Monday, September 20, 2004

Auchen: 2006 WEG Pre-Ride

Test-Event Endurance: 25.09.2004


Next Saturday, September 25th, the Test-Event Endurance will lead through three countries. The endurance-ride is the first test for the FEI World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006.



60 competitors will go on the 90 kilometre respectively 120 kilometre course through Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Most prominent competitor is the German Champion Melanie Arnold as well as the German Vice-Champion Bernhard Dornsiepen. Sunny Demedy, the bronze medal winner of the World Equestrian Games Jerez 2002, comes from France. Riders from 17 nations will start, among others also three Sheiks from the UAE.

Starting at 7 a.m., the course leads from the Soers to the crew point Vetschau, via Bosrust (Netherlands) and the border triangle it goes to Montzen (Belgium). Via Plombières and again the border triangle, the course leads then via the crew points Lütticher Street and Köpfchen again to the border triangle. Frank Kemperman General Manager of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein (ALRV), particularly asks the pedestrians for understanding: " Riders and pedestrians will meet each other in the forest. But if the pedestrians show understanding for the riders, we will not have problems. But most importantly, I would like to ask all dog owners to use a leash in the forest." Via Bosrust, Furt Mamelis and Vetschau it goes back to the Soers. As of approx. 4 p.m., the fastest riders will be expected there. The border triangle is already the ultimate destination for the riders going the "short" distance. A detailed course map is at your disposal under www.aachen2006.de/sport/distanzreitenTest.html.

The most attractive point for the spectators is the so-called "Vet-Gate" at the border triangle. There, the first riders will be expected at 8.15 a.m. The course always leads back in loops to the border triangle. "I can only recommend all spectators to come here", says Kemperman. Here, all participating horses will be checked by veterinarians. Only if they attest the health of the horses, horse and rider will be authorized to go on to the next part of the course. At the border triangle, parking lots are at your disposal. Admission to the test-event is free of charge.

[Achen2006 Newsletter]

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