Knokke Hippique 2018: Star-studded field of riders arrive in Knokke
Some of the world’s very best riders arrive in Knokke this week, for the fourth edition of Knokke Hippique – confirming the status this unique event has gained since its launch in 2015.
Knokke Hippique opens the doors on June 28, with CSI5* competitions, the CSI3* Top Series, the CSI2* Super Cup, the CSI1* Prestige League and the CSIYH1* Talent Tour on the program until July 1. Then there are two days of break, before the Summer Circuit resumes with two parts – running from July 4-8 and 11-15 with the Top Series, Super Cup, Prestige League and Talent Tour as well as pony classes.
The who’s who of showjumping will compete in the five-star classes during the opening weekend of Knokke Hippique. 2017 World Cup Champion, two-times Olympic team gold medallist and world no. two McLain Ward (USA) is one of the biggest names on the list. He will get company from world no. three and 2012 Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat (SUI), a rider that also has won the World Cup Final twice. World no. four Henrik von Eckermann (SWE), world no. seven Kevin Staut (FRA) – a team gold medallist at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and 2009 European Champion, as well as world no. eight Daniel Deusser (GER) – 2014 World Cup Champion and 2016 team bronze medallist at the Olympic Games in Rio – will all be attending as will living legend Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA), 2004 Olympic Champion and three-times World Cup Champion.
For the opening weekend of the 2018-edition, the cover-band The Vicious will be playing on Thursday 28th to kick off Knokke Hippique with the very best summer vibes. On Friday 29th, there will be a 90’s evening with Snap and on Saturday 30th DJ Makasi – http://www.djmakasi.com– is guaranteed to make it an all-time high at the Stephex Club that is famous for its epic parties.
Spectacular shows throughout the weekend will keep the crowds entertained, as usual nothing will be less than extraordinary at Knokke Hippique.