Four-in-hand and Riesenbeck – a special bond

Christoph Sandmann, German Champion 2017

The four-in-hand drivers love Riesenbeck – and Riesenbeck International returns this affection by hosting the German Championships on the grounds around the Surenburg again.

From June 21st to June 23rd, international guests will compete in the disciplines driving, dressage and showjumping. This year, several new features will be implemented for the athletes and spectators, who – as always – will have free entry to all classes, the exhibition and the food court.


Complementary to the German Championship, the drivers will be able to compete in one additional class, which has always been a well-liked event in the driving community. The Top Score Competition will take place on Friday night in the grass stadium under floodlights. The class will be accompanied by the opening night with a party and live music by Mr. & Mrs. Jones.


On Saturday, one highlight chases the next. With dressage and showjumping classes starting bright and early, selected two-in-hand drivers will start the carriages off for the marathon. Then, the highly decorated international four-in-hand drivers will compete in the marathon in and around the Surenburg forest. Right after the last driver crosses the marathon finish line, the showjumpers will begin their team competition. In the Sparkassen-Team-Challenge, each team is represented by four riders who will compete in the levels A, L, M and S. International teams, such as the Longines World Equestrian Academy team, and regional teams will compete for the podium. “We’re hoping that many supporters from the area will come and cheer for their club mates, stable mates and families”, says show director Karsten Lütteken.


Just as in previous years, dressage riders also have every reason to join the show at Riesenbeck International. Competing on all three days in the modern indoor event arena, the riders in the U25 age group are being evaluated by their national coaches, as the show is one of the official scouting shows for the U25 European Championships. The competitors will present their tests on Grand-Prix-level. In an effort to also incorporate regional dressage riders into the show, a pas de deux competition on L-level will be held on Saturday. “We want to keep to our philosophy and offer as much of a variety of classes as possible by addressing equestrians of all disciplines and levels. It is our goal to be “the place to be” for both professional and amateur athletes”, states Karsten Lütteken.


In the newly named “Academy Ring”, interested spectators will be able to inform themselves about topics around the horse in the midst of the exhibition. Information and entertainment will walk hand in hand as liberty dressage will be shown and explained, the Hörsteler dog center will present their sports partners, book readings for children and short presentations about feeding and stabling horses will be held, and lessons to improve the correct equestrian seat will be demonstrated. With this program, guests of all ages will hopefully spend entertaining hours at the equestrian center Riesenbeck International.


You will find further information in the event below!


Picture below: Gerrit Nieberg, Winner in Grand Prix from Surenburg 2018