The World's Elite at the Start - and no one applauds

Much is different at the International German Show Jumping Championships


This list of participants is impressive! At the International German Show Jumping Championships, which will take place from December 3rd to 6th at Riesenbeck International, the best German show jumpers will be at the start - as well as some of the world's best athletes. For example, the number one in the world rankings, Steve Guerdat (Switzerland), who has enjoyed riding in the great hall of his colleague Ludger Beerbaum several times. With Jeroen Dubbeldam (Netherlands), Guerdat and the host Ludger Beerbaum, three individual Olympic champions meet, as they did at the opening of the facility in 2015. Julien Epaillard (France) is visiting for the first time, with his compatriot Kevin Staut. The Norwegian Geir Gulliksen comes with his two highly successful children Johan Sebastian and Viktoria. Austria's best show jumper, Max Kühner, celebrates his debut on the facility. Denis Lynch (Ireland) also wants to fight for valuable points in the Longines World Rankings. Chloe Reid is from the USA. She has already celebrated some victories at the Surenburg and is trained by Markus Beerbaum. Egypt is represented by Abdel Said. Henrik von Eckermann (Sweden) always likes to return to his old home with colleagues Marco Kutscher, Philipp Weishaupt, Eoin McMahon, Christian Kukuk and Ludger Beerbaum (all at the start).


Due to lack of space, it is hardly possible to name all of the German participants. Just this much: the best of the best women and men are at the start. National coach Otto Becker is looking forward to the complete Olympic and perspective squad (apart from Simone Blum and Janne-Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann) with Christian Ahlmann, Daniel Deußer, Marcus Ehning, Maurice Tebbel, Sven Schlüsselburg, Patrick Stühlmeyer, Philipp Weishaupt - and the Olympic Champion in eventing Michael Jung!


13 classed are on the program of the four days of the tournament, including the final of Germany's U25 jumping cup.


It is a terrible situation for all organizers to present such a field - and there will be no applause or cheering from the audience! It's good that broadcasts all classes live!


"In order to contribute to reducing the contacts of everyone and thus lowering the number of new infections with Covid-19, this event will run significantly different than usual," says organizer Ludger Beerbaum. "We practice our sport in a professional environment, no more and no less."


Strict hygiene and safety standards must be adhered to: each participant is only allowed to enter the facility with one groom. Relatives and accompanying persons are not permitted, neither visitors nor sponsors are allowed, the number of officials is reduced to a necessary minimum - and so journalists are not permitted on site either. There is no social get-together. There is no catering or exhibition.


The intention of the organizers and the German National Federation is, in times of existential fear, tournament cancellations and disruptions in everyday training, to give the riders and horses a chance to stay in a competition mode.


Ludger Beerbaum: “In the coming year - we all hope - with the Olympic Games and the European Championships, which are to take place in Riesenbeck in September 2021, major events are planned. For this it is important that horses and riders do not lose their rhythm. "


All important information, links to video, photos and discussions can be found on the website during the event


Foto: RI | The three individual Olympic Champions (Jeroen Dubbeldam, Steve Guerdat, Ludger Beerbaum v.r.) met in Riesenbeck in 2015