Footing Approved for European Championships in Herning

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Experts testing the footing for the European Dressage and Jumping Championships in Herning, Denmark.
Experts testing the footing for the European Dressage and Jumping Championships in Herning, Denmark.

HERNING, Denmark, July 10–Footing has been approved for the European Dressage and Jumping Championships at Herning, Denmark Aug. 20-25, after undergoing extreme watering following heavier rain than normal that has led to cancelation of some events in Europe.

Tests of the footing for the ECCO FEI European Championship were undertaken by International Equestrian Federation experts Christian Bauer and Rob Jansen along with competition organizers Jens Trabjerg and Bo Kristoffersen and representatives of Neergaard Stald Design.

“The group assessed the quality of the footing to be used on all courses during the EC,” the organizers said of the testing at the MCH Arena. “After a thorough examination of the reaction of the footing under extreme watering (with hundreds of litres of water) the experts declared the footing approved.”

More than 23,000 square meters of footing will be installed for several warm-up and training courses as well as the new 90 x 90-meter stadium arena.

The competition ring within the main arena–a soccer stadium–will take 8,000 perforated mats as a base for 1,300 square meters of sand.

Construction of the arenas begins this week for most to be completed by Aug. 16 with the main arena finished after the local soccer club plays a game the same night.

Two mascots for the championships have been named “Fair” and “Play” after a naming contest.