Tomorrow is the start of a brand new tournament in Belgium. Knokke Hippique, founded by Stephan Conter from Stephex Stables, will be a brand new 5* jumping from 25 to 28 June. Conter already organised a very succesful Stephex Masters in 2014. ‘The interest from the top of the sport for this event is immense. We have got many applications to participate even before we even communicated on it. I believe we receive this recognition as a result of Brussels Stephex Masters, the event we are organizing in September for the second time,’ says Stephan Conter. Who’s coming? Well, what about: Daniel Deusser, Steve Guerdat, Kent Farrington, Michael Whitaker, Pénélope Leprevost, Jessica Mendoza and of course some great Belgian riders like Gregory Wathelet, Jos Verlooy, Pieter Devos, Constant Van Paesschen & Gudrun Patteet.
To welcome all those riders and horses, a terrain of more than 30ha has been prepared with 2 impressive competition rings. On those arena’s riders will compete both during the day and the evening. After dusk, competitions continue with spectacular classes under floodlight. The event is held on an estate between the Natiënlaan and the Nieuwstraat, as part of a golf course to be built over the next years. The terrain of Knokke Hippique is shaped in the same golf-like style. ‘Knokke is a special place. It is often referred to as ‘the Saint-Tropez of the North’. It is an attractor for people who enjoy the good things in life. And what is better than showjumping of the highest level?’ Conter continues. ‘In Brussels we welcomed more than 20.000 spectators and the grandstands were full every evening. I believe that Knokke Hippique will attract even bigger crowds, because of its location and date. The project can be a fantastic publicity for our sport and our entire industry. However, most importantly the visitors will experience from an exceptional weekend,’ Conter says.
So if you’re around just take a look because I believe it will be quite wonderful. I already liked the Stephex Masters last year. It was only a 3* competition but there were quite some big names and they offered some days of great sport. And best thing of all: the entrance is free of charge.