Showjumping’s world number one Christian Ahlmann has confirmed he will participate in the Longines Beijing Equestrian Masters next month.
There are 32 Olympic, World Championship and European Championship gold-medallists among the competitors of the international jumping competitions. In addition to Ahlmann, starters include Ludger Beerbaum, last year’s winner Jos Lansink from Belgium, the European Champion Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (Sweden) and the US-American Laura Kraut have confirmed their attendance. Marco Kutscher, France’s Olivier Guillon and Nick Skelton (GB) will also be competing in Peking.
The event takes place from April 18 to 20 in the “Bird’s Nest” Olympic Stadium in Peking. It is the third time the competition has been held, but the first time as an official FEI event.
Beerbaum is particularly looking forward to the ambiance of the Bird’s Nest: “Riding here is almost an awe-inspiring experience, this stadium is really incredible. As one of the Olympic participants, I had the honour of experiencing the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Games.”
Eleven international riders and 24 from China will make up the field of 35 riders vying to win the Longines Beijing Masters 2013.
“We will experience fantastic sport in the Bird’s Nest,” said Michael Mronz, General Manager of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH (ART), which is co-organising the Masters.
“Together with the Chinese Association, our aim is also to promote the equestrian sport in China and throughout the entire Asian region by establishing this top international event,” he said.
The grass arena in the Bird’s Nest will be replaced by a sand arena for this year’s event, which will also feature equine performances by Chinese participants, who will demonstrate equestrian vaulting and dressage.