Sparkassen German Friendships

The youth of the world meet in Herford, 23rd to 28th July 2019  

Friendships not Championships. Since 1999 Riders from all over the world are fascinated by the idea of the German Friendships. Every German participant brings a horse for the foreign team-mate. They train together and start in the show as a team.


These six days of International Teamwork and International understanding encourages new friendships and sharing the love of horses as well as the learning of languages.



Russian Friendships mimic Herford model with German support

The "German Friendships" from Herford are well known in the equestrian scene and have a firm place in the calendar of young riders and their parents from all over the world. "Friendships no  championships" is the slogan that brings the world’s show-jumping youth together biannually to spend a week in Herford with like-minded equestrian friends.

Those responsible at Maxima Park, close to Moscow, thought this concept so interesting that they – with the support of German Friendships organizer Lars Meyer zu Bexten – will be organizing the “Russian Friendships” from July 31st to August 5th 2018.  

Maxima Park – a state-of-the-art equestrian center for international events close to Moscow

Show-advisor Lars Meyer zu Bexten: "Impressed by the possibilities"

A generous, state-of-the-art equestrian center that has hosted national and international competitions for some time has emerged only a short way from Moscow and is now ready to attract even more attention. On 100 hectares (250 acres) Maxima Park offers an extensive infrastructure for professionals and amateur riders alike.

Highlights of the Event

Friends Forever

Meeting old friends, party together and simply re-live the German Friendships-atmosphere, that's what the "Friends Forever"-Tour is all about.

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Team competition

The team competitions are the principle idea and the centerpiece of the German Friendships.

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Top Ten Training

For most of the participants, the Top Ten Training is one of the week's highlights: Training with the best!

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Champions Trophy

Do it yourself! The Champions Trophy will be the time for four of the top riders to show they know what they've been talking about all day.

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Speakers of the Event

  • Federal Minister Dr. Ursula von der Leyen

    For the fourth time since 2009 Patron of the Sparkassen German Friendships.

    "The German Friendship Games – Stand for Sportmanships, International Encounters and Friendship. Nobody stands alone. This event is just thrilling. I've spent wonderful days in Herford."

  • Ludger Beerbaum

    Mister “jumping”

    The German Friendships are also known in the International Equestrian Sports. I am glad to be with my team since 1999!