Citing "perfect conditions", FEIF has now officially awarded IPZV the 2013 World Championships for Icelandic Horses to be hosted in the German capital city of Berlin.
IPZV, the German association of riders and breeders of Icelandic Horses, with Berlin as the chosen venue will attempt to literally „take to town“ the World Championships for the very first time – in a city which is unparalleled in its atmosphere of international openness, global and intercultural dialogue and where a spirit of very powerful dynamics can be felt unlike any other location.
Quoting from Germany's application: "Contrary to all previous World Championships, we want to take this step towards a greater public, conscious of all the positive attention we will be able to garner for the Icelandic Horse in general. In order to accomplish that goal which will allow all of us under the umbrella of FEIF to grow and develop further our ideas and ideals of and for our very special breed, we will be assisted by a wide variety of media partners and public organizations/institutions in the Berlin area and throughout Germany to have the support and visibility needed to make this possible.
The foundation of this event are and will remain its sports and breeding competitions. These have always been and will always be performed at their highest levels and standards, creating major excitement not only with „insiders“ of the Icelandic Horse scene but also by grabbing the attention of those who might be new to the world of tölt altogether.
Good hosts will always strive to welcome their guests in beautiful surroundings and with a maximum of preparation. Thus we have chosen „Pferdesportpark Berlin Karlshorst“ as the ideal venue where a storied past meets our time, with a professional infrastructure that leaves nothing to be desired and where we can offer to our horses and riders, officials and sponsors and – last but not least – to the general public an ideal setting for what will be a unique World Championships experience.
Berlin with its 3.4 million citizens and 1.6 million more in adjacent communities is a perfect base not only with great potential for the Icelandic Horse within that „hometown crowd“ but to make a lasting impression which we will all benefit from even beyond the regional (and national) borders. We are certain to combine the fascination of our horses with the creative possibilities of Berlin to make these World Championships a successful endeavor.
Success is a term we should not shy away from, it needs to be our goal with all the different facets and opportunities in which success can be accomplished. Sensible and responsible dealing with all financial issues is key, and through creating a solid foundation with the backing of the strong forces within and behind a wellstructured organization, IPZV e.V. and FEIF as the international federation and framework, we will succeed.
Here are some interesting and relevant facts about Berlin and the equestrian center of choice, „Pferdesportpark Berlin Karlshorst“: We will be right next to an installation with parks and forests of 6 square kilometers in size. The venue itself is located in Berlin‘s Lichtenberg and Treptow/ Köpenick districts and it‘s only a matter of minutes to get from the station right outside the entrance at Karlhorst to such famous places and sights as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and Alexanderplatz. Karlshorst is also a mere 9 minutes away by local train from the Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (Berlin‘s only remaining airport after the closure of Tempelhof and Tegel and after the completion of „BBI“ in 2011).
Our World Championship grounds are integrated into the excellent public transportation network of the German capital and are accessible via cable car, train and subway, making connections to and from Karlshorst effortlessly easy."
Congratulations, IPZV - the countdown has begun ...!
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