World Cup finals in four disciplines are taking place at the same venue for the first time in equestrian sport in Leipzig next month.
Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas, who won the 2010 World Cup Dressage Final in s'Hertogenbosch. © Kit Houghton
Partner Pferd will host show jumping and dressage riders, vaulters and drivers from around the world, from April 27 to May 1. Three halls will accommodate 750 horses and more than 250 exhibitors in the vendors area. Some 10,000 spectators are expected over the course of the show.
A total of 50 competitions are included in the programme of the World Cup Event - alongside the FEI World Cup Finals there is also a CSI3*, the Super Final of the European Youngster Cup and the Finals for various national series. There are also show programmes such as the Leipzig Night of Horses on Thursday evening, to celebrate the opening of the event, and shows on Friday and Saturday evening. The event is costing €4 million to run, and will offer €1.6m in prize money.
An event of this scale is possible in Leipzig due to the close connections between long-time sponsors and with the support of the city of Leipzig and the province of Saxony. Partner Pferd is considered a joint mission, and organizer Volker Wulff said the show brings enormous publicity to the region. "During the event, and for days afterwards, there will be a worldwide distribution of reports coming out of Leipzig."
Wulff said the region expected to reap an economic benefit from the show to the tune of about €12 million.
Partner Pferd first took place in 1998 as a national indoor show, and attracted 13,000 spectators. When it hosted its first international event, the World Cup Jumping Final in 2002, it hosted 76,000 spectators.