The fall edition of MET 2017 finally begins this week in Oliva Nova, Spain
For the first time since its launch, the Autumn Tour will count a total of five weeks
The autumn edition of the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour 2017 offers 258,700 euros in cash prizes for the first part of the autumn MET (3-15.10.2017) and 386,300 euros for the second part (24.10-12.11 .2017). There will be three Longines classification classes during each week of the Tour, giving runners a total of nine opportunities to collect those valuable world ranking points.
There will be more than 30 nationalities queuing for the 2017 edition of Autumn MET, and the competition will be fierce with some of the best runners in the world to attend. The two Olympic athletes Pedro Veniss (BRA) and Katharina Offel (GER) are on the list of runners, as well as strong names such as Constant van Paaschen (BEL), Vincent Voorn (NED) and Danielle Goldstein (ISR) having confirmed their participation. Members of Germany’s national confidence team Janne Friederike-Meyer and Markus Beerbaum, French speedmaster Julien Epaillard and Britain’s ever-effective Ben Maher have also chosen Oliva Nova as their fall destination this year.
“The Mediterranean Equestrian Tour has everything you could want from a tour,” says Danielle Goldstein, who made her MET debut last fall, moving from Oliva to continuing outdoors at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, before move to The strongest season so far in his career has been winning the Longines Global Champions Tour of Cascais and having finished in ninth place individually in the European Championship. “There are multiple rings and places to walk, a beautiful grass field, the beach, of course, as well as good weather and food, what else could someone want?”
Pedro Veniss, winner of the prestigious Grand Prix Rolex in Geneva last year, makes his debut on the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour. “I’ve only heard good things about the Tour in Oliva, so I decided to go there this year, I’ll bring my young horses along with my elders, and I really hope so, everyone seems to love the place,” Veniss says.
Once again, Oliva Nova Equestrian Center will give horses, riders and boyfriends a home away from home during the five weeks of the Autumn Tour. With many rings, modern stabling facilities and a variety of culinary experiences, all gathered in a practical complex with short distances everywhere, the place is one of the most popular on the international circuit of jumps among cyclists. With the beach a stone’s throw away, open for horses and cyclists six of the seven days of the week, Oliva Nova is a dream come true for most with its warm and sunny weather that lasts until the last weeks of November.
“With this year’s MET Fall edition we made some adjustments to the program compared to last year, with the Tour divided into two parts, which has been very well received by the riders, and we are proud to welcome a more time to some of the most important names in the sport, “says the MET event director, Bettina Pöhls, who together with her team are expecting five weeks of world-class competition.