The German Friendships Association
In 2001 the German Friendships Association was founded with partners engaged in order to implement Frank Rothenberger’s and Ulrich Meyer zu Bexten’s ideas. The renowned heart surgeon Dr. Reiner Körfer has been the Chairman since its foundation.
The Association has appointed the company "Meyer zu Bexten Event GmbH & Co. KG" with the organisation of the tournament. Under the guidance of Ulrich and Lars Meyer zu Bexten, experienced partners and voluntary helpers organize and run the Sparkassen German Friendships every other year.
It is important to the German Friendships Association to collect donations for those children less fortunate than the young tournament riders. Since the premiere in 1999, large fundraising events are a substantial part of the German Friendships with more than 100.000 Euros having been donated to various Associations e.g. for the Alliance for Rare Chronical Diseases (ACHSE) in Berlin, the Herford Association “Chancenreich” and the Support Centre for Mankind & Horse in Gütersloh.