Aachen in Germany will host the 2015 FEI European Championships in five equestrian disciplines, the first time such a number have been catered for at one venue.
The disciplines of jumping, dressage, driving, vaulting and reining will be hosted at Aachen, home of the 2006 World Equestrian Games. Germany had also bid for eventing, but lost to Blair Castle in Scotland.
Michael Mronz, General Manager of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH, said: “We respect the fact that the FEI was not able to grant eventing to Aachen due to existing sponsor contracts.
“With our concept to carry out five disciplines at the Soers venue which is so full of tradition, we will start a new chapter in the history of equestrian sport,” he said.
Planning for Aachen 2015 is already well under way, said Frank Kemperman, chairman of the board of organiser Aachen-Laurensberger Rennvereins e.V. (ALRV).
“It has already been decided that the dressage competitions will be staged in the main stadium in front of 40,000 spectators.
“We all remember the thrilling moments on the occasion of the WEG Aachen 2006,” he said.
“We will provide excellent conditions to horses and athletes, so we can all look forward to the greatest top-class sport.”
ALVR president Carl Meulenbergh said the organisation was very happy. “The whole region is looking forward to welcoming our international guests as friendly hosts.”
The organizers thanked both the federal government and the government of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as broadcasters WDR, ARD and ZDF, who all supported Aachen’s bid, as did the German National Equestrian Federation (FN).
FN General Secretary Soenke Lauterbach said: “Nine years after the FEI WEG Aachen 2006, this is an affirmation for Germany as an equestrian country and for the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein. Already now, we are looking forward to what will surely be outstanding European Championships.”