Dressage is making its come back to the Concours Hippique International (CHI) de Genève after having been away for 15 years. The CHI Geneva, planned from December 8th to December 11th 2016 at Palexpo, will this year integrate the World Dressage Masters. Three competitions will be programmed.
The organisers of the CHI Geneva had been thinking about it for some time already and now, today it has become a reality: dressage will be making its comeback in time for the 56th edition taking place from 8th to 11th December. After bringing numerous new disciplines to the forefront in 2015, the CHI Geneva, which will be celebrating its 90th birthday this year, will host four disciplines, three of which are present at the Olympics (show-jumping, dressage and cross-country), to the delight of its public.
Integrating the World Dressage Masters, the CHI Geneva will host three competitions: a Grand Prix, qualifier for all participants, a Grand Prix Special and a Freestyle to Music, the apotheosis of all dressage competitions. The World Dressage Masters brings together five events throughout the year, exterior and interior competitions combined. At a four star level, the events expect high quality competitions as well as a top level participation.
Dressage is not unknown to Geneva. The Dressage World Cup took place in Palexpo for four years, from 1997 through to 2000. Having the discipline back within the doors of the CHI Geneva is very exciting and the organisers are looking forward to offering a fourth discipline as an official competition, after show-jumping, driving and the indoor cross-country. The organisation of these three new competitions id possible thanks to the generous support of Rolex and of the Jiva Hill Stables, an equestrian structure entirely dedicated to dressage, located in Crozet, in the Pays de Gex (France).