The «German Friendships» from Herford are well known in the equestrian scene and have a firm place in the calendar of young riders and their parents from all over the world. «Friendships no championships» is the slogan that brings the world’s show-jumping youth together biannually to spend a week in Herford with like-minded equestrian friends.

This year, for the first time, championships travel to Moscow, Russia. With the support of German Friendships organizer Lars Meyer zu Bexten – equestrian center Maxima Park will be organizing the “Russian Friendships” from July 31st to August 5th 2018. MAXIMA STABLES – is a modern equestrian club built in European style, located only 25 km away from Moscow along Dmitrov highway. The club has an extensive infrastructure, which includes indoor and outdoor arenas, multi-seasonal stables, training grounds and simulators. There is a hotel, veterinary cliniс and fitness center to make a stay at Maxima Park even more comfortable.

Lars Meyer zu Bexten and the well-known Russian jumper rider, Vladimir Beletsky – sports manager of the event  – oversee the athletic side of events. Competitions for riders between the ages of 12 to 14 (Children) and 15 to 18 (Juniors) are offered. Every Russian rider will bring two horses and provide one horse to a guest rider from another country. Together, they form a team.  

One of the highlights of the “Friendships” concept is to practise once with a trainer, who is amongst the world’s best riders in the jumping saddle. At the Russian Friendships, one of these trainers will be Marco Kutscher, bronze medal winner at the Olympic Games 2004 (individual and team) and double European Champion. Everybody is also particularly excited for the world-famous ringmaster Pedro Cebulka, who will come from his home country, Canada, just for this event. Pedro will accompany the guests on a sightseeing trip through Moscow and a visit to the Kremlin.

To make the trip even more worthwhile for the talented up-and-coming riders, Meyer zu Bexten is offering a special proposition: from July 23rd to July 29th, interested riders can participate in a preparation course for the Russian Friendships at the Bexter Hof in Herford. 









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