Aachen to miss out on FEI Nations Cup leg

Theresa McCaffrey

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The FEI Nations Cup will not be staging a qualifier at Aachen after it was confirmed that the venue had withdrawn its application.

Despite being one of the most prestigious and recognisable stops on the competition calendar, organisers have said that due to "financial reasons" the venue has been forced to take its name out of contention for hosting the event. However, it was not all bad news because chairman of the company that arranges the World Equestrian Festival inAachen, Frank Kemperman, said it allows for the venue to be more flexible for the CHIOevent in July.

CHIO Aachen is held in the German town every summer and Mr Kemperman believes that the decision to drop out of the FEI Nations Cup has allowed it much more leeway in terms of who they can invite to CHIO. Due to Aachen's withdrawal it has meant thatLummen in Belgium has been moved into Europe Division 1, taking the total events in that section to eight.

Mr Kemperman added: "Regretfully, at the time of the December 31st deadline for declaration of participation, we were informed by the German National Federation that Aachen was unable to meet the commercial requirements and therefore would not be part of the Furusiyya series in 2014."

The final of the FEI Nations Cup will once again be held at the Real Club de Polo of Barcelona which is the same venue where the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games were held. There will be a series of qualifiers in the Middle East, North/Central America & Caribbean along with two circuits in Europe.

Competitors involved in Europe Division 1 will take part in events at Lummen, La Baule (France), Rome, St Gallen (Switzerland), Rotterdam, Falsterbo (Sweden),Hickstead (Great Britain) and Dublin before moving on to the final which takes place in the Spanish city between October 9th and 12th.