Dutch Louis Koninckx is far from an unknown quantity in show jumping. He has designed courses for the biggest championships and has a clear idea of what he wants to achieve with each course.
His resume as a course designer includes the 2019 European Championships in Rotterdam and the 2017 European Championships in Gothenburg. In addition, Louis was a technical delegate at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.
Around 12 months have been spent finding a suitable theme and designing obstacles for this World Championship on Danish soil.
The theme is based on Danish design and culture, and the obstacles reflect both the Marguerite, several of Hans Christian Andersen’s adventurers, and Louis’ own favorite jump, Nyhavn.
The World Championships focus on sustainability, which is why the new obstacles will be distributed to Danish riding clubs after the championships, where they will live on for many years.
36 different nations have nominated riders for the World Championships in Jumping. And the individual silver winner from WEG in Tryon, Martin Fuchs, and bronze winner Steve Guerdat is again nominated for Switzerland. The USA won team gold at home ground in Tryon, has announced a very strong team for the World Championship in Herning, led by Longines World Ranking No. 8 Kent Farrington and ranking No. 11 Mclain Ward. Also, Jessica Springsteen, daughter of rock legend Bruce Springsteen is nominated for the American team.
The Olympic Champion from Great Britain Ben Maher is nominated, and this is also the case for Scott Brash, both are very familiar with the showground, as they won resp. silver and bronze at the European Championships in 2013 in Herning.
The reigning Olympic Champions from Sweden present the Longines World Rankings No. 2 and 3 – Henrik von Eckermann and Peder Fredricson and their teammate from the Olympics in Tokyo Malin Baryard-Johnsson. Who will complete the Swedish team will be clarified after definite entry on 25 July.
24 nations have entered teams in the team competition.
Strong profiles in dressage
In dressage, 36 different nations are nominated. The reigning champion from WEG in Tryon Isabell Werth is once again part of the German team, though not with Bella Rose, who is retired, but with DSP Quantas. The reigning silver winner Laura Graves from the USA has retired Verdates. Charlotte Dujardin won bronze, and she is nominated with a new horse, Imhotep. Reigning Olympic champion Jessica von Bredow-Werndl will not be competing as she is pregnant. Instead, the focus is on Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour, who has just cleared the table at CHIO Aachen with 5 victories out of 5 starts.
The reigning World Champions in the team competition and the Olympic Champions from Germany have had some mishaps with some of their top riders, but Germany always comes out strong at Championships. They are clearly part of the fight for the gold medal. The same is the case for the United States, which won silver in Tryon and at the Olympics in Tokyo both times ahead of Great Britain. Denmark is predicted to be a good bid for a medal at home ground, and with the strength, shown by the team in Aachen a medal of the finest carat could be a possibility.
22 nations have entered teams in the team competition.
Several double gold winners ready in Para-dressage
29 nations have announced their participation in Para-dressage. And among them all medalists in the team competition from WEG in Tryon: Holland, Great Britain, and Germany. The strong, double gold winner from WEG in Tryon Sara Morganti (ITA) in Grade I, is again nominated. The same goes for the Austrian top rider Pepo Puch in grade II. In Grade III, the double PL gold winner from Tokyo Tobias Thorning Jørgensen is nominated for Denmark. The double gold winners in grades IV and V from Tryon Sanne Voets (NED) and Sophie Wells (GBR) can also be found on the list of riders in Herning2022.
19 nations compete in the team competition.
Top Volunteers occupy the Boxen
A total of 19 nations have announced their arrival in Vaulting, with a clear predominance of participants in individual vaulting for women (17 nations). The reigning champion for women from Austria is not nominated for the World Championship in Herning, but the reigning World champion male vaulter Lambert Leclezio (FRA) will no doubt give his stunning performance during the Championships.
14 nations have registered a Squad, while 5 nations are represented in Pas de Deux (Austria, Germany, Italy, USA, and Denmark)
“We have become aware that many believe that the tickets for Herning2022 have been sold out, and this is not the case,” Jens Trabjerg, CEO Sport, says.
While there has been a lot of interest in the tickets for the World Championships, which has four disciplines on the program – Dressage, Jumping, Para-dressage, and Vaulting – tickets are still available for all championships in several ticket categories.
There are only a few tables left at the VIP section in the Stutteri Ask Stadium. If you would like to experience the FEI World Championships at first class, please contact: VIP | Herning 2022.
Herning2022 has a dedicated staff who are happy to help find available hotel rooms in Herning and the surrounding area. And in addition, there is still space on the campsite “The Village” on the showground.
A key collaboration between Ejner Hessel A/S and Herning2022 means that the Organisers can offer shuttle services to and from the official hotels to riders, officials, sponsors, partners, and official guests. Through this major partnership, Ejner Hessel A/S will provide 25 exclusive plug-in hybrid cars.
“Ejner Hessel has a large fleet of luxury cars, and with the SUV models we are made available, we ensure that our guests are transported safely and comfortably to and from the venue,” said Casper Cassøe, who together with Jens Trabjerg is behind the running of the FEI World Championships Herning from 6 – 14 August.
The cars will be driven by skilled, experienced drivers in Herning2022’s shuttle team and will depart from the main entrance at EquiPark.
The collaboration with Ejner Hessel A/S also means that they make cars available for material transport in and out of the three stadiums: Stutteri Ask Stadion, Jyske Bank Boxen, and the BB Horse Arena.
“This is the first time we are working with Ejner Hessel, apart from a minor collaboration around the FEI World Cup TM in October last year, and we have experience of their professionalism and commitment. And since Hessel has a branch in Herning, it further facilitates collaboration. It is a large organisation that has gone wholeheartedly and actively into the collaboration,” says Casper Cassøe.
He and Jens Trabjerg enjoy driving many pleasant kilometers in the two Mercedes provided by Ejner Hessel A/S.
About Ejner Hessel A/S
Ejner Hessel A/S is among Denmark’s largest private car dealers with more than 25 branches around the country. Since 1987, they have been dealers in Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, and sales manager Allan Munk is pleased they have succeeded in entering into the collaboration with Herning2022.
“We are experiencing enormous interest in and growth in sales of Mercedes electric and hybrid cars in all our departments. And we know that it will be the future for our customers, which is why we saw it as a really good opportunity to have our very fine model program shown to a wide range of interesting people. The vast majority of all traffic during Herning2022 will be able to take place 100 percent electrically, which just proves how far the technology has reached for electric cars.”
During the entire event, visitors will be able to see the many Mercedes-Benz models around the roads in most of Denmark, where the many riders have to be transported to and from hotels and airports.
The public can easily get from Herning city and the station to the World Championship area. There will be shuttle buses running every 40 minutes throughout the day. The service starts 60 minutes before the first class and the last departure to Herning city will be 30 – 60 minutes after the last class. The bus is free. If you choose to come by bus or train to Herning, you can get help to plan your trip via reiseplanen.dk
There is no doubt – the world’s best showjumpers will deliver exciting sport during the ECCO FEI World Championships in Herning in August 2022. Stutteri Ask Stadium will buzz with enthusiastic spectators when the world’s top riders meet in a battle for team and individual medals. Agria, an insurance company providing insurances for horses and pets will be the main sponsor of the jumping competitions during Herning2022.
– At Agria, we have insured horses since 1890. Just like the horse owners we want all horses to live long and healthy lives. Through our collaboration with equestrian organisations such as the Danish Equestrian Federation and the Horse Research Foundation, we contribute to research and horse welfare on many levels. We deal with all aspects of horse ownership from when the foal is born until it performs at a high level in equestrian sports. At the ECCO FEI World Championships, we will experience top equestrian sport, and we are looking forward to meeting horse friends from all over the world, says Agnes Fabricius, CEO of Agria, Sweden.
Agria Super Sunday will be a very special experience. The world’s leading showjumpers will meet in a trilling battle for the individual medals. The individual final takes place on Sunday 14 August, and Agria Super Sunday marks the end of nine competition days during the ECCO FEI World Championships Herning (DEN).
– We are very grateful for the support from Agria Animal Insurance, says Jens Trabjerg
Jens Trabjerg is the organiser of the four-time championship in Jumping, Dressage, Para Dressage and Vaulting together with Casper Cassøe. – We have had a constructive dialogue with Agria from the very beginning of the planning of the championships, and we are very happy and proud of the great interest in Herning2022 we experience from many companies and individuals. With Agria as the main sponsor for the jumping competitions during the ECCO FEI World Championships, we are sure we have established a good foundation to show amazing sports to the audience at the Stutteri Ask Stadium, and at home behind the TV-screens around the world, he concludes.
The jumping competitions begin on Wednesday 10 August. On Friday 12 August, the team competition among the top ten nations will be settled, and on Sunday 14 August at Agria Super Sunday, the battle for the individual medals will be settled.
Join in on days filled with world class equestrian! Tribute the newly crowned World Champions in dressage, para dressage, jumping and vaulting .
Watch the magnificent gala show at Stutteri Ask Stadium. Spend quality time with friends and family and enjoy (hopefully) warm and long summer days. Have fun at the campsite.
Experience talks and live music at the ECCO Square. Watch clinics, CDI and CSI competitions on several arenas. Visit The Equestrian Fair with more than 200 exhibitors. Let the little ones have fun at the large kids area. Enjoy cold drinks at The Club in the evening.
All this and much more will be ready for you to experience, when you visit Herning in 2022!One thing is for sure, we can guarantee an extraordinary experience for everyone – at all ages!
We will release the tickets March 2nd 12:00 AM (GMT + 1) at our official website www.herning2022.com