May 25, 2022

The week in Klein Flottbek - J.J. Darboven extends Derby contract

Hamburg - Five days of equestrian sport at the highest level on one of the most traditional and beautiful show grounds in the world - in the middle of one of the most beautiful cities in the world: The German Show Jumping and Dressage Derby presented by IDEE KAFFEE in Hamburg, only a stone's throw away from the Elbe, is finally back after the break due to the Corona! Visitors, riders and the entire organisation team are literally digging in their heels and looking forward to the Derby week in the magnificent Derby Park in Klein Flottbek.

The tour to the German Jumping Derby will proceed as usual via the first qualification on tournament Wednesday and the second in the Prize of Deutsche Kreditbank AG on Friday. This is the first time in 2022 that it goes down the IDEE KAFFEE Wall. Albert Darboven, owner and CEO of the Hamburg hot drinks expert J.J. Darboven, also knows what a feeling it is to stand on this Wall. "I even managed to ride my polo pony up the rampart once 30 years ago when there was no tournament. I looked down once, but I didn't want to put my pony through that. That's why this Wall has something significant for me, unique in the world and the horses that go down there fascinate me." Albert Darboven also announced the extension of his contract as presenting sponsor of the German Jumping and Dressage Derby for the next three years.
The show week has two more derby experiences to offer: Firstly, the Prestige Speed Derby on Saturday afternoon and secondly, the Amateur Jumping Derby of the SPOOKS Amateur Trophy on Sunday. Directly afterwards it will be decided, the 91st German Jumping Derby presented by IDEE KAFFEE - by the way, the two triple Derby winners André Thieme and Toni Haßmann will be competing here, among others.
The League of Champions
André Thieme will also be competing in the world's most highly remunerated show jumping series, which will be stopping off in the Hanseatic city as usual - namely with DSP Chakaria, with whom he was European Champion last summer and has his sights set on the World Championships this year. The Longines Global Champions Tour and the GCL Team Competition attract, among others, the top 30 of the world ranking list to Klein Flottbek. The competitions of the prestigious contest, which travels around the world in the course of the season, begin on Thursday with the Prize of "Deutsche Vermögensberatung AG - DVAG" with the first jumping of the GCL Team Competition. On Saturday, the points in both series will then be decided in the final competition of the GCL Team Jumping, before the showdown in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Hamburg.
Another great highlight will turn Ascension Day into what feels like a tournament Sunday with a Grand Prix, as the CG Elementum Championat of Hamburg is on the programme - a five-star jumping competition with jump-off: "I have already been here twice and have excellent memories of both events," said Ronald Pofalla, Member of the Management Board of the Gröner Group, whose subsidiary CG Elementum is celebrating its sponsorship debut at the Derby. The show-jumping programme is rounded off by the international series for seven and eight-year-old young horses, the FUNDIS Youngster Tour, as well as the SPOOKS Amateur Trophy for ambitious non-professionals in the jumping saddle.
Dressage with a new varnish
This year, the dressage competitions in Klein Flottbek will be celebrated at the usual high level, but with a new design. The dressage stadium is celebrating its premiere this year as the Anrecht-Investment Dressage Arena and is thus hosting an incomparable dressage programme: "We have put a lot of heart and soul into it," explained Kristina Anrecht. "We want the dressage to have the same glamour as the show jumping and for the spectators to feel welcome at the dressage." Things get off to a top-class start, as the international four-star tour starts right on Thursday with the Grand Prix in the Prize of the Liselott and Klaus Rheinberger Foundation. Here it will already be decided which three pairs will face the exciting change of horses in the final of the Almased 62nd German Dressage Derby on Sunday. Frederic Wandres, who could already win the blue ribbon of the Derby winner in 2019, could be among them: "I am simply drawn to Hamburg, also because I have already been so successful here. We just feel comfortable here, it's a fantastic tournament and we're very happy to be there."

But it is not the only dressage derby, Klein Flottbek is known for. The U25 Dressage Derby will also be decided in the Anrecht-Investment Dressage Arena, namely in the KASA Brandt Prize. The way to the final - also with a change of horses - leads via the uvex sports prize in memoriam Rosemarie Springer on Friday. The youngest - and the smallest - also celebrate their Derby in Hamburg. For the German Pony Dressage Derby presented by Selleria Equipe, the U16 riders qualify with their charming ponies via two qualifications: the Prize of Hof Etzer Heide on Thursday and a second qualification on Friday.
Derby time is a good time
Visitors can enjoy the Derby in the exhibition, which shines as a brilliant white pagoda city on the park grounds. Strolling, shopping and feasting is particularly good in Hamburg, because a select exhibition offers equipment for riders and horses, for example at the stand of FUNDIS Reitsport, fashion and accessories for him and her, among others at the stand of SPOOKS, vehicles and transporters, such as at Böckmann Fahrzeugwerke GmbH, as well as exquisite gastronomy designed by Böttcherhof or delicious strawberries from Erdbeerhof Glantz.
For the youngest visitors, there is fun to be had in the Children's Land. To make sure that no one misses anything from the jumping stadium during the tour through the exhibition, two video screens are set up at central points as a public viewing offer - also at the Kinderland. So the kids can romp around and the parents won't miss a thing. By the way, as a new service for shopping queens and kings, there will be a shop & drop service to keep the shopping loot. This way, visitors can relax and watch the event without having to carry bags and sacks.
Top-class sporting event, traditional event, social event, family outing, shopping experience, gourmet event or in short: Simply a good time is what the five days at the German Show Jumping and Dressage Derby presented by IDEE KAFFEE offer.

Currently there are no Corona regulations. We ask visitors to be considerate and keep their distance.
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