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The first medals in Para Dressage

After two days with Horse Inspections and familiarisation, today it was finally time for the first Para Dressage competitions and medals at the ECCO FEI World Championships. 

Grade I – the DJ took a historic gold medal for Latvia 

Rihards Snikus rode a flawless test in front of enthusiastic fans cheering on after his test. He is a DJ in his civilian life and rode his King of Dance to an amazing score of 78.535 percent in a really tight battle, only separated by few points, with Italy’s star rider Sara Morganti on Royal Delight. The bronze was a dream come true for Irish rider Michael Murphy, coming out of the arena very pleased with his Cleverboy, doing good on his name. 

The competition had ten riders over 70 percent, so it was a really competitive grade and class under blazing sun at the beautiful BB Arena where spectators were flowing in and out of the stands during the day.

Grade I 

Orifarm Healthcare FEI World Para Dressage Individual Championship presented by Elsass Fonden 

Prize podium with medals 

Gold Rihards Snikus (LAT) with King of the Dance 14-year-old gelding by Kadius LS, 78.535 % 

Silver Sara Morganti (ITA) with Royal Delight 17-year-old gelding by Royaldik, 78.393 % 

Bronze Michael Murphy (IRL) with Cleverboy 15-year-old gelding by Vivaldi, 74.143 % 

Judges presiding in Individual program for Grade I 
E – Katherine Lucheschi (ITA) 

H – Jeannette Wolfs (NED) 

C – Suzanne Cunningham (AUS) 

M – Kjell Myhre (NOR) 

B – Marco Orsini (GER) 

Link to result Grade I 

Grade II – Danish victory in tight battle 

Several really experienced combinations entered in Grade II, and it was an extremely narrow battle for the top placings as less than one percent separated a bronze from a gold. Danish hope Katrine Kristiansen made all the wishes for a medal to the hosting nation come true.  

Highly experienced and skilled multi medalist Pepo Puch from Austria took the lead with a good performance scoring over 75 percent. He was followed by fellow fierce competitor since many years Lee Pearson who really tried his heart out and nearly succeeded, just fractions behind in the scores.  

The two seniors had to stand aside as Katrine Kristiansen put in a superb ride and overtook the lead. Pepo Puch said it all; “We need this fierce competition, it is sport”. 

Grade II 

Orifarm Healthcare FEI World Para Dressage Individual Championship presented by Elsass Fonden 

Prize podium with medals 

Gold Katrine Kristensen (DEN) with Goerklintgaards Quater 14-year-old gelding by Quaterback, 75.788 % 

Silver Pepo Puch (AUT) with Sailor’s Blue 14-year-old gelding by Swarovski, 75.333 % 

Bronze Lee Pearson (GBR) with Breezer 11-year-old gelding by Bacardi, 75.091 % 

Judges presiding in Individual program for Grade II 
E: John Robinson (GBR) 

H: Suzanne Cunningham (AUS) 

C: Katherine Lucheschi (ITA) 

M: Jeannette Wolfs (NED) 

B: Kristi Wysocki (USA) 

Link to result Grade II 

Grade IV – Dutch ladies thrive under pressure 

Gold and silver went then Netherlands with multi-champion Sanne Voets on top position and championship debutante Demi Haerkens as runner-up. Rodolpho Riskalla from Brazil was really eager to bring a medal home for his championship hero of a horse Don Henrico as this will be a very emotional last championship for the dynamic duo.  

The medalists performed fluent flawless tests with really good scores from the five judges, showing high-lever performances. In the grade some exciting new horses were presented by skilled riders and the coming days will be exciting for the team and individual competition. 

Grade IV 

Orifarm Healthcare FEI World Para Dressage Individual Championship presented by Elsass Fonden 

Prize podium with medals 

Gold Sanne Voets (NED) with Demantur RS2 N.O.P. 14-year-old gelding by Vivaldi, 76.750 % 

Silver Demi Haerkens (NED) with EHL Daula 14-year-old mare by Gribaldi, 76.000 % 

Bronze Don Henrico (BRA) with 19-year-old stallion by Don Frederico, 74.925 % 

Judges presiding in Individual program for Grade IV 
E – Kjell Myhre (NOR) 

H – Katherine Lucheschi (ITA) 

C – Marco Orsini (GER) 

M – Kristi Wysocki (USA) 

B – John Robinson (GBR) 

Link to result Grade IV 


Para Dressage has kicked off

The para-dressage horses were shown this morning in front of the veterinary commission and Ground Jury as well as the FEI officials involved in the para-dressage.

All horses passed and are now ready to carry out arena familiarization at BB Horse Arena, team by team and individual riders according to the published time plan, see link below.

In total 83 horses passed the horse inspection, representing 18 national teams and 14 individual riders from ten national federation.

The para-dressage competition kick-off on Wednesday morning with Grade IV in the Orifarm Healthcare FEI World Para Dressage Individual Championship presented by Elsass Fonden at the BB Horse Arena at 8:30.

Useful links

Start list for all events

List for horse inspection para-dressage

List for arena familiarization


Get ready for Herning2022 with the special edition Riders NOTEBOOK magazine

In the occasion of the ECCO FEI World Championships in Herning, we have published an online special edition of the Riders NOTEBOOK magazine for you to enjoy and get closer to some of the amazing riders competing at the World Championships!

The magazine covers an exclusive mix of the very best articles with prominent riders from our archives combined with new interesting articles and portraits for you to get closer to some of the Danish as well as international riders. Enjoy an interesting read about Sweden’s Queen of show jumping Malin Baryard Johnsson, Ingrid Klimke’s road from eventing to dressage, the para dressage medal hopes, Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour and Cassidy’s story – and much, much more.

You get 100 pages of exciting reading for you to get completely ready to watch world-class dressage, show jumping, para dressage and vaulting over the next 10 days in Herning!

Read Riders NOTEBOOK: Herning2022 – The Magazine FOR FREE here

Stay updated on Herning2022 with Riders Corner live program

When ECCO FEI World Championships in Herning begins, Zibrasport Equest is there to cover all the highlights from the championships! Make sure to tune into our daily live show Riders Corner live from Herning if you want to stay updated on results, events and more during the championships. Our very own Louise Woss Sigerslev will welcome the viewers twice a day for a morning and evening program live from the Zibrasport Equest stage at the venue. Here, riders and other guests will join her every day for an exciting talk about the championships.

If you are at the venue in Herning, you can watch Riders Corner in front of the Zibrasport Equest stage. If you are watching from home, you can follow along here on

Find our live stream program incl. Riders Corner here

The footing is ready for world-class equipages in Herning

The wait is finally over! In just a few days, the ECCO FEI World Championships will take place in Herning with 10 exciting days of dressage, jumping, para dressage and vaulting. After years of preparations, the arenas are finally taking shape.

We have visited the show ground in Herning during the constructions of the footing. Watch the video of Jesper Møller and Kim Mertz below as they explain the thoughts behind the footing where 1100 equipages are going to perform during the World Championships. They also give you an exclusive insight into the different aspects they have taken into consideration in order to create the best conditions for the world-class horses.

Watch Herning2022 LIVE on Zibrasport Equest

If you are not in Herning during the championships, you can live stream all the non-championship CSI and CDI classes, selected side events and Show Night on Zibrasport Equest. You can also follow our daily Riders Corner live show with interesting interviews and highlights from the World Championships (All World Championship classses can be seen on Clip My Horse)

You can buy pay per view access for 40€ (valid from 5-14 August and only LIVE)
If you are a Premium member, you get access to everything for 20€ ( LIVE and video on demand/video archive)

Find the entire broadcast program and more information here

They are working hard in Herning!

Next week, years of planning and anticipation culminate when the ECCO FEI World Championships Herning finally opens the arenas. It means 10 days with the world’s best equestrian sports and lots of entertainment. Both for the visitors but also for all of you at home.

We have visited the showground in Herning and in the video below, Casper Cassøe explains, among other things, how big the horses’ boxes are, how many tons of sand are used for the arenas, where you can find the big screens and where you can shop.

Watch Zibrasport Equest
If you’re not in Herning, you can watch lots of equestrian sport at Zibrasport Eqeust. We stream all ‘Non championship’ CSI and CDI classes as well as many of the exciting side events and Show Night. We also have lots of special guests in our Riders Corner. (NB! All WC-classes can be seen only on Clip My Horse).

You can buy pay per view access for 40€ (valid from 5-14 August and only LIVE)
If you are a Premium Member, you get access to everything for DKK 20€ ( LIVE and video on demand/video archive)

See our entire program and get more info here

Get the official Herning2022 merchandise

The Organisers of the ECCO FEI World Championships have made the most exquisite merchandise for the championships. You can choose from cool gadgets, hoodies, T-shirts, and much, much more. An entire universe of amazing merchandise has been created for fans of all ages and genders to enjoy both during and after the championships! You will find everything at the fanshop at EquiPark during the World Championships.

Photo: Herning2022

Gorgeous clothing from Kingsland

It is Kingsland Equestrian that provides apparel to the numerous volunteers. The beautiful World Championship collection will be for sale in the fanshop, supplemented by several units. Therefore, you will find a larger collection from Kingsland to go hunting for when you enter EquiPark during the World Championships in Herning from 6-14 August. The collection is created from Kingsland’s popular “Earth Collection” – a clothing line in Kingsland’s collection where 100% recycled materials are used and where sustainability and focus on the environment is a high priority without compromising on Kingsland’s known quality.

The beautiful collection comes in the World Championship colours for children, women, and men. And it holds almost 20 different designs ranging from knee socks over various hats and to smart Sweat Jackets, fleece jackets, T-shirts, and tights for women and children. Prices range from DKK 100 (approx. € 14 for the knee socks) to DKK 599.95 (approx. €81) for the beautiful Lady’s Fleece.

Photo: Herning2022

A Box bear for the horse or a sticker for the car

In addition to the beautiful and practical clothing collection, the organisers have made several fun and useful items together with Zo24 such as sunglasses, rain jackets, blankets, pins, and a sticker. In addition, you can see (and hug) the popular Box Bear and its smaller cousin, the cute fabric horse, both a copy of Herning2022’s mascot Henri.

Photo: Herning2022

If you cannot wait to go shopping your merchandise at Herning2022, you can already find your items at Herning2022’s fanshop right here. Otherwise you will find the wide selection of merchandise at the fanshop in EquiPark during the entire championships.


Your journey starts here – with the new Herning2022 app!

In the last months, the marketing team at Herning2022 has been working on getting an app ready for you, to ensure you have all the information you need at hand when you visit the World Championships. 

How do I get to the venue? Where do I find the program and results? What happens in EquiPark today – are just a few of the questions the new Herning2022 app can help you clarify.  

Besides showing the program for the World Championship, you will also be able to find the program for the non-championship classes. You can also easily get to the FanShop and already now secure your own Henri Box Bear, check out what happens in EquiPark with exciting talks and entertainment for the entire family and see the 200+ exhibitors who’s ready with exclusive championship offers.  

The Herning2022 app is all you need to get around the venue – and get an answer to any questions you might have.  
Download the new app today and be prepared for the biggest equestrian event in 2022. 


Remember that you can watch all CDI and CSI competitions as well as interesting side events and Riders Corner LIVE at Zibrasport Equest. Find the program here.

Herning2022 focuses on horse health in collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim, a global pharmaceutical company and the world’s largest equine medicine company, has joined forces with Herning2022 to promote equine health and veterinary training during the ECCO FEI World Championships in Herning Denmark from 6 to 14 August 2022.

Knowledge sharing and exchange of experience are crucial for an even better understanding of the health and natural needs of sports horses. Good management around the four-legged athletes ensures happy horses – able to perform at the top of their ability in a special partnership with their athlete. If an accident happens, and an injury occurs, the correct diagnosis must be made quickly and competently, and treatment initiated.

About 1,100 horses will be at the venue during the FEI World Championship in Jumping, Dressage, Para-Dressage, and Vaulting in Herning in August. With the many competition horses also comes a large number of veterinarians and other therapists from around the world. International experts will be flown to Denmark to share their knowledge and the latest research results.

Boehringer Ingelheim, the world’s largest equine medicine company, knows that there is great interest in the knowledge and innovation the company offers horse owners, athletes, trainers, and veterinarians. It is a natural fit for the company to be clearly present at the World Championships.

Charlotte Fersløv, Business Manager Equine, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Nordics, says: “For over 100 years, we at Boehringer Ingelheim have had a passion for horses. It is this passion that still drives us to develop new and innovative drugs for the benefit of both horses and veterinarians. We believe that knowledge and knowledge sharing is fundamental to development, and therefore we collaborate with veterinarians and organisations such as the FEI, with the aim of improving the health of horses.”

Togetherness and professional sparring

Boehringer Ingelheim is a sponsor of the Vet Lounge, where veterinarians can exchange knowledge and network with each other. Of course, there will also be an opportunity to ask questions and get updated knowledge, for example about what can be done for horses with arthritis, options for minimizing the risk of asthma in horses – and much more. Boehringer Ingelheim Vet Lounge offers a number of presentations and seminars for many professionals.

“It is very motivating for all of us who work on the Equine team to contribute knowledge about what horses need. Together with all the people and professionals around the horse, we can strengthen horse health, giving the horse and owner the most out of the time they have together. We are very much looking forward to working at the World Championship in Herning,” clarifies Charlotte Fersløv.

The Vet Lounge concept has been created in collaboration with Casper Cassøe and Jens Trabjerg, the Organiser of the World Championships in Herning.

“Together with Boehringer Ingelheim, we will offer the veterinarians a ‘Vet Lounge’ in the warm-up area connected to Stutteri Ask Stadium,” explains Casper Cassøe. In practice, the warm-up area for the main stadium will be named: Boehringer Ingelheim Warm Up. The Vet Lounge will give veterinarians an opportunity for professional contact close to the warm-up area, and a place where they can exchange experiences with colleagues from around the world. The Vet Lounge will also be used for professional talks targeted at veterinarians and at high professionals.

“We find it inspiring that Boehringer Ingelheim, a market leader in veterinary medicine for horses, has chosen to use our event for the benefit of veterinarians around the world,” says Casper Cassøe.

Three warm-up areas

The Boehringer Ingelheim Warm-Up is the largest warm-up area at the World Championship, and it is located just behind the Stutteri Ask Stadium. Here, three warm-up areas will be built, all approx. 25 x 75 meters and one of them will be covered. Adjacent to the warm-up tracks and the Vet Lounge, there will also be an equestrian cafe, where athletes and horse owners can follow the activities in the warm-up area and at the same time get refreshments.

About Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health is working on first-in-class innovation for the prediction, prevention, and treatment of diseases in animals. For veterinarians, pet owners, farmers, and governments in more than 150 countries, we offer a large and innovative portfolio of products and services to improve the health and well-being of companion animals and livestock. As a global leader in the animal health industry and as part of family owned Boehringer Ingelheim, we take a long-term perspective. The lives of animals and humans are interconnected in deep and complex ways. We know that when animals are healthy, humans are healthier too. By using the synergies between our Animal Health and Human Pharma businesses and by delivering value through innovation, we enhance the health and well-being of both. For more information visit:

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim is working on breakthrough therapies that improve the lives of humans and animals. As a leading research-driven biopharmaceutical company, the company creates value through innovation in areas of high unmet medical need. Founded in 1885 and family-owned ever since, Boehringer Ingelheim takes a long-term perspective. Around 52,000 employees serve more than 130 markets in the three business areas, Human Pharma, Animal Health, and Biopharmaceutical Contract Manufacturing. Learn more at

A strong field of PL medallists in Para-dressage

Para-dressage has become increasingly popular in recent years with new nations competing at the top level. The sport is experiencing an influx of riders at all levels. In addition to being a competition sport part of the program at the World Championships in Herning, riding is used for treatment purposes, such asphysiotherapy and compensatory riding.


To participate in Para-dressage competitions, the rider’s ability is classified. The competitor’s mobility, strength and coordination are assessed in order to establish their Classification Profile. The classification is performed by a physiotherapist specially trained for the task. To be classified, the rider provides a medical diagnostic form, and the classification itself determines which of the 5 grades I-V the rider competes in, as well as which aids the rider may use.

Grade I is for the most physically challenged and Grade V is for the least physically challenged. The classification takes place in the same way throughout the world, to ensure the fairest possible competition, and to enable international competition. After the classification, the tested rider receives an electronic test card, which must be enclosed when registering for the event.

How the World Championships are conducted

The first competition at the FEI World Championships in Herning is the battle for the individual medals in the mandatory program. This will take place on Wednesday the 10th and Thursday the 11th of August for Grade II, IV, V, and Grade I, III. This competition counts as the first qualification for Sunday’s freestyle.

The team competition takes place on Friday and Saturday, where the riders in Grade II, IV, and V ride on Friday, while the Grade I and III riders perform the programs forthe championship on Saturday.

The participating nations form teams of three or four riders, where at least one rider competes in the Grade I, II, or III. Not more than two riders in the same Grade can be in a team. The top-three results in a team make the overall team result. This competition is the second qualification for the final event which is the freestyle.

The eight best riders in each Grade from both competitions, mandatory and team program, qualify for the freestyle.

Paralympic teams in Paris decided in Herning

The home nation Denmark was on fourth place at the Paralympics in Tokyo 2021, beaten by a small margin. This season, they won the team competition at the international competition in Kronenberg and hence is a good bid for a team medal on home soil. Great Britain took gold in Tokyo ahead of the Netherlands and the USA. All three nations are still in a strong position in Herning. In addition to World Championship medals, the qualification for the Paralympics in Paris is up for grabs. The 6 best nations in Herning will qualify for the Paralympics in Paris 2024. France asthe host nation is already rewarded a spot for their team.

Watch out for these true champs

We will be able to see a very strong field in all Grades in Herning because all medallists except one from Paralympics in Tokyo have been nominated for participation in the World Championships.

In Grade I, it’s worth keeping an eye on America’s Rocanne Trunnell, a double gold medallist in Tokyo. In Grade II, the two experienced and successful riders Lee Pearson (GBR) and Pepo Puch (AUT) are always a pleasure to follow, the two became gold and silver medallists in Tokyo. They are challenged by among others Katrine Kristensen (DEN) who is deemed to be a strong contester with Gørklintgård’s Quaton.

In Grade III, the interest naturally gathers around Tobias Thorning Jørgensen (DEN). On his horse Jolene Hill, they won two gold medals at the Paralympics in Tokyo. Another strong contester for the title is Natasha Baker (GBR). Sanne Voets(NED) is extremely successful in her grade IV and she will meet fierce competition from Rodolpho Riskalla (BRA) and Manon Claeys (BEL).

In Grade V, interest gathers around Sophie Wells (GBR) as she has numerous achievements on her record. In Tokyo, she was beaten by Michéle George (BEL), and she will without a doubt go for gold at the FEI World Championships in Herning.

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Remember that you can watch all CSI and CDI classes from Herning 2022 on Zibrasport Equest. Same goes for some sideevents, shownight and interviews.

Get ready for the exciting side events at Herning2022

If you just cannot get enough of Herning2022, you may want to spend some time in between all the competitions watching the exciting side events that are going on every day! In this article, we will provide you with a brief overview of what to expect from the side events that will be live streamed at Zibrasport Equest.

NB: Be aware that the program is still subject to change

Riders Corner

Do you want to be updated on all competitions and winners as the World Championships evolve? Then you should tune in to Zibrasport Equest’s daily live show where we will take you through the latest news and highlights from the day as well as interesting interviews with riders and other relevant people at Herning2022. You can watch the first Riders Corner’s on Thursday August 4 and Friday August 5 where we will be live once per day. All other days, you will be able to follow along Riders Corner twice a day.

Side events with Sissel Sandø Ulbæk 

Sissel Sandø Ulbæk owns and runs the company Young Horse Performance specialised in developing young horses both physically and mentally. During Herning2022, she will host two clinics at the Agria Pony Arena:

Saturday August 6, she will host the clinic Signals and communication with your horse in which she will go into depth with how to establish better connection with the horse to avoid miscommunication and misinterpretations.

Sunday August 7, her focus will be on Environmental training and its importance on how to prepare your horse for unexpected situations and unfamiliar situations.

Language: English 

Side event with Rikke Buhl, Professor at University of Copenhagen & Lise Berg, Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen

Rikke Buhl, DVM, PhD, Professor at University of Copenhagen. Rikke Buhl graduated as veterinarian (DVM) in 1999 from University of Copenhagen, Denmark where she also obtained a PhD degree in 2004 and she is now employed there as a professor. Her work is centred on equine cardiology. She focuses on cardiovascular adaptations to exercise, often termed “Athlete´s Heart” and cardiac arrhythmias in horses.

Lise C. Berg, DVM, PhD. Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen. Lise C. Berg graduated as a veterinarian (DVM) in 2002 from University of Copenhagen, where she obtained her PhD degree in 2008. Dr. Berg is also certified in Veterinary Chiropractic and Animal Rehabilitation. Her work is centred around orthopaedics and performance from the cellular level up to the whole horse.

At this side event, Rikke and Lise will take us through stem cell therapy and the equine athlete’s heart.

Stem cell therapy – what is it, and what can it do? Lameness is the main reason for time off work or early retirement in sport horses. Our current treatment options are limited, and they mainly address the symptoms and not the cause of the injury. In recent years, a number of biological regenerative therapies have become more widely available in equine practice, and stem cell therapy is a very exciting new treatment option. But what is fiction and what is fact? This presentation will guide you through the newest data on stem cell therapy in horses, partly based on research from their stem cell research group at the Vet School at University of Copenhagen.

The equine athlete’s heart – does cardiac arrhythmias influence performance of the horse? Cardiac arrhythmias are relatively common in athletic horses. Some arrhythmias are present continually whereas others are only intermittently present making it difficult to diagnose. Horses suffering from intermittent cardiac arrhythmias will typically have days with normal and satisfactory performance, followed by days with poor performance of now obvious reasons. This presentation will lead you through the function of the heart, why cardiac arrhythmias in horses may result in reduced performance of the athletic horse and how we can diagnose and treat cardiac arrhythmias in horses.

Language: English

Tina Dufour – Grooming clinics presented by Blue Hors Care 

Tina Dufour is well-known for her stunning Instagram profile, showing picture-perfect horses, plaiting techniques and other grooming hacks. During Herning2022 she will be hosting three grooming clinics in cooperation with Blue Horse Care at Agria Pony Arena. 

Wednesday August 10: Tina Dufour grooming clinic on preparing dressage horses presented by Blue Hors Care. Tina will demonstrate and explain the techniques on how to groom a dressage horse before entering a show. 

Friday August 12: Tina Dufour grooming clinic on preparing showjumping horses presented by Blue Hors Care. Tina will demonstrate and explain the techniques on how to groom a showjumper before entering a show. 

Saturday August 13: Tina Dufour grooming clinic for children presented by Blue Hors Care. In this clinic, Tina willfocus on safety in the stable and the importance of grooming your horse before riding. 

Side events with Tristan Tucker

Training horses from the early beginning to Grand prix level, teaching students competing at international level and giving demonstrations and clinics all over the world about his own developed TRT Method – Tristan Tucker is a well-known name within the equestrian world, and he is also to be found at Herning2022 where he will contribute to the event with two interesting side events.

Friday August 12: Experience a Q&A session with Tristan Tucker that gives the audience of Herning2022 a unique opportunity to ask questions directly to Tristan. The opportunity will be given on social media where specific questions will be pointed out and answered on the Zibrasport Equest Stage in a dialogue between Louise Hededam and Tristan Tucker. 

Saturday August 13: What do horses really need from us as humans? You will get the answer to this question at this side event when Tristan takes in an unknown horse and demonstrates the effects of TRT Method, giving one follower on social media the opportunity to bring their horse for this clinic – the contest will be announced on Herning2022’s social media.

Furthermore, Tristan Tucker will bring a special surprise during Show Night presented by Mustang Trailers.

Language: English

Side event with Alizée Froment

The Frenchman Alizée Froment has been involved in the equestrian world her whole life as a successful dressage rider competing on international Grand Prix level and as a trainer for the National French pony dressage team. Since 2009, she has shared her philosophy in shows where she demonstrates that even the most technical dressage exercises can be ridden with only a neck rope. Friday August 12, you may experience her side event A path towards liberty work with Alizée Froment. In this clinic, the audience of Herning2022 will get an exclusive inside of the world of liberty work.

Languages: English 

Side event with mental trainer Poppy Blandford

Poppy Blandford works internationally as a Mental Performance Coach specialising in equestrian sport. Working closely with federations, development squads, teams, coaches and international riders, Poppy has built a strong reputation for her specialist ability to influence the performance of Equestrian athletes both in competition and training. Poppy is known for her in-depth knowledge of the Equestrian industry, working to help individuals perform consistently, build confidence and thrive under pressure. 

As being a rider herself, Poppy understands the unique demands of equestrian sport and works with clients at all levels from Pony Club right up to Olympic level.

During Herning2022, you get the opportunity to watch two clinics with the mental trainer.

Saturday August 13: Why is mental training important? Tips and tricks with Poppy Blandford. Hear about the importance of mental training within the equestrian sport and learn how to implement elements of it in your everyday training and show situations. 

Sunday August 14: High performance level with Poppy Blandford. Get an insight of how some of the world’s very best riders mentally prepare for big events such as the World Championships. You will also hear about the techniques they use on the day of the competition from the course work, to the warm up arena and on to the main arena.

Languages: English 

NB: Be aware that the program is still subject to change

Tree planting demonstrates World Championship commitment to sustainability

Working closely with the local municipality, the Organising Committee of Herning2022 has created a number of green initiatives, including the planting of a forest on the outskirts of the city. 

The sustainability goal of the Organising Committee is straightforward: for the World Championships to make a lasting contribution to the environment, while inspiring everyone involved to take greater responsibility for our planet.

“Forests have a significant positive environmental impact as they are habitats for animals, insects, and plants, and they capture and store atmospheric carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as the trees grow,” Herning2022 CEO of Sport Jens Trabjerg said.

“As every equestrian knows, conserving the environment is necessary for the continued practice of our sport. We want to show that major international sporting events like these World Championships, can make a positive difference.” 

“Through our collaboration with Sport Event Denmark, we hope that other organisers and everyone involved in the organisation of such events will start to adopt a similar approach, and perhaps even our principles, as they carry out their work. The World Championship-Forest will be a lasting heritage for everyone who wants to come by and enjoy the many diverse forest experiences that this unique area will offer.”

Planting 60.000 trees

A total of 60,000 trees will be planted in collaboration with the Growing Trees Network, a self-governing institution that grows new forests both in Denmark and abroad, with the help of public donations. Calculations show that the FEI World Championships Forest will sequester (capture and store) approximately 12,000 tons of CO2 over the next century.

The ECCO FEI World Championships Herning 2022 is set to host around 200,000 spectators and over 1,000 media representatives from 6 to 14 August 2022. It is estimated that approximately 200 million TV viewers will tune in to watch the Jumping, Dressage, Vaulting and Para Dressage competitions.

In addition to the FEI World Championships Forest, the Organising Committee will focus on reusing materials that will be rented where possible, and local riding facilities will receive equipment at the end of the Championships. The judges’ towers will be made of recycled wood and will also be used for many years in other equestrian facilities. Foliage around these installations will be re-planted in the forest as much as possible at the end of event.

The Organisers have also created ‘Solution Square’, which is an area at the venue dedicated to Danish environmental technology and circular economy initiatives. 

“Sustainability is about building long‑term value and sport events like the ECCO FEI World Championships in Herning are well placed to create a lasting legacy, not just for equestrian sport but also the local community,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said.

“A change in mindset and attitude is necessary if we are to promote sustainable lifestyles, communities and technologies. And as Herning2022 is showing, the move from small, incremental steps to a bolder strategy for environmental sustainability helps to provide avenues for collaboration and development among local, regional and national stakeholders. 

“The FEI World Championships Forest will be a beautiful legacy for the people of Herning, and will serve as a reminder of what can happen when all parties are willing to come together and work towards a common future.”

A priority

With environmental sustainability a priority for the FEI, the international governing body has worked towards the implementation of equestrian-specific reporting indexes and the creation of a comprehensive guide book for event organisers world-wide.

The FEI Sustainability Handbook for Event Organisers encourages event organisers to implement sustainability initiatives that help reduce the negative environmental impact of their events and create a positive social and economic legacy.

The FEI is also a signatory of the United Nations Climate Change Sports for Climate Action Framework which calls for parties to “undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility”.

In addition, the FEI has adopted a number of sustainability initiatives at its Headquarters in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne (SUI). The FEI head office is recognised as a “Minergie” certified building, a Swiss standard indicating low energy use, with a reduced energy consumption of 25 per cent. When the Headquarters were refurbished in 2011, only two per cent of renovated buildings in Switzerland met these standards. Increased recycling and staff training have also featured in the FEI’s Green Office project.

Photo caption: Mayor of Herning Dorthe West (third from left) with the CEO of Growing Trees Kim Nielsen (far left), and Herning 2022 Organising Committee Founders Jens Trabjerg and Casper Cassoe (far right) at the tree planting ceremony in the FEI World Championships Forest. Photo credit: Herning2022 Organising Committee.

About Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)

The FEI is the world governing body for horse sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and was founded in 1921. Equestrian sport has been part of the Olympic movement since the 1912 Games in Stockholm. The FEI is the sole controlling authority for all international events in the Olympic sports of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, as well as Driving, Endurance and Vaulting.

The FEI became one of the first international sports governing bodies to govern and regulate global para sport alongside its able-bodied disciplines when Para Dressage joined its ranks in 2006. The FEI now governs all international competitions for Para Dressage and Para Driving. 

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