Leipzig Selected for 2011 Dressage. Jumping and Driving World Cup Finals

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The Old City of Leipzig, Germany
The Old City of Leipzig, Germany

LEIPZIG, Germany, July 9–The German city of Leipzig has been selected for the finals of Dressage, Jumping and Driving World Cup Finals in 2011, the first time that all three of the annual championships have been held in the same location.

The disclosure of the selection of Leipzig for the finals of all three disciplines from April 27 to May 1, 2011, was made Thursday and confirmed by the German equestrian federation. Leipzig hosted the 2002 World Cup Jumping Final.

The 2010 FEI World Cup Final for dressage will be held in s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, and the jumping final in Geneva.

So far, only Las Vegas has hosted both the dressage and jumping finals together, in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

Leipzig dates back to the 11th century. Although captured by American forces in World War II, it was turned over to the Communist regime and was a part of East Germany from 1945 until reunification in 1990.

“There has never been three World Cup Finals taking place at the same time at the same venue,” FN secretary general Soenke Lauterbach said. “I believe this event will be a great experience.”

Volker Wulff, chief organizer of the event who has been working since 2007 to bring all three finals together in Leipzig, said: “Now the dream comes true in 2011 and a whole region is happy about it.”

Holger Schmezer, the German national dressage team coach, said: “Above all, in view of the spectators who would like to experience a range of horse sport World Cups will be a real highlight of the winter.”

Otto Becker, coach of the German jumping team who won the World Cup Final in 2002, said: “I have a high personal regard with Leipzig.”