Sparkassen German Friendships


The program, which has proven itself over the years, offers a lot of variety. Exciting starts the first day for the young riders, where the new teams come together.  


Spectators always particularly enjoy the Top Ten Training. On Wednesday, the time has finally come: Riding lessons with the stars! Top riders such as Ludger Beerbaum, Marcus Ehning, Christian Ahlmann, Marco Kutscher, Markus Beerbaum, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Maurice Tebbel, and Philipp Weishaupt, just to name a few, have been to the Bexter Hof to pass on their knowledge to young riders. For the young equestrian talents from all over the world it is a dream come true to be personally coached by World and Olympic champions and to receive valuable input for their own riding.  


„Welcome to Herford“ are the words Tim Köhler, the mayor of Herford uses to welcome the international riders from 30 nations in the Town Hall in Herford. With flags in their hands, the children wait on the wide stairs for the carriages in which the guests of honour from the Bexter Hof arrived. Lead by the federal minister of defence Ursula von der Leyen as patron of the German Friendships the riders, parents, hosts, horse owners an sponsors entered the historical assembly hall. Tim Köhler is always very enthusiastic about the welcome ceremony in the Town Hall because it encourages the international friendship concept of the German Friendships far beyond the city. 


On Friday evening, when the first competition day comes to an end, every nation and every rider will be welcomed officially by the well-known steward Pedro. To the sound of music from their home country the kids and young people walk into the parcours wearing colourful costumes. Every rider brings one horse shoe because it has already become a tradition of the German Friendships to forge the Bexter Globe from horse shoes from all over the world. 


Politics, business, and society in the stable! Ministers, parliamentarians, business patrons, and agents of global companies will meet again on Friday, 26th Juli 2019, to join the "Scheunengespräch" at the Bexter Hof.

There were more people in the audience than there were seats at the first edition. This year more than 200 invited guests will listen to prominent speakers report on world events in politics and economy. The discussions will again be chaired by ZDF editor-in-chief Dr. Peter Frey. The German Minister of Defense, Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, will give an opening talk. 


Already legendary are the parties during the German Friendships. On Wednesday and Saturday evening the German Friendships host a big party, so the riders can celebrate in a casual atmosphere with their new international friends. 


The farewell to the nations, is celebrated on Sunday after the last competition. It finalizes a week of memorable moments and new friendships. The national anthem will be played and baloons will be released. This ceremony is another highlight of a week full of sports and interpersonal impressions.