The innovative new show jumping format, JumpingClash Challenge, will make it’s 2017 debut in Antwerp April 19th to 21st. After a successful launch at Madrid Horse Week last November, organizers seek to rapidly expand to major horse shows around the globe in an effort to introduce show jumping to a wider audience in a more competitive, T.V. friendly format.
Last week, at a press conference held at the Museum Aaaan de Stroom in Antwerp, organizers announced the show’s location will relocate to the Sloepenweg River Bank in the port of Antwerp and JumpingClash will be the feature event. “It offers us the opportunity to increase interaction between visitors, sport, and horses in a safe manner,” said Mr. Johan Dejager of the new location. “The collecting ring will be flanked by a spacious row of exhibition booths from where one can see the world’s best horses and riders warming up for the real thing. A great space which permits a bigger extension for the layout,” Mr. Dejager further explained.
The three day, television-friendly format is the brainchild of Daniel Entrecanales who has been developing JumpingClash since 2011. Entrecanales has developed the format with the input of the world’s top show jumping riders and has achieved FEI approval. “We wish to bring show to our sport in order to make it attractive for TV channels, building a larger audience and increasing the return of the sponsors, who are, in fact, the ones that make it possible. This conception is our holy grail,” Entrecanales told the press in Antwerp.
For further information about JumpingClash, both it’s format and development, read our interview with Mr. Entrecanales.
By Ashley Fairfield-Remeza
Source: JumpingClash press release