It is one of the most important horse shows in the Netherlands – say riders and visitors. The Dutch show jumper Marc Houtzager puts it in a nutshell: “Knowing that the spectators are behind you is incredile and motivates you very much.” And Marc Houtzager was celebrated like a hero by the audience: he won the 12th World Cup stage of the show jumping riders of the current season on January 26, 2020.
“I rode very fast, after all I saw all the fast riders, I had to give everything and the mare was fantastic. “In the jump-off he was a second faster than the competitors.” 1st place.
Jumping Amsterdam takes place in an exhibition hall. The organizers had only three and a half days to turn a congress center into a sports venue with atmosphere. Because the Amsterdam RAI trade fair is very booked.
"The conditions for the horses are great," says Isabell Werth
“It is such a great atmosphere, the crowd is always supporting and enthusiastic.They celebrate all riders.That gives us athletes so much pleasure, they carry us through the competition.”
Very close to the action
“The winter tournaments in the exhibition halls are incredibly beautiful, the atmosphere, the conditions, the ground – there is space here. And the most important thing is: we are independent of the weather.”
Peter Weinberg, team leader of the Belgian show jumping riders