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    27.07.2015 - Out now: Aachen 2015 App

    The FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 will be accompanied by an ultra-modern app. It is available as a free download in the stores with immediate effect.

    The official app that was jointly developed with SAP is available in the Play Store and in the App Store under the name "Aachen 2015". In this way, one can inform oneself about everything that is going on at the FEI European Championships in advance per smartphone and get to know the individual areas and stadiums. On top of this, it also offers biographies on the riders, a site plan, the current programme, competitors, result lists and much more. The "Karli's Horseshoes" game also provides in-between entertainment. Of course, it also offers plenty of up-to-date services - in addition to information on how to get there and parking, it also helps the visitors find their way around the grounds more easily.

    Just before the European Championships start, the Aachen 2015 app will be updated. Then, the popular "Public Judging" for the dressage and vaulting competitions will be available again. Eventing fans can look forward to a special new highlight for the cross-country competition. The Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e. V. and SAP are launching a unique pilot project in collaboration with NetAachen: Information from the cross-country competition is to be displayed directly in real-time.

    Aachen2015-App bei iTunes

    Aachen2015-App im Google Play Store

    10.07.2015 - Präsentation Reining

    Rund einen Monat vor Beginn der FEI Europameisterschaften Aachen 2015 möchten wir Ihnen die Disziplin „Reining“ vorstellen. Und das, indem wir nicht nur drüber reden (machen wir zuerst), sondern diese Disziplin des Westernreitens auch vorführen.
    Der Termin ist öffentlich, folglich würden wir uns freuen, wenn Sie auch Ihre Leser, Hörer und Zuschauer darauf hinweisen – sie sind herzlich willkommen!

    PK und kommentierte Präsentation „Reining“

    Wann? Donnerstag, 16. Juli 2015, 10 Uhr

    Wo? Trainingsplatz neben dem Deutsche Bank Stadion
    Aachen, Reitturniergelände Soers

    Als Ansprechpartner stehen zur Verfügung:

    • Nico Hörmann, Bundestrainer
    • Stephan Rohde, deutscher Reiner, nominiert für Aachen 2015
    • Johannes Orgeldinger, Mitglied des Organisations-Teams
    • Frank Kemperman, Turnierleiter und Vorstandsvorsitzender Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V.

     

    Geparkt werden kann auf Areal A an der Albert-Servais-Allee.

    03.07.2015 - Offener Brief

    Herrn Lutz Marmor, Vorsitzender der ARD und

    Herrn Dr. Thomas Bellut, Intendant des ZDF

     

    Sehr geehrter Herr Marmor,

    sehr geehrter Herr Dr. Bellut,

    heute schreibe ich Ihnen als TV-Zuschauer, als Sportinteressierter und jemand, der auch von Berufs wegen u.a. mit Sport zu tun hat.

    Das IOC hat entschieden, bei der Vergabe der TV-Rechte die langjährigen Partner ARD und ZDF außen vor zu lassen. Ich bin ein Freund des Wettbwerbs, doch müssen die abschließenden Entscheidungen immer die Gesamtsituation berücksichtigen. Denn die Olympiaübertragungen durch ARD und ZDF haben in der Vergangenheit stets nicht einfach nur den Sport abgebildet. Sie haben über Hintergründe informiert, Dinge eingeordnet und tiefe Einblicke in verschiedenste Themen gewährt. Sie haben insbesondere die deutschen Athleten begleitet und eine individuelle Berichterstattung garantiert. Auch haben Sie die Leistung der Sportler, überhaupt bei Olympischen Spielen dabei zu sein, gewürdigt. Darüber hinaus konnten sich durch Ihre Berichterstattung viele Sportarten, die außerhalb der Spiele ohne TV-Präsenz sind, einem breiten Publikum präsentieren.

    Vor diesem Hintergrund stellt sich die Frage, ob diese Qualität und Vielfalt der Berichterstattung von Olympischen Spielen nach der Entscheidung des IOC auch zukünftig noch gegeben sein wird. Ich habe große Zweifel an der Richtigkeit dieser Entscheidung.

    Neben den genannten Gründen hat das IOC weitere Dinge außer Acht gelassen, die ich aus meiner beruflichen Sicht bewerten kann. Natürlich ist es nicht meine Aufgabe – und ich möchte es mir auch nicht anmaßen – ökonomische Entscheidungen des IOC zu kommentieren. Sehr gut kann ich hingegen beurteilen, wie die intensive Zusammenarbeit mit Ihren Häusern den Sport in der Vergangenheit auch weiterentwickelt hat. Mit großem Engagement haben sich Ihre Mitarbeiter bei den unterschiedlichsten Veranstaltungen eingebracht, um die Sportarten in all ihren Facetten bestmöglich zu transportieren.

    So können zum Beispiel auch wir in Aachen als Veranstalter des traditionsreichen jährlichen CHIO auf eine langjährige und überaus erfolgreiche Zusammenarbeit zurückschauen. Intensiv haben wir uns mit Ihren Mitarbeitern ausgetauscht. So sind neue Prüfungsformen und Übertragungsideen entwickelt worden, der CHIO Aachen wurde auch dank ARD und ZDF zu einer Sportgroßveranstaltung von internationalem Renommee. Sicherlich werden auch zukünftige CHIOs sowie natürlich insbesondere die anstehenden Europameisterschaften vom 11. bis zum 23. August mit Hilfe von ARD und ZDF zu einem großen – auch medialen – Erfolg werden.

    01.06.2015 - Interview with Frank Kemperman

    Somehow, it was exactly the same as always. The stadium was full, the atmosphere was fantastic and at the Farewell to the Nations ceremony, the white handkerchiefs were waved ecstatically. In an interview, Frank Kemperman, Show Director and Chairman of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V., organisers of the event, explained what had been slightly different at the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015.

     

    Question: Three days World Equestrian Festival instead of 10 days CHIO Aachen – how was it?

    Frank Kemperman: Quite honestly, anyone, who wasn’t here, certainly missed something special. What a fantastic final yesterday in front of an almost sold-out stadium, only this grandiose Aachen crowd is capable of creating such an atmosphere. Here, I can only quote the winner of yesterday’s Rolex Grand Prix, Scott Brash: “From the bottom of my heart – you are the best crowd in the world.” A huge thank you to the visitors, you also turned this reduced format into something exceptional.

    Question: How many people were there then?

    Kemperman: We had 86,500 spectators at the grounds, which is a great result. On Friday, when entrance was free, it could have been a few more – in spite of the cold, damp weather. But on the Saturday, our grounds were filled to 76 percent of their capacity, indeed on Sunday even to 90 percent. The Main Stadium was almost sold-out for the Rolex Grand Prix, the atmosphere among the crowd was magnificent. And also very important: Around 30 percent of the visitors attended for the first time ever.

    Question: That was probably due to the exceptional concept…

    Kemperman: The idea of allowing top sport to meet top chefs, went down extremely well. The people were impressed. I believe Johann Lafer spent more time signing autographs and posing for photos than cooking. But that was also the idea: Top chefs up-close, I think all of the chefs, who cooked here, had just as much fun as the spectators.

    Question: What was your personal highlight? Perhaps the lobster sausage of Aachen’s star chef, Christof Lang?

    Kemperman: That was tremendous. I must admit, I ate my way through all of the stands and the food was excellent at all of them. In terms of culinary delights, it is difficult to favourise one single dish. But in terms of the atmosphere, for me the Farewell to the Nations ceremony was the most special event. When we wave our handkerchiefs, it is a feeling that I can’t describe. Only people, who experience it live, can understand that.

    Question: Normally, you have a year’s break in between all that waving…

    Kemperman: What is normal this year? In ten weeks’ time the FEI European Championships, one of the biggest and without doubt, most spectacular equestrian sport events of all time will be getting underway here. I am really looking forward to it.

    Questions: How are things going with the preparations, what still has to be done?

    Kemperman: We certainly won’t have time to get bored over the coming weeks. There is plenty to do in all areas, whether it be to do with the sport, administration, protocol, media, ticket sales or marketing. To mention just a few examples: The tent city will be totally different, instead of the current 115 exhibitors, there are going to be 220 exhibitors during the European Championships with around 250 tents. The dressage at the European Championships is being stated in the Main Stadium, a temporary roof is going to be installed in the Deutsche Bank Stadium, in order to stage the reining and vaulting competitions. We will be erecting a roof over the sand arena at the edge of the practice area of the show-jumpers and the eventers will also be competing, even though it is not part of the European Championships.

    Question: What will you be doing on August 24th?

    Kemperman: Raising a toast to our entire time that we have experienced the European Championships that were so fantastic and that we will never forget.

    31.05.2015 - Brash winner im Rolex Grand Prix

    Fantastic atmosphere, fantastic sport and a fantastic victory: The British show-jumper, Scott Brash, number one in the world rankings, rode to victory in the Rolex Grand Prix, the Grand Prix of Aachen at the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015 with his top horse “Hello Sanctos”. Three clear rounds and the fastest time in the jump-off (48.04 seconds) – these were the ingredients for the phenomenal victory in a nail-biting final.

    For Brash, the victory brought double the reason for joy: Because the win means his personal Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping continues – since the rider who wins the three Major Shows in Aachen, in Spruce Meadows, Canada and in Geneva, has the chance to pick up a bonus of one million Euros in addition to the prize-money. Thus, the final challenge for the show-jumper from Great Britain beckons in September. If he competes there, he has already secured himself the bonus of half a million Euros for two Major victories in succession.

    The crowd comprising of almost 40,000 spectators, had to hold their breaths right up to the last minute in the biggest jumping stadium in the world on Sunday. Because Brash was the last rider in the jump-off and in the last second of the competition he claimed the victory in the first Major competition of the year. He seemed to have taken the Course Designer, Frank Rothenberger’s tip to heart. Rothenberger had namely announced before the jump-off: “Whoever doesn’t put his foot down in the jump-off, might just have well stayed at home.” This proved to be no problem at all for the 13-year-old gelding: Hello Sanctos is known for his speed. Even though last year the 29-year-old rider had jokingly came to the conclusion that Hello Sanctos doesn’t like Aachen. This year his horse seems to have changed its mind: “Yes, it is crazy. Hello Sanctos jumped fantastically today.” However, Brash was not only overwhelmed by his victory: “I can seriously say from the bottom of my heart that Aachen is the best crowd in the world.”

    Daniel Deusser experienced that joy and sorrow, elation and defeat lie very closely together in the Rolex Grand Prix. The 33-year-old German show-jumper was the first rider to jump clear in the jump-off. At least for a few minutes, the dream of winning was close enough to grasp. However, the dream was shattered when Brash jumped clear over the last obstacle. Like Brash, Deusser also had three clear rounds with his grey gelding, Cornet d’Amour, however his time of 48.37 seconds only sufficed for second place. Deusser also reached the jump-off in the Rolex Grand Prix last year. However, after picking up four faults he finished fourth. “I was very happy with my rounds today, second place is a fantastic result. And when one considers Scott’s performance over the last months, the victories he has celebrated, it was almost clear that he was going to beat me,” said Deusser.

    Third place went to the French rider, Simon Delestre with Ran des Hayettes. This pair also achieved the amazing feat of jumping clear in all three rounds. With a time of 49.27 seconds, he took just over a second longer than Deusser to reach the finish line. “We gave it our very best shot. I am delighted with the result,” the 33-year-old French rider said.

    At the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015, the 40 best show-jumpers in the world competed in the Rolex Grand Prix, the Grand Prix of Aachen on Sunday afternoon in the almost sold-out Main Stadium. 18 competitors qualified for the second round and seven pairs competed for the most coveted title in one of the most difficult competitions in the world in the subsequent jump-off.

    31.05.2015 - Deutsche Bank Prize

    Pure excitement at the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015! There were namely quite a few surprises during this year’s Deutsche Bank Prize. The Swedish rider, Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén, may have been the last to compete in the Dressage Grand Prix of Aachen, which is endowed with 150,000 Euros in prize-money, but in the end she finished first. The 47-year-old was awarded a score of 82.475 with Don Auriello and thus clearly topped her previous year result. In 2014, she came seventh in the Deutsche Bank Prize. She was overjoyed with her victory. “We had a good ride and my horse was very relaxed. I think that was the most important thing,” was the winner’s modest statement.

    In yesterday’s PHILIPS Prize, Silfvén finished second behind Isabell Werth. In the Deutsche Bank Prize, they swapped places. The successful duo Werth and the 14-year-old Hanoverian-bred gelding, Don Johnson FRH, fell back into second place at the very last moment (81.200), which meant the exceptional German dressage rider missed out on the chance of winning the famous Deutsche Bank Prize for the 11th time. She rode to victory in the competition the last time in 2008 with Satchmo. Nevertheless, she was pleased with today’s result: “Of course, it is a shame, when you have been so close to the victory. But I am satisfied. Don Johnson is on the right track and performed consistently at the World Equestrian Festival.”

    Aged just 20, Sönke Rothenberger, who was the youngest in the field of the 15 competitors, also caused a stir in this year’s Deutsche Bank Prize competition. After the newcomer and Aachen debutant performed well in yesterday’s PHILIPS Prize, today he succeeded in claiming one of the top placings. The German rider and his Rhineland-bred gelding “Favourit” finished third on a score of 77.375 points. A result that the young dressage rider from Bad Homburg, who is also a successful show-jumper, hadn’t reckoned with: “If anyone would have told me beforehand that I would do so well in my first appearance in Aachen, I probably wouldn’t have believed him.”

    31.05.2015 - Glenn Geerts wins

    The 10 best drivers in the world are competing at the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015. The STAWAG Prize on the last day of the show was correspondingly exciting. By way of exception, the four-in-hand obstacle driving competition wasn’t held in the Driving Stadium, but instead in the impressive setting of the Main Stadium. The teams had to overcome 12 obstacles. The Belgian driver, Glenn Geerts drove clear with his team of four horses in the fastest time. The two Dutch drivers, Ijsbrand Chardon and Koos de Ronde, also proved that they are in excellent form. Chardon, number two in the world rankings, managed to cross the finish line in the fastest time, but unfortunately he slipped back into second place after picking up 5 penalty points at the water obstacle, and thus finished on a final score of 152.35 seconds. Koos de Ronde, who was close on Chardon’s heels, ranked third after also collecting 5 penalty points (152.65 seconds).

    The best German driver, Michael Brauchle, had to be satisfied with fifth place (155.44 seconds). Even though he didn’t make it under the top three, he was impressed by the competition in the Main Stadium: “The atmosphere here in the Main Stadium is fantastic; it was a totally new experience. The crowd in Aachen is simply terrific!”

    31.05.2015 - Prize of Bitburger Brewery

    34 riders, 22 clear rounds, a triumphant winner: The Irish show-jumper Bertram Allen reached the finish line in the fastest time to win the “Prize of Bitburger Brewery” that is endowed with 30,000 Euros in prize-money at the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015. The just 19-year-old aspiring young rider sped around the 510 m-long course comprising of 12 obstacles in a time of 61.16 seconds. He and his eleven-year-old gelding, Quiet Easy 4, were the last pair to start and pipped Mario Stevens from Germany at the post. “I only saw a few rides at the start, but no more after that. However, I don’t think I could have possibly done anything better. So, I simply relied on the speed of my horse,” said Allen explaining his strategy. Quiet Easy 4 is a true all-rounder: He is not only an excellent jumping horse that also competes at Grand Prix level, he is also very fast. For Allen it is the second victory at the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015. Together with Boyd Exell, he won the combined jumping and driving competition, the “Tank & Rast Prize – Jump and Drive” yesterday evening.

    Mario Stevens, who stood on the top step of the winners’ rostrum on Friday, in the opening jumping competition, the “Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup”, had to make do with second place. He had saddled his Oldenburg-bred gelding Baloubet and he jumped clear in a time of 61.30 seconds. Pius Schwizer from Switzerland ranked third. He reached the finish line clear with his French mare, Sibell du Gisors, in a time of 62.49.

    31.05.2015 - Deutsche Bank: Auction

    The Deutsche Bank and the CHIO Aachen celebrated their 60-year partnership with a spectacular evening and exciting guests on Saturday evening. There was one very special winner of this evening at the World Equestrian Festival: Therapeutic riding.

    Because in the course of the evening a foal from the Lewitz Stud of Paul Schockemöhle was auctioned off. The auctioneer Volker Raulff exclaimed “going for the third time!“ at a price of 34,000 Euros, a picture by the famous artist Klaus Philipp changed hands for the price of 14,000 Euros. Jürgen Fitschen, Co-Chairman of the Deutsche Bank AG, doubled the total amount raised by 50 percent, so that ultimately 72,000 Euros went in aid of the German Curatorship for Therapeutic Riding.

    31.05.2015 - Equestrian Sport Academy

    To comemmorate the 60 year anniversary of their partnership with the CHIO Aachen, Deutsche Bank is intensifying its support for aspiring, young riders.

    On the occasion of its 60-year partnership with the CHIO equestrian show in Aachen, Deutsche Bank is extending its commitment for the equestrian sport by launching the Deutsche Bank Equestrian Sport Academy initiative. The aim of the initiative is to promote the sporting success and the professional future of aspiring young Olympic riders in Germany.

    Jürgen Fitschen, Co-Chairman of the Deutsche Bank, said: “The Deutsche Bank has especially been supporting dressage for years, since it stands for partnership and precision more than any other sporting discipline. With the aid of the Deutsche Bank Equestrian Sport Academy initiative, wir intend to contribute towards defending the leading worldwide position of the German riders. In order to enable the highest level of top sport, it is essential to promote young talents.”

    The Deutsche Bank supports ten aspiring youngsters every year in the equestrian sport. In addition to financial support, the scholarship holders also take part in selected shows in Germany and are supported by mentors of the Deutsche Bank, who support them with the further professional training. As a special reward, the best young rider of the year is allowed to compete at the CHIO in Aachen, one of the most famous equestrian shows worldwide. The Academy stands under the direction of the national coach Monica Theodorescu and the first scholarship holders are to be nominated this year already.

    The Deutsche Bank is one of the most committed companies that promotes sport in Germany. The bank has been the partner of the Deutsche Sporthilfe Stiftung (German Sports Aid Foundation) since 2001. In its role as national sponsor, it helps talented athletes to combine sport with professional training more efficiently.

    In 2012, the Deutsche Bank intensified its commitment and launched the “Deutsche Bank Sport Scholarship”. In the scope of this initiative the Deutsche Bank exclusively bears the costs for the monthly grants for the athletes supported by the Sporthilfe, who are simultaneously studying and has at the same time doubled the support for athletes, who are studying. The bank currently supports 400 athletes with 400 Euros a month. This year, the Deutsche Bank is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its partnership with the CHIO Aachen. The bank has been supporting the event since 1955.

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    30.05.2015 - Irish/Australian victory

    A thrilling atmosphere is guaranteed when the Tank and Rast Prize – Jump and Drive is announced in the Main Stadium. In the combined jumping and driving competition, 10 drivers and 10 riders entered the ring in the late afternoon on Saturday, whereby each team comprised of one driver and one show-jumper.
    Indeed, one couldn’t have expected any other outcome: Bertram Allen and Boyd Exell won the Tank & Rast Prize at the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015. They remained clear and crossed the finish line in an extremely fast time. It was the first time that Allen has taken part in this spectacular competition: “It was fantastic fun, the atmosphere in the stadium was terrific,” the 19-year-old show-jumper said excitedly. In the Jump & Drive competition, the Irish/Australian team finished first on a time of 142.27 seconds.
    The all-German team comprising of Marcel Marschall/Michael Brauchle claimed second place after taking almost 6 seconds longer to complete the course (148.20). Third place (148.58) went to the German show-jumper and the Dutch driver, Koos de Ronde. First of all the show-jumper had to complete his course, then dismount, jump on the back of the carriage and finish the rest of the course together with his driver. The atmosphere at the Soers – accompanied by the ecstatic cheering of the spectators – once again proved that this extravagant competition has meanwhile turned into a real crowd-puller.

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    30.05.2015 - Isabell Werth wins

    A successful opening performance for Isabell Werth at the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015: The German dressage rider won the “PHILIPS Prize” with the 14-year-old Hanoverian-bred Don Johnson FRH. The 45-year-old rider took the lead in the Deutsche Bank Stadium after being awarded a score of 76.300 percent. The Swedish dressage rider, Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén, finished second with Don Auriello on a score of 75.920 percent, followed closely in third place by Steffen Peters (USA) with his horse Legolas 92. (75.780 percent).

    Werth initially had reservations about competing at the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015 with Don Johnson FRH. “This is his third competition within a very short space of time. On the other hand, he needs this challenge, so that he can learn to perform consistently.” This is why the experienced German dressage rider didn’t take any risks in the PHILIPS Prize with “Johnny“, which is how she affectionately refers to him. “We put in a solid performance. The piaffes and passage were very good. And ultimately it sufficed for the victory,” said Werth overjoyed. She will also be saddling Don Johnson FRH tomorrow for the Deutsche Bank Prize.

    30.05.2015 - Will wins Winning Round

    There was a thrilling finale on Saturday evening at the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015: The Winning Round of the show-jumpers remained exciting up until the last minute. A few milliseconds was all that separated the winner from the rider, who came second. 39 pairs contested the main competition endowed with 60,000 Euros in prize-money on Saturday in the Main Stadium, 11 of them – including all five German riders – reached the winning round after jumping clear in the opening round. It was a nail-biting competition. Because, it was the very last competitor, David Will from Germany, who made the top 3 perfect: With a clear round and in the very fast time of 45.61 seconds, he rode to victory with his chestnut mare, Mic Mac du Tillard. He thus knocked the Irish rider, Denis Lynch, who had delivered a perfect ride shortly before, into second place with his stallion, All Star, (46.75). Third place also went to Germany: Denis Nielsen, who competed in Aachen for the first time last year, jumped clear in 47.43 seconds with the 9-year-old grey stallion Cashmoaker.

    Will hadn’t really thought he was going to win: “The course was very demanding, as one would expect in Aachen. Since Mic Mac du Tillard is a very fast horse, I had to slow her down a bit at the beginning, so that I remained in control,” commented Will. It is the third competition in Aachen for the 27-year-old and this year he has already succeeded in notching up a victory. Tomorrow, the show-jumper from Pfungstadt will be riding again. However, he will be saddling Colorit for the Rolex Grand Prix, the Grand Prix of Aachen. And how does he rate his chances of winning? “Well, we will simply have to wait and see,” he said with a grin, “but I think Kent Farrington is going to be one of the favourites.”

    30.05.2015 - Carriages in Aachen

    The "Concours d`Elégance", the magnificent convoy of carriages, ended in a triumphant parade through the streets of the city at lunchtime and in the afternoon on Saturday. At the market square the 21 historical carriages were welcomed by the Lord Mayor Marcel Philipp, ALRV Vice President Baron Wolf von Buchholtz and hundreds of spectators. The Swiss historian and carriage expert Andres Furger and Aachen’s town spokesman Bernd Büttgens cheerfully hosted the programme that lasted around two hours.

    In this way, the World Equestrian Festival, which is being organised at the Aachen Soers this weekend, gave a perfect foretaste of the FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 this August. The Lord Mayor was delighted about this exceptional parade in the heart of the imperial city: “It is a wonderful attraction, being able to experience the historical carriages of the Concours d’Elegance on the marketplace. This underlines the close relationship to our equestrian show." Baron von Buchholtz described the close cooperation between the City and the ALRV as being “unique worldwide”.

    All of the carriages that drove over the cobblestones were at least 100, some even 200 years old. The spectators were impressed and applauded ecstatically as the wonderful parade past by. Especially since the carriage drivers and their grooms were dressed in traditional attire. This journey through time on wheels was made possible by Siegward Tesch. He is not only a long-standing partner of the CHIO Aachen, but also a passionate driver himself – in the past at competitions, in the meantime exclusively as a traditional hobby driver. He collects the historical carriages and has a carriage museum in Wiehl, Germany that is called “Kutchenremise“ (Coach House), which is open to the public. Part of the collection from this museum is on show at the Soers up until Sunday, an exhibition that is well worth visiting.

    30.05.2015 - „Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup“

    A further German victory at the World Equestrian Festival: Yesterday, Mario Stevens won the qualifier of the “Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup”. Today, after finishing third yesterday, Christian Ahlmann rode to victory in the Final. In total, 36 pairs took part in the competition for seven and eight-year-old horses. The Course Designer, Frank Rothenberger slightly increased the level of difficulty in the Final. The course was extended up to 520 m and comprising of twelve obstacles in total, one more fence had to be overcome. Furthermore, the maximum obstacle height was increased from 1.40 m up to 1.45 m. 16 pairs had a clear round and thus reached the jump-off. Initially, the Irish rider Bertram Ellen went into the lead with his Zangersheide stallion, Cheese W Z, as in the first round. Hardly any other rider was able to match his time until just before the end. Then, came Christian Ahlmann. Last but one to enter the ring, he beat the 19-year-old Irish rider, after jumping clear in the new best time of 40.23 seconds. “The course was very challenging, but fairly built for young horses,” commented Ahlmann. His young talent “Casuality Z” is not an unknown quantity: Last year, with Ahlmann in the saddle, the grey stallion became Vice World Champion in the category “7-year-old horses” at the World Championships for Young Jumping Horses in Lanaken, Belgium. “Casuality Z is a very chic, ambitious and fast horse, who always shows initiative. He has great potential,” commented Ahlmann. After crossing the finish line clear in a time of 40.62, third place in the “Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup” went to the Brazilian show-jumper Marlon Módolo Zanotelli, who had saddled his aspiring young horse “Icarus” for this competition.

    30.05.2015 - Patrice Delaveau wins

    The French show-jumper Patrice Delaveau won the “Prize of Soers”. Together with the Holstein-bred stallion Lacrimoso 3 HDC, he was able to assert himself against the remaining 45 riders, who competed in this penalties and time jumping competition. Not only a clear round over the 520 metre-long course secured him the victory, but also his very fast time of 71.15 seconds. “I definitely wasn’t expecting to win,” admitted the 50-year-old rider, “Lacrimoso was injured for a long time, we only start training over a 1.30 course again last week.” Since Lacrimoso is a candidate for the FEI European Championships Aachen 2015, Delaveau’s aim was merely to get him accustomed to the atmosphere in Aachen. “Lacrimoso is a careful horse, so I just wanted to jump the course pretty fast, so that he didn’t have a chance to become distracted,” the number 12 in the world rankings said with a grin.

    The 21-year-old Aachen debutante, Laura Klaphake, led the field for a long time. After jumping clear in a time of 74.45 seconds, she was relegated into second place with the 8-year-old Hanoverian-bred stallion, Cinsey, which is owned by Station Schockemöhle, at the last minute. “I have only been riding Cinsey for one and a half years, so second place is a fantastic result for us,” stated Klaphake, who is trained by her father in Mühlen. Third place went to the Spanish show-jumper, Eduardo Alvarez Aznar, who also jumped all 12 obstacles clear and reached the finish line in 76.95 seconds.

    30.05.2015 - Horse & Symphony 2015

    As the last tone of the well-known melody “Ode to Joy” from Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony had faded away in the late evening on Friday, a loud applause broke out in the sold-out Deutsche Bank Stadium. Because “Horse & Symphony” is simply exceptional: A spectacular show programme performed to the live music of the Aachen Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the General Music Director, Kazem Abdullah, enchanted the 6,300 guests.

    Monica Theodorescu, meanwhile the national coach of the German dressage team, beamed from ear to ear in the magical atmosphere of the arena. During the popular event, she and her former top horse, “Whisper”, demonstrated that they haven’t forgotten a thing. In 2012, Theodorescu competed for the last time in Aachen with the meanwhile 17-year-old “Whisper”, before he went into retirement. For the 12th edition of “Horse & Symphony“, the pair showed that they are still in excellent form and revived the odd memory or two.

    The former successful duo brought the “Journey through Europe”, the motto of this year’s “Horse & Symphony that aims to give a foretaste of the FEI European Championships in August, to a close. The spectators in the floodlit Deutsche Bank Stadium certainly couldn’t complain about a lack in cultural diversity. On the contrary: Whether Belgium, Italy, Iceland, Russia or Spain, whether Germany, the Netherlands, France, Austria or Great Britain – the imaginative show acts invited the guests to join them on a journey to all corners of the world. The enchanting choreographies were accompanied by the wonderful sound of the Aachen Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kazem Abdullah, the General Music Director of the Aachen Theatre. At one stage, he actually exchanged his baton for a clarinet. Par excellence! While he performed the second movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s clarinet concerto, the “friendly blondes”, five Haflinger horses from the Kiefferhof Haflinger Stud, demonstrated their dressage skills in the arena. However, it was a different four-legged animal that stole the hearts of the spectators: A small lion. Naja, to be precise: A pony disguised as a tiger that – quite tame – performed tricks together with the acrobat Mélie Philippot. The world seemed to be totally topsy turvy overall, because shortly before that a splendid chariot sped into the arena to the triumphal march of Guiseppe Verdi’s “Aida”. However, it was pulled by four laid-back donkeys instead of highly-strung steeds. Opera at its best! The Belgian group “Kurkentrekker“ (corkscrew) got the crowd rocking to a catchy tune. An incredible 50 riders circled the arena and appeared to be dancing across the sand to the chart breaker “Alors en Danse”. A further dance performance was also very impressive: “Under the motto “Ballet meets Dressage“, 13 dancers from the Natalie Jungschlaeger Ballet School and the rider Andrea Schmitz whisked the public away to the magical world of Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”. Then, the theme was “Viva España“: The fine art of Spanish equestrianism was accompanied by the fiery dance of a flamenco dancer. Whereby, the show dance group “Chili B’s“ transformed the stadium into a cabaret stage performing the famous French “Cancan”.  In addition to the various dance groups, horse breeds of all colours turned it into an entertaining evening: The sweet Icelandic horses of the “Islandfreunden Wäller Wind e.V., 16 powerful Friesians, which were presented by the Baltic Sea Quadrille, as well as the elegant warm bloods and draught horses of the North-Rhine Westphalian State Stud, who performed one of its most famous quadrilles with and without carriages. A special group, who made their debut performance, demonstrated the symbiosis between tailor-made perfection and breath-taking acrobatics: The Team Cologne, winner of the Vaulting Nations’ Cup in Aachen in 2014 and Team Neuss, the reigning Vaulting World Champions, presented a unique vaulting show to the cold-play hits “The Scientist” and “Viva la Vida”. The pop hits were adapted for the first time into a “classic” version, sung by the baritone, Hrólfur Saemundsson.

    This year part of the proceeds will be donated to UNICEF and the children’s missionary “Die Sternsinger“ e.V. from Aachen. The President of the ALRV, Carl Meulenbergh was able to present both charity organisations with 7,500 Euros. The donations will be used to help the earthquake victims in Nepal.

    29.05.2015 - Triple win for Germany

    The competitions at the World Equestrian Festival have begun. The “Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup” of the show-jumpers, which is part of the Youngsters-Tour, got underway on Friday afternoon. The 32-year-old Mario Stevens from Germany not only jumped clear with his aspiring young horse, Fairmont E, he also finished the 490 m-long course containing 11 obstacles, which had been built by the Course Designer, Frank Rothenberger, in the fastest time. The clocked stopped at 62.92 seconds, which meant the pair left their fellow competitors trailing behind. Since 21 riders of the field comprising of 37 pairs in total jumped clear, putting in a fast round was decisive. Second and third place also went to Germany: Felix Haßmann, who crossed the finish line with his Westphalian-bred mare, Horse Gym´s Balance, in a time of 65.56 finished second, followed closely by Christian Ahlmann, winner of the Rolex Grand Prix in 2014, with his stallion, Casuality Z. The 40-year-old rider jumped clear in 66.07 seconds.

    Exclusively 7 and 8-year-old horses are allowed to compete in the Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup. Each of the competitors is allowed to bring one horse to Aachen with them for this competition. In the subsequent optional training session, the riders had the opportunity to test the “Holy Grass” for 90 seconds with each of their other horses. Because further show jumping competitions are on the agenda this weekend. For example, tomorrow, in addition to further jumping classes, the Final of the “Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup” is taking place. Meanwhile, in the Deutsche Bank Stadium the first dressage competitions got underway. These will come to a spectacular finish on Sunday with the Deutsche Bank Prize. The concluding competition on Sunday will be the Rolex Grand Prix, the Grand Prix of Aachen, in the Main Stadium.

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    28.05.2015 - “Aachen Gourmet“ opens

    Fantastic food in a unique atmosphere. On Thursday evening during the “Aachen Gourmet Dinner” at the Aachen showgrounds, top chefs cooked for 120 guests in the Main Stadium that holds 40,000 spectators.

    Reiner Calmund was among the guests, the Fencing World Champion and Olympic gold medallist Britta Heidemann also attended together with her equally successful colleague from the dressage scene, Nadine Capellmann. The star chefs were already there, of course: Johann Lafer, World Champion Chef Léa Linster from Luxembourg, Dieter Müller, who is decorated with three Michelin stars as well as Christof Lang, Rainer Hensen, the chefs of Otto Gourmet and the molecular chefs from “De Leuf” from the Netherlands.

    Previous to the dinner, the “Aachen Gourmet“ was officially opened – the gourmet mile with top chefs is open throughout the duration of the World Equestrian Festival (May 29th-31st), the chefs will be cooking live. Of course, there were top chefs and stars up-close at the opening. Not only the well-known TV chef, Johann Lafer, chatted with the visitors in high spirits before disappearing behind the stove, the top chef Rainer Hensen (Burgstuben Residenz in Heinsberg), local hero Christof Lang (La Bécasse in Aachen), Wolfgang Otto from Otto Gourmet and Sandra van de Bunt from the Dutch restaurant “De Leuf” as well as Luxembourg’s star chefs Léa Linster and Dieter Müller, whom Michelin awarded three stars, are also on board at the traditional showgrounds.

    Reiner Calmund, the Aachen Gourmet ambassador was also present on Thursday evening, and together with Michael Mronz, General Manager of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH, he explained how the idea for this international gourmet festival, where top cooking meets top equestrian sport, came about – namely while having breakfast. He loves eating: “If I were to start counting all my favourite dishes, we‘d be here until Monday.” He didn’t have to either, because together with a further 120 guests he attended the Aachen Gourmet Dinner, during the course of which an exquisite 5-course meal prepared by the top chefs was served in an exclusive setting.

    The Aachen Gourmet Dinner comprised of an amuse gueule, goose liver with rhubarb, eel and raspberry crumble, a bouillabaisse, a morgan ranch brisket, followed by a surprise dessert. Further culinary delights will be available at the showgrounds over the next few days. From Friday to Sunday inclusively, people will have the opportunity to visit the gourmet mile at the World Equestrian Festival. Entrance to the showgrounds is free of charge on Friday, when the top riders will already be in action in the ring. Admission tickets are required for the World Equestrian Festival on Saturday and Sunday, however once the sporting programme has finished on Saturday evening, entrance to the “Aachen Gourmet” is free again. Each of the chefs have their own presentation platform, where together with their team they can present their cooking skills live to the audience. But the “Aachen Gourmet“ is not only a feast for the eyes, the visitors can actually taste the exclusive sample portions – from the starters to the main courses through to the dessert – for affordable prices.

     

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    Léa Linster:

    “The ‘Aachen Gourmet‘ is going down very well with the people. I find the proximity to the visitors here great, the whole atmosphere. Because in places where people eat there is warmth. On Sunday, I will be cooking my madeleines here on the gourmet mile. The smell alone is enough to tempt everyone…“

    Christof Lang:

    “The Aachen Gourmet Dinner is like a Hollywood premiere. Standing here in the stadium, on the ‘holy’ grass is amazing – coming from Aachen this is something totally special for me. I find the idea behind the ‘Aachen Gourmet’ wonderful. Because good food and sport belong together.“

    Dieter Müller:

    “It is fantastic being here in Aachen at the World Equestrian Festival. Up until now, I have only ever watched equestrian sport on TV – albeit with particular enthusiasm. The gourmet mile quite literally makes people hungry and I am looking forward to meeting up with many dear colleagues here and getting to know a fantastic audience. Because I am very interested in sport myself, I naturally hope that I will also be able to catch a bit of sport live myself.”

    Wolfgang Otto (Otto Gourmet):

    “I find the Aachen Gourmet Dinner great: Nice people, good champagne, a nice ambiance! The people from Aachen are very open and interested in culinary highlights. So the ‘Aachen Gourmet‘ fits in with the World Equestrian Festival perfectly. For us it is a matter of honour taking part and spoiling the visitors with our specialities.”

    Reiner Calmund

    “The best riders in the world are competing here in Aachen and now the best chefs are cooking here. It is super that so many people have come to the premiere of Aachen Gourmet and to the dinner this evening. Michael [Mronz] and I came up with the idea for the Aachen Gourmet while we were having breakfast together one day. And for a change, I will now stop nattering, because the top chefs want to serve the food – and they take that very seriously.”

    28.05.2015 - An interview with Kevin Staut

    Kevin Staut has been one of the best show-jumpers in the world for years. However, one big victory is missing from the long list of achievements of the current number 9 in the world-ranking list: winning the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen. In an interview, the French rider revealed what goals he has set himself for the World Equestrian Festival and why he will not only be facing equestrian challenges, but is also looking forward to new culinary challenges this year.

     

    There are just a few days to go until the World Equestrian Festival. Are you excited?
    Kevin Staut: Yes, very! Aachen is always a fantastic show and this year it is going to be particularly challenging, because it is only a three-day event. Normally, we have almost a week to get our horses used to the impressive atmosphere and the huge stadium. This time we are arriving on Friday and the Rolex Grand Prix is already on Sunday, which means one has to pursue a different strategy for one’s horses.

    Which is?
    I am riding one of my most experienced horses in the Big Tour, namely the 14-year-old Reveur de Hurtebise. He is in good form, but he has never jumped in Aachen before. So, I will definitely make use of the training session on Friday and will take my time to show him everything. The eleven-year-old Qurack de Falaise is also on board. For him it is great opportunity to gain experience at a show of this magnitude.

    Experience for the European Championships, which are also being staged in Aachen?
    Both of the horses I am bringing with me are without doubt also candidates for the European Championships. But preparing for the championships is not the main priority: I want to do well in Aachen, I want to fight hard and win the Rolex Grand Prix!

    How about your fellow competitors in Aachen? Are you frightened of the German riders?
    We are always frightened of the German riders, not just in Aachen! (laughing) No, seriously, I am always nervous when I compete against the German riders at a show. In the past, I often used to watch riders like Marcus Ehning or Ludger Beerbaum to see exactly how they ride. I still enjoy doing that today. But I am not frightened, I’d say I am experiencing a good portion of excitement!

    Talking about portions: We can not only looking forward to top riding at the World Equestrian Festival this year, there is going to be top cuisines too. Star chefs will be cooking for the visitors of the show on the gourmet mile. Will we be able to find you there?
    Oh, definitely. It is a great opportunity to try out something new. I enjoy doing that at the shows and I am a person, who really enjoys eating anyway, so I will definitely take a look and see what’s cooking.

    Returning to the sport again: Together with the two other Major shows, CHI Geneva and the CSIO Spruce Meadows “Masters”, Aachen forms the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Whoever, wins the three shows in succession, claims one million Euros in addition to the prize-money. What do you think about this initiative and the choice of shows?
    I have seen a lot of shows over the years and most of them are really good, but the one tricky aspect is creating a unique atmosphere at a show. By selecting Geneva, Aachen and Spruce Meadows, Rolex has not only chosen the best indoor and two best outdoor shows in the world, but also events that have a long history and which epitomise the exceptional spirt of the sport. The Rolex Grand Slam is something very special for us athletes and you feel this special mood at the three shows. The course in Aachen for instance is something totally special with its double water and the small lake in the arena. You don’t see anything like it anywhere else in the world. And then the crowd in the stadium – you can’t prepare yourself for that anywhere else. The atmosphere in Aachen is simply unique!

    28.05.2015 - Traditional presentation

    Mercedes-Benz is supporting the “World Equestrian Festival” with a chauffeur service once again in 2015. Twenty vehicles will be at the event’s disposal at the weekend, including S-class, G, M and V-class vehicles as well as Sprinters and Vitos. Shortly before the traditional event begins, Matthias Hindemith, Sales Director Cars for Aachen Cologne and Koblenz, symbolically handed over a key to Carl Meulenbergh, President of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV).

    Mercedes Benz has partnered the event for over 60 years. The best show-jumpers, dressage riders and four-in-hand drivers are expected in Aachen for the “World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015” from May 29th-31st, before one of the world’s biggest sporting events this year - the European Championships (August 11th-23rd) – is staged in Aachen later this year. The overall budget for the two events is 24 million Euros, the overall prize-money totals 3.16 million Euros.

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    27.05.2015 - Turkish Airlines extend contract

    The organisers of the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, and Turkish Airlines have extended their contract for a further three years. The company, which was voted Europe’s best airline for the fourth consecutive time in the scope of the Skytrax passenger survey of 2014, has been a partner of the biggest and most famous equestrian sports event in the world since last year. Alongside Rolex, Mercedes-Benz and DHL, Turkish Airlines has been one of the Top Level Sponsors of the CHIO Aachen since 2014.

    The new contract runs until 2017 and also encompasses the FEI European Championships Aachen 2015. Turkish Airlines will be naming sponsor of the Jumping competition, which will take place on 19th of August 2015 between 14.30- 18.00, and the winner will get 1 Million Miles from Turkish Airlines’ frequent flier program miles&smiles in addition to the prize money. Furthermore, perimeter and obstacle advertising will further heighten the presence of the airline at the traditional showgrounds at the Aachen Soers. With regards to the new contract, the most visible sign of the renewed and expanded partnership is the fact that the Riders’ Stand has been renamed in future to be called the Turkish Airlines Stand. The stand is on the east side of the Main Stadium that has a capacity of 40,000 spectators. And the last but not least, Turkish Airlines will name for a Restaurant in the VIP area, which will have similar patterns of the CIP Lounge of Turkish Airlines in Istanbul.

     “We are proud to be part of the CHIO Aachen. Passion and struggle for perfection are the values that we share with the Aachen-based organisers.” Temel Kotil Ph.D., Deputy Chairman and the CEO of Turkish Airlines said. “As an internationally-operating company, Turkish Airlines fits in perfectly with our philosophy for the progressive internationalisation of the CHIO Aachen,” commented Michael Mronz, General Manager of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH. Two of our Top Level Sponsors, namely Rolex and Turkish Airlines, are based abroad, whereas based in Germany, both Mercedes-Benz and DHL operate on an international level. “However, in spite of this internationalisation, we don’t forget our roots – in addition to the Top Level and Main Sponsors, the marketing concept also foresees national and regional partners. In this way, we do justice to the strong anchoring of the CHIO in the region,” stated Mronz.

    The top jumping and dressage riders as well as the best four-in-hand drivers will compete this year at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen 2015 from May 29th-31st, before the FEI European Championships (August 11th-23rd), one of the largest sporting events worldwide this year, is staged in Aachen. The budget for the two events totals 24 million Euros, with overall prize-money to the value of 3.16 million Euros.

    26.05.2015 - Lafer meets Ahlmann

    +++ to be announced in English+++ „Spiegelei.“ Springreiter Christian Ahlmann, im Vorjahr Sieger im Rolex Grand Prix, Großer Preis von Aachen, weiß, wo seine Stärken als Koch liegen. Beim Weltfest des Pferdesports Aachen 2015, das am Donnerstagabend beginnt, wird er einiges lernen können, denn eine Reihe von Spitzenköchen wird ebenfalls nach Aachen kommen.

    Einer von ihnen ist Johann Lafer. Er und Ahlmann stellten am Dienstag im Aachener Rathaus gemeinsam mit den Organisatoren und Oberbürgermeister Marcel Philipp das Weltfest des Pferdesports vor. Wegen der Europameisterschaften in Aachen im August ist das Turnier in diesem Jahr auf ein langes Wochenende und die drei „klassischen“ CHIO-Disziplinen Springen, Dressur und Fahren beschränkt.

    Aachener Reitturnier trifft Aachen Gourmet, Spitzensport trifft Spitzenküche: Während die besten Spring- und Dressurreiter der Welt um die renommiertesten Großen Preise der Welt – den Rolex Grand Prix der Springreiter und Deutsche Bank Preis der Dressurreiter – kämpfen, kochen in der Zeltstadt die Meister live. „Ein neues Konzept, mit dem wir die Menschen begeistern möchten“, so Carl Meulenbergh, Präsident des ausrichtenden Aachen-Laurensberger Rennvereins e.V. (ALRV). Lafer, bereits mehrfach als Zuschauer beim CHIO Aachen gewesen, freut sich darauf, nun als „Aktiver" ins Geschehen einzugreifen und verspricht: „Wir werden an unserem Stand eine komplett offene Küche präsentieren, wo die Besucher uns bei allem über die Schulter schauen können: Vom frisch gebackenen Brot bis zur Zubereitung von Thunfisch. Die Besucher können nicht nur probieren, sondern auch  jederzeit Fragen stellen. Ich freue mich sehr auf die Nähe zum Publikum.“

    O-Ton Johann Lafer

    Das Publikum spielt auch für Christian Ahlmann eine große Rolle. Im Vorjahr feuerte es ihn frenetisch an, letztlich siegte der Springreiter im Rolex Grand Prix, ein Augenblick, „auf den ich 20 Jahre lang gewartet habe“, so Ahlmann. „Denn wenn man als Springreiter beim Rolex Grand Prix ins Aachener Hauptstadion einreitet, knistert es, es ist ganz still. Das Publikum drückt dir die Daumen und versucht, dir über jeden Sprung zu helfen – das spürt man als Reiter. Wenn dann alles klappt und der Jubel aufbrandet, ist das ein ganz spezieller Glücksmoment.“

    O-Ton Christian Ahlmann

    Auch in der Stadt Aachen ist die Vorfreude groß, die Bevölkerung liebt und lebt das Turnier: „Die Soers wird in wenigen Tagen wieder zu dem Treffpunkt in der Region“, so Oberbürgermeister Marcel Philipp. Das Stadtoberhaupt freut sich neben dem Sport ganz besonders auf das Rahmenprogramm: „Ein großer Anziehungspunkt wird die Präsentation der historischen Kutschen beim Concours d’Elegance auf dem Marktplatz sein.“ 25 historische Gespanne, alle über 100, manche über 200 Jahre alt, werden dann über das Kopfsteinpflaster im Herzen der alten Kaiserstadt rollen. „So gegen 13.30 Uhr erwarten wir die Gespanne im Stadtzentrum“ informierte Frank Kemperman, Turnierleiter und ALRV-Vorstandsvorsitzender. Hochklassige Konkurrenz für Christian Ahlmann konnte Kempermann verkünden: Die Top 35 der Welt ist nahezu komplett vertreten, „da ist die Titelverteidigung eine sportliche Aufgabe“ schmunzelte Vorjahressieger Ahlmann. „Klein und fein“, so Kemperman, „ist das Starterfeld in der Dressur. Angeführt wird es von Isabell Werth, der zehnfachen Siegerin im Deutsche Bank Preis, Großer Dressurpreis von Aachen. Von den Vierspännern sind die zehn besten Gespanne der Welt vor Ort. „In diesem Jahr haben wir hier 78 Sportler aus 18 Nationen, die mit 210 Pferden nach Aachen kommen“, so Kemperman.

    Wer diese weltbesten Reiter live erleben möchte, hat noch die Gelegenheit dazu: „Es gibt noch Karten, sogar für die Großen Preise von Aachen am Sonntag, den Rolex Grand Prix und den Deutsche Bank Preis“, so Michael Mronz, Geschäftsführer der Aachener Reitturnier GmbH. Zwar seien nicht mehr alle Kategorien verfügbar, aber noch gibt es die für viele einmalige Gelegenheit, die Großen Preise live zu erleben. Mronz stellte zudem die digitalen Neuerungen vor, unter anderem eine Multimedia-Grafik des Turniergeländes und die aktualisierte App. Eine Besonderheit freute Mronz außerordentlich: In diesem Jahr ist die Deutsche Bank seit 60 Jahren Partner des CHIO Aachen.

    O-Ton Michael Mronz

    In Aachen werden in diesem Jahr vom 29. bis zum 31. Mai die besten Spring- und Dressurreiter sowie Vierspännerfahrer zum „Weltfest des Pferdesports Aachen 2015“ erwartet, ehe dann mit den Europameisterschaften (11. bis 23. August) eine der weltweit größten Sportveranstaltungen in diesem Jahr organisiert wird. Die Veranstaltungen verfügen über einen Etat von 24 Millionen Euro, es geht um eine Gesamtdotierung von 3,16 Millionen Euro. Eröffnet wird das Weltfest des Pferdesports mit „Aachen Gourmet“ am Donnerstagabend ab 17 Uhr bei freiem Eintritt.

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    21.05.2015 - Aachen Gourmet Dinner

    The motto of this year’s World Equestrian Festival from May 28th-31st, 2015 is “Top sport meets top cuisine”. As the current title holders of the “Golden Chef’s Hat 2015“, the star chefs of “De Leuf“ are naturally also on board and the Dutch chefs will be bringing the fragrance and taste of the sea to the Aachen Gourmet plates. Together with a good portion of ice-cold nitrogen steam!

    “We offer classic French cuisine albeit with new influences,” said Sandra van de Bunt referring to her gourmet restaurant “De Leuf”. Her team will also be conjuring up extra special delights for the visitors of the “Aachen Gourmet”. For example, they will not only have a stand on the gourmet mile on Thursday, May 28th, but will also be preparing the exclusive “Aachen Gourmet Dinner” in the Main Stadium at the Aachen showgrounds on Thursday evening together with the star chefs Johann Lafer, Christof Lang, Rainer Hensen and the team from OTTO Gourmet. “We are in charge of the Amuse Gueule and are planning one of our specialities of the house,” revealed Sandra van de Bunt. The dish is called “Taste and fragrance of the Sea” and the guests can look forward to an exquisite composition of seafood – prepared using nitrogen that is minus 196 degrees cold! “We will be preparing the course directly at the table and it is definitely going to be spectacular. The steam of the nitrogen will let everyone really feel the sea,” explained the proprietor of “De Leuf“, which claimed the most prestigious cooking award in the Netherlands, the “Golden Chef’s Hat 2015”, in January.

    Sporting highlights with the top riders in the world and culinary delights by the world’s best chefs: The World Equestrian Festival will kick off on Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at 5.00 p.m. with the “Aachen Gourmet”. Entrance to the showgrounds including the gourmet mile is free of charge, tickets for the exclusive “Aachen Gourmet Dinner” in the Main Stadium can be purchased for 199 Euros. On the next day, the Friday, there will be free entrance to the showgrounds and the top riders will already be competing in the ring. It is necessary to purchase admission tickets for the World Equestrian Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Once the sporting programme has finished on Saturday evening, there will be free entrance to the “Aachen Gourmet” again.

    15.05.2015 - Top stars in the dressage arena

    World elite at the World Festival: After the top 40 show-jumpers and best 10 four-in-hand drivers in the world have already confirmed their participation at the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015 (May 29th-31st), a first-class line-up of competitors is now evolving in the dressage discipline too.

    The German national coach, Monica Theodorescu, has announced a team that includes, among others, Isabell Werth, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Fabienne Lütkemeier. The local matador, Nadine Capellmann, will also be riding into the most famous dressage arena in the world. From the Netherlands, Adelinde Cornelissen has confirmed her participation and so has the US American rider, Steffen Peters. Among others, Tinne Vilhelmson, who has been extremely successful recently, will be competing from Sweden. However, the actual starting list won’t be finalised until shortly before the show after the ultimate entry deadline. The highlight of the dressage competitions is the Deutsche Bank Prize, the Dressage Grand Prix of Aachen, on Sunday, May 31st. On Saturday, the Philips-Prize, a Grand Prix competition, as well as the Prize of the Handwerk, the Aachen Quadrille Championships, are on the agenda. The overall prize-money for the dressage competitions totals 183.000 Euros.

    The best show-jumpers, dressage riders and four-in-hand drivers are awaited in Aachen from May 29th-31st, at the “World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015”, before one of the largest sporting events in the world this year, namely the FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 (August 11th-23rd), is organised there. The two events have an overall budget of 24 million Euros, the overall prize-money totals 3.16 million Euros.

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    29.04.2015 - Bitburger new Partner

    Bitburger is the new partner of the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen. The contract has initially been signed for three years and also encompasses the FEI European Championships Aachen 2015.

    In its capacity as a new official partner, the family company from the Eifel will take over responsibility for serving all beer and mixed beer drinks. As such, the famous slogan “Bitte ein Bit“ will be present at the traditional showgrounds at the Aachen Soers with immediate effect. Bitburger will draw attention to its brand on-site with perimeter and obstacle advertising as well as with the branding on its own products.

    “As a partner of the CHIO Aachen, Bitburger will in future add to the overall enjoyment at the World Equestrian Festival with its products. We are proud to support this internationally renowned sporting highlight and contribute towards the guests’ well-being with our products,” explained Dr. Werner Wolf, spokesman of the management of the Bitburger brewery group.

    “Bitburger stands for tradition and quality – values that are also communicated by the World Equestrian Festival. We are looking forward to our new partner, who fits in perfectly with the brand environment in Aachen,” stated Michael Mronz, General Manager of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH.

     Boasting over 350,000 spectators every year and prize-money totalling almost 2.7 million Euros, the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, is Germany’s biggest sports event. Around 350 athletes from 30 nations travel to the traditional showgrounds at the Aachen Soers with approx. 550 horses. Equestrian competitions have been organised in Aachen since 1898, the foundation year of the organising company, the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein. International competitions have been staged there since the mid-1920s. This year, the format of the World Equestrian Festival, which is being held on the last weekend in May, has been reduced down to three days due to the FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 (August 11th-23rd).

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    27.04.2015 - Concours d‘Elegance

    Historical carriages will be parading through the imperial city in the scope of the “Concours d’Elegance presented by the Tesch family” – exhibition at the showgrounds

     They are really old, but they certainly haven’t lost their shine. On the contrary: During the World Equestrian Festival, 23 magnificent tradition carriages from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Luxembourg will be presented at the showgrounds and in the City of Aachen in the scope of the “Concours d‘Elegance presented by the Tesch family”. They make one thing unmistakably clear: Beauty has nothing to do with age. All of the visitors can convince themselves of this over the three days of the show. There is going to be a carriage parade on Saturday, May 30th, 2015 and on Sunday, May 31st – on the Saturday the elegant and elaborately restored carriages will also be presented on Aachen’s marketplace in the heart of the city. For the traditional drivers, who will be a spectacular sight, it is of utmost importance that every small detail is correct – not only as far as the carriages and the equipment are concerned, but also in terms of the clothes of the drivers and grooms.

    Siegward Tesch has made this journey through time possible. He is not only the long-term partner of the CHIO Aachen, but also an experienced driver himself – in the past he actively participated in competition sport, in the meantime exclusively as a traditional driver, in other words a carriage fan through and through. He collects the historical carriages and has a carriage museum, called the “Kutschenremise“ (the Coach House) in Wiehl, Germany, which is also open to the public. 21 carriages from his private collection will be on display at the showgrounds in the last weekend of May during the World Equestrian Festival. In an interview, he revealed exactly what he has in store for the approx. 100,000 visitors.

     What will be on show during the “Concours d’Elegance”?

    Siegward Tesch: 23 international carriage teams will travel to Aachen especially for the World Equestrian Festival. The highlight is going to be the 16-kilometre parade through Aachen on Saturday. Exclusively historical carriages, most of which are over 100 years old, will be taking part. One doesn’t get the chance to see such a wonderful sight every day. Especially since the carriage drivers and their grooms will be wearing historical attire. The magnificent carriages will stop off briefly on the marketplace, which will give all interested parties the opportunity to admire the elegant, vintage carriages close-up.

     You are co-organising the “Concours d’Elegance”. Will you also be driving one of the carriages?

    Tesch: Of course. I will be bringing a Coupe Mail from the year 1880 to Aachen with me for this exceptional event. This carriage was manufactured in Paris by the manufacturer Henry Binder and is in original condition. As far as I know, it is the only Binder carriage of this make that still exists today. I acquired and restored this carriage in 2012. Without exaggerating, one can describe such a carriage as a Mercedes among the historic carriages.

     How did the idea of the “Concours d’Elegance” arise?

    Tesch: The idea came about following the motto “Back to tradition”, because driving competitions enjoy a long history, also in Aachen. Even though the focus no longer tends to be placed on the driving sport today, there were times when driving competitions made up well over 50 percent of the equestrian sport shows. Particularly at the World Equestrian Festival, the Marathon competition from Cologne to Aachen in the 1930s was legendary! And we want to continue this tradition on a small scale at least.

     Which historical carriages will be driving through Aachen in 2015?

    Tesch: Everything is represented from single harness carriages to four-in-hand teams. Primarily, they are of course, English-style city carriages. The majority of the participating carriages were made by very famous manufacturers. Whether the Grande Coupe Rothschild, an Omnibus Brewster, a Ladies‘ Phaeton or a Break de Chasse – all of the names are like music to the ears of carriage lovers. But their appearances will be even more eye-catching, certainly an event not to be missed. One treasure simply follows the next in the exhibition – and each of the carriages tells its own story.

     Is it also possible to inspect the carriages?

    Tesch: During the exhibition, the visitors will be able to look around inside a two-in-hand carriage, the so-called “Mylord” built by the Swiss carriage-maker Chiattone in the year 1890. They will also be able to take a nice snapshot for the family album. All of the other carriages will be labelled informing the visitors of their names, year of construction, where they were built and the name of the manufacturer.

     What is so fascinating about carriages?

    Tesch: I think the entire equipment and accessories are what create the overall fascination: The drivers with their grooms, the carriage itself, the type of harness used, the horses. Hobby drivers, for instance, often really go to town.

     What do you think about the fact that carriages are being offered such a large stage during the World Equestrian Festival?

    Tesch: Of course, I am delighted, because the idea had existed for a long time already. Most of the CHIO visitors are only familiar with four-in-hand teams that take part in the competitions. Of course, modern development in the driving sport is of course most welcome and interesting. The Concours d’Elegance and the respective exhibition gives us an opportunity to bring a piece of culture closer to the people, who don’t know much about carriages. The World Equestrian Festival offers the unique chance to experience both modern driving sport and historic carriages at one event. Aachen is the perfect location for this campaign, because the driving sport has a long tradition here, which will continue to be upheld.

     Where does your love for the driving sport and carriages come from?

    Tesch: I have been driving carriages for several decades. In the past as a competitive driver, in the meantime as a hobby driver. Of course, this gives you have a totally different outlook on everything to do with carriages. This is how my passion for collecting historic carriages evolved. And I am pleased that I am now able to present these pieces of art to the visitors of the World Equestrian Festival.

     As a long-term partner and equestrian sport fan, you regularly visit the World Equestrian Festival. What was your most memorable experience?

    Tesch: Naturally, one either finds me at the dressage competitions in the Deutsche Bank Stadium or in the Driving Stadium. I always find it impressive, when the carriages drive through the Main Stadium, for example at the Farewell of the Nations. That wasn’t always the case. I particularly enjoy the exciting “Jump and Drive” competition. There is always a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium. I am needless to say really looking forward to the parade of the historic carriages in the Main Stadium at this year’s World Equestrian Festival. It is going to be a spectacular show and a unique experience at the Soers.

    20.04.2015 - Aachen Gourmet

    Aachen Gourmet online special

    “Of course, everyone will now jump to the conclusion, the fatso is only thinking about food again,” says Reiner Calmund with a grin. Together with Michael Mronz, General Manager of Aachener Reitturnier GmbH, Calmund introduced “Aachen Gourmet“: Top chefs at the World Equestrian Festival from May 29th-31st.

    The top riders in the world will be competing in Aachen and this year they will be meeting up with some of the best chefs in the world. Johann Lafer will be cooking in Aachen, Christof Lang (runs “La Bécasse“ in Aachen), the top chef in the furthest West part of Germany, Rainer Hensen is also on board together with the chefs from “Otto Gourmet” and on the final Sunday, Luxemburg’s world champion chef Léa Linster. These star chefs will prepare sample sizes of different dishes live in the tent city – in front of the crowds at affordable prices.

    Michael Mronz, who developed the concept together with Reiner Calmund, explained, “that the idea is top chefs meet top sport.” In 2015, in addition to the World Equestrian Festival in the last weekend of May, the FEI European Championships will also be staged in Aachen from August 11th-23rd. “In this special year, we also wanted to come up with something very special for the May event,“ explained Mronz during a press conference held at the Chocolate Museum in Cologne.

    Calmund has been a guest at the CHIO Aachen for many years and he immediately dismissed the assumption that he only thinks about the food: “I have very close ties to the equestrian sport, not only through the show in Aachen. As young boys, we not only played football in the 1950s and 60s, but also re-enacted the big equestrian shows. No joking: I was always Hans Günter Winkler with Halla. We used to lay out an old mattress as an obstacle, decorate it with a few plants and off we set!“ His adopted daughter also rides, “I always march alongside her – at a safe distance,” reported Calmund.

    The “Aachen Gourmet“ already kicks off at 5 p.m. on Thursday evening, May 28th, 2015. On that day and on the following Friday entrance to the showgrounds is free of charge, on Friday the top riders will also already be in action live in the jumping ring. Entrance tickets for the World Equestrian Festival have to be purchased for Saturday and Sunday. After the sports programme has finished on Saturday evening, entrance to the “Aachen Gourmet“ is once again free of charge. In this way, the expected 100,000 visitors will not only experience top sport, but also gourmet cuisine. But one thing definitely won’t be on the agenda: “Don’t worry, I certainly won’t be getting on a horse,” assured Calmund.

     

    14.04.2015 - ALRV General Meeting 2015

    The President of the German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB) Alfons Hörmann has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Board of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV). The ALRV members elected him onto the board during the General Meeting on Tuesday evening.

    Previous to this, the President of the ALRV, Carl Meulenbergh, looked back on an extremely successful CHIO Aachen 2014: “We were once again able to experience how the CHIO Aachen has long since evolved into becoming a major event rather than a pure equestrian sports show,” and that many of the visitors consider it important to be present,” explained Meulenbergh. Over 355,000 visitors travelled to the traditional showgrounds at the Soers in Aachen last year. This figure will be topped in 2015, this “very special year for equestrian sports” (Meulenbergh). Because two exceptional events are planned this year: the World Equestrian Festival from May 29th-31st and the FEI European Championships Aachen from August 11th-23rd.

    The Chairman, Frank Kemperman, also commented about this year that is going to be so special for the ALRV: “There can’t be enough equestrian sport in Aachen,” the Dutchman stated with a grin. He once again presented the European Championships concept of five disciplines being staged in one location to the members and made particular reference to the Opening Ceremony of the European Championships: “We have never experienced anything like it here yet. It is going to be a spectacular event with plenty of colourful show performances.” Kemperman couldn’t conceal his pleasant anticipation for the World Equestrian Festival at the end of May either: “The top riders and drivers in the three classic Aachen disciplines jumping, dressage and driving – it is going to be fantastic.” This is also being confirmed by the ticket sales, which according to Kemperman are “running very well” for both events. “I am looking forward to a full house in August,” the Chairman reported and he went on to explain the extensive building measures that are being carried out prior to the two events.

    Carl Meulenbergh paid tribute to the following members for their long-standing ALRV membership: Werner Leuchter (60 years), Peter Ackermann, Achim Bourseaux, Ruth Crumbach-Trommler (50 years respectively), Dieter Berg, Günther Diefenthal, Ilkegret Haake, Juliane Hakverdi, Ural Hakverdi, Yasemin Hakverdi-Schulte, Wilma Heck, Ernst Höhler, Resi Krings, Erich Lantin, Jürgen Linden, Bert Naeven, Brigitte Naeven, Richard Nagelschmitz, Klaus J. Rudhardt, Hans Rueben, Ingrid Schmitz, Hubert Schoenen and Günter Strauch (25 years respectively).

    03.04.2015 - Top TV Times

    Of course, nothing beats the live experience, when the best riders in the world compete at the most famous showgrounds in the world from May 29th-31st. However, the public TV stations are coming to the aid of those people, who can’t make it to the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015 personally, because ARD and WDR are offering comprehensive coverage.

    There is going to be an excellent line-up of athletes: For example, the top 30 show-jumpers will be almost completely represented in the battle to win the Rolex Grand Prix that is endowed with one million Euros in prize-money. They will be saddling their best horses. The number one in the world rankings, the Scottish rider Scott Brash, will be competing alongside Ludger Beerbaum, Daniel Deußer, Marcus Ehning and Christian Ahlmann from Germany. Penelope Leprevost, Kevin Staut and Simon Delestre will be representing France. And the reigning Olympic gold medallist from Switzerland, Steve Guerdat, has also confirmed his participation. Frank Kemperman, Chairman of the organising company, the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein (ALRV) is looking forward to his compatriots: “Of course, the World Champions also want to head the rankings at the World Equestrian Festival,” the Dutchman said with a grin.

    Prize-money to the value of almost 1.4 million Euros is at stake in the three disciplines jumping, dressage and driving. The world class sport will be accompanied by top class transmission times on TV. ARD and WDR will be broadcasting almost seven hours of live coverage from Aachen. “Aachen is the global capital of the equestrian sport. As a long-standing TV partner of the ALRV, WDR is looking forward to transmitting the images of the World Equestrian Festival at the Soers at the end of May to all interested equestrian sport fans all over the globe,” commented WDR Sports Director, Steffen Simon.

    There will also be additional broadcasts in the scope of news programmes and reports as well as coverage by the WDR Studio Aachen. “The transmission times underline the high standing the World Equestrian Festival enjoys in the field of sport,” said Michael Mronz, General Director of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH.

    An overview of the transmission times:

    Sat., 30.5., WDR: 3 p.m. – 4.50 p.m. live (Jumping, “Winning Round”)

    Sun., 31.5., WDR: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. live (Dressage, Deutsche Bank Prize and Jumping, Rolex Grand Prix, 1st round)

    Sun., 31.5., ARD: 3.40 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. live (Rolex Grand Prix, 2nd round and jump-off)

    16.03.2015 - World-class event in May!

    The best show-jumpers in the world have already confirmed their participation at the World Equestrian Festival – Rolex Grand Slam: Scott Brash wants to write history

    He won the prestigious Rolex Grand Prix in `s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands on Sunday, and yet the rider Daniel Deußer is already looking ahead to the World Equestrian Festival in May. On the one hand, because of the terrific atmosphere in Aachen, and on the other hand, of course, because of his successful performances at the Soers over the past years.

    https://youtu.be/tIZtf-Zz3ts

    Last year’s winner of the Rolex Grand Prix, Christian Ahlmann, sums up what makes Aachen so special: “Aachen simply has the coolest crowd.” Other top German stars such as Ludger Beerbaum and Marcus Ehning have already confirmed that they will taking part in May too.

    And the international elite will also be competing at the traditional showgrounds at the Soers in Aachen too. The French stars Kevin Staut and Pénéope Leprevost, the Swiss Olympic gold medallist Steve Guerdat and the world ranking list number one Scott Brash – are all raring to compete in Aachen. “That’s obvious“, said Brash, “this impressive stadium is simply sensational.” It is going to be an exceptional show for Brash, because after his victory at the CHI in Geneva, he has the chance to be the first rider in history to win a bonus in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. “Yes“ the likeable Scottish rider smirks, “that would be really fantastic, if I am able to pull it off.”

    The Show Director, Frank Kemperman, is especially looking forward to his fellow countrymen: “Of course, the Dutch world champions will also be competing here.” The organisers have invited the top 28 riders in the world ranking list, according to current information, apart from a few exceptions, all of them will be competing in Aachen.

    2015 is a special year in the history of the organisers, the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein (ALRV): In addition to the FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 (August 11th-23rd), the World Equestrian Festival will also be staged at the Aachener Soers in May. The competitions will be organised in the three classic CHIO disciplines jumping, dressage and driving from May 29th-31st. An attractive supporting programme will round off the equestrian sport event.

    15.01.2015 - Interview with Ludger Beerbaum

    In August, Ludger Beerbaum will have his sights on winning his seventh and eighth European Championships gold medals. The show-jumper is one of the most successful sportsmen of all time. At the "Menschen 2014" (People 2014) Gala in Aachen on Wednesday evening, he chatted with the President of the DFB (German Football Association) Wolfgang Niersbach about the past year, but of course, Beerbaum is also particularly directing his attentions towards the future: To the super equestrian sport year 2015.

     

    Question: You will be competing in Aachen twice this year, are you really looking forward to this double home game?

    Ludger Beerbaum: I am not on my own there, either. I think all of the show-jumpers, who have the opportunity to compete at both the World Equestrian Festival and the European Championships, are extremely looking forward to this year. It is simply fantastic to ride here in Aachen.

     

    Question: Can one describe the special atmosphere in Aachen? What does it feel like for a show-jumper riding into this arena?

    Beerbaum: A lot of different phrases have been used to describe Aachen, such as the Mecca or Wimbledon of equestrian sport. This atmosphere, the whole flair of the show days, the special stadiums, the spectators – all of this is what makes Aachen so special. Incidentally, the horses also sense the atmosphere. Many young horses are very impressed, almost overwhelmed. On the other hand, many experienced horses even perform slightly better in Aachen, they are even more motivated.

     

    Question: The crowd in Aachen cheer the riders on enthusiastically. Is the crowd an additional incentive?

          Beerbaum: Yes, it really gets under your skin. All of the athletes are celebrated in Aachen, particularly the Germans and me possibly even a bit more. I always sense a particularly surge of euphoria here.

     

    Question: How important are the FEI European Championships in your own country for you?

    Beerbaum: They are of enormous importance. Everything is focused on these European Championships in 2015, for me August will be the highlight this year.

     

    Question: Will you take the opportunity to watch the other disciplines during the European Championships?

    Beerbaum: I will have to wait and see if such an opportunity arises – at other Championships, it is difficult because the competition sites are located too far away from each other, whereas in Aachen the routes between the sites are very short, so it might be possible. But, of course, principally I am extremely focused on my discipline.

     

    Question: How do you rate your chances – in May and at the European Championships?

    Beerbaum: Two important prizes are at stake here: In May the prize-money for the Rolex Grand Prix and in August the medals. Quite honestly: I would like to get a slice of both pies.

    15.12.2014 - Frank Kemperman elected

    The Chairman of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein (ALRV), Frank Kemperman, has been elected onto the "Executive Board" of the World Federation of Equestrian Sport, the FEI. In Baku, Azerbaijan at the weekend, the General Meeting of the FEI followed the recommendation of the new FEI President Ingmar de Vos from Belgium. The Board comprising of five-members is responsible for preparing the decisions for the 15 "Bureau" members of the FEI and if necessary can also take emergency decisions. As Chairman of the FEI Dressage Committee, Kemperman has already been a "Bureau" member for the past two years.

    03.11.2014 - World Equestrian Festival

    The most famous Grand Prix in the world at the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015

    The "Rolex Grand Prix" and "Deutsche Bank Prize" are also being staged in the year of the European Championships – May 29th to 31st – Deutsche Bank partners for 60 years

    The year 2015 is going to be an exceptional year for equestrian sports. The traditional showgrounds at the Aachen Soers will namely be hosting the world elite twice next year. Before the FEI European Championships in five disciplines are staged in August, the organisers will be continuing an old tradition on the last weekend in May: Competitions in the three classic CHIO disciplines show jumping, dressage and driving will be staged, including the most famous and most prestigious Grand Prix, the "Rolex Grand Prix, the Grand Prix of Aachen" and the "Deutsche Bank Prize, the Dressage Grand Prix of Aachen".

    "In this way, we are building a bridge between tradition and modern," stated Carl Meulenbergh, President of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein (ALRV) on Monday. On the one hand, the "World Equestrian Festival" in May with the traditional disciplines, on the other hand the European Championships in August with the completely novel concept of staging five disciplines in one location.

    Carl Meulenbergh about building a bridge between tradition and modern

    "The City of Aachen will be an excellent host twice next year," promised Aachen's Lord Mayor, Marcel Philipp, who appreciates the special significance of the equestrian event: "Many other cities are very envious of us in this connection."

    Marcel Philipp about the link between the City of Aachen and the equestrian event

    The programme of the "World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015" from May 29th to 31st was presented earlier today in Aachen's Town Hall. "The ticket sales for the dressage also commence today," explained Michael Mronz, General Manager of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH. As is common knowledge, the tickets for the dressage are always sold-out very quickly, "so anyone, who wants to experience the unique atmosphere in the Deutsche Bank Stadium, should hurry." And it is certainly worth visiting because "the best riders in the world will be competing", commented Show Director, Frank Kemperman.

    Michael Mronz about the World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2015

    Frank Kemperman about the sports programme in May 2015

    Including of course the best dressage rider of all time, Isabell Werth, who is already looking forward to May 2015: "Riding in Aachen is almost like competing at home. This mixture between show and sport, lifestyle, atmosphere and emotions doesn't exist anywhere else." Having won the competition ten times, Werth is the record-holding winner of the Deutsche Bank Prize, the Dressage Grand Prix of Aachen.

    Isabell Werth about the special "Aachen flair"

    It is also thanks to the Deutsche Bank that the dressage riders will be competing at the Soers in May 2015. Next year, the bank will have been partners of the event in Aachen for 60 years already, which means the motto of the equestrian sport year 2015 "From tradition to modern" also perfectly describes the relationship between the bank and the equestrian show in Aachen. "The Deutsche Bank is not only an important partner, but also a driver of the development of the international dressage sport," stated Michael Mronz. He added that the "Deutsche Bank Prize, the Dressage Grand Prix of Aachen“ is not only the competition with the highest prize money, but the Deutsche Bank Stadium, which was expanded in 2014, is also the discipline's most important "stage" in the world.

    Michael Mronz about the Deutsche Bank Prize, the Dressage Grand Prix of Aachen 2015

    A spectacular supporting programme will round off the last weekend in May at the Soers. Historic carriages will be exhibited and presented around the city in the scope of the "Concours d`Elegance presented by the Tesch Family". And the "Horse & Symphony" concert that is famous far beyond the gates of Aachen, which offers a fantastic live show programme accompanied by the Aachen Symphony Orchestra, will also be staged on the last weekend in May. "Great sport and a great show" promised Frank Kemperman.

    Frank Kemperman about the supporting programme in May 2015

    19.09.2014 - CHIO Aachen Magazin: New issue

    The magazine is published twice a year, six weeks previous to and eight weeks after the CHIO. It costs 6,50 Euros and can be obtained at the ALRV office. The Aachener Reitturnier GmbH provides all information on the possibility to subscribe the magazine (11,50 Euros/year plus shipping costs), please contact conny.muetze@chioaachen.de.

    Read more about the current issue

    10.09.2014 - Rolex Grand Slam: New film

    Rolex has released a new film to celebrate the second equestrian Major of 2014, the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament, which runs from 10th – 14th September and is part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.

    As well as an insight into the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ from Rolex Testimonee Eric Lamaze sharing his passion for the show and the home crowd, Rodrigo Pessoa describes the 90 seconds of adrenaline rush that riders experience navigating the Grand Prix course.

    Featuring spectacular footage of this year’s CHIO Aachen winner and live contender for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping title, Christian Ahlmann, plus former winners of the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’, the film encapsulates what it feels like to win the highlight of the show, the CP International presented by Rolex, on the final day.

    New Rolex film supporting the Spruce Meadows 'Masters

    01.09.2014 - Manege frei für Voltigierer

    +++ to be announced in English+++ Ab Dienstag werden die Voltigierer vom Team Neuss für Deutschland bei den Weltmeisterschaften in Frankreich an den Start gehen - Vorher sind diese Artisten des Pferdesports noch - gemeinsam mit ihren Kölner Kollegen - in den Zirkus gegangen. Herausgekommen sind außergewöhnliche Fotos für die kommende Ausgabe des CHIO Aachen-Magazins, das in Kürze erscheinen wird. Es kostet 6,50 Euro und wird in der Geschäftsstelle des ALRV verkauft. Alle Informationen zum Abonnement (11,50 Euro/Jahr zzgl. Versandkosten) gibt es per E-Mail bei der Aachener Reitturnier GmbH: conny.muetze@chioaachen.de.

    21.08.2014 - Fotoshooting mit Sandra Auffarth

    +++ to be announced in English+++ In Kürze wird das aktuelle CHIO Aachen-Magazin erscheinen. Unter anderem mit einem Portrait über Sandra Auffarth. Der Vielseitigkeits-Star siegte im DHL-Preis beim Weltfest des Pferdesports, CHIO Aachen 2014, und gilt zudem als aussichtsreiche Kandidatin auf Einzel-Gold bei der Reit-WM, die am Samstag in der Normandie beginnt. Die Vielseitigkeits-Wettbewerbe beginnen am Donnerstag, 28. August.

    Das Foto-Shooting zum aktuellen Magazin mit Fotograf Thomas Hellmann auf einer Brücke über die A 28 Richtung Oldenburg wurde von einem Polizei-Einsatz begleitet. Besorgte Autofahrer hatten Kinder mit einem gestohlenen Autobahn-Schild gemeldet. Wie auf dem beigefügten Foto eindeutig zu erkennen, eine unbegründete Sorge. Das Bild kann honorarfrei unter Angabe von „Foto: CHIO Aachen-Magazin/Thomas Hellmann“ verwendet werden.

    19.08.2014 - Sitzschalen werden verschenkt

    +++ to be announced in English+++ Nach den Sitzen der AachenMünchener-Tribüne verschenkt der Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. nun auch die Sitzschalen der Reitertribüne aus dem Hauptstadion, da diese mit neuen Schalen ausgestattet wird. „Insbesondere Sportvereine haben in der Vergangenheit das Angebot genutzt, um ihre Sportplätze mit den alten Sitzen aus unseren Stadien auszustatten. Das freut uns natürlich riesig, dass die Sitze so noch einen tollen Zweck erfüllen - und der CHIO auch auf diese Weise in der ganzen Region präsent ist“, sagt CHIO-Turnierdirektor Frank Kemperman. Auch in vielen privaten Gärten stehen inzwischen einzelne Sitze oder ganze Sitzreihen aus dem Deutsche Bank Stadion und dem Hauptstadion. Daher werden von

    Mittwoch, 20. August bis Freitag, 22. August, jeweils zwischen 14 und 17 Uhr

    die Sitzschalen verschenkt. Dabei gilt : Wer zuerst da ist, bekommt auch zuerst einen oder mehrere Sitze. Geparkt werden kann auf Areal D, hinter der AachenMünchener-Tribüne auf dem CHIO-Gelände.

    15.08.2014 - Equestrian Analytics

    +++ soon available in English+++

    Für den CHIO Aachen 2014 haben sich der ARLV und Technologiesponsor SAP einer neuen, spannenden Herausforderung gestellt: Wie kann dem Zuschauer das Geschehen auf der Vielseitigkeitsstrecke noch näher gebracht, die Faszination der Ritte noch besser vermittelt werden?
    Herausgekommen ist der Prototyp „SAP Equestrian Analytics“, ein System, das es ermöglicht, Sensordaten wie Geschwindigkeit und Bewegungen zu erfassen, Zwischenzeiten zu errechnen und die gerittenen Linien zu visualisierem. Der erste offizielle Test fand im Rahmen der Geländeprüfung des DHL-Preises am 19. Juli statt. Die deutschen Vielseitigkeitsreiter haben hier einen speziell für den Reitsport entwickelten Datenlogger sowie einen Pulssensor mitgeführt. Drei der Starter – Sandra Auffahrth, Ingrid Klimke und Dirk Schrade – waren darüber hinaus auch mit einer Helmkamera auf der Strecke unterwegs.
    Herausgekommen ist unter anderem ein spannendes neues Format, das die digitalen Parameter eines Rittes mit den Bildern der Helmkamera kombiniert und den Zuschauer so quasi „im Cockpit“ mitreiten lässt.

    Hier geht es zu den Videos:

    Der DHL-Preis mit SAP-Analyse aus der Sicht von Sandra Auffahrt

    Der DHL-Preis mit SAP-Analyse aus der Sicht von Ingrid Klimke

    Der DHL-Preis mit SAP-Analyse aus der Sicht von Dirk Schrade

    14.08.2014 - "Moments of Luck" 2014

    During this year's CHIO Aachen, in the scope of the "Moments of Luck" donation campaign, 17,500 Euros were collected in aid of the German Curatorship for Therapeutic Riding e.V. (DKThR) and the Children's Aid Fund (KUF) of the DKThR as well as for four DKThR approved therapy centres in and around the region of Aachen (Lohner Hof Riding & Therapy Centre e.V. in Eschweiler, "Abenteuerland" (Adventure Land) Riding Therapy Centre in Aachen, Rattenhaus Riding School in Eynatten, Belgium and the Centre for Therapeutic Riding in Stolberg).
    The Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV) has been supporting the German Curatorship for Therapeutic Riding e.V. (DKThR) since 1998 with the joint charity cooperation, "Moments of Luck". The aim of the campaign is to make the public aware of therapeutic riding and riding for the disabled. "We are convinced that therapeutic riding is beneficial to both adults and children. The DKThR carries out fantastic work and gives people the opportunity to profit from therapy with horses. That is why the "Moments of Luck" campaign has been part of the CHIO for many years!" commented ALRV President, Carl Meulenbergh.
    During the ecumenical service on Soers Sunday and throughout the week of the show, volunteers went round the CHIO grounds collecting donations. In the scope of the show programme on Soers Sunday, the four therapy centres from the region around Aachen not only presented the different areas of therapeutic riding, but also an individual interpretation of the CHIO partner country, Switzerland.
    Elke Lindner from DKThR is delighted with the commitment of the spectators and the long-term collaboration with the ALRV: "The "Moments of Luck" campaign is supported to a large extent by the CHIO visitors as well as by the highly motivated volunteers, who collect the donations. This is a wonderful experience every year and we are grateful that this campaign has been linked with the CHIO Aachen for so long already. We highly appreciate this great support for therapeutic riding and our association."
    This year, the dressage star, Helen Langehanenberg, was patron of the campaign. The popular rider donated an exclusive tour of the riding establishment of the Langehanenberg family in Billerbeck for the "Moments of Luck" prize-draw.
    In addition to the therapeutic activities, equestrian sports for the disabled (para-equestrian) is a further important task of the DKThR. Since para-equestrian became the 8th discipline in the FEI family, the equestrian sport has taken over a pioneering role in the world of professional sports.

    31.07.2014 - Sitzschalen verschenkt

    Bei traumhaftem Wetter hat die Verschenk-Aktion der Sitzschalen aus dem Hauptstadion viele Interessenten angelockt. Sowohl einzelne Sitze als auch ganze Sitzgruppen wurden von Jung und Alt auf der AachenMünchener Tribüne eingesammelt und mitgenommen. Einige von ihnen finden jetzt im TC Blau-Weiss Stolberg 1932 e.V. ein neues Zuhause: „Wir hatten bisher keine richtigen Sitzmöglichkeiten für unsere Zuschauer. Das wird sich jetzt dank der CHIO-Sitzschalen endlich ändern!“, so der Sportwart Jürgen Sonnen. Aber nicht nur aus der Region kamen Anfragen: Ein CHIO-Fan aus dem Schwarzwald hat extra eine Aachener Spedition beauftragt, 300 Sitzschalen abzuholen. Sie werden nun Teil einer sanierten Reithalle.

    Turnierdirektor Frank Kemperman freut sich über das rege Interesse an dem geschichtsträchtigen CHIO-Mobiliar: „Die Leute haben immer wieder Ideen, wie man die Sitze noch nutzen kann. An Sportplätzen, in Reithallen und sogar als Esszimmerstühle!“

    Auch morgen noch, Freitag den 1. August, können die Sitzschalen zwischen 13 und 18 Uhr abgeholt werden.

    Fotos von den Schalen und ihren neuen Verwendungszwecken können an presse@chioaachen.de gesendet werden. Die Schönsten werden auf der Facebook-Seite des CHIO Aachen veröffentlicht.

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    28.07.2014 - CHIO Aachen: Seats from the Main Stadium are being given away

    If they could speak, they would have plenty of stories to tell: The seats in the Main Stadium of the CHIO Aachen. After the successful campaign of giving away the seats from the Deutsche Bank Stadium, the organisers are now giving away further seats. "We are renovating the seats in the AachenMünchener Stand and in the Riders' Stand. And because our last campaign met with great interest, this time we would like to please the CHIO fans," explained the Chairman of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein, Frank Kemperman. As such, the seats will be given away on

    Thursday, July 31st and Friday, August 1st, between 1 pm and 6 pm.

    The campaign works on a first come, first serve basis, so whoever turns up first can have one or more seats. Parking is available on Areal D, behind the AachenMünchener Stand at the CHIO grounds.

     

    22.07.2014 - Next stop Calgary

    One year after its premiere the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping returned to the place where it all began: In the impressive arena in Aachen, this cathedral of the equestrian sport. 40,000 enthusiastic spectators celebrated Christian Ahlmann. With this victory, his personal Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping has begun.

    Of the five riders in the jump-off, Christian Ahlmann, who had saddled Codex One, was the only one to jump clear. "I have thought about this moment for 20 years," commented Ahlmann. Then he immediately looked to the future again: "Of course, I would like to take the next step in the Rolex Grand Slam and compete at the Spruce Meadows Masters – provided that I stay fit and healthy. The Rolex Grand Slam is an important challenge for us show-jumpers. It means a lot to me that Rolex has launched this initiative and is giving us show-jumpers the opportunity to win such prize-money and arouse such attention. Now, I will try to make the most out of my personal Rolex Grand Slam."

    His horse obviously also enjoyed the new "Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping" challenge – because Codex One pushed the trophy with his nose as if to say: "I'll see you again in September at the Spruce Meadows Masters…“. Because the rider who wins the three Major shows the CHIO Aachen, the Spruce Meadows "Masters" and the CHI in Geneva in succession, wins the Grand Slam and will become a sporting legend – as well as receiving an additional one million Euros in prize-money. A bonus also beckons to a rider, who wins two of the three shows. If the shows are won straight after each other, the bonus is 500,000 Euros. If the equestrian athlete succeeds in winning in the "two out of three mode", i.e. two shows but not in succession, the bonus is 250,000 Euros. It is possible to win the bonus riding different horses.

    At the beginning of the Rolex Grand Prix at the CHIO Aachen 2014, the attention was focused on the Swiss Olympic gold medallist, Steve Guerdat, who won the last Major show in Geneva and also on Pieter Devos from Belgium, who rode to victory at the Major in Spruce Meadows in Canada last September. Both riders had good chances in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping before the Rolex Grand Prix began. However, for Steve Guerdat the dream of winning the second Major in a row ended early with four faults at the water ditch. "My goal was to win here and everything felt great," said Guerdat, "perhaps I should have fought a bit harder at the water jump." Pieter Devos didn't have a good day either, he had a refusal at a water jump. The Belgian rider nevertheless enjoyed his stay in Aachen: "It was a nice Grand Prix, a great experience for my young horse."

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    20.07.2014 - Prize of the City of Aachen

    Shortly before the CHIO Aachen came to an end with the traditional goodbye ceremony, the "Farewell to the Nations" after ten fantastic show days, a special distinction was awarded on the "Holy Grass". In the scope of the World Equestrian Festival 2014, the "Prize of the City of Aachen" was awarded to the FEI President, Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bind Al Hussein, prior to the world-famous farewell ceremony. Deeply moved, the equestrian sport enthusiast, who was elected President of the International Equestrian Federation in 2006 and who has been an IOC member since 2007, received the City CHIO distinction in the form of a plastic horse sculpture from the hands of the Lord Mayor Marcel Philipp for her special services to the CHIO Aachen. "Princess Haya has always asserted herself for the CHIO Aachen. This prize serves as a symbol of the City of Aachen's gratitude to her," stated Philipp. And 40,000 spectators applauded. "Aachen is one of the most important equestrian shows in the world. Everyone here in the stadium has his own wonderful memories of Aachen," raved Princess Haya.

    Here, in the traditional Main Stadium, where Princess Haya herself competed in the show-jumping competitions between 1997 and 1999, where she has also held moving speeches, the most emotional of which was at the Closing Ceremony of the World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006, she is being presented with the special prize. She too was co-responsible for bringing the next major Championships to Aachen. Thanks to her support, Aachen won the bid from the FEI in June 2012 to stage the FEI European Championships in five equestrian sport disciplines at one location, which is a premiere!

    Carl Meulenbergh, President of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennvereins e.V., also honoured the FEI President's amazing commitment to and close bond with the CHIO Aachen: "I recall well the years when she entered the stadium here in Aachen as a show-jumper, her moving closing speeching at the World Equestrian Games 2006 and now I look forward to her Opening Speech at the FEI European Championships 2015.“

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    20.07.2014 - Ahlmann wins

    Christian Ahlmann fulfilled his childhood dream today with this 12-year-old Hanoverian Codex One: The 39-year-old from Marl was the only rider to jump clear in the jump-off of the Rolex Grand Prix, the Grand Prix of Aachen. "It is simply fantastic", the overwhelmed new Aachen Champion commented, who triumped in the major competition at the Soers for the first time in his career.

    Frank Rothenberger did a good job. The course designer wanted four to six riders in the jump-off and ultimately five reached the final. After the first round 15 pairs had jumped clear. However, only Christian Ahlmann, Marcus Ehning and Daniel Deußer as well as the US Americans Kent Farrington and Lauren Hough reached the showdown.

    Ahlmann was the first to enter the stadium packed with 40,000 spectators to master the 410-metre long course containing 12 obstacles and 15 jumps, that Rothenberger had designed. „Normally it is better to ride last. But not today“, laughed Ahlmann. His plan was to jump clear and put his fellow competitors under pressure and he succeeded in doing so. All of the other riders beat the time of the 2011 World Cup winner (46.59), but they didn't jump clear.

    Speedy Gonzalez, Kent Farrington was the fastest. The 33-year-old took 43,91 seconds to ride home with Voyeur, ahead of Marcus Ehning with the KWPN-stallion Plot Blue (46.01) and World Cup winner Daniel Deußer (46.44) with the Westphalian-bred Cornet D’Amour, all finished on four faults. Lauren Hough had the second fastest time – 44,71 seconds – but she picked up 8 faults along the way.

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    20.07.2014 - Serial winner the Netherlands

    Benjamin Aillaud won the last competition of the four-in-hand-drivers – the Prize of H&T Automotive Components. The French driver, who already triumphed in the WARSTEINER-PRIZE – reached the drive-off with his horses Bartok, Bly Plain’s, Colin and Conkalina. Only two drivers were in the drive--off after driving clear in the allowed time in the first round of the obstacle driving test. Aillaud took finished first in a time of 91.85 seconds ahead of Michael Brauchle. The German driver took 93.01 seconds to reach the finish line. The US-American driver Chester Weber, who won the individual classification yesterday, took third place after picking up 0.97 penalty points for exceeding the allowed time.

    The Dutch team of National Coach Harry de Ruyter won the Fendt Nations' Cup again – which comprises of the results after the dressage, obstacle driving and Marathon. The CHIO-Aachen serial winners and World Champions triumphed at the Soers for the eighth time in succession. The team  – comprising of Ijsbrand Chardon, Koos de Ronde and Theo Timmermann – achieved a total score of 292.85 minus points. The strong Hungarian team came second. József Dobrivitz, József Dobrivitz jun. and Zoltán Lázár kamen finished on a score of 309.82 minus points. The German team was rather disappointed with having to make do with third place. The total score for Mareike Harm, Christoph Sandmann and Georg von Stein was 312.36 points. France came fourth in the Nations' Cup (337.08).

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    20.07.2014 - Valegro back at the top

    Double Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin won the Finale of the CHIO Aachen in the Deutsche Bank Prize, taking the victory in the Grand Prix Freestyle of the CDIO Tour, the Dressage Grand Prix of Aachen. The 29-year-old from Great Britain headed the strong field with a score of 87.900 percent. Germany's top rider and last year's winner Helen Langehanenberg finished second with Damon Hill NRW (86.025), followed by Isabell Werth with Bella Rose (85.150). Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas – who won both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Spécial – had withdrawn from the competition the day before, because the stallion is in the preparation phase for the WEG. Kristina Sprehe took fourth place with Desperados FRH (83.150) and thus completed the strong overall result of the German squad that is trained by the National Coach, Monica Theodorescu.

    It was an exciting week with ups and downs. "I didn't get off to a good start. I've never had that many mistakes in the Grand Prix with Valegro, I really made a fool of myself," analysed the British rider. After her big mistakes at the beginning in the flying-changes, the crowd had kept groaning at every further faux pas. "That made me even more nervous," she reported. "But that's life, everyone makes mistakes and I am not perfect and neither is Valegro," she said. The British super stars and World Cup winners had difficulties coping with the heat. Winning the Spécial in their final performance in Aachen was a small consolation. "I am very happy with my ride. The transitions and the piaffes were super," she summed up.

    Helen Langehanenberg, who had a mistake in the flying-changes was also satisfied. "I didn't warm up as long as usual because of the heat, so Damon Hill was very fresh," she reported. "I am very much looking forward to the World Equestrian Games," she stated.

    Isabell Werth was equally happy. "Michael Erdmann (does the music for Werth, not from the editorial office) did a wonderful job and managed to get the music finished,“ said Werth. She hadn't practised the freestyle in advance but had concentrated on the first two competitions instead, not to confuse the horse. "I am delighted that Bella Rose was so concentrated and didn't want to make a mistake. It is the first time she has been in such a big stadium with so many spectators and she got used the situation more every day.“

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    20.07.2014 - SAP-Prize for Shane Breen

    The final day of the show kicked off with the SAP-Prize for Shane Breen. The Irish rider jumped clear in a time of 65.65 seconds with his 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding Calido Boy. The Italian rider Emanuela Gaudiano, who won the RWE-Prize the evening before, crossed the finish line in a time of 66.34 seconds with the Westphalian-bred gelding Caesario – to claim second place. The Canadian rider Ben Asselin, who had saddled his KWPN gelding Makavoy took one second longer to complete the course. The best German rider to finish the 500-metre long course with eleven obstacles was Denis Nielsen with Cashmoaker in sixth place. Nine riders jumped clear. Last year's winner Hans-Dieter Dreher ranked 30th after picking up ten faults.

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    19.07.2014 - PHILIPS-Prize: German victory

    At the end of a long dressage day in the Deutsche Bank Stadium, the German riders were able to celebrate a further victory under floodlights. Dorothee Schneider won the Grand Prix Freestyle of the "I' Tour, the PHILIPS-Prize, with her 13-year-old Westphalian-bred mare, Forward Looking. The 45-year-old rider from Framersheim rode to victory on a score of 77.175 percent, ahead of Marion Engelen with the 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding Diego OLD and last year's winner, Hans Peter Minderhoud. The 29-year-old Marion Engelen finished on a score of 75.900 percent. The Dutch rider Minderhoud had saddled the 14-year-old Oldenburg stallion Glock´s Romanov and the pair were awarded a score of 75.325 percent. Fourth place went to Nadine Capellmann. The 48-year-old business graduate and local matador (she comes from Würselen) achieved a score of 73.825 percent with her 13-year-old Baden-Wurtemberg-bred chestnut mare Girasol.

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    19.07.2014 - Italian night at the Soers

    In the concluding jumping competition in the Main Stadium on Saturday evening, an accumulator jumping competition with joker, Emanuele Gaudiano rode to victory and thus won the RWE-Prize. The Italian collected 65 points in a time of 5345 seconds with the ten-year-old Westphalian-bred gelding Caesario. The 28-year-old relegated the German rider Tim Hoster into second place with his Oldenburg gelding Quality (56.12). Third place went to Ireland: Cameron Hanley recorded a time of 57.15 seconds with Amira. In the accumulator jumping competition the degree of difficulty of the obstacles gradually increases, and the amount of points each obstacle is worth also increase. If the riders jump the obstacle clear, they are awarded the respective amount of points, if not the points are subtracted from the total score. The winner with the most points in the fastest time wins. In total eight riders finished on a score of 65 points, but Gaudiano had the fastest time. Last year, the Spanish rider Sergio Alvarez Moya won the competition.

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    19.07.2014 - Silver Camera goes to Langrish

    The English photographer Pam Langrish was able to convince the jury with two four-legged stars: A horse and a small cuddly dog speeding past at the front of the photo. The eventer Andrew Nicholson almost goes unnoticed on the winning photo. On Saturday evening, the coveted trophy, the Silver Camera, for the best international equestrian sport photo, was awarded to Langrish. The curious thing about it. This photo was only taken by chance. Pam Langrish, is actually a dog photographer, she just happened to fill in for her husband, Bob Langrish, a well-known equestrian sport photographer, at the eventing show in Badminton, because he didn't have any time. This is where she took the spontaneous snapshot, which also won her a place on the winners' rostrum. "I sent my wife off to take a photo of a horse and she comes back with one of a dog," is how her husband recounted the story with a wink. It certainly paid off anyway. Second place went to the Belgian photographer Astrid Appels, and the Dutch photographer Arnd Bronkhorst came third. The prizes were awarded by Helmut Schiffer, CEO of the Rheinischer Sparkassen- und Giroverband, Hubert Herpers, Chairman of the Sparkasse Aachen, and Hans Kauhsen, Supervisory Board Member of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V.

    A jury comprising of Dirk Caremans (last year's winner), Ludo Philippaerts (Belgian show-jumper), Andreas Müller (Executive Director of Zeitungsverlag Aachen (newspaper publisher), Erich Timmermanns (Advertising & PR Director, Sparkasse Aachen) and Frank Kemperman (Chairman of the ALRV) made a preselection of the 74 photographs submitted from all over the globe. The famous media prize is jointly awarded by the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. the Sparkasse Aachen and the Rheinischer Sparkasse & Giroverband. The winner receives prize-money to the value of 2,500 Euros, the first runner-up wins 1,000 Euros and the second runner-up 500 Euros.

    19.07.2014 - Prize of Sparkasse

    After the Nations' Cup victory on Thursday, the Belgians recorded a further victory. Olivier Philippaerts won the Prize of Sparkasse with Carlito C. In the hunting competition over ditches and banks in the Main Stadium of the Soers – which also includes natural obstacles such as the Devil's Dyke and the big pond – the 20-year-old jumped clear in a time of 76.6 seconds. Hans-Dieter Dreher also had a clear round. However, the German rider took 77.82 seconds to complete the course with his nine-year-old Holsteiner Quiwi Dream, which put him in second place. Last year's winner, Shane Breen claimed third place with Ominerale Courcelle. The Irish rider knocked one fence, which resulted in four penalty seconds. His final result was thus 79.15 seconds – if he had jumped clear, he would have won the competition again.

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    19.07.2014 - Mario Adorf visits the CHIO

    Special guest at the CHIO Aachen: On Saturday, Mario Adorf, the famous German actor, visited the World Equestrian Festival. It was the first time the long-time advertising partner of the AachenerMünchener insurance company visited the CHIO Aachen, although he is actually a passionate horse enthusiast. "I have ridden many times in my life, in my spare time and of course in countless films," the 82-year-old revealed during a photo shooting on the warm-up area. He has been fascinated by horses from an early age: "The third word that I was able to say as a small child was 'horse'." The actor didn't actually mount a horse at the showgrounds, however he was very impressed with his visit to the CHIO Aachen: "There is a fantastic atmosphere here at the grounds. I have often been invited to attend, but unfortunately haven't been able to make it until now. I have only ever managed to watch the CHIO competitions on TV until now and always enjoyed the show." He added that he has always had a weakness for the equestrian sport, because for him the elegant four-legged steeds are the most beautiful animals in the world.". And there were plenty of them for Adorf to watch in the Main Stadium during the Prize of AachenMünchener. Finally, he also walked over the "Holy Grass" accompanied by Carl Meulenbergh, President of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e. V. and Michael Westkamp, Chairman of AachenMünchener, to award the trophy to the winner, Frank Schuttert (NED). He was evidently bitten by the CHIO bug - the grandseigneur of the German movie industry said before leaving, "I will definitely come again."

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    19.07.2014 - Isabel Bache wins again

    Second victory for Isabel Bache: The Norwegian rider, who won the opening dressage competition in the Deutsche Bank Stadium, the Prize of VUV – Vereinigte Unternehmerverbände Aachen, also rode to victory in the WOTAX-Prize, an FEI Intermediate I. The 35-year-old, who works at the Bonhomme Stud in the Potsdam-Mittelmark an der Havel district, pulled off a coup with her eight-year-old Hanoverian chestnut Riverdance, that not even the Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin managed to do earlier in the day: She beat Matthias Alexander Rath. Whereby, the German squad member hadn't saddled his wonder horse Totilas for the competition, but instead the eight-year-old KWPN stallion Bretton Woods. It was a very close competition. Bache achieved a score of 74.868 percent. Rath was awarded 74.816 percent. Third place went to Isabell Werth with Lezard (74.500), followed by Dorothee Scheider with Derano (70.711) in fourth place. Last year the Austrian rider Victoria Max-Theurer, who didn't compete this year, won the WOTAX-Prize.

    19.07.2014 - Best of Champions

    In the battle of the sexes at the CHIO in Aachen, the men were the vanquishers – just like last year. The male riders defeated the ladies in the "Best of Champions" competition. The winners included the Olympic gold medallist, Steve Guerdat from Switzerland with Qui Vive De La Tour (the pair also won the opening competition at the CHIO, the STAWAG-Prize), the US-American Kent Farrington with Blue Angel, Marcus Ehning with Comme Il Faut, Ludger Beerbaum with Carinou, the European Champion Ben Maher from Great Britain with Diva II as well as his team colleague Scott Brash with Hello Sunshine. The ladies were represented by Katrin Eckermann (GER), Janika Sprunger (SUI), Reed Kessler (USA), Katharina Offel (UKR), Luciana Diniz (POR) and Pénélope Leprevost. After a first round in the normal mode (faults/time), both teams rode head-to-head over two identical courses.Reed Kessler was eliminated in the first round , which meant that Scott Brash didn't compete in the second round either, so five pairs rode in the head-to-head (instead of the planned six against six). The men already managed to secure a clear lead in the first round, which they defended comfortably in the second round.

    19.07.2014 - Schürmann wins

    Yet another dressage victory for Germany: Charlott-Maria Schürmann won the Grand Prix Freestyle and thus also the Prize of Liselott and Klaus Rheinberger Foundation. In the international U25 PIAFF Prize in the Deutsche Bank Stadium, the 21-year-old was awarded a score of 77.225 percent with her eleven-year-old stallion Burlington FRH and relegated her fellow compatriot Nadine Husenbeth into second place with her mare Florida (75.775). Third place went to Sweden: Marina Mattsson scored 71.925 percent with Beckham.

    The victory in the team classification – which comprises of the accumulated scores of the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle – also went to Germany. The host team, which in addition to Schürmann and Husenbeth also consisted of Victoria Michalke with Dance On, clearly dominated the competition and finished on a total score of 291.558 points. Second place went to the Spanish team (275.611 points), comprising of Paula Matute Guimon with Tarpan Ymas, Juan Matute Guimon with Don Diego Ymas and Laura Reija with Recuerdo. The Netherlands claimed third place with a score of 273.276 points, followed by Denmark (272.521) and Sweden (271.589).

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    19.07.2014 - Third victory for Kenny

    The Irish rider, Darragh Kenny, added another triumph to his list of victories at the Aachener Soers. After winning the Prize of StädteRegion Aachen in memory of District Administrator Hermann-Josef Pütz on Wednesday and the second qualifier of the Sparkasse-Youngsters-Cup, the 26-year-old now also rode to victory in the Final of the Sparkasse-Youngsters-Cup. After two clear rounds, the show-jumper, who lives in the USA, crossed the finish line of the second round in the fastest time with the eight-year-old KWPN stallion, Chin Quidam VDL. 14 pairs had reached the jump-off after jumping clear in the first round. Last year, Hans-Dieter Dreher won this competition with the Holsteiner stallion, Quiwi Dream. With a time of 45.29 seconds, Kenny completed the course almost two seconds faster than the Canadian rider Eric Lamaze (47.03), who came second with Check Picobello Z. Third place went to the French rider Pénélope Leprevost with Sultane Des Ibis (48.14). In total, 30 pairs had saddled their youngster for the competition for seven and eight-year-old horses.

    In the overall classification for the special prize for the best rider in the three Sparkasse-Youngsters-Cup competition, Kenny, who had collected 52 points, was narrowly beaten by Denis Nielsen. The 24-year old professional rider, who works at the Sprehe Stud in Löningen, scored a total of 53 points with his eight-year-old Hanoverian stallion Special One 2. His prize was a new foal from the breeder Josef Ruyter. The young colt descends from Cascadello II, a much talked-about Holsteiner top stallion, a Casall la Silla son, who is currently the focus of attention. The foal's dam – that descends from one of the best Rhineland jumping pedigrees – is the State Premium Broodmare Baloudora by Balou du Rouet, out of a Polydor dam. The great-dam of the foal was a broodmare performance test winner and has produced excellent progeny. Perhaps the foal will compete at Aachen itself one day against the best horses in the world.

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    19.07.2014 - Wohnwelt Pallen Marathon

    Exell wins Wohnwelt Pallen Marathon – Weber triumphs in the individual classification

    The World Cup winner and World Champion Boyd Exell finished second in the Prize of Family Richard Talbot after winning the Wohnwelt Pallen Marathon. The Australian driver was best in the cross-country at the Aachener Soers, but in the overall classification - after the dressage, obstacle driving and Marathon - the American driver Chester Weber pipped him at the post. The 39-year-old Weber achieved a total score of 134.48 minus points with his horses Boris, Boy, Para, Splash and Uniek after the three competitions. Exell scored 135.63 minus points. As such, an era came to an end for the 41-year-old: Since 2009, the man from Down Under has won every year at the Soers. Weber managed to prevent his sixth triumph in succession, albeit with a minimal lead.

    Second place in the Marathon went to the German driver, Michael Brauchle, who won the Marathon competition last year. Followed by József Dobrovitz from Hungary in third place. Neither of the two drivers came under the top three in the individual classification. Brauchle finished eleventh overall and Dobrovitz came fourth. The Dutch driver Koos de Ronde secured third place in the individual classification with a score of 149.54.

    Tomorrow, the team classification in the Fendt-Prize will be decided by the concluding obstacle driving competition. The Dutch team, which once again currently lies clearly in front, has won the team competition successively since 2007. So, it looks like they might win their eighth CHIO title in a row tomorrow.

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    19.07.2014 - Newcomer Schuttert wins

    It is the CHIO of the debutants: An extraordinary number of riders who are competing at the Soers for the first time this year have won competitions this year. A newcomer also rode to victory in the Prize of AachenMünchener: Frank Schuttert from the Netherlands was the fastest in the competition with one regular round and a winning round. Twelve horses and riders qualified for the winning by jumping clear. Schuttert crossed the finish line with his 10-year-old BWP chestnut stallion Epleaser Van’t Heike in the fastest time of 48.39 seconds. The 20-year-old left the Belgian rider Pieter Devos with Dylano (48,89) and Oranje Olympic participant Maikel Van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Verdi TN N.O.P. (49.07) trailing behind him. Germany's top rider Christian Ahlmann came fourth with his Westphalian-bred stallion Cornado II (49.57). These four riders also jumped clear over the course built by Frank Rothenberger in the winning round.

    Schuttert travelled to Aachen for the first time ever last year – just as a visitor. In 2014, the professional rider who works at Jos Lansink's stables in Limburg, Belgium has competed himself at the Soers. Epleaser Van’t Heike – an aspiring offspring of the top horse Valentina Van’t Heike, with whom Lansink competed among others at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky – has according to his rider got enormous potential. "He is sometimes a bit careful, which I had problems with at first. Then, on the other hand he is sometimes very strong in between the individual obstacles, which makes him difficult to control. But that wasn't the case today." Schuttert finds the fact that more and more young riders, especially from Belgium, are penetrating the international top level sport circuit, is a big advantage for all athletes. "We spur each other to better performances." Even in Aachen the newcomers are raking in the victories. "It is great fun. We are not frightened of facing new challenges, not even in Aachen," said Schuttert.

    Hans-Dieter Dreher, who won this competition last year with Embassy II, had to make do with 14th place with the Holsteiner stallion Colore after picking up four faults in the first round.

    19.07.2014 - Rath und Totilas win again

    His comeback becomes more impressive from ride to ride: In the Grand Prix Spécial of the CDIO-Tour Matthias Alexander Rath and the Dutch stallion Totilas danced to victory. In the MEGGLE-Prize, the "wonder horse" once again beat Valegro and the Olympic gold medallist, Charlotte Dujardin. Last year's winner Helen Langehanenberg with Damon Hill NRW and Isabell Werth with Bella Rose completed the outstanding overall German outcome, by coming third and fourth respectively.

    Monica Theodorescu was visibly delighted at her team's fantastic results. "Our four riders were simply sensational," stated the German National Coach. Particularly, the "prodical son" who was lost for two years, put in a further convincing appearance in the first-class Grand Prix Spécial. Due to injury, the pair had been out of action. The pair impressed the spectators more than ever in this wonderful setting at the Aachener Soers. After the final salute of the 29-year-old from Kronberg, the crowd jumped up from their seats. Rath kept on pointing at his stallion, as if to say: "He deserves the applause."

    That Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas' series of wins – since returning to the competition circuit they have won each test – would just carry on an on here in Aachen, was by no means matter of course. The competition couldn't have been tougher – after all Dujardin and Valegro hold the records in all of the advanced dressage test. But once again the Germans rose above themselves. The German squad member steered the 14-year-old Gribaldi son through the dressage arena in the Deutsche Bank Stadium without hardly making a mistake. There was just a slight backwards tendency in the piaffe – which was immediately accompanied by a groan from the crowd. Straight afterwards though, the duo mustered up their entire concentration and performed the remaining exercises immaculately. The result: 84.549 percent. Dujardin, who already had slight problems with the flying changes in the Grand Prix, finished on a total score of 83.157 percent.

    Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff, joint owner of Totilas together with Paul Schockemöhle, was delighted about the victory of her son-in-law: "That everything is going so smoothly for Matthias and Totilas here is fantastic. It has been a difficult two years. It is wonderful that Matthias had the staying power.“ The National Coach Theodorescu shared her opinion. "That was fabulous today. Not only Totilas, but also our other horses convinced me. All of them improved their performances compared to the Grand Prix."

    Damon Hill and Helen Langehanenberg's performance was equally convincing. The 14-year-old stallion stumbled briefly in the extended trot on the diagonal, but apart from that, the whole test was immaculate (82.078 percent, third place). Isabell Werth and her 10-year-old aspiring talent, Bella Rose, followed in fourth place (81.471). The good spirited 44-year-old made the following comment regarding the mistake in the two-tempi flying changes: "Her time will come." Isabell Werth is convinced that the future belongs to this elegant Westphalian-bred mare, a Belissimo-daughter. "Provided that she stays fit, of course."

    The Swiss rider Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven claimed fifth place with the Hanoverian gelding Don Auriello (79.039). Kristina Sprehe and Desperados, who didn't perform as well as they can in the Grand Prix, came into their own in the Spécial. The pair completed all exercises without a mistake and excelled with their elegance: 79.039 percent (sixth place).

    Tomorrow, on Sunday morning, the best 15 pairs will compete in the Freestyle. Kristina Sprehe would be entitled to compete based on her results, but unfortunately, the rules only allow three riders per nation to participate.

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    19.07.2014 - Fantastic result for Germany

    The German eventers achieved a sensational result in the final test at the CHIO Aachen before the World Equestrian Games and put in the best performance possible. The team of the national coach Hans Melzer won the Nations' Cup of the DHL-Prize with 129 minus points with a clear lead ahead of Great Britain (152.4) and France (137.4). On top of that Sandra Auffarth, Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung occupied the top three rankings in the individual classification.

    In the concluding competition of the eventing at the Aachener Soers, only three riders managed to jump clear  and cross the finish line of the 3,990- metre long course within the allowed time of seven minutes. All three came from Germany. Double Olympic gold medallist Michael Jung from Horb was the first rider to crack the time, crossing the finish line in 6 minutes and 57 seconds. As such, the 31-year-old managed to move up from fifth into third place with his 14-year-old Baden-Wurtemberg-bred La Biosthetique-Sam FBW. Ingrid Klimke was even faster. She rode through the DHL finish in the Main Stadium amid the cheers of countless visitors in a time of 6 minutes and 53 seconds – to take second place. Sandra Auffarth was one second faster. The 27-year-old from Ganderkesee and her 12-year-old chestnut gelding Opgun Louvo thus led the field in the DHL-Prize from start to finish. Last year, she missed out on the victory because she was one second too slow. This time, after a spectacular finale over the course built by Rüdiger Schwarz - created following the modern CIC format - the German squad member clearly dominated the competition and finished on a total score of just 33.80 minus points, ahead of Klimke with FRH Escada JS (40.20) and Jung (41.20).

    "Luckily we had a lot of tailwind, which was refreshing considering the weather. The atmosphere was great. It was really good fun. I was very concentrated during my ride and made fast progress. The conditions were much better than last year, when it was very wet," said the rider, who won bronze at the London Olympics. She had a small mishap before setting off on track: "I forget to set my watch when I set off, so I didn't know how well I was in the time until I entered the stadium. Once I noticed, I was able to relax, take my time and really enjoy it. My horse had a super ride, he is very smart and helps you out. I can totally rely on him, I trust him completely.“

    National Coach, Hans Melzer, was delighted with the triple victory of his top riders. "As always it was great to be here in Aachen and this result gives us another boost of motivation. We hope to be able to call up such performances at the World Equestrian Games too. The conditions were excellent, as always. The weather was much more pleasant than last year. The heat doesn't bother the horses. They were only lightly sweated up when they entered the Main Stadium. These were ideal conditions for our discipline and a great advertisement for our sport," commented the National Coach," who is already looking forward to next year's Nations' Cup.

    For Michael Jung it was the ideal last test before the WEG in France: „My horse galopped along beautifully and was eay to ride. He is in great physical condition, we have trained for courses that last up to twelve or thirteen minutes.“ The German rider thought the tight time factor was a manageable task: „One has to let the horses really gallop in between the obstacles. It's difficult , but it is possible.“

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    19.07.2014 - Pferd des Tages: Codex One

    In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Fachmagazin St. GEORG präsentieren wir an dieser Stelle täglich das Pferd oder den Sportler des Tages:

    Am Tag des Rolex Grand Slam kann natürlich nur ein Vierbeiner Pferd des Tages sein: Der Sieger! Codex One präsentierte in zwei Umläufen und einem Stechen in überragender Form. Der gekörte Hannoveraner Hengst v. Contender-Glückspilz-Egerländer machte als einziges Pferd der Prüfung in drei Umläufen keinen einzigen Springfehler und bescherte seinem Reiter Christian Ahlmann den größten Erfolg seiner Karriere: Sieg im Großen Preis von Aachen. Und davon träumt ja wohl jeder ...

    Die Karriere des 2002 bei Wilhelm Berghorn geborenen Braunen begann im Herbst 2004 in Verden. Dort wurde der Hannoveraner gekört. Zwei Jahre später ging er seine ersten Turniere. Als Codex One fünf Jahre alt war, übernahm Karl Brocks die weitere Ausbildung des Hengstes – mit Erfolg. Der Hannoveraner wird 2007 Vize-Bundeschampion. Siebenjährig folgt ein vierter Platz bei den Weltmeisterschaften der jungen Springpferde in Lanaken. Nachdem er sich achtjährig unter seinem Ausbilder auch in internationalen Springen beweist, wird Christian Ahlmann auf ihn aufmerksam. 2011 geht er in den Besitz dessen Mäzenin Marion Jauß über. Die Kombination Ahlmann-Codex One freundet sich an, sammelt in dem Jahr viele Platzierungen und gewinnt zwei internationale Springen. 2012 überzeugen sie mit Beständigkeit, sind in vielen Großen Preisen vorne und tragen zu deutschen Erfolgen in Nationenpreisen teil. Der Lohn: Der Platz in der deutschen Olympiamannschaft. Dort konnte der damals Zehnjährige allerdings noch nicht voll überzeugen und kommt mit vier bzw. 15 Fehlern aus den beiden Nationenpreis-Umläufen.

    2013 beginnt für Codex One super: Sieg in der Global Champions Tour-Qualifikation von Hamburg. Beim Großen Preis von Aachen war der Sieg bereits in Reichweite, nach einem Fehler im zweiten Umlauf wird es der achte Platz. Bei der Europameisterschaft in Herning gewinnt der Braune seine erste Medaille: Silber mit dem Team. Dann verletzt er sich und muss lange pausieren.  Erst im Frühjahr hat Ahlmann begonnen ihn vorsichtig aufzubauen „Ich habe ihn sehr dosiert eingesetzt, erst in Hamburg bei der Global Champions Tour und dann im Nationenpreis von Rotterdam. Jetzt hat er zu seiner alten Form und Klasse zurückgefunden“, sagt der glückliche Christian Ahlmann nach dem Sieg im Rolex Grand Slam.

    Übrigens hat der 39-Jährige auf Codex One zwar viele Platzierungen gesammelt, aber ganz vorne stand er eher selten. Aber bei einem der wichtigsten Springen der Welt, dem Rolex Grand Slam, hat es geklappt. Vielleicht wiederholt er seinen Erfolg bei den Weltreiterspielen in der Normandie? Seine Chancen den Sprung in das deutsche Team zu schaffen sind nach dem Aachen-Erfolg sehr gut. Ahlmann selber sagt: „Ja, wir sind bereit.“

    18.07.2014 - Isabell Werth wins

    The sun was setting over the Aachener Soers, which lent the last item on the agenda of the seventh day of the CHIO Aachen a romantic setting. Once again, the Lindt-Prize attracted a large crowd to the Deutsche Bank Stadium. One of the most successful stars of the dressage sport rode to victory: Isabell Werth triumphed with the 13-year-old bay gelding Don Johnson FRH. The dressage queen was awarded a score of 76.765 percent with her Don Frederico-son in the Grand Prix Spécial of the CDI Tour. Followed by Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, who had saddled the KWPN stallion Unee BB, in second place (74.000). All five judges placed Werth first. It was a déjà-vu experience for Bredow-Werndl – because the 28-year-old from Aubenhausen also finished second last year, behind Kristina Sprehe with Desperados at the time. Third place went to Poland: Beata Stemler was awarded a score of 72.588 percent with the Rhineland-bred gelding Rubicon D, ahead of Fabienne Lütkemeier with her Hanoverian De Niro-son, D’Agostino FRH (72.235). According to the SAP public voting, three German riders led the field. The crowd voted Werth as the winner, followed by Bredow-Werndl and Lütkemeier.

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    18.07.2014 - Wesel District Association wins

    Martina Binnenbrücker, Julia Fedorczuk, Mareike Mondrowski and Petra Wolf – are the elated winners of this year's Prize of Handwerk that took place in the Deutsche Bank Stadium. The ladies from the Wesel District Association rode to victory in the national quadrille competitions with Genaro Royale M, Rocco del Nevio, Baumann's Leonardo and Don Dooley 3. Achieving a score of 9.0 for the technical performance and 9.5 for the execution and artistic presentation, they finished on an overall score of 18.5. Led by Helmi Abeck's, the team from the Bergisch Land District Association came a very close second (18,4). Tough for the Ralph Hock's team, who had to make do with second place last year. Last year's winners from the Viersen District Association – led by Marion Heitzer – finished third this time on a total score of 18.1. Mettmann (17.9), Cologne (17.8) and Aachen (17.5) occupied the rankings four to six respectively. The prerequisites for the quadrille was  a medium-level freestyle test for teams. The competition was open to the four best teams of the Rhineland Team Dressage Championships, plus the team from the Aachen District and the winners of the 2013 Aachen Quadrille Championships.

    18.07.2014 - DHL-Prize: Germany in the lead

    In the interim results after the dressage and jumping, the German eventers are currently heading the field in the DHL-Prize: On a total interim score of 124.20 points the team of national coach Hans Melzer – consisting of Sandra Auffarth, Michael Jung, Peter Thomsen and Dirk Schrade – currently lies in first place ahead of Great Britain (136.40) and France (137.40).

    Sandra Auffarth of the host nation also ranks first at the moment in the individual classification. The 27-year-old jumped clear with Oppun Louve in the jumping competition and is clearly heading the field on a score of just 33.8 minus points. This means the young amazon from Ganderkesee sets off on the cross-country course, the spectacular concluding competition of the eventers in the modern CIC format, tomorrow morning with a good lead. The cross-country course built by Rüdiger Schwarz, which is easily reachable on foot for the spectators, is 4,000 metres long and leads over the fields of the Aachener Soers directly into the CHIO showgrounds. The finish line is in the CHIO Main Stadium.

    Closest behind Auffarth is the Australian rider, Tim Price with Wesko on a current score of 39.80 minus points. The German rider, Ingrid Klimke, who came tenth in the dressage, was able to move up into third place after a clear round in the jumping (40.20). The double Olympic gold medallist Michael Jung from Horb am Neckar fell back from second place down to sixth after picking up five faults in the jumping with La Biosthetique-Sam. Clark Montgomery from the USA also dropped from third place down to fifth with Loughan Glen after the jumping. The French eventer Thomas Carlile is currently lying in fourth place with Quiro Hoy.

    "The highlights in my dressage test today were the canter tour with the flying changes and the extensions. The jumping went very well too. Oppun Louve is a fantastic jumping horse, I enjoy riding him very much, especially in such a great stadium. Aachen is an absolute highlight every year. We coped very well with the hot temperatures. I don't think that is going to be a problem tomorrow either, because the course isn't too long and the footing is very good. The horses will cope very well with it. I am going to be very focused in the cross-country again tomorrow. The fact that I am in the lead doesn't play a role at all. For me everything always starts from zero," commented Auffarth.

     

    18.07.2014 - Mercedes-Benz donates 50,000€

    Top Level Sponsor Mercedes-Benz donates 50,000 Euros for a good cause

    Mercedes-Benz has been a partner of the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen for 60 years. The car manufacturer used the Mercedes-Benz Nations' Cup on Thursday evening as a stage for a charitable cause: Mercedes-Benz is supporting the "Riding against Hunger" initiative in aid of the World Hunger Relief Fund with a donation of 50,000 Euros. "Throughout the world around 925 million people are suffering from hunger – each single one of them is one too many. This is why the commitment of the equestrian sport community has our full support," stated the Chairman of Daimler AG, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, in the course of his visit to the CHIO Aachen yesterday. The riders in the Nations' Cup had also agreed to donate 100 Euros every time they jumped over the Mercedes-Benz obstacle clear. This brought a further 5,800 Euros in donations, so that ultimately the overall total of 55,800 Euros was raised in Aachen for the World Hunger Relief Fund. The initiative "Riding against Hunger" was initiated two years ago, among others by the Hamburg-based publisher Gudrun Bauer of the Bauer Media Group.

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    18.07.2014 - Double German victory

    The young, talented German dressage riders had double the reason to cheer in the Deutsche Bank Stadium today. In the U25 Prize of Liselott and Klaus Rheinberger Foundation, Victoria Michalke from Isen in Bavaria rode her 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Dance On, to victory. The 24-year-old convinced the judges in the international Piaff Prize and they rewarded her with a total score of 70.814 percent. Nadine Husenbeth from Sottrum was close at her heels with the 15-year-old Rhineland-bred mare, Florida. The 21-year-old notched up a total score of 70.535 percent. Third place went to Spain: Juan Matute Guimon achieved an overall score of 68.442 percent with Don Diego Ymas. In total, 16 riders from seven nations took part in the competition in Deutsche Bank Stadium.

    18.07.2014 - CHIO Show and Breeding Day

    Clear the stage: At the CHIO grounds, the beautiful Baroque horses were the only ones that weren't bothered at all by the summer heat during the CHIO Show & Breeding Day at lunchtime this Friday. They merrily trotted through the Driving Stadium and impressed the countless visitors, who had gathered around the arena, with their elegance and charm. The primal breed of the Baroque horses, the Pura Raza Espanola, which of course was also reresented in Aachen, originates from Andalusia: A "hot" temperament lies in the blood of the Southern European horses, which they proved in the 30 degree heat at the showgrounds on Friday at the CHIO Aachen. With their elegant appearances and long flowing manes, the horses enchanted both young and old, not only under the saddle, but also on the long rein and in front of carriages. The elaborate presentation of the breeds demonstrated that each Baroque breed is unique: Whether Berbers, PRE, Lusitanos, Lipizzaners, Fresians, Knabstruppers, Menorquins, Warlanders, Creamhorses, Baroque Pintos, Murgese or Kladruber horses – the approx. 30 horses of the different breeds performed in an exceptional and diversified show. The riders were just as spruced up as the horses they accompanied, in some cases clad in national costumes. One of the highlights was the appearance of the top British rider, Claire Knowles and her Knabstrupper-stallion, Pendragon of Independence, who performed a medium-level freestyle. The "Copa Baroque", a sporting competition series that was presented by eight riders, demonstrated that Baroque horses not only look good, but that they are very talented sports horses with beautiful gaits. Also a feast for the eyes: The exceptional AACCPRE quadrille that was performed by 10 PREs. The grand finale consisted of all horses parading through the Driving Stadium in a lap of honour and ultimately the day's winner, one stallion or gelding per breed was distinguished with an award.

    The CHIO Show & Breeding Day was staged for the fifth time. After the NRW Draught Horses, NRW Riding Ponies, NRW Sport Horses and Gaited Horses, this year the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. had opted for Baroque Horses.

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    18.07.2014 - Eckermann with a sensational ride

    After yesterday's fall Eckermann strikes back with a sensational ride in the Prize of North-Rhine-Westphalia 

    The entire rider scene in Aachen was still discussing her mistake, which led to her fall at the water ditch in the Nations' Cup the evening before, and Katrin Eckermann gave exactly the right answer in the CHIO Main Stadium during the Prize of North-Rhine-Westphalia. In the jump-off that was contested by 14 pairs, the 24-year-old from Sendenhorst near Munster put in an incredibly fast round in the 40° CHIO cauldron with the 13-year-old, Rhineland-bred, gelding Carlson and reached the finish line in 45.11 seconds. She risked everything and then immediately sought the cool shade in the stable area after her ride.

    Eckermann didn't march back to the Main Stadium until the last rider Marc Houtzager from the Netherlands entered the ring – to be congratulated briefly by her colleagues. Because none of her 13 fellow competitors was able to beat her time. Eight pairs jumped clear, but Eckermann was the fastest. "It was absolutely brilliant. Putting in such a performance after such a setback is what distinguishes a top sportsperson," commented Dr. Dennis Peiler. The Executive Director of the German Olympic Riding Committee (DOKR) has been taking an interest in Eckermann's booming career for some time already. His positive assessment: "She is a tough winner-type and she kept her cool at precisely the right moment again."

    In spite of her mistake the previous day, Eckermann had set herself a clear, ambitious goal for today's main competition. "It was clear for me from the start that I was going to give everything I'd got. After all, we are here in Aachen, where it is quite acceptable to risk all," the self-confident rider stated. She also mentioned that she had never had a problem with water jumps before. Firth Of Lorne – whom she will ride in the Rolex Grand Prix – is already in shape again. "I lunged him this morning. He is fit," the rider reported. Just like herself. "I got up this morning and I simply put my thoughts about the Nations' Cup behind me.“ For Eckermann things have come full circle. A few years ago the exceptional young talent won jumping competitions for aspiring young riders in the Albert-Vahle Arena. Now she is also beating the "big stars".

    Second place went to the Brazilian rider, Álvaro Affonso de Miranda Neto, who won the Prize of Handwerk two days ago. "Doda" took a second longer for the course with AD Nouvelle Europe Z than Eckermann (46.14). Daniel Deusser, who is both winner of the World Cup series and German Champion in one, had to make do with third place with First Class Van Eeckelgheim (47.44). "It was a really difficult task today and a very demanding course," commented Deusser. De Miranda Neto, who is well-known for his speed, gave everything, but still didn't manage to catch the German amazon. "I really tried everything, but I didn't have a chance today. Katrin was incredibly fast from the start to the very last second, praised the South American rider, who lives in Belgium. Doda now has AD Nouvelle Europe Z as a second option for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. AD Bogeno is actually his first horse. "It is always good to have a reserve. I am in a very comfortable situation having two such top horses," he said.

    Last year's winner, Ludger Beerbaum, only finished 25th this year after picking up four faults in the regular round with his KWPN stallion, Chaman.

    18.07.2014 - Cool mist against the heat

    The horses at the CHIO Aachen cope well with the current hot temperatures. In an interview, Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Hanbücken, who has been accompanying the CHIO Aachen for 31 years, 16 of which in an executive role, explained why.

    Question: We humans have a lot of problems with the heat. What about the horses here at the CHIO Aachen?

    Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Hanbücken: The horses that compete at the CHIO, are well-trained athletes. Furthermore, the strain of the jumping or dressage sports is very short, higher temperatures hardly affect them at all.

    Question: Is it a different case in the eventing and driving disciplines?

    Dr. Hanbücken: In international comparison, the eventing course is relatively short and is thus not such an exceptional challenge for the horses. But, of course, the strain is higher than in the other disciplines. That is why the horses are permanently checked by vets, judges and per camera while they are on the track. This allows fast reactions should any signs of fatigue occur. The same also applies for the four-in-hand drivers. Furthermore, we have reduced the required speed and have integrated extra walk phases into the course.

    Question: Have you introduced any further measures due to the temperatures?

    Dr. Hanbücken: Naturally, we are making sure that there will be plenty of possibilities of cooling the horses down at the finish. Ice, water and big ventilators that emit a cool mist.

    18.07.2014 - Deutschland geht in Führung

    Am heutigen Freitag startete der CHIO Aachen nun endlich auch für die Vielseitigkeits-Reiter mit dem DHL-Preis. Vom frühen Morgen an bis in die Nachmittagsstunden hinein ging es für die 43 Reiter ins Dressurviereck des Deutsche Bank Stadions. Am Abend folgt die Springprüfung im Hauptstadion. Aktuell rangiert in der Einzelwertung die Deutsche Sandra Auffarth mit Oppun Louvo auf Platz eins. Die 27-jährige Bronzemedaillengewinnerin der Olympischen Spiele von London sammelte mit einer fehlerfreien Vorführung 77,47 Prozent und damit 33,80 Minuspunkte. Damit setzte sie sich an die Spitze. Ihr Mannschaftskollege Michael Jung liegt ihr mit La Biosthetique-Sam FBW dicht auf den Fersen (75,87 Prozent/36,20). Clark Montgomery aus den USA erhielt von der „Ground Jury“ 75,47 Prozent (36,80) und rangiert damit aktuell auf Platz drei. Der Australier Christopher Burton, der 2012 und 2013 in Aachen gewonnen hatte, liegt mit Graf Liberty auf Rang sechs.

    In der Nationenwertung führt Deutschland – mit Sandra Auffarth, Michael Jung und Dirk Schrade mit Hop and Skip – mit einer Wertung von 116,4, gefolgt von Großbritannien (124,4) und Frankreich (126,4).

    Heute Abend folgt ab 17.45 Uhr die Springprüfung im Hauptstadion. Am morgigen Samstag steigt das große Finale des DHL-Preises im Gelände.

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    18.07.2014 - German victory

    They accomplished a clear round and were very fast: Christian Kukuk and Christoph Sandmann won the Tank & Rast-Prize 2014. In the Jump & Drive competition, the German team finished first on a time of 134.90 seconds. The 24-year-old professional rider from Ludger Beerbaum's yard in Riesenbeck and the seven-time 47-year-old German Champion from Lähden claimed the first German victory of the day.

    The team comprising of Cassio Rivetti and Jozsef Dobrovitz were indeed even faster, but they picked up four faults along the way, which brought them four penalty seconds. The Brazilian show-jumper, who rides for the Ukraine, and the Hungarian veteran driver crossed the finish line in 138.45 seconds. Third place went to the Irish rider Shane Breen and the Swedish driver Tomas Eriksson (138.74). Breen also won last year, however in 2013 he teamed up with Boyd Exell, who didn't participate this time. A team comprises of one driver and one show-jumper, whereby the rider finishes his course first before having to sprint over to the carriage, jump on and be driven to the finish line by the driver. The atmosphere at the Soers – accentuated by the frenetic cheering of the crowd – once again proved how popular the extravagant competition is with the spectators.

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    18.07.2014 - French victory

    There were two French victories within the shortest amount of time today. The driver Benjamin Aillaud won and just now Julien Épaillard rode to victory in the NetAachen Prize. Two days ago, the Brazilian rider Álvaro Affonso de Miranda Neto narrowly beat the 36-year-old with Pigmalion Du Rozel in the Prize of the Handwerk. Today, he overcame the course comprising of eleven obstacles in the fastest time of 62.57 seconds with the same horse. Second place in the speed competition went to Germany: Hans-Dieter Dreher took 63.14 seconds with the nine-year-old Holsteiner Quiwi Dream, followed by the Belgian rider Olivier Philippaerts with Carlito (63.63). Last year, the Swiss rider Werner Muff won this competition.

    It is Épaillard's debut appearance at the Soers. He actually bought the horse Pigmalion Du Rozel for his wife Susana two years ago. He started riding the 11-year-old French gelding himself in the Sunshine Tour at the beginning of the year and already came fifth with him in the Derby in La Baule. "He has not got enough thoroughbred in him for my wife, you have to always push him on with the leg," said Épaillard. He added that the chestnut gelding was easy to ride and always keeps a level head. That is why Épaillard is going to ride him in tomorrow's hunting competition over ditches and banks. "Pigmalion Du Rozel can also put his foot down three days in a row, without getting worked up."

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    18.07.2014 - Benjamin Aillaud wins

    French victory in the WARSTEINER-Prize. In the four-in-hand obstacle driving test, the second competition of the combined individual classification, Benjamin Aillaud drove clear with his horses Bartok, Bly Plain’s, Colin and Conkalina in a time of 194.64 seconds, which secured him the gold rosette. The French Vice-Champion was thus able to continue his good performances of the past weeks and months - among others coming seventh in Windsor and fourth in Saumur. Rainer Duen from Friesoythe, Lower Saxony followed in second place (195.26). The Swedish rider, Tomas Eriksson, was placed third with a time of 196.23 seconds. In total, eight drivers crossed the finish line within the allowed time. In addition to Aillaud, Duen and Eriksson, Christoph Sandmann (GER) and the Dutch driver Koos de Ronde were the only drivers with a clear round. Chester Weber followed in sixth place with 0.66 penalty points for exceeding the allowed time.

    In the interim results after the dressage and the obstacle driving test, the US American is still in the lead in the Prize of Family Richard Talbot. The 39-year-old lies up front on a score of 36.88 points, ahead of the World Champion Boyd Exell from Australia (44) and Ijsbrand Chardon from the Netherlands (45.68). The best German driver is Christoph Sandmann, who currently ranks fourth with a score of 48.49.

    In total, 25 participants from nine nations entered the Driving Stadium at the Aachener Soers in the battle for the individual title. The result of tomorrow's Marathon competition counts towards both the individual and the team classification. The team competition will be decided by a further obstacle driving test on Sunday.

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    17.07.2014 - Mercedes-Benz Nations' Cup

    Last year, they gave away the victory at the very last obstacle. This year, the team from Belgium took revenge and celebrated the longed-for triumph in the renowned Mercedes-Benz Nations' Cup and thus secured themselves the prestigious Nations' Cup victory. Exactly 60 years ago, the collaboration between the car manufacturer and the CHIO Aachen began. In this anniversary year, the show-jumpers delivered a battle worthy of the occasion, which ended with the victory for the team of national coach, Kurt Gravemeier. Pieter Devos with Dream of India Greenfield, Olivier Philippaerts with Cabrio Van De Heffinck, Jos Verlooy with Domino and Gregory Wathelet with Conrad De Hus only picked up six faults after two rounds over the 510-metre long course built by Frank Rothenberger. Wathelet, who jumped clear twice laid the foundation for their success. The rider who is currently placed 14th in the world rankings – incidentally the only Walloon among three Flemings in the team – only bought his intentional Championship horse, Sea Coast Forlap DC, two weeks ago in the Ukraine. Now, he is can simply carry on celebrating victories with his second horse.

    "Aachen is always an exciting event, there is nothing better. Especially, when one heads the field with such a young team, that really fought hard right until the end. I am incredibly proud of the lads and I am delighted. With the World Equestrian Games in mind, we will continue working in a focused manner, but first of all we want to celebrate this victory this evening," commented the national coach, who already won in Aachen with the German team four times in the past. This was just the first stroke with Belgium. "But it won't be the last one," said Gravemeier with a grin."

    USA came second. The team comprising of Lucy Davis with Barron also jumped double clear, Reed Kessler with Cylana, Lauren Hough with Ohlala and Kent Farrington with Willow, finished on a total score of eight faults, followed by last year's winners from the Netherlands (10). The German team, who performed brilliantly in the first round - all riders jumped clear, in the second round Marcus Ehning with Plot Blue, Daniel Deusser with Cornet D’amour and Ludger Beerbaum with Chiara each picked up four faults, which meant a final score of twelve faults. Katrin Eckermann, who competed in a Nations' Cup for the first time in Aachen, made a mistake at the water ditch, which ended in a catastrophe. Just after landing, the 24-year-old took a fall with Firth Of Lorne. The accident, which led to the pair being disqualified, but fortunately the horse and rider were not seriously injured. Nevertheless, it did put an end to the dream of victory for the host nation that is trained by Otto Becker. "The most important thing is that Katrin didn't injure herself. Which is the case, thank God," the 55-year-old said. "We had a fantastic first round. People already started congratulating us, but then we had some bad luck with a lot of unfortunate mistakes," he added. Last week in Falsterbo, Sweden, his team managed to move up into first place after a moderate first round. This time it went the other way. "Of course, it would have been much better if we had succeeded in winning in Aachen. But, we didn't manage to carry it off in the end. We will have to live with that. But overall the overriding impression is that all of the horses jumped well," Becker commented. He added "Next year, we will give it another crack." Germany triumphed on home ground at the CHIO for the last time in the year 2008.
    The US coach, Robert Dover, was very happy with his riders. "It is a great privilege being able to ride here. We already had a good day yesterday and today was even better."

    The Oranje trainer, Rob Ehrens, was also pleased, rather than disappointed. "The first round went very well, but in the second round things didn't run as smoothly. But it was still wonderful in this fantastic setting and we are satisfied at coming third," the 56-year-old stated.

    The CHIO organisers were also well satisfied: In total, 50,300 visitors came to the Soers on Thursday.

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    17.07.2014 - Emotional farewell for Corradina

    Carsten-Otto Nagel couldn't hold the tears back: Shortly before the Mercedes-Benz Nations' Cup, the successful horse of the German show-jumper, Corradina, retired from the sport on Thursday evening in the Main Stadium. At the exact venue, where according to the national coach, Otto Becker, the "outstanding pair" excelled three years ago in the Mercedes-Benz Nations' Cup with a double clear round. "I have Corradina a lot to thank. I can't even express it in words. Thank you for everything." Nagel retired "his" Corradina from the competition sport with tears in his eyes.

    What remains is the memory of great victories: Team bronze and individual silver at the European Championships in Windsor (2009), team gold and fifth place in the individual classification at the World Championships in Kentucky (2010), team gold and individual silver at the European Championships in Madrid (2011) and last year team silver at the European Championships in Herning. Six medals at four Championships – an outstanding performance.

    It was Nagel's express wish that Corradina celebrated going into retirement in Aachen, as he announced a few weeks ago: "I am grateful and pleased that the farewell ceremony of Corradina is taking place in Aachen. Because for me the best horse in the world is retiring at the best show in the world. That is fantastic! Of course, I am sad, but life goes on – a new phase begins. Corradina will be implemented as a brood mare in the future, and I am sure she will produce a few wonderful foals." Svenja Herz, Corradina's owner, also accompanied the 16-year-old mare on her last appearance in this worth setting.

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    17.07.2014 - STAWAG-Prize: Weishaupt wins

    The first German victory in the Main Stadium at the Aachener Soers is signed, sealed and delivered: Philipp Weishaupt rode to victory with the 13-year-old Holsteiner Colado in the STAWAG Prize and succeeds as such last year's winner, Cian O’Connor from Ireland. The 29-year-old from Riesenbeck, who rides for Ludger Beerbaum, took 63.31 seconds to complete the 470-metre course and relegated Kent Farrington into second place with his mare, Blue Angel (63,53). It was already the second top placing for the rider from the USA in Aachen. The day before, he won the Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe with the KWPN gelding, Voyeur. Third place went to the Belgian rider Pieter Devos with Echo D (64.10). "I actually thought that there was no beating Kent Farrington's time," stated Weishaupt. But he found the right motto: "he who dares, wins." Incidentally, the rider from Augsburg has only been riding the horse for a week. The Calando-son was ridden by Jörg Naeve previously. "Colado is a fighter and Jörg has trained him excellently," praised Weishaupt.

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    17.07.2014 - Sensation in the dressage

    Sensation in the dressage – German victory in the Lambertz Nations' Cup

     

    The first big sensation at this year's CHIO Aachen is perfect: The Grand Prix winner in the Prize of Family Tesch is called Totilas, ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath. As such the 14-year-old KWPN stallion repeated his triumph of 2011 with his German rider after not competing in Aachen for the last two years, ahead of Helen Langehanenberg with Damon Hill NRW and Adelinde Cornelissen with Jerich Parzival N.O.P. In spite of his good performances recently, hardly anyone had reckoned with such a spectacular comeback on the international circuit. The fact that the British Olympic gold medallist and reigning European Champion, Charlotte Dujardin's test with her world record-holder Valegro, went so badly here at the Soers, surprised the entire crowd in the sold-out dressage stadium. For many of the CHIO visitors one thing is sure: The Grand Prix was without doubt one of the most curious competitions in the past few years and proves that everything is possible in the dressage.

    Dujardin and Valegro only managed to rank sixth with a score of 76.900 percent, finishing behind the Swedish rider Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven with Don Auriello in fifth place and Isabell Werth with Bella Rose (fourth place). Among others, two of the pirouttes and the flying changes at every stride went wrong in the canter tour.

    Rath was definitely the biggest winner of the day. At the end of his performance, he threw his hands up to the skies  in joy. The 29-year-old steered the Gribaldi-son through the dressage arena in a near immaculate performance and among others picked up a few 10s for his passage. 82.30 percent was the end score – and as such the project "Return to the world top rankings" was a true success. "It is simply unbelievable for me. I have not even dared to dream about such a day," said Rath.

    Rath profited slightly from a few mistakes made by his team colleague Helen Langehanenberg with Damon Hill NRW, who had a problem with a transition from passage to canter as well as a few misunderstandings on the final centre line: After her absence at the German Championships in Balve and the World Championship trials in Perl-Borg, she returned with an overall convincing performance that earned her a score of 81.220 points. "I am very happy that Matthias is back. Damon Hill was really really good today. My mistakes at the end were a shame and I hope that it won't happen again. My horse knows the test very well, which shows how intelligent he is, and today he was a bit quicker than me and I reacted too slowly," commented Langehanenberg.

    Third place went to Adelinde Cornelissen with Jerich Parzival. The team from the Netherlands scored 80.980 percent. The rider from Rheinberg, Isabell Werth, was visibly delighted with the performance of her aspiring young horse, Bella Rose, which was honoured with standing ovations. The most successful dressage rider of modern competition history was awarded 79.580 percent. "I thought I could have even scored a 12 for the final centre line," beamed the German dressage star and even swarmed, "I am really moved by this horse. She is my number one, the best horse I've ever ridden."

    Ultimately, the German team won the Lambertz Nations' Cup with a huge lead, for the fourth time in succession incidentally. Together Rath, Werth and Langehanenberg achieved a total score of 243.140 points. The Dutch team comprising of Cornelissen, Marlies van Baalen with Miciano and Hans Peter Minderhoud with Glock’s Flirt, followed in second place on a total score of 223.380 points, ahead of Spain (220.600).

    A highlight of this dressage competition: The spectators can judge the performances too via an app developed by SAP especially for the CHIO Aachen. However, the results of the public's judging differed greatly from the jury's assessment. In the spectators eyes, Helen Langehanenberg won with a score of 85 percent.

     

     

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    17.07.2014 - Darragh Kenny twice round

    Darragh Kenny certainly won't forget his first trip to Aachen in a hurry. After three days of the jumping competitions at the show, the young Irish rider has already succeeded in notching up two victories. After his triumph in the Prize of StädteRegion Aachen yesterday in memory of District Administrator Hermann-Josef Pütz, today the 26-year-old repeated his impressive performance in the second qualifier of the Sparkasse-Youngsters-Cup. Once again, Kenny finished the 500-metre long course comprising of eleven obstacles built by the course designer Frank Rothenberg in the by far fastest time of 68.54 seconds. Yesterday, Kenny won with the eleven-year-old gelding Picolo, today he rode to victory on the eight-year-old KWPN stallion Chin Quidam VDL. The Canadian rider, the Olympic gold medallist of 2008, finished second with Check Picobello Z in a time of 71.37 seconds. Third place went to the Swedish rider Henrik von Eckermann who lives in Riesenbeck. The 33-year-old, who won the competition in 2013 with For Sale, took 71.43 to complete the course this time with Savita. The time was the decisive factor in this jumping competition that boasted a large starting field of 39 pairs. In total, 20 horses jumped clear. The best German competitor was the German Champion Daniel Deusser (72.03), who had saddled his eight-year-old KWPN mare Burburry R for the first ride of the day.

    Kenny, who after this second victory in Aachen, is the talk of the town among the CHIO crowd, first of all pointed out that he is not the son of the famous Irish show-jumper. "A lot of people think that, but Darragh is actually my forename," said the rider, who lives in the USA. He was a little surprised at his victory with Chin Quidam VDL, who is also implemented as a stud stallion in addition to his jumping career: "I have only been riding the horse for six months. He is very competitive, has a lot of scope and is very careful.“ In Spruce Meadows Kenny already won a 1.45-metre jumping competition with the Chin Chin son. The pair has developed into a good team within a short space of time. "I hope that he will make a Grand Prix horse later, time will tell."

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    17.07.2014 - The Dutch are in the lead

    The Dutch are in the lead in the team classification of the four-in-hand drivers

    As was the case in yesterday's dressage competition, the US American Chester Weber once again asserted himself against his fellow competitors in the second dressage test of the four-in-hand drivers. In the Prize of Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG, the 39-year-old entered the Driving Stadium amid glorious sunshine with his successful team comprising of Boris, Para, Splash and Uniek and was awarded a score of 35.65 minus points, which was even a slight improvement on yesterday's score. After obtaining a score of 36.42 minus points, the Dutch driver Theo Timmermann was able to improve his score enormously compared to his result in the individual dressage competition and is thus close on the heels of the dressage specialist from the other side of the Atlantic. The World Champion and World Cup winner Boyd Exell from Australia ranked third on a score of 36.74.

    In contrast to yesterday's class in which the drivers collected points for the individual classification, today's round counts towards the team competition. In the team classification the Netherlands – represented by Theo Zimmermann, Koos de Ronde (scratch result) and Ijsbrand Chardon – are now clearly lying in first place (79.56) and - should they retain their lead on Sunday - will be able to celebrate their eighth CHIO triumph in succession. Germany follows in the interim results with Mareike Harm (who put in a much better performance today, finishing eighth, but was nevertheless the scratch result), Christoph Sandmann (5th place) and Georg von Stein, who was the last to compete in today's test and went on to take sixth place. The team's current overall score is 92.73 minus points. At the first glance, this is a lot to catch up, however the German drivers are still optimistic. The national coach, Karl-Heinz Geiger, hopes that his team will be able to make up ground in the concluding Marathon competition. "All of the drivers improved their performance compared to yesterday. There is a big difference between the scores, but all is not lost yet. We could catch up a lot of points or even go into the lead, if we do well in the Marathon," the national trainer of the host nation stated, who is no doubt secretly hoping that his team can put an end to the Oranje domination at the CHIO Aachen with a good performance in the extremely demanding cross-country course. As the reigning World and European Champions and serial CHIO winners, the Dutch team, which is trained by the national coach Harry de Ruyter, are the clear favourites to win. Their team member Theo Timmermann is also the current individual European Champion.

    The leading duo is followed by Sweden on a score of 98.88 in third place and Hungary presently rank fourth (103.36). Weber is the only American competing, which means there is no US team this year.

    Regarding the remaining competitions: Tomorrow's obstacle driving test and the Marathon on Saturday count towards the individual classification. The Marathon competition and a further obstacle driving class on Sunday are decisive for the team classification of the Fendt Nations' Cup.

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    17.07.2014 - Thursday: Two Nations' Cups

    Two Nations' Cups on Thursday - both sold out

    There is a double full house at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, today. 6,300 spectators watched the Prize of Family Tesch, the Grand Prix CDIO of the dressage riders, in the Deutsche Bank Stadium, which was sold out in spite of being expanded by 1,300 seats. The results of the Prize of Family Tesch also count towards the Lambertz Nations' Cup. Anyone, who would still like to enjoy the dressage in the expanded Deutsche Bank Stadium this year, will have to hurry. There are only a few tickets left over for the Saturday.

    Tickets are also running short for the jumping competitions: This evening, 40,000 spectators will experience the Mercedes-Benz Nations' Cup live, because the Main Stadium is also sold-out. There are hardly any tickets left for the final Sunday and only very few for the Saturday. The good news: Tickets are still available for tomorrow, Friday, July 18th. Tomorrow's highlight is the Prize of North-Rhine-Westphalia at 2.15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased via the hotline on +49(0)-241-917-1111.

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    16.07.2014 - HAVENS Horsefeed-Prize

    Jessica von Bredow-Werndl wins the HAVENS Horsefeed-Prize

    The German show-jumpers haven't been able to triumph in the Main Stadium so far. However, today in the Deutsche Bank Stadium, two representatives of the host nation headed the field in the concluding competition of the day. The dressage German squad members, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Fabienne Lütkemeier presented the crowd with a nail-biting duel. In the end, just 0.02 percent separated the top two riders in the HAVENS Horsefeed-Prize.

    Bredow-Werndl achieved a score of 73.220 percent with her 13-year-old KWPN stallion Unee BB. Lütkemeier finished on a final score of 73.220 with the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding D’Agostino FRH. The 28-year-old was awarded 75.500 percent, the highest score of the day, by one of the judges. Last year's winner, Kristina Sprehe, didn't compete in this FEI CDI4* Grand Prix. According to the results of the SAP Judging-App, which was eagerly used by the spectators, the winner was Hubertus Schmidt with Florenciano. The CHIO guests awarded him a score of 79.149 percent – from the regular judges the German rider received a score 70.380 percent with his 10-year-old KWPN stallion, which meant 10th place. HAVENS is the official feed supplier of the CHIO Aachen.

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    16.07.2014 - Opening dressage test

    Aachen is simply a lucky venue for Chester Weber: Once again the dressage specialist won the opening test of the four-in-hand drivers at the CHIO Aachen. The 39-year-old from the USA drove to victory in the Prize of the Company Horsch, Der Entsorger, in the Driving Stadium in his customary confident manner with his horses Boris, Para, Splash and Uniek. He has a new team member in this quartet. Last year, Senate competed in the dressage arena instead of Boris. Achieving a score of 35.67 minus points, Weber clearly took the lead in the competition that counts towards the combined individual classification in the field comprising of 25 participants. Followed - just like last year - by the reigning World Champion and World Cup winner Boyd Exell from Australia, who currently ranks second and the Dutch driver, Theo Timmermann (41.60) in third place.

    "The footing in the dressage arena was very heavy, which meant that many horses weren't able to put in an optimal performance," commented the Dutch national coach, Harry de Ruyter. This was also confirmed by Mareike Harm from Germany, who finished 14th. The best-placed driver from the host nation was Georg von Stein, who lies sixth. Ijsbrand Chardon (NED) and the Hungarian driver came fourth and fifth respectively.

    Regarding the rules: The individual and team competitions have been held separately at the CHIO for the last three years. Today's dressage competition was part of the individual classification of the four-in-hand drivers. The obstacle driving on Friday and the spectacular Marathon cross-country course on Saturday count towards the overall individual result together with today's dressage test. A further dressage competition will be staged tomorrow, on Thursday, for the team classification of the Nations' Cup, which will be added to the results of the Marathon and a further obstacle driving test on Sunday.

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    16.07.2014 - Darragh Kenny wins

    Brazil, USA – and now Ireland: The victory in the last show-jumping competition of the day went to the Irish rider, Darragh Kenny, who didn't let anyone take the triumph away from him and his horse Picolo in the Prize of the StädteRegion Aachen in Memory of District Administrator Herrmann-Josef Pütz. In der Two Phase jumping competition, the 26-year-old reached the second phase of the course with his 11-year-old gelding together with 27 other riders, but he managed to finish the course in the fastest time of 29.78 seconds. Álvaro Affonso de Miranda Neto, last year's winner took 30.38 seconds to reach the finish line with AD Nouvelle Europe Z, which meant in addition to winning the Prize of the Handwerk earlier the same day, he also came second in the Prize of the StädteRegion Aachen. The Canadian rider Eric Lamaze finished third with the Hanoverian mare Fine Lady (31.13). The best German participant was Tim Hoster from Höngen, who claimed sixth place with the Oldenburg-bred gelding.
    "This is my first time here in Aachen and then to win straight off, it's fantastic," commented the elated winner of the Prize of the StädteRegion-Aachen. He bought his horse Picolo three years ago in France from Cedric Angot. "The first time I tried him out, it was love at first sight," remarked Kenny, who succeeded in winning four of the major competitions in Spruce Meadows. He added that his four-legged partner is "easy to ride, very careful and capable of top performances." Kenny flew over to Europe from the USA a week ago, where he is currently living and will stay here for around six months. District Administrator Herrmann-Josef Pütz, whom the competition is named after and who passed away in 1928, was one of the initiators of the CHIO Aachen. The competition was introduced in 1997 in tribute to him.

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    16.07.2014 - Franziska van Almsick

    The extremely successful ex-swimmer and current Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board of the German Sport Aid Foundation and brand ambassador of the CHIO Aachen partner STADAvita, has been a guest at the Soers on several occasions. In an interview, Franziska van Almsick talked about her affinity to horses and her current plans.

    Franziska van Almsick, today you awarding the media prize, "The Silver Horse" for the second time. Are you looking forward to driving into the main stadium in the carriage?

    Franziska van Almsick: Of course. The first time I was initially very nervous, because such a huge stadium is rather unusual for me as a swimmer. Furthermore, it is a very renowned award. The people here in Aachen are incredibly enthusiastic about sport, which I find great. I used to enjoy riding myself in the past, I have a strong affinity to horses.

    What do you especially like about the CHIO Aachen?

    van Almsick: I am totally impressed by the professionalism of this event, at the same time I get the feeling it is like a big family get-together. And yet, one is still very close to the action. That is unusual at a major sporting event and I find it fantastic.

    Five disciplines are staged here in Aachen – which equestrian sport discipline do you enjoy most?

    van Almsick: Definitely show-jumping. I tried my hand at jumping in the past, but I must admit I only jumped over very small obstacles. The harmony between horse and rider fascinates me in the jumping sport.

    In the meantime, you are not only a mother of two, but also work as an entrepreneur, ARD co-presenter as well as being Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board of the German Sport Aid Foundation and brand ambassador of Stadavita. Why Stadavita?

    van Almsick: Health not only played a major role for me as a top athlete, it is still a very important aspect of my life. In addition to sport, a balanced diet is also the be all and end all in order to feel good. I have been a brand ambassador for Stadavita for three years now. I wouldn't do it, if it didn't convince me.

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    16.07.2014 - Prize of the VUV: Bache wins

    Today, the dressage competitions also got underway: The Norwegian rider Isabel Bache, won the Prize of the VUV – Vereinigte Unternehmerverbände Aachen in the Deutsche Bank Stadium with a score of 74.816 percent. The 35-year-old, who works at the Bonhomme Stud in the Potsdam-Mittelmark District, rode to victory with her eight-year-old Hanoverian chestnut stallion, Riverdance, ahead of Isabell Werth, who achieved a score of 74.132 percent with the Rhineland-bred gelding, Lezard. The performance of Matthias Alexander Rath, who gave an insight into the quality of his talented young KWPN horse Bretton Woods, although his contact wasn't constant throughout the test, caused a stir. The Swedish rider, Patrick Kittel and Victoria Max-Theurer from Austria, who triumphed in the Prize of the VUV – Vereinigte Unternehmerverbände Aachen the two years previously, didn't compete in the class this time. In the competition that is classed as an FEI Prix St. Georges, two of the five judges placed the Norwegian rider first. Isabell Werth was awarded the highest score by two of the judges. The Judge at M awarded Dorothee Schneider the most points, who finished fifth overall with Derano, ahead of the Dutch rider Hans Peter Minderhoud. Bache, who has been living in Germany for 15 years and who worked at Holger Finken's yard for many years, moved to the Bonhomme Stud in January. In addition to Riverdance, she also has several other top horses – such as Van Vivaldi, Bobcat and Stanford. She "makes a good appearance in the dressage arena and has a fine hand for young horses," her employees, Evelyn and Rebecca Gutman, praised.

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    16.07.2014 - Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe

    What a spectacular round: Kent Farrington won the Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe. The 33-year-old literally flew to victory with his 12-year-old KWPN gelding Voyeur – very much in keeping with the new Top Level Sponsor. The scoreboard showed the unbelievable time of 47.82 seconds as the US-American crossed the finish line of the 410-metre long jump-off course with its eight obstacles. 17 horses and riders reached the jump-off after riding clear in the first round. The representative of the "Stars and Stripes" outstripped his fellow competitors. Because, even the Portuguese rider Luciana Diniz, who came second, took 3.24 seconds longer than Farrington to complete the course . With his victory in the main jumping competition of the first day of the show, which was also a qualifier for the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday, Farrington took over from the British team Olympic gold medallist Benjamin "Ben" Maher, who won the Prize of Europe last year with his mare Cella. This year the 31-year-old only managed to rank 34th after knocking a pole in the first round.

    Things went more smoothly for Diniz, who jumped clear in the first round with Lady Lindenhof in the fastest time, but ultimately she wasn't able to match the fantastic performance of Farrington - who rode after her in the jump-off on the Holy Grass in Aachen. Third place went to the Irish rider, Shane Breen, who had previously been in the lead with the Westphalian-bred horse Confident Of Victory – the same was true for Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, who was the Best German rider in the competition finishing fourth with the nine-year-old Fibonacci, followed by Frank Schuttert and Christian Ahlmann.

    "My horse is quite naturally very fast and I have a lot of trust in him, so I just let him run," was how Farrington commentated his ride. The American has succeeded in winning three international jumping competitions within just three weeks. He now plans to ride his gelding in the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday too. "I hope that I qualify," commented the ambitious rider, who is also on the US longlist as a potential participant for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

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    16.07.2014 - De Miranda wins

    The Football World Cup in their own country didn't exactly go as planned for the Brazilians. However, at the Aachener Soers, the South-American rider was able to notch up his first victory on the second day of the show in his very first competition. In the Prize of the Handwerk, Álvaro Affonso de Miranda Neto topped the rankings against a first-rate field comprising of 48 participants. "Doda" – as the 41-year-old is known – jumped the 520-metre long course designed by Frank Rothenberger with the nine-year-old KWPN stallion, AD Amigo B, clear in the fastest time of 63.09 seconds. The French rider, Julien Epaillard, who took 63.11 seconds to finish the course with Pigmalion Du Rozel, was just two hundredths of a second behind him. Third place went to the Belgian rider Jos Verlooy with Golden Horta – Speed Horse, who took over three seconds longer to cross the finish line (66.18). Followed by Janika Sprunger from Switzerland with Jl’s Komparse and the two German show-jumpers Marcus Ehning with Comme II Faut and Patrick Stühlmeyer with Candy Boy. In total, 17 pairs jumped clear over the twelve obstacles. Hans-Dieter Dreher, who won the Prize of the Handwerk last year with Master de Menardiere, didn't compete in this jumping class, he will however be making his first appearance at this year's show in the Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe later on today, when he saddles his Holsteiner stallion Colore.

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    15.07.2014 - "Beastly" good atmosphere

    The animals were clearly the stars of this Swiss drama. Because at the CHIO Opening Ceremony on Tuesday evening, Bernese Mountain dogs, goats and cows also mingled under the elegant steeds. The guests from Switzerland, the country that was appointed as the partner country of this year's CHIO, were responsible for the show performance and impressed the 37,000 spectators with a red and white festival. The centrepiece of the magnificent parade was an Alpabzug (cattle driving ceremony) with 14 brightly decorated Simmental cows, who paraded through the main stadium as if they had never done anything else. The mountain panorama was of course missing, however the Lousberg in the background of the stadium also cut a clean figure. Of course, there were plenty of horses too, predominantly Freibergers, they namely formed a quadrille comprising of horses under the saddle and pulling carriages. The riders were clad in typical costumes from the individual Swiss cantons. A further highlight was the carriage drawn by seven Freiberger horses from the Avenches National Stud. The guests from "Helvetia" also demonstrated that they are very versatile when it comes down to music, because the melodic sound of alpine horns mingled in with the powerful ringing of the Trychler group. Whereas, the DJ Bobo's performance set a more modern tone which was accompanied by a human chain that immersed the stadium in a sea of red and white.

    In line with the strict protocol, the mounted Bernese dragoons appeared in their typical red and yellow uniforms. And a touch of mountain ambiance was added when the Gotthard post carriage rolled into the stadium, bringing ALRV President Carl Meulenbergh and five heroes from the Swiss riding scene with it: Christine Stückelberger, Markus Fuchs, Werner Ulrich, Patric Looser and Steve Guerdat. Formula 1 racing driver, Nico Rosberg, who most certainly did the slowest lap of his life around the stadium in a Mercedes-Benz vintage car from 1954, proved that horsepower on wheels can also be extremely elegant. Things really speeded up again towards the end of the show, when the Swiss "Offroad-Kjöring" group took to the arena, in this performance inline skaters were pulled over obstacles by mounted horses. The CHIO Opening Ceremony 2014 ended in resounding applause.

    15.07.2014 - Winners of the Silver Horse

    There is hardly any higher distinction for an equestrian sport journalist than the "Silver Horse". The media prize was initiated by the German Riding & Driving Association e.V. in 1986 – and evolved into a joint project with the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. in the year 2001. Above all, special commitment and exceptional performance in the sector of equestrian sport journalism is distinguished. Once again in 2014, many first-class contributions were submitted in the categories "Print", "TV" and "Audio/New Media". The winners were now announced in the main stadium during the CHIO Opening Ceremony: Anja Perkuhn for "600 kilogrammes on one's chest", appeared in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on 19.11.2013, Barthel Braune and Sabine Kowalczyk for "Children following in the footsteps of their parents", broadcast on WDR (Lokalzeit Aachen/regional programme) on 07.12.2013 as well as Carolin Ott and Andreas Blendin for "Dream Occupation Professional Rider", broadcast on WDR 5 (Neugier genügt/curiosity suffices) on 13.01.2014. The silver horse sculptures were presented by the former swimmer and many-time World and European Champion, Franziska van Almsick, who was overwhelmed by the atmosphere in the stadium: "The atmosphere is very impressive. I feel like I am at a big family get-together." Finally, a special award was presented to Jürgen Fitschen, co-Chairman of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bank AG and ALRV Advisory Board member. He received the Silver Horse in the category "Personality". Fitschen not only has close private connections to the equestrian sport, he has also been asserting himself for equestrian sport projects for many years, also in the scope of the CHIO Aachen, in his capacity as head of the Deutsche Bank AG.

    15.07.2014 - Prominents at the "Media Night"

    This red carpet is unique worldwide, because it has got hoof prints incorporated into it. That simply epitomises the CHIO Aachen, the World Equestrian Festival. Numerous celebrities from the world of sport, media, politics and business as well as from the public sector attended the traditional "Media Night" on Tuesday evening at the traditional showgrounds on the outskirts of the old imperial city.

    Michael Mronz, General Manager of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH, welcomed among others the Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador and Formula 1 racing driver, Nico Rosberg. Co-host Hermann Bühlbecker, the sole proprietor of the Aachener Lambertz Printen and Chocolate Factory, brought the film legend Alain Delon with him. The model Eva Padberg, entrepreneur Jürgen Hunold and Franziska van Almsick, Deputy Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the German Sports Aid Foundation and STADAvita ambassador, attended the event in the Champions´ Circle at the traditional showgrounds. The guests celebrated late into the night and enjoyed exquisite "Do & Co" catering from Vienna and the special CHIO Aachen atmosphere.

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    15.07.2014 - Denis Nielsen wins first round

    Denis Nielsen secured the victory in the first round of the Sparkasse Youngsters Cup with his eight-year-old Stakkato stallion Special One 2 after jumping clear in a time of 66.42 seconds. The 24-year-old professional rider from the Sprehe Stud in Löningen, who qualified to compete in Aachen at the end of May in the premiere of the U25 Jumping Trophy staged during the Derby in Hamburg, already came sixth in the STAWAG Prize with a clear round. In the Youngsters Cup, he profited from the disqualification of the Canadian rider, Eric Lamaze. Lamaze had used brushing boots for his horse that are not permitted for young horses.

    Lamaze's mistake was Nielsen's good fortune: "It was a great start to the show and it is simply wonderful to be taking part. Every rider dreams of riding in Aachen," commented the CHIO rookie. Second place went to Marcus Ehning, who completed the course with Gaudi in 68.89 seconds, followed by the Irish rider Denis Lynch, Tiffany Foster (also from Canada) and Patrick Stühlmeyer from Osnabruck, who came first in the opening competition of the Sparkasse Youngsters Cup last year. Of the 39 pairs to compete in the competition, 17 jumped clear.

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    15.07.2014 - Swiss opening victory

    Switzerland is this year's partner country of the CHIO Aachen. And in the opening jumping competition a Swiss rider was able to take the victory in the STAWAG Prize: Steve Guerdat finished the course consisting of obstacles measuring up to 1.45 metres with Qui Vive De La Tour in the fastest time, followed by Germany's veteran show-jumper Ludger Beerbaum from Riesenbeck and Felix Haßmann from Lienen. For Guerdat it was the ideal kick-off to the CHIO week in Aachen. As the Olympic gold medallist, he automatically qualifies for the Grand Prix, where he could write equestrian sport history on Sunday in the scope of the Rolex Grand Slam. Having won the last major leg in Geneva, he has the chance to be the first rider to win two competitions of the series, which was initiated one year ago in Aachen, in succession.

    The day before, during the official reception of the Swiss delegation on the market square in Aachen, Steve Guerdat had announced ambitious aims. "I have never won the Grand Prix and this is my main goal this year, perhaps even more so than winning the World Equestrian Games," said the 32-year-old. Numerous victories over the past weeks and months, among others his victory at the CSI in Mons, Belgium, prove that he and his horses are top fit. And in the very first competition on the holy grass at the Soers, the Olympic gold medallist of London demonstrated his skills. He finished the 450-metre course comprising of eleven obstacles, which was built by the course designer Frank Rothenberger, with the ten-year-old chestnut mare in 63.68 seconds and crossed the finish line almost two seconds faster than his fellow competitors. Ludger Beerbaum came second with his KWPN stallion Zinedine in 65.67 seconds, followed by Felix Haßmann, who only took three hundredths of a second longer with his Baden-Württemberg bred stallion Horse Gym’s Quali Quanti (65.70).

    The Canadian rider Eric Lamaze with Fine Lady, Philipp Weishaupt with Calado as well as Denis Nielsen, Henrik von Eckermann, Guerdat's compatriot Janika Sprunger, Katharina Offel, Reed Kessler and Jerome Hurel also jumped clear. Patrick Stühlmeyer, the winner of the opening competition last year, came twelfth after picking up just one time fault with his top horse Lacan.

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    14.07.2014 - Aachen welcomes the Swiss

    It was jam-packed on Monday afternoon during the reception of the CHIO partner country at the market square in Aachen. This was not only due to the colourful parade that the Swiss groups put on for the thousands of on-lookers, but also due to the glorious sunshine that placed the marketplaceright in the right light. CHIO mascot Karli distributed red and white flags, swaying through the crowds, there was Swiss cheese to nibble at and from the very start, nine alpine horn blowers provided a classic Swiss mountain atmosphere. "This evening the market square belongs to the horses. We are looking forward to a wonderful CHIO Aachen and plenty of impressions from Switzerland," said Lord Mayor Marcel Philipp, who is also eagerly awaiting the imminent show week.

    The colourful procession that had set off from the Soers led by the City Riders of Aachen, flag bearers and the Aachener Prinzengarde reached the marketplace at 6 p.m. on the dot. And the powerful trychler group from Lungern near Lucerne, whose members had large cowbells tied around their waists rhythmically swaying backwards and forward - could be heard from a long distance off. Normally, these ringing tones are supposed to drive away evil spirits, however during the reception at the market square they were used to herald in the start of the World Equestrian Festival. They were followed by four flag bearers, who skilfully manoeuvred the Helvetia flags through the air. Carl Meulenbergh, President of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein drove at the front of the parade in Swiss style, needless to say: In a Gotthard post carriage, pulled by five horses. He was accompanied by the Swiss General Consul Markus Meli and he promised the guests one thing above all: Good weather during the week of the show. Meli was also impressed by the reception: "I know Old Town Aachen well and even as a youngster I always used to watch the Grand Prix on television. Therefore, I am delighted that this year's CHIO Aachen is being enriched by Swiss flair.“ One of the colourful traditions was also featured on Aachen's market square: An Almabtrieb (cattle driving ceremony) – albeit in miniature format. Four decorated Simmental cows have in the entire history of Aachen never before strayed onto the market square. Yet, the Swiss wildlife offers plenty more: The parade also included Freibergers under the saddle and in front of carriages, the original and "cool" Swiss horse breed. As well as big harness teams, there were also mini carriages pulled by Bernese mountain dogs, which enchanted the crowds. A mounted formation comprising of 23 Bernese Dragoons made a truly majestic appearance in their red and yellow parade uniforms – under the direction of their commanding officer, Ernst Voegeli. There was of course also a big surprise in store. On the way back, special stars climbed out of the post carriage: The Swiss show-jumpers, who are to compete at the CHIO Aachen. Among them of course Steve Guerdat, the reigning Olympic gold medallist, who declared on the stairway leading to the Town Hall that he is certain of victory: "I have already planned my victory in the Rolex Grand Prix. I simply can't wait until Sunday!"

    On Tuesday, July 15th from 4.45 p.m., the Swiss guests will present themselves big-style in the Main Stadium of the Soers during the CHIO Opening Ceremony. Tickets are available from the hotline on +49-(0)241-917-1111 or online).

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    14.07.2014 - Horse of the day: Highlander

    In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Fachmagazin St. GEORG präsentieren wir an dieser Stelle täglich das Pferd oder den Sportler des Tages:

    Highlander – kennt jeder. Keiner schielt so wild entschlossen wie Christopher Lambert. „Es kann nur einen geben“. Genau das hat sich der Hannoveraner Wallach wohl auch gedacht, als er seine Karriereplanung anvisiert hat. Die Laufbahn des bei Hans-Heinrich Plate, Otterndorf, geborenen His Highness-Sohns begann erfolgreich, abstammungsgemäß im Dressurviereck. Bis Dressurpferdeprüfung Klasse L war er siegreich, und er durfte sogar schon mal als „Fotomodell“ im Pferdesportmagazin St.GEORG auftreten – damals illustrierte er Tipps für Dressurreiterprüfungen.
    Doch so recht behaglich war ihm die Turnierluft nicht, wohl weil er wusste: Nach Aachen komme ich so nie. Also stellte er sich hier mal etwas an und war dort mal etwas unkooperativ, worauf seine Besitzerin sich entschloss, den Wallach abzugeben. Und siehe da: Die Voltigiergruppe des RFV Kirchwärder bei Hamburg suchte ein neues Pferd. Highlander, „Lanny“, groß und mit passender Galoppade ausgestattet, wurde ausprobiert und wechselte flugs den Stall. Unter Kristina Boe, einer der besten deutschen Voltigiererinnen, startete Highlander dann voll durch. Schon früh wurde er auf der Homepage des Vereins gelobt (http://www.pferdesport-kirchwerder.de/NEU%20VOLTI_Seite/Voltipferde.html), „ein Naturtalent!“
    In den Olymp der Voltigierpferde ist er spätestens in Krumke bei der Sichtung für das CHIO Aachen aufgestiegen. Da hatte sich Victor Brüsewitz. Vizeweltmeister 2010 und Sechster der WM 2012, den Wallach ausgeliehen. Das Paar siegte und kam nach Aachen. Highlander hatte es also geschafft: 14 Monate nach seinem letzten Turnierauftritt unter dem Dressursattel drehte er im neuen Aachener Dressurstadion seine Runden mit Winnie Schlüter als Longenführerin und Viktor als Voltigierer, der mit den Plätzen zwei (Kür) und drei (Pflicht) bester deutscher Voltigierer bei den Herren wurde.

    14.07.2014 - Nico Rosberg at CHIO Aachen

    Nico Rosberg, the leader in the current Formula 1 season, is going to visit the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, on Tuesday. The Mercedes-Benz driver will take part in the official Opening Ceremony in a vintage car from the year 1954. Because in precisely this year, Mercedes-Benz not only won the first Formula 1 race in its history, but it was also the year that the car manufacturer from Stuttgart signed their first contract with the CHIO Aachen. To commemorate this 60-year partnership, the Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador, Nico Rosberg, will now do the slowest lap in his long career. After the Opening Ceremony, Rosberg will attend the traditional "Media Night" gala evening.

    Tickets for the Opening Ceremony of the CHIO Aachen 2014 on Tuesday, July 15th (starting at 5 p.m.) are still available online at www.chioaachen.de or from the hotline on +49-(0)241-917-1111. Furthermore, the Opening Ceremony will be broadcast live on WDR.

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    13.07.2014 - Germany II beat the favourites

    Big surprise in the first Nations' Cup at the CHIO, the Prize of the Sparkasse: In the vaulting competition, Germany II claims the victory ahead of the favourite team Germany I. As such, the vaulting club Köln-Dünnwald with Holiday on Ice, Viktor Brüsewitz and Highlander as well as Corinna Knauf with Fabiola will be entered in the winners' list of 2014.

    When the favourites make mistakes and their rivals put in top performances, everything is possible in the German vaulting sport. Both Team Neuss-Grimlinghausen and Erik Oese, who were both able to win the regular team and individual competitions at the CHIO, didn't have their best day in the concluding Nations' Cup. Instead, Viktor Brüsewitz and Team Köln-Dünnwald convinced across the board and were delighted with their victories. "Sport is always what happens on the day in question. The vaulters of team number two really excelled and deserved to win. I am happy for them," the national coach Ulla Ramge commented after a competition that was accompanied by the frenetic applause of the fans in the sold-out Albert-Vahle Arena. The reserve team of the Federal Republic notched up 25.586 points. The first squad of the host country, comprising of Neuss, Oese and the vaulter from Hamburger Kristina Boe, achieved a total score of 24.84. The United States of America – represented by Kristian Roberts, Mary McCormick and the Californian team Woodside – finished on a score of 23.712 and thus third place.

    It was the first time that the team from Neuss, who in the meantime consider Aachen to be their "living-room", didn't triumph in the Nation's Cup since 2010, when France secured the title. This time their colleagues from Rhineland beat the reigning European Champions. "We had a small discrepancy at the beginning of the freestyle routine, which unsettled our horse Delia slightly. We managed to pick up the thread again quite well afterwards and we fought our way back, but unfortunately things didn't go as smoothly for us as they did in the past years at the CHIO," commented Schmitz.

    It was a completely different story for their colleagues from Köln-Dünnwald. The team lunged by Alexandra Knauf presented an almost immaculate freestyle routine with the ten-year-old Holiday On Ice. The sensation being that the "flyer" Leonie Falkenberg, who performs the top position of the choreography, actually comes from Neuss. The eleven-year-old stepped in for the injured Jonna Hohbach on Thursday, who sustained an injury during the final training session and wasn't able to compete. Patric Looser, the head trainer of the Cologne team, rang Jessica Schmitz, who lent her rivals her substitute for the CHIO. "It would have been a shame if two German teams wouldn't have been able to compete," she commented. After a few exercises on the wooden horse and just one training session (!) on the real cantering horse, under competition conditions the demanding acrobatic elements ultimately worked well without hardly a mistake. "It was almost perfect, a huge compliment to Leonie and of course our sincere thanks to Neuss," said Patric Looser.

    The decision in the Pas-de-Deux competition also fell today on the CHIO Sunday. Here, Theresa Thiel and Stefan Csandl from Austria were able to further increase the lead they had gained after the first round. In the second round the vaulters from Vienna, with Jarl and lunger Lasse Kristensen triumphed on a score of 8.555, relegating the favourites and last year's winners Joanne and Hannah Eccles with WH Bentley (Lunger: John Eccles) into second place (8.407). Unfortunately, the CHIO winners will not be able to compete at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, because they only came third this season during the national qualifier and two other duos will be representing the red/white/red colours at the Championships. Third place went to Germany: With the second best performance of the day with Danny Boy, lunged by Patric Looser, Pia Engelberty and Torben Jacobs managed to advance from fourth place up to second place (8.052).

    Earlier in the morning, the Danish team Voltigeklubben Thommysminde with Goerklintgaards Donau and Betina Gaardsmand Nielsen on the lunge rein won the freestyle competition for all those teams that didn't take part in the Nations' Cup. Second place went to the Italian vaulters Team Cim and the Svea Vaulting Team from Sweden came third.

    13.07.2014 - Shop-Window Competition 2014

    The Shop-Window Competition that is held in the scope of the CHIO Aachen has in the meantime become a tradition and every year it builds a bridge between the retail outlets in the City of Aachen and surrounding region and the famous equestrian show at the Soers. The popular competition took place for the 23rd time this year. And in 2014, there were plenty of Swiss motifs to be found among the creative decorations of the participating shops, because “Helvetia” is this year’s partner country of the CHIO, the World Equestrian Festival. Whether mountain panoramas, Swiss cheese, alpine horns or cowbells – the shop owners and their employees came up with plenty of inventive ideas this year again. “The city identifies itself with the CHIO Aachen and alongside Charles the Great we now also have Karli, who is presenting himself in the Swiss look this year,” commented the Lord Mayor Marcel Philipp, who was thoroughly impressed by the dedication of the participants at the prize-ceremony in the Drivers’ Club on Soers Sunday. The prizes were handed over by Stefanie Peters, member of the ALRV Supervisory Board, Marcel Philipp, Lord Mayor of the City of Aachen, Manfred Piana, Executive Director of the City Market and Campaign Committee e.V. (MAC), and Andreas Müller, Executive Director of the Zeitungsverlag Aachen (newspaper publishing company). Of course, the popular CHIO mascot, Karli, was among those to congratulate the lucky winners. “It is unbelievable how much creativity the participating shops have shown and to how much effort they have gone. The people don’t just celebrate the World Equestrian Festival, they celebrate a festival throughout the entire region – this is underlined by the Shop-Window Competition,” stated Stefanie Peters.

    There are two different categories of the award: the jury prize and the public’s prize. Ultimately, the extraordinary decoration by “Mickartz Hair”, which promoted the CHIO Aachen in no less than six shop windows, convinced the jury. A further hairdresser’s salon won first place in the public’s voting after obtaining 27% of the votes. Gudrun Errens collected the prize on behalf of “glance Hairstyling”: “We are delighted at winning the competition. This is the third time we have taken part and each year we have improved our ranking by one position.” There was also an unusual placing in the public’s prize: The traffic cadets of the Verkehrswacht Aachen e.V. (Traffic Monitoring Office Aachen), who are also in action at the CHIO Aachen, secured second place. “Unfortunately, we missed the deadline last year, so we had to wait until this year to try our luck – and were placed second straight away. We are delighted,” said Michael Günter, as he received the Prize. The traffic cadets predominantly decorated their head office in Würselen with red and white traffic cones – to match the colours of the partner country Switzerland’s flag.

    The Shop-Window Competition is jointly organised by the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV) together with the Zeitungsverlag Aachen (newspaper publishing company), the City Market & Campaign Committee (MAC) and the City of Aachen. The competition was staged for the 23rd time this year. The shop-windows of 72 shops in total have been decorated since June 16th, and the creative decorations can be admired up until the last day of the show on July 20th.

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    The winners:

    Jury Prize:

    1st place: Mickartz Hair
    2nd place: Brille am Jahnplatz
    3rd place: Kaffeekännchen
    4th place: Modelinchen
    5th place: Reformhaus Bacher

    Public’s Prize:

    1st place: glance Hairstyling
    2nd place: Traffic cadets of Verkehrswacht Aachen e.V.
    3rd place: Brille am Jahnplatz

    13.07.2014 - 30.000 visitors on Soers Sunday

    Since 1998, the traditional "Soers Sunday" has been staged at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen. This year the "Open Day", comprising of an ecumenical service, show programme and shopping in the CHIO Village, attracted 30,000 visitors. Since Friday, in total 43,250 people attended the vaulting competitions, the two "Horse & Symphony" concerts and Soers Sunday.

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