In line with the government decision to restart top sport competition in the Netherlands, the organisation of The Dutch Masters decided, to proceed with the sports programme of the 2021 edition. “It is of great importance to ensure continuity for the equestrian sport, for the event but also for the horses, the riders and all parties associated with the equestrian sector,” according to Anky van Grunsven, president of The Dutch Masters. The organisation is grateful for all the support they received from their partners after the cancellation of the 2020 edition. NOC*NSF responded positively: “It is important for the equestrian sport that top competitions can be staged again. It offers the necessary perspective for the TeamNL athletes to prepare for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games. Especially for the equestrian sport, as not only the riders but also the horses have to get in top form. It is good that The Dutch Masters can be organised and that the TeamNL athletes can prepare in the best possible way for the Games.”
Behind closed doors
Given the current situation The Dutch Masters will be staged behind closed doors and in an adjusted format. The safety of the competitors and the staff has the highest priority and the organisation will stay in close contact with the authorities in order to organise an event that is completely corona- proof. Alderman Huib van Olden, speaking on behalf of the city council of ‘-Hertogenbosch, is equally satisfied with this solution: “That this competition, which is so important for our city and province, can be staged in a safe way makes my sporting heart beat faster.” The Dutch Masters will be broadcasted on multiple channels.
Rolex extends partnership
Main sponsor Rolex has renewed its partnership with The Dutch Masters in a long term extension. Rolex has been the crown in equestrianism for over 60 years and a founding supporter of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. The Swiss watchmaking brand has been a partner of The Dutch Masters since 2014 and in 2018 The Dutch Masters joined the prestigious Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping together with three of the world’s best shows: CHIO Aachen in Germany, CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ in Calgary, Canada and CHI Geneva in Switzerland. “The cancellation of The Dutch Masters in 2020 had a big impact on our organisation. We are grateful for the trust of our partners and the extension of the long-term partnership with our loyal supporter Rolex is a great encouragement for the future,” according to Marcel Hunze, director of The Dutch Masters.
The Dutch Masters is scheduled from 12 till 14 March 2021. The final programme is published online.