4 May 2021

CAI Kronenberg dress rehearsal for 2021 Pair Horse World Championships

Despite the strict Covid-19 and EHV guidelines, 150 competitors representing 13 countries will be traveling to Kronenberg, The Netherlands in May. The competition which will be taking place from 13-16 May will act as a dress rehearsal for the pair horse drivers who will be competing at the World Championships here in September.

It is unfortunate, but due to the present circumstances, driving fans will not be able to follow this spring competition in person, but everyone is keeping their fingers crossed that spectators will be welcome again in September.

“The number of entries really exceeds all of our expectations,” tells Horse Driving Kronenberg chairman Peter Goumans. “We were hoping for around 120 competitors, but this shows just how much everyone wants to compete again.”


The organization made sure to communicate the strict Covid-19 guidelines set out by the government before the definite closing date for entries. The number of people per team is limited and everyone must undergo testing before being allowed onto the show grounds.

The pair horse division is as expected the largest with 40 drivers, including reigning World Champion Martin Hölle from Hungary. The sympathetic driver is already in the Netherlands preparing for the Championships. “I’m really happy that Kronenberg is going forward, and I hope that there will be many more competitions to follow suit.”

The hometown favourite Dutch team will be represented by World Championship ambassador Stan van Eijk and past World Champion Harrie Verstappen. The other divisions are also well represented by top drivers such as Saskia Siebers, IJsbrand Chardon, Bram Chardon and Boyd Exell.

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Take note: Ticket sales for the 2021 World Championships for Pair Horses will start on Friday 14, May

Photo: Krisztina Horváth