they got the chance to jump on a course with 8 fences, among other the water jump and a double. They were not forced to ride all the jumps, so some of the riders only took a few. Most of the horses looked in top shape and it will for sure be exciting to see who will become the new world champions in this discipline.  

The home nation performed super in the training, but the competition is hard with favourite nations like Sweden and Germany looking good – and in jumping everything can happen. So, keep your eyes open for the coming days of jumping.

The British team, including Scott Brash, looked like they are in perfect shape. Photo: Herning2022/Annika Knudsen Lorentsen

The first rider in the competition is from Mexico, the host nation is riding as team number 20, while it is Sweden who is finishing as the last team out of 22 teams participating. Besides the teams there are some individual riders participating in the championship and in total 103 riders are participating in the championships. The Danish national coach Bo K. Møller is happy about the draw: 

“We are glad that we do not have to ride as number one, but if it had been the reality, we had kept our head high. Starting as number 20 gives us more peace, so all the Danish riders can watch some riders compete before going to the warmup themselves. We are feeling ready for tomorrow and all the Danish horses jumped very well at the familiarisation today.”

Emil Hallundbæk with Chalisco from the Danish team. Photo: Herning2022/Annika Knudsen Lorentsen

The team starting order:


2. Spanien 

I3. Irland 

4. Belgien 

5. Australien 

6. Tyskland 

7. Holland 

8. Columbia 

9. Norge 

10. Storbritannien 

11. Frankrig 

12. Brasilien 

13. Italien 

14. Canada 

15. Israel 

16. Østrig 

17. Argentina 

18. Schweiz 

19. Japan 

20. Danmark 

21. USA 

22. Sverige

The full starting list with individual riders for tomorrow’s speed competition HERE


High praise from Isabell Werth

When it comes to big, international show venues, Isabell Werth has seen them all. The reigning dressage world champion both individual and with the German team, is one of the most experienced and most winning dressage riders over the years, and she is happy and impressed with the venue at Herning2022: 

“It is really impressive to see it all – the village, the stadium, the grounds and the stable – there is just so much space for all of us. It is really super! Big compliments”, says Werth when asked about her impression from the first couple of days in Herning. 

In fact, in Isabell Werth’s opinion, next to Aachen 2006, Herning2022 is the best world championship ever. And this is really high praise coming from Werth, who on home turf in Aachen won both individual and team gold. 

For this championship, Isabell Werth is competing on Quantaz DSP and she explains that her horse has also settled well in Herning: 

“He is really fine, and I hope we can bring it the ring. He has been super relaxed and that is the most important thing for me – keeping him relaxed and focused. So, I am really pleased right now.” 

Besides Isabell Werth, the Team Germany consists of Ingrid Klimke/Franziskus, Benjamin Werndl/Famoso OLD and Frederic Wandres on Duke of Britain FRH.  

Ingrid Klimke and Benjamin Werndl rode in the Team Competition yesterday, and Werth and Wandres are riding later today.  

Follow the results in the team competition here

Follow the results in the individual competition here