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Jumping Mechelen 2021 cancelled

Thursday, 02 December 2021

Photo © Nanna Nieminen/WoSJ
Roger-Yves Bost and Sydney Une Prince at Jumping Mechelen in pre-Covid times. Photo © Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping.

The 2021-edition of CSI5*-W Jumping Mechelen has been cancelled due to the strict Covid-19 measures imposed by the Belgian government. The traditional event in the Nekkerhal was set to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year, and as part of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup series, Mechelen would have been the seventh leg of the 2021/2022 season in the Western European League. 

On their website, the organizing committee of Jumping Mechelen writes: 

"Dearest friends of Jumping Mechelen,

These past few weeks you have made it loud and clear to us how much you are looking forward to that long-awaited 40th anniversary of Vlaanderens Kerstjumping - Memorial Eric Wauters. Your support and enthusiasm kept motivating us to, after a difficult period, create a beautiful sportive ending to 2021 for all horse fans. Therefore, we regret even more that we have to disappoint you today. Jumping Mechelen 2021 will not take place. We would have liked it to be different. But we have no choice.

We can no longer ignore the cry for help of the hospitals and also for us the health of everyone in our society is the priority. Moreover, within the current COVID-19 measures, our event does not get the necessary oxygen to continue. Jumping Mechelen is a very diverse event, but is primarily considered an indoor sports event. No visitors are allowed there at the moment. And without our enthusiastic public, Jumping Mechelen simply cannot continue.

We will automatically refund all tickets via Teleticket Service. Business seats and VIP tables will also automatically be reimbursed by Jumping Mechelen.

We know that many of you have competed for a starting place at one of our pre-selections. We are currently looking for an alternative date and location so the people selected for the JM Indoor Masters and other competitions can still shine at a wonderful final. We will keep you updated through our website and social media. Also, the leagues will inform their members as soon as more news is available.

Auction Mechelen and the loose jumping finals for 2-year-old horses will also take place. The semi-final scheduled for next Sunday, 5 December, at Azelhof will now become the final. Auction Mechelen will be held on 29 December, as planned, but online. More info:

We share this news today with pain in our hearts, but feel greatly strengthened by our fantastic audience, our incredible staff, our loyal partners and our enthusiastic participants.

Thank you for everything! We will meet in 2022. In the Nekkerhal. For the most unforgettable Jumping Mechelen ever. So that we can finally blow out those 40 candles." 

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