All-comers invited for global dressage challenge

Judges for the 2012 German Horse Center Challenge.
Judges for the 2012 German Horse Center Challenge.

Following  a successful debut this year, the German Horse Center Challenge will again take place in 2013.

Riders of all levels and nations can enter four riding tests by online video submission to the German Horse Center Facebook page and view other riders and horses performing the test in their countries.

Last year riders from Canada, New Zealand, Greece, Brazil, the Czech Republic, USA, Belgium, Denmark as well as a large number from Germany took part.

The showjumping tests were judged by Reitmeister FN and 1988 Olympic bronze medalist Karsten Huck, and double Pferdewirtschaftsmeister Franz Schulze Schleithoff, while the dressage tests were judged by World Cup rider Helen Langehanenberg, and Pferdewirtschaftsmeister Sebastian Langehanenberg. Pferdewirtschaftsmeister is the highest level of training in Germany.

Participation is free, and the goal is to have fun with the horse and share the experiences of the event.

Prizes are on offer include a Roxane de Luxe saddle with Biomex Protection, double bridles and snaffle bridles from Stübben, and stable and competition blankets from euro-star. Virtual ribbons for Facebook profile pictures will also be awarded.

Tests are performed in a 40 x 20 arena, and while the official event language is English, riding tests will be available in German and English.

To take part:

  1. Riders can download the riding tests from
  2. Record the test on video.
  3. Upload the video to YouTube and submit the link to the YouTube video, as well as details about the horse and rider, using the German Horse Center Facebook entry form.
  4. Following the deadline for submitting videos, every rider will receive personalized feedback about their performance.

“The priority for German Horse Center is that both horse and rider should have fun when performing the tasks. The main prize for each and every rider is the feedback they receive from top trainers.”

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