All FEI Dressage European Championships for Youth (U25, Young Riders, Juniors, Children and Ponies) in 2020 have now been consolidated and will take place in Budapest Region - Pilisjaszfalu (HUN) from 11 to 27 August.
Originally, the Hungarian venue was set to host the FEI Dressage European Championships for Children and U25, however, due to Covid-19 and the cancellation of the FEI Dressage European Championships for Juniors and Young Riders in Hartpury (GBR) and the FEI Dressage European Championships for Ponies in Strzegom (POL), the Hungarian Organisers and National Federation contacted the FEI offering to host the additional categories.
The proposal to combine the Youth Championships was supported by the European Equestrian Federation, the Dressage Calendar Task Force and the Dressage Technical Committee. The FEI held a videoconference meeting with the Pilisjaszfalu Organising Committee and the Hungarian National Federation last week to finalise arrangements and the addition of the categories to the timetable.
As a result of the pandemic and the lack of competition opportunities, the Dressage Committee has waived Minimum Eligibility Requirements for all Youth Championships this year.
The timetable for the Event, which now takes place over two and half weeks as opposed to the initial six days, will be as follows:
Children & Juniors: Sunday 9 August – Friday 14 August 2020
Young Riders & U25: Monday 17 August – Saturday 22 August 2020
Ponies: Tuesday 25 August – Sunday 30 August 2020
In line with the FEI Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the Covid-19 Pandemic, a set of key measures and actions will apply during the Event to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 transmission. The Organising Committee’s risk assessment and mitigation measures will be published on the FEI website in advance of the deadline for Definite Entries.
The FEI owes a huge of debt of thanks to both the Hartpury and Strzegom Organising teams for all the hard work that they had already put in and share their disappointment in having to cancel their Championships because of the pandemic. We, together with the community, are very grateful to the Hungarian Organisers and National Federation for stepping in and providing the opportunity for all Youth Athletes to participate in FEI Dressage European Championships this year.