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An entire month of competitions over the summer, with €2m prize money at stake. That’s what makes Knokke Hippique unique


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During the afternoon of Sunday 3 July, the outcome of the five-star Grand Prix will edge closer until, at last, the winner is announced. A week later, sometime in the morning, the deadline will have passed and the definitive entries for the Olympic Games will be known. But what do Knokke and Rio de Janeiro have in common? Both are magical coastal venues that will enjoy Olympic status this summer, with horses as their common denominator. The Knokke Hippique five-star jumping event is the final and ultimate test before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The world's top riders and horses competing in Rio in August will have their final rehearsal in Knokke. They will be able to prove themselves there one last time.

Knokke Hippique takes place over four days, from Thursday 30 June to Sunday 3 July. In addition to the five-star event, there will also be the Future Stars event for 7- and 8-year-old horses, two-star competitions during the Top Series and Super Cup, and the Prestige League, a CSI one-star event.

The Knokke Summer Circuit includes 12 competitions that count for the FEI Rankings

A few days after the five-star event, the Knokke Summer Circuit will begin in the same location. It is a series of three international competitions, each of which will start on Wednesday with young horses and end on Sunday, with jumps at 3* (gold), 2* (silver) and 1* (bronze) levels. Each of the 1.55m Gold Grand Prix will take place on the Saturday, and the Silver and Bronze Grand Prix on the Sunday. During the last week, an international pony competition will also take place.