Icelandic evening with Helgi Björns

Iceland's musical superstar and great horse lover, Helgi Björnsson, who also composes the WM2019 song, will perform live in the evening programme of the World Championships. If you remember 2013, you know that Helgi not only creates a galactically good mood, but also has an almost endless repertoire of encores in his luggage!

The WM2019 team talked to Helgi about his career and his love for Icelandic horses and asked him about the musical specialties we can look forward to at the World Championships.

Please tell us something about you and your music.
I’m an actor and a musician, I graduated from theatre school in 1983 and have been acting in the theatre, films and TV ever since, and been working as a musician as well with several bands and also made some solo recordings. I’ve recorded around 25 albums in my career, and a lot of them were bestsellers. In 2008, I recorded the first album under the name of Helgi Björns og Reiðmenn vindanna (Riders of the storm), the concept was to create Icelandic riders’ songs (songs that are sung during riding trips in the highlands of Iceland). That turned out to be a huge success, it ended with being 4 albums, all very well received.

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Group Discount until 08 July 2019

If you are planning to visit WM2019 with a larger group, you should not wait too long to book. For organizational reasons, the special conditions for groups are only available until 08 July 2019. From 10 tickets there is a 5% discount, from 20 tickets 10% off the normal price on week, weekend and day tickets. Ticket types and categories can be freely combined. Tickets with group discounts can only be booked through the WM2019 office by calling + 49 (0) 30 / 88721737 or by e-mail at

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More Horsepower – The stars of the show

From France into the world - How a very special man shows the world boundless freedom

Growing up in modest conditions in idyllic West France, he has fascinated thousands of horse lovers across Europe with breathtaking liberty dressage for more than 20 years:

With none other than Jean-François Pignon as the main act of the More Horsepower show on Saturday, 10 August 2019, one of the top stars of the international show rider scene will fascinate the WM2019-audience with a spectacular performance of his 12 horses.

Pignon, the "master of liberty dressage," is like hardly any other to paint such a harmonious picture of liberty work with horses, which at the same time impresses with such a variety of original and acrobatic elements. His special talent made him a celebrated public favorite not only at international fairs such as Equitana and horse gala shows like Apassionata, but also a sought-after teacher worldwide. Thus, Pignon's popularity now extends far beyond Europe's borders.

Pignon's development from a common boy in France to a star of the show rider scene is particularly astonishing against the background of his biography: The young Pignon began liberty work with horses at the age of 13 in the absence of a horseman equipment after his father gave him the foal "Gazelle," which he saved from the butcher. The relationship between Pignon and Gazelle was so unique from the very beginning that both at a young age amazed the crowds with acrobatic performances and an enviable harmony in "La Mer de Sable," a well-known French amusement park. Also on his European tours in the following years, Gazelle and her foals proved to be loyal companions of Pignon. Although they are no longer an active part of Pignon's show team, the magic between the Frenchman and his horses is unbroken and will certainly give the WM2019-audience unforgettable moments as part of the More Horsepower show. 

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