In 1999 Arjen Teeuwissen was the first winner of the World Dup dressage at jumping Mechelen. On December 28, 2011 Adelinde Cornelissen on Jerich Parzival won the last World Cup Dressage for a sold-out Nekkerhal. After thirteen years the curtain fell over the World Cup at the Mechelen Christmas Horse Show because the FEI decided to limit the number of World Cups.
Despite this setback the Christmas Horse Show continued to support the dressage riders by organizing a CDI. For the Belgian dressage riders Mechelen is the unique opportunity to ride in front of a big audience. The last six years it was not always easy to attract top riders. Most of the dressage riders only possess one Grand Prix horse that they ride in the World Cup competitions during the indoor season.
At their recent meeting the FEI Bureau has allocated a CDI-W Western European League qualifier to the Mechelen Christmas Horse Show in December 2018 for the season 2018 / 2019.
Sport director Peter Bollen is pleased that Mechelen is again part of the Dressage World Cup Series: “A Dressage World Cup has its place at the Mechelen Christmas Horse Show, besides the World Cup jumping, driving and the Pony Indoor Trophy Final. The organising committee is pleased with the appreciation of the FEI for the quality of our event. We think in addition that dressage is on the rise in Belgium and it’s unthinkable that there would be no Dressage World Cup in Belgium.”