New and existing sponsors excited about upcoming European Championships

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During the EC Gala at the Rotterdam City Hall, sponsors and VIP's last night looked ahead towards the Longines FEI European Championships Jumping, Dressage and Para-Dressage. At this gala Qatar Airways was announced as new sponsor and existing sponsors Van Donge & De Roo, Deloitte and Maison van den Boer extended their sponsorship. Rotterdam Topsport was rewarded with the Sponsor trophy. An auction of 3D printed horses resulted in € 12.900,00 for the social program Worke like a Horse.

"We're very pleased with the strong commitment of businesses to our event," says Fred Rozendaal. "The good thing is that not only our Title Partner Longines and our loyal CHIO Rotterdam partners embrace the EC's but we also welcome new sponsors for the EC's. And of course we hope they continue to support the CHIO Rotterdam on its way to the 75th anniversary in 2023."

"We're excited to become sponsor this year at the Longines FEI European Championships, an event where Qatar Airways can enforce the commitment to international sports," says Margreeth Kappert, Commercial Mananger Qatar Airways Netherlands. "As the proud five times winners of the prestigious Skytrax Airline of the Year award, a record in the airline industry, we are pleased to liaise with such a premium event. Qatar Airways has evolved to become a leader in transportation of precious and valuable horses for jumping, dressage, para-dressage and racing. We provide them the best care and comfort during our flights all over the world. Therefore it's self evident to become sponsor of the EC's."

“CHIO Rotterdam and these European Championships are major international sports events for Rotterdam and symbolic for the Dutch Equestrian sports," says Ron de Roo, CEO of D&R group. "As an internationally leading freight group of companies and with our professional dressage activities with President Dressage Stables we are committed to the Rotterdam region and the equestrian sports!"

Deen Sonneveldt, partner at Deloitte signed the extension of the Legacy Partner agreement between Deloitte and CHIO Rotterdam. "Since 2016 we are a proud Legacy Partner of CHIO Rotterdam. Also Deloitte is very proud to join the Longines FEI European Championships this year. We love to be part of this special event with major impact for all visitors, competitors, our relationships and the city of Rotterdam."

Maison van de Boer is a long term partner of CHIO Rotterdam. "We strongly believe in sustainable partnerships," says Noud van den Boer, 4th generation at the family owned Maison van den Boer. "That's why also in the nextcoming years we are committed as partner in gastronomy and hospitality at this 5* event. At the prestigious European Championships of course we want to make our services special. We have created beautiful dishes which makes every visitor feeling like a VIP."

25th Sponsor Trophy for Rotterdam Topsport
The annual Sponsor Trophy, this year rewarded for the 25th time, was handed to Hans den Ouderdammer, general director of Rotterdam Topsport. For many years Rotterdam Topsport is an active partner of the CHIO Rotterdam, for the Europeans the organization also contributed to the bid process and the organization of the European Championships in Rotterdam.

3D printed horse auctioned for Work like a Horse
Children attending the 'Worke like a Horse, After School' programme were offered a lesson by 3D Robot Printing. At this class they learned about reusing waste. From collected waste, such as PET bottles, the 3D Robot of 3D Robot Printing printed several horses. The horses were auctioned to support the social programs Work like a Horse.

"Our preparations for the Longines FEI European Championships are proceeding well,” says Fred Rozendaal. “We're working closely with the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the Ministry of VWS and the City of Rotterdam. In the upcoming weeks everybody will hear from us. Via (social) media and at surprising places across Rotterdam.”

photo credits: MIrjam Lems

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