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Falsterbo Horse Show - horse festival for horses and people

Falsterbo Horse Show is one of Europe’s biggest equine competitions. Show jumping and dressage competitions take place over a period of nine days in July and attract almost 63,000 visitors each year.

Falsterbo Horse Show, also known as Horse Week, as many of the locals call these delightful summer days in the middle of July, is an important competition for Swedish and International equestrianism. These days are a festival for ponies and horses as well as for the stream of visitors who come to be a part of the event.

Equestrian competition in Falsterbo has a long history. The traditions underlying the modern competition began in the 1920s. Then the competition was for the military cavalry, to give them the chance to show their skills on horseback. The competition took place in various parts of Falsterbo and eventually moved to Skanör Heath, a stone’s throw from where Falsterbo Horse Show established itself in 1965 and continues to this day.

“The first Swedish Jumping Derby was arranged in 1969 and one could say that it was the starting shot for the competition as it appears today” says Jana Wannius, President of Falsterbo Horse Show. He continues, “over the next few years the Derby developed into a Nordic competition between teams from Sweden, Denmark and Norway”.

Until 1985 the competition was arranged in co-operation with other equestrian societies. The Horse Show in Falsterbo had development potential. On the initiative of Vellinge municipality’s former commissioner Göran Holm, many times Swedish champion and international medallist in show jumping Jana Wannius and Scanian financier Bosse Håkansson Falsterbo Horse Show Limited was founded. This company took over responsibility for the event. With Jana Wannius at the reins a new era hosting large international equestrian competitions and successfully expanding the showground and arena began.

Falsterbo Horse Show has been the Swedish host for the Nations Cup since 1968. The Cup has developed over time and is now one of the largest competitions in Europe. Nowadays Falsterbo Horse Show is host to about fifty different competitions over these July days in the height of the summer.

 

“It should be just as much horse as it is show”

As much horse as show

Many of the world’s best riders come to Falsterbo and for horse-owners it is a highly sought-after arena to compete in. Nowadays there are close to 800 teams taking part in show jumping and dressage competitions. Together with competition staff and judges (approximately 700), grooms, visitors, partners and exhibitors – this is a big event to hold.

“It should be just as much horse as it is show”, says Jana Wannius.

“Falsterbo Horse Show doesn’t just offer world class riding. It is a seething meeting place for all – large or small – with a passion for horses, summer and Falsterbo”.

Falsterbo Horse Show the 2021 sport edition

In accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency’s current restrictions on public gatherings, Falsterbo Horse Show will be slightly different this year. There will be more focus on horse than on show – a sport edition.

Falsterbo Horse Show sport edition runs from 10th to 18th of July.

Read more here https://falsterbohorseshow.se/en/