2017 Nations Cup Series Expands to 8 Events With Hickstead Restored

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The USA gold medal team at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, the start of the first official year of the trans-Atlantic series that was won by the United States. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
The USA gold medal team at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, the start of the first official year of the trans-Atlantic series that was won by the United States. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Dec. 14, 2016

The Nations Cup series for 2017 will expand to a record eight competitions on both sides of the Atlantic with the restoration of Hickstead, England to the schedule after a break for a year.

The lineup of team competitions that had its first official year as an International Equestrian Federation (FEI) series in 2016 will grow in both number to eight from six in 2016 as well as adding Kiev, Ukraine in central Europe.

Hickstead had been in the circuit from the beginning but dropped out in 2016 because of financing issues.

The series included the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida and five western European venues this year and in two years of testing the format following a tryout in 2013 that had four events.

The United States won the 2016 series with Sweden reserve champion and Denmark third.

 The schedule for 2017:

CDIO3* Wellington, Florida USA March 21-26
CDIO4* Kiev, Ukraine May 5-7
CDIO5* Compiègne, France May 18-21
CDIO4* Uggerhalne, Denmark June 1-5
CDIO5* Rotterdam, Netherlands June 22-25
CDIO5* Falsterbo, Sweden July 13-16
CDIO5* Aachen, Germany July 19-23
CDIO3* Hickstead, England July 27-20