European Dressage, Jumping Championships to be Broadcast on TV & Internet

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Windsor Castle, site of the Alltech FEI European Dressage & Jumping Championships in August.
Windsor Castle, site of the Alltech FEI European Dressage & Jumping Championships in August.

LONDON, July 14–At least seven European broadcasters and the Internet provider, FEI-TV will televise the 2009 Alltech FEI European Championships of dressage and jumping scheduled for historic Windsor Castle Aug. 25-30.

Britain’s most important equestrian event this decade and a lead up to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky should be available around the world on television or the Internet. FEI-TV has not yet announced its schedule.

Equidia of France); SVT of Sweden; SGR/SSR of Switzerland; ARD & ZDF of Germany; NOB of The Netherlands and RAI of Italy have scheduled coverage as members of the European Broadcasting Union.

In Britain, the In the BBC has scheduled live coverage on:

Friday, Aug. 28 – BBC 2: 2–4pm Live coverage of the second round of the Team and Individual Show Jumping Finals;

Saturday, Aug. 29 – Red Button service: 7.45-10.30pm Live coverage of the Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle to Music (Kür), and

Sunday, Aug. 30 BBC2: 4.15-5.30pm Live coverage of the Individual Show Jumping Final.

Participating nations are currently in the midst of selecting their teams.

The expectation is that the 2009 championships strongly favor The Netherlands. The Dutch team will be selected after next week’s Exquis World Dressage Masters in Hickstead England.

Vying for selection are Anky van Grunsven and IPS Salinero who showed their renewed strength at Aachen at the beginning of July, Edward Gal and the spectacular Moorland Totilas, the return of Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival who was injured at the World Cup in Las Vegas in April and has not competed since, Hans Peter Minderhoud and Escapado and Imke Schellekens-Bartels and Hunter Douglas Sunrise.

The usually powerful German team will be without two of its stars: Isabell Werth is suspended and awaiting a hearing on the discovery of a banned substance in a small tour horse, Whisper, while Ulla Salzgeber’s Herzruf’s Erbe was injured at Aachen and will not be fit to compete.

Britain and Denmark are expected to be in the medals hunt.