Venue profile: Tops International Arena

A view of the main arena from the VIP area

The state-of-the-art Tops International Arena, situated in Valkenswaard, Netherlands, was built with the equestrian community and sport top of mind. The venue is the brainchild and vision of Dutch Olympic showjumper Jan Tops. He competed in four consecutive Summer Olympic Games, starting in 1988. Tops initiated the Global Champions Tour in 2006, and it continues to be a highlight on the showjumping calendar. He is married to Australian showjumper Edwina Tops Alexander, who has recently hung up her riding boots to focus on raising a family. Needless to say, Tops is nothing short of an equestrian sportsman who understands the game and its need for top venues. Tops International Arena hosted its first season of showjumping last year.

Facilities

Riders use the track to keep the horses fit and conditioned throughout the lengthy shows

Tops International Arena mixes cutting-edge design and technology to ensure the smooth sailing of all shows and the perfect competition environment for horses, riders, spectators and other guests.

The facilities at this magnificent centre include a 125m x 85m grass arena, four sand arenas with top-class footing, canter tracks and lunge arenas, expansive warm-up arenas, wash and grooming areas, and over 500 beautifully designed stables that turn Tops International Arena into a home away from home. Above that, the venue boasts a shopping village, catering area and various entertainment for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Grandstands and VIP seating areas provide for perfect spectatorship.

A view of the village centre, which includes shopping, catering and entertainment areas

The full article appears in the September INTERNATIONAL ISSUE of HQ > Shop now