Re-allocation of FEI Driving World Championship four in hand 2020
6 July 2020

The organisation behind Driving Valkenswaard International is pleased to announce that their plans to organise the FEI World Championships for Four-in-Hand horses in October of this year are on schedule.

In line with the FEI Board decision taken during the three-day videoconference in June, the FEI Driving World Championship four in hand will take place in Valkenswaard (NED) in October 2020.

The Championship, which had originally been scheduled to take place in Kronenberg (NED) in September 2020, was cancelled due to the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Following the recommendation by the Driving Task Force to find a solution to hold the Championship in 2020, the Dutch Organisers and National Federation contacted the FEI offering to host the Championship. The Chair of the Driving Committee presented Valkenswaard’s application during the three-day videoconference and it was agreed by the Board that, subject to receipt by the FEI of the signed Host Agreement, which has now been received, the Organisers at Valkenswaard will host the FEI Driving World Championship four in hand from 7–11 October 2020.

The FEI is aware of the recently updated travel restrictions in force in Europe regarding the entry of citizens from certain countries, including the United States, and will monitor the situation closely.

The Board confirmed that all provisions of the FEI Driving Rules would apply to the Championship.

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 OC has received the approval of both the Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation and now the FEI. ‘We are very grateful with the support from the KNHS and the FEI. This is a giant step towards a World Championship during this challenging year, but we are not quite there yet,’ explains chairman Ludo Hertroijs. ‘We are working with the municipality of Valkenswaard to see how we can deliver a competition that is safe for all participants.’ The Organising Committee is liaising whether the event can be open to the public.

Current plans would see the famous DVI venue at Exell Equestrian in Klein Schaft (Valkenswaard) being the stage for the 2020 World Championships from 7-11 October.