The 47th edition of Indoor Brabant in The Netherlands has pulled out of the FEI’s World Cup circuit and doubled its Grand Prix prize money to €350,000.
Contributing to the increase in prize money is the fact that Rolex has joined as a sponsor. The Swiss watchmaker has a long history with equestrian sport and is involved in the best competitions of the world, including Aachen, Calgary and Geneva.
Indoor Brabant chairman Gerrit Jan Swinkels said the show aimed to be in the top three in the world.
“To make this possible it is very important to distinguish ourselves from the other competitions. Therefore we have intentionally chosen another path by not being a part of the World Cup Jumping circuit anymore. By significantly increasing the prize money we secured participation of the absolute top riders of the world and the highest level equestrian sport has to offer,” he said.
Swinkels said the show was “greatly honoured” that Rolex had committed itself to Indoor Brabant for the long term.
Theo Ploegmakers, chairman of the Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation (KNHS), is enthusiastic about the giant step Indoor Brabant is taking. “It is fantastic that one of the best competitions in the world is organized in the Netherlands. This step contributes to bringing equestrian sport into focus in our country”.
National coach Rob Ehrens is also positive about the initiative of Indoor Brabant. “The level of the prize money is essential to compete at the highest level. Indoor Brabant chooses to join the top and will attract the best national and international riders to be present in ’s-Hertogenbosch.”
Indoor Brabant starts on March 20, 2014, and will be concluded with the Rolex Grand Prix on March 23, 2014 at 3pm.