The World Championships in Oirschot were also host to the House of Education, where a variety of guests who specialize in horsemanship, horse healthcare and Icelandic horse gaits gave interesting lectures. More insights were given by riders competing this year, who were invited to the Live Talkshow and Live Interviews, hosted by Hulda Gústafsdóttir and Reynir Örn Pálmason, to answer questions voted for on our Instagram stories.
On Wednesday two horses and riders, representing Berlin and Oirschot, officially opened the World Championships by delivering the FEIF baton on . This was the final stretch for the ceremonial baton, as it had already travelled with the relay riders who travelled over 1000km on horseback from the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin to the town square in Oirschot.
At the Markaður shopping area over 60 shops had set up to offer a variety of riding equipment for both rider and horse, arts and jewellery, sweets and snacks (and some stronger drinks) from Iceland, and so much more! You really could shop till you dropped.
Markaður Square was the place to be for food trucks and festive evenings. Besides the large indoor restaurant, a variety of food trucks offered all manner of snacks, drinks and other foods that could be enjoyed on the spot or near the cozy fireplace in the middle of the square. On Thursday and Saturday this was also the scene for the prize giving ceremonies for PP1, P2, Combination and Team trophies.