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THE COUNTDOWN FOR JUMPINGCLASH CHALLENGE ANTWERP IS NEARLY OVER

INNOVATIONS OF THE RULEBOOK AND FORMAT CHANGES FOR THE JUMPINGCLASH CHALLENGE CSI5*
THE COUNTDOWN FOR JUMPINGCLASH CHALLENGE ANTWERP IS NEARLY OVER

There are now less than 2 days to go before the first horse and rider combination enters the arena for the JUMPINGCLASH CHALLENGE Antwerp. This week Jumping Antwerpen will open for its ninth year, putting on a better show than ever with new innovative competition. The biggest change is the introduction of JUMPINGCLASH CHALLENGE; a brand new action packed showjumping format, designed to bring showjumping to the fore front as a spectators sport.

To make the competition even more exciting, the four Seeded Riders, who have confirmed their participation, are among the top ten of the FEI Ranking. Hailing from Germany, riders Daniel Deusser - Seeded Rider nº1 and Christian Ahlmann - Seeded Rider nº2, were both Team Silver Medalist in the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro 2016. Seeded Rider nº3, Canadian rider Eric Lamaze, claimed Gold in the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 and individual Bronze in 2016. The final spot is taken by Seeded Rider nº 4 - Simon Delestre, who in 2014 won individual Silver at the World Equestrian Games.The excitement builds as we wait with anticipation to see who will claim the 4 remaining spots as Challenger Riders for these Head to Head Clashes!

JUMPINGCLASH CHALLENGE itself has experienced many format changes over recent months, all of which were approved during the last Jumping Committee in February. Among the changes is the fact that the semi-final and final will now be judged under “Table C” and the increase in the prize money won at each stage: the cash prize will now be distributed according to the classification result of each round, regardless of the outcome of the clash.

Furthermore, JUMPINGCLASH CHALLENGE will now be run as a two day competition. In line with this, only eight riders will start in the Head to Head clashes in the Quarter-Final: the four Seeded Riders, and the four Challenger Riders – determined by a Qualifying Round on the first day. This will ensure that the competition becomes more select for the riders as well as being better for the welfare of their horses. The decision was made to enforce this format change to make it easier to fit into the schedule for the Organizing Committee and most importantly, it doesn’t affect the TV broadcasting of the last day.   

Eurosport will be broadcasting JUMPINGCLASH CHALLENGE Antwerp in 21 languages across 94 countries, through Eurosport 2 on Friday at 20:30 CET; Eurosport 1 will be broadcasting the highlights the following day at 9.00 CET. On Eurosports decision to broadcast the event, Vice Chairman Laurent Prud’homme said “we believe this new competition series will enable a better understanding of the overall discipline [showjumping], attracting more viewers and boosting the reach of the audience. Its fast pace will create excitement both in the equestrian community and in the world of sport in general.”

In addition, JUMPINGCLASH CHALLENGE will be broadcast live in VOO for the French community and in Telenet for the Dutch community, and streamed online with Class Horse TV, Horse & Country and Equideo.

JUMPINGCLASH CHALLENGE will build a consumer facing equestrian sports entertainment brand, one that is clearly differentiated from existing traditional equestrian formats.

JUMPINGCLASH CHALLENGE also enjoys the support of Accenture, as its Digital Partner, and Mediapro, the audio-visual provider & rights management partner of the competition.