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    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.


    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.

    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.

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    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

    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.


    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."


    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.“


    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.


    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).


    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.“


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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."


    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).


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.“


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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."


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.




    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."


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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).

    Tickets: +49-(0)241-917-1111

    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.


    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.


    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.

    12.07.2014 - Neuss helps out Cologne

    The Rhineland vaulters help each other out and claim the double victory

    This could probably only happen in the vaulting sport: Because the “top lady” Jonna Hohbach – who performs the highest freestyle elements as the so-called “flyer” – within the Köln-Dünnwald team sustained an injury a few days before the CHIO in Aachen, the vaulter Leonie Falnenberg from their top rivals from Neuss-Grimlinghausen stepped in at the last moment. The result in the first freestyle round was, according to the unanimous opinion of the expert audience, simply phenomenal. An outsider, who didn’t know anything about the last-minute change in the line-up, probably wouldn’t even have noticed that “Leo” only had to opportunity to train with the team once before competing.

    “It was simply perfect,” commented the head of the Cologne club, Patric Looser. The 2010 World Champion, who is a member of the organisation team at the CHIO this year, was astounded by the performance of the team’s newcomer. “Of course, we had hoped that everything would work out well, but this exceeds all of our expectations,” stated the Swiss vaulter, who lives in Cologne.

    The equestrian scene was also astonished: That a team helped out its chief rivals at the preliminary highlight of the season at the Soers, is definitely worthy of winning the Fair Play prize. The Cologne team recently surprisedly defeated their rivals from Neuss at the prestigious premiere of a vaulting competition in Qatar last March. At the CHIO – where the teams are competing against each other for the first time on the international platform – the aim of the vaulters from Neuss was to win back their ranking of the past years. Yet, it was matter of course for Schmitz to lend the rival team her best substitute. “We have a great relationship to the team from Cologne. The injury was real bad luck and it would have been a great shame for the sport, if two German teams wouldn’t have been able to compete,” the 33-year-old said.

    The top trainer was very pleased with the performance of her pupil. “Leo was sensational, she has a fantastic aura,” said Schmitz. Torben Jacobs from the Cologne team was also happy: “It was great fun, Leonie is a wonderful top man.”
    The outcome was a double German victory: Almost everything went perfectly for the group from Cologne with Holiday on Ice, lunged by Alexandra Knauf, which meant they were able to take second place. The team from Neuss, who had a few small mistakes this time, claimed their sixth victory in succession in the Prize of the Sparkasse with Delia.

    Joanne Eccles from Great Britain, who was able to further extend her lead with an excellent freestyle routine on WH Bentley, not only clearly won the freestyle test, she too succeeded in taking the title in the overall classification for the sixth time in a row. The audience, who also placed the Scottish vaulter first in the scope of the live voting that was initiated by the main sponsor SAP for the first time ever this year, celebrated the dentist frenetically. Only her father and lunger John Eccles still sees some room for improvement: “We want to perfectionise a few finer points up until the World Equestrian Games.” The Italian acrobat Anna Cavallaro vaulted into second place with Harley, followed by the Swiss vaulter Simone Jäiser on Luk, Corinna Knauf from Cologne and Rikke Laumann from Denmark.

    Erik Oese, who was awarded the third highest score in the freestyle competition, which sufficed for him to walk off with the victory in the overall men’s classification, was also voted as the public’s favourite. His freestyle routine on Calvador, lunged by Andreas Bäßler, was an interpretation of the Earth Song by Michael Jackson. The French vaulter Jacques Ferrari won the freestyle competition with Remake, lunged by Jessica Schmitz. Viktor Brüsewitz from Garbsen claimed third place with Highlander and his lunger Winnie Schlüter, followed by his brother Thomas Brüsewitz, Stefan Csandl from Vienna and the Czech vaulter Lukas Klouda, who lives in Cologne.

    In the Pas-de-Deux, the Austrians Stefan Csandl and Theresa Thiel are in the lead after the first round, followed by Joanne and Hannah Eccles (GBR), and Gera Marie Grün with Justin van Gerven.

    Anyone, who would like to experience Neuss, Cologne, Leonie Falkenberg and co. live, but hasn’t got a seat in the Albert-Vahle Arena, should switch on WDR at 14.59 pm to watch the Nations’ Cup!

    12.07.2014 - Pignon excels with horse magic

    The building site scenery at the beginning of the "Horse & Symphony" concert, which attracted thousands of spectators to the showgrounds on Friday evening in the scope of the CHIO Aachen 2014, was already a good indication that a new era lies ahead for the Deutsche Bank Stadium. A few weeks ago, CHIO Show Director, Frank Kemperman, annouced that the Stadium, which has been expanded on the eastside with a stand comprising of a further 1,300 seats, would be completed in time for the World Equestrian Festival. And he was right - yesterday evening the building site workers, diggers and cement mixers made way for the Aachener Stadtreiter (City Riders of Aachen), the last sounds of the building work were drowned out by the concentrated power of the Aachen Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the Musical Director Kazem Abdullah, who got the crowd in the mood for the entertaining evening to the melody of the instrumental version of Giuseppe Verdi's gypsy choir from the opera "Il Trovatore". The Deutsche Bank Stadium shone out in new glory and cleared the stage for the glittering stars of the evening, who were presented by the two hosts Volker Raulf and Michael Dühn. The fantastic show was accompanied by great music from the Symphony Orchestra. Impressions of this year's CHIO partner country, Switzerland, comprising of the "Dialogue avec la nature“ of Swiss composer Jean Daetwyler to the musical background of an extraordinary combination between an orchestra and alpine horns, rounded off the performances. The "Call from the mountains" was followed by an aerialist of the "Lufttanz" (Air Dance) Theater, who performed pirouttes in the air hanging from a crane over the dressage arena, the rider Britta Rasche was the next thrilling item on the agenda. There was plenty of drive in the following performance: An impressive quadrille comprising of 12 carriages from the Rhineland Young Drivers Association, which rhythmically sped round the arena to the sounds of the Michael Jackson hits "Billie Jean" and "Beat it", accompanied by aspiring young dancers from the dance school, Dance Point Aachen. The show performance "Le Carousel de Sanssoucis" led the crowd back to a past era with an historical elegant, Baroque horse carousel, which formed the seamless transition to the performance of the stilt theatre Pantao and two riders from the Braun Riding School, a colourful performance accompanied by Harold Arlen's "Somewhere over the rainbow", sung by the sopranist Jelena Rakic. The first part of the concert ended in a true highlight: The Queens of the vaulting sport, Joanne & Hannah Eccles from Great Britain conquered the dressage arena for a change instead of the vaulting circle. The two sisters impressed the spectators with an excellent pas de deux to the Freddy Mercury classic "Bohemian Rhapsody". A goose bump experience!

    The second part of the evening was characterised by the "Symphonie fantastique" music of the French componist Hector Berlioz. Passionate music combined with extraordinary show acts. The French "horse whisperer" Jean-François Pignon fascinated the Aachen crowd with two magical performances. He doesn't need a saddle, a bridle or any fancy accessories – he talked to his horses using small gestures and they followed him as if by magic. The master of the liberty dressage impressively demonstrated the magical connection between horses and humans. However, not only Pignon managed to enchant the crowd, together with her daughter Carla, the shepherd Anne Krüger showed what tricks Indian ducks and border collies are capable of performing and earned themselves a resounding applause! Then, the A-formation of the Aachen-Düsseldorf Dance Centre and the team Britta Rasche & Bruno da Silva, invited the crowd to join them for a ball. The pony dressage quadrille directed by Cordula Endres demanded perfection. Monsieur Pignon brought the show to a grand finale: Under the spotlight, he cuddled up to ten horses, a pony and a foal and received the fairytale support of an aerialist clad in a white dress, who flew into the floodlit stadium from the dark skies. A fantastic finale!

    Part of the proceeds will again this year be donated to UNICEF and the children's aid project "Die Sternsinger“ e.V. from Aachen. If this has aroused your curiosity, there is still a further opportunity to experience the "Horse & Symphony" concert live. A second performance will be held in the Deutsche Bank Stadium this evening and there are still a few tickets left.

    Photo gallery at: facebook.com/chioaachen
    Ticket hotline: +49-(0)241-917-1111

    11.07.2014 - Double lead for German vaulters

    The favourites asserted themselves in the opening vaulting competitions of the Prize of the Sparkasse at the CHIO Aachen. After the compulsory test, RSV Neuss-Grimlinghausen tops the rankings with an enormous lead. In the individual competition, the vaulter from Moritzburg Erik Oese is on course for victory with Calvador. In the ladies' competition, the CHIO serial winner Joanne Eccles from Great Britain heads the field after two of the three rounds in the Albert-Vahle Arena.

    The team from Neuss left the rest of the field trailing behind in the opening competitions of the World Equestrian Festival. The horse acrobats from Rhineland narrowly missed achieving the magic score of eight points with Delia. The four judges awarded them a score of 7.922. In comparison: Their district association colleagues from Köln-Dünnwald ranked second with Holiday On Ice (Lunger: Alexandra Knauf) with a score of 7.114, in third place Team Cim from Italy with Andokan on a score of 6.921.

    The horse acrobats from Nixhof in Neuss were delighted with the result after their performance at the Soers. "We are totally satisfied," commented their meticulous trainer and lunger, Jessica Schmitz. According to the 33-year-old, the team, which is considered to be the hot favourite to compete at the World Equestrian Games, is gradually reaching its top form this season. "We only made a few minor mistakes. But on the other hand, there were lots of great highlights," is how the perfectionist analysed the performance of the reigning European Champions. Compared to previous competitions, they were able to improve the technically complex exercises such as the vault-on, scissors and flank. However, the athletes from the RSV didn't have a single wobbler in the exercises performed while standing. Their nine-year-old chestnut mare, Delia, who is currently putting in her best competition season ever with the team, once again contributed significantly towards the success. The four-legged team member was awarded 8.2 for the horse score and was thus achieved the highest score of all teams in this category. The team from Neuss could continue their impressive series this weekend. Since 2007, they are namely unbeaten in Aachen.

    Erik Oese is on the brink of defending his title too. In the morning, together with his lunger Andreas Bäßler, the vaulter from Sachsen took fifth place in the compulsory test. Then, in the evening, he overtook all of his fellow competitors with his technical routine. The Grammar School teacher totally outclassed his rivals after achieving a score of 8.261 points. Lying on a score of 7.979 in the overall results, he now has a comfortable lead before tomorrow's final freestyle test, ahead of the French vaulter Jacques Ferrari, who is currently in second place on a score of 7.74. The reigning European Champion, who has incidentally recently been training intensively and frequently with his colleagues from Neuss, swapped horses for the CHIO instead of his regular horse Poivre Vert, he "saddled" Remake, who is at home in RSV Neuss-Grimlinghausen and is lunged by Jessica Schmitz. The German/French team won the opening compulsory test. Viktor Brüsewitz currently ranks third. The sports soldier from Garbsen scored 7.592 points with Highlander, lunged by Winnie Schlüter, followed by Stefan Csandl from Vienna (CHIO winner 2012), Thomas Brüsewitz from Garbsen and the Czech vaulter Lukas Klouda, who lives in Cologne.

    Joanne Eccles once again lived up to her reputation as top favourite. Like Oese, the dentist from Ochil Hills in Scotland only ranked fifth after the compulsory test, but she then fought her way back to the top with her technical test. Albeit very narrowly. Eccles, who as usual had travelled to the Soers together with her father and WH Bentley, picked up a score of 8.129. Lying closely behind her on a score of 8.103 – i.e. with just 0.026 points less - is Corinna Knauf. The vaulter from Cologne, whose vaulting career really took off at the CHIO last year, astounded everyone lately with the high consistency of her performances with Fabiola – lunged by her sister Alexandra Knauf. To the joy of the national coach, she was able to further improve her performance in the CHIO circle and surprised everyone by finishing ahead of the World Cup winner Anna Cavallaro with Harley (lunger: Nelson Vidoni). The Italian vaulter came a close third on a score of 8.097. The Swiss vaulter Simone Jäiser and the winner of the compulsory test, Rikke Laumann from Denmark, follow close at her heels in fourth and fifth place respectively.

    Tomorrow's competitions begin at 9 a.m. with the first round of the Pas-de-Deux. Followed by the first round of the team freestyles at 10.30 a.m. In the afternoon, the individual vaulters' competitions come to an end with the freestyle competition.

    10.07.2014 - Exciting vaulters competition

    Live broadcasts on ClipMyHorse.TV

    Exciting competitions, an excellent atmosphere and top world-class sport – that is the most apt description of the vaulting competitions at the CHIO Aachen. The Saturday (July 12th) and the Sunday (July 13th) are both completely sold-out and there are only a few tickets left for today (July 11th). For those, who can't make it to the Albert-Vahle Arena in person for the Prize of the Sparkasse, there is still an opportunity to watch the exciting competitions live. Because, with the exception of the Nations' Cup on Sunday (from 3 pm to 4.45 pm live on WDR), all competitions from Friday to Sunday inclusive will be broadcast live on the Internet TV channel, ClipMyHorse.TV. A top international line-up is awaiting us this year: 151 vaulters from 19 nations will compete with 55 horses. Competitions in the categories Individual Ladies, Individual Men, Groups and Pas de Deux will be staged.

    On July 15th, the competitions in the other four CHIO disciplines Jumping, Dressage, Eventing and Driving also begin. Many of the competitions, such as the Mercedes-Benz Nations' Cup on Thursday evening, the cross-country of the eventers' DHL Prize on Saturday morning, the Deutsche Bank Prize on Sunday morning and the Rolex Grand Prix including the Rolex Grand Slam on Sunday afternoon will be broadcast live on WDR and ZDF. All other competitions can be watched on ClipMyHorse.TV.

    Incidentally, all of the competitions of the CHIO will subsequently be available as a recording on ClipMyHorse.TV.


    The current TV schedule for the CHIO Aachen 2014:

    10.07.2014 - May 2015: Rolex Grand Prix

    In 2015 Aachen hosts the FEI European Championships in five equestrian disciplines. Nonetheless, the Rolex Grand Prix, the Grand Prix of Aachen will also be held in Aachen’s Soers in the year 2015. "We have decided to stage this one competition, because we don’t want to do without this most traditional jumping competition in the world, not even for that single year," commented Carl Meulenbergh, President of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein, organisers of the event. "It was important to us to offer our loyal crowd their Grand Prix of Aachen even in the year of the European Championships.”  The best show jumpers in the world will be anticipated in Aachen on Sunday, May 31st, 2015. Consequently Aachen will again be part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping in 2015 as well. The programme will include an international jumping competition on the previous day. This was announced in the run-up to this year's World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, jointly by the CHIO Aachen organisers and the Lord Mayor of Aachen, Marcel Philipp.

    On Friday evening, there will be a further highlight that has proven to be very popular with the crowd: the concert “Horse & Symphony”. Tickets are only available for the Sunday jumping competition as well as for the concert. They can be purchased with immediate effect from the hotline on +49-241-917-1111 or online.


    10.07.2014 - Vaulters promise goose-bump

    What a line-up at this year's CHIO Aachen! Not only in the jumping and dressage, the absolute world elite will be taking part in the vaulting competitions at the Soers, the Prize of the Sparkasse, which promises to be a unique experience. 48 individual vaulters, 57 horses, twelve pas-de-deux and 13 teams will be battling it out in the venerable Albert-Vahle Arena. The athletes come from 18 countries – which means that in terms of the diversity of nations competing, vaulting ranks highest compared to all of the other CHIO disciplines.

    Tickets are still available for tomorrow (Friday) from the hotline on +49-(0)241-917-1111 or online at http://www.eventimsports.de/ols/chio2014-en/en/vaulting/channel/shop/index. There are practically no tickets left at all for Saturday and Sunday.

    However, it is not just the quantity of the participants that is so impressive, but also the quality. Especially in the ladies' competitions, it could come to a sort of World Championships showdown. All of the favourites for this year's World Equestrian Games in Normandy will be contesting against each other in Aachen. Including also CHIO serial winner Joanne Eccles from Great Britain with WH Bentley, she has vaulted to victory in Aachen since 2009. However, the overall World Cup winner Anna Cavallaro from Italy with Harley, the European Champion Rikke Laumann from Denmark with Ghost Alvarvad Z and the Swiss top vaulter Simone Jäiser with Luk are also awaited in the arena. What links all of these ladies: They haven't been beaten by a German vaulter this year yet. Which is something the national coach Ulla Ramge would certainly like to change, which is why she has nominated her four top protégés. The host nation's greatest hope at the moment is Corinna Knauf. The 21-year-old vaulter from Cologne's star career took off exactly one year ago at the CHIO in Aachen. In the meantime, she is the national champion and Germany's number one and she is setting her aims high with her ten-year-old Westphalian-bred mare Fabiola. The other three German ladies are Theresa-Sophie Bresch (Tübingen), Christine Kuhirt (Bochum) and Kristina Boe (Hamburg) – and they are not just an attraction when vaulting either. The "Salto-Queen" Lisa Wild from Austria is also one of the favourites. The 19-year-old from Salzburg took the vaulting scene by surprise at the World Championships in Le Mans in 2012 as the first lady vaulter to do a summersault on the back of a horse. Mary McCormick is more than just an insider tip. The 31-year-old "American Woman" from California even flew her own horse Palatine in from the States for the imminent World Equestrian Games (not exactly customary in the vaulting sport) and is now to compete in her first test on European soil here in Aachen.

    The top dogs of the men's vaulting scene are also represented in Aachen. Last year's winner Erik Oese from Moritzburg near Dresden will be battling it out against among others the exceptionally talented French vaulter, Jacques Ferrari, who narrowly beat his German rival last year at the European Championships and who is travelling to Aachen as the reigning European Champion. The vaulter from Vienna, Stefan Csandl, who won the CHIO in 2012, recently proved that he is in excellent form too. However, someone, who was degraded a few weeks ago due to the lack of top results in the German A and B squads, was able to celebrate a major coup. The sports soldier, Viktor Brüsewitz, who had been part of the German elite since 2009, was taken aback: "I interpreted this to mean that nobody has any confidence in me anymore."

    He bounced back furiously: The man from Garbsen changed horses, teamed up with the nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Highlander, the horse of his German team colleague from Hamburg, Kristina Boe, and put in convincing performances across the board two weeks ago at the international show in Krumke, which was a direct qualifier for the CHIO. Winning each of the competitions straight out, in the overall classification, he beat Oese by over two tenths of a point. According to own statements, regarding the rest of the season and the CHIO, he is now even more nervous than before. "I have set a standard that I would of course like to continue," he commented. His freestyle, which he has choreographed to the music of the Red Bull breakdancer show "Flying Illusion", was a highlight that this sport has never experienced before. The same can be said for his brother Thomas Brüsewitz. The 20-year-old is one of the biggest talents on the German vaulting scene. Last year he broke his fibula during the Nations' Cup – now he is back again and is considered to be the top favourite.

    In the most prestigious event, the team competition, RSV Neuss-Grimlinghausen have been in a class of their own for years. The vaulters, who are coached by top trainer Jessica Schmitz, are currently causing a hype in the international vaulting world that has seldom been experienced. Thousands of fans follow the results of Germany's number one team on Facebook. The statistics database of the social network reveals incredible figures. A photo recently published was called up by 100,000 users. But the team from Rhineland don't merely rule the scene in the digital world. After winning in Belgium and Krumke, they are the top favourites to win gold at the World Championships. Having been awarded dream scores of over 9 points they received praise from all sides: From the crowd, from the national coach – even the judges, who are normally speaking rather conservative, commented personally on the freestyle highlight to the rocky electric beats of the British new prog band Muse. "It was a goose-bump feeling," reported the Dutch judge, Rob de Bruin, who will also be on the panel of judges in Aachen too.

    Incidentally, the team from Neuss won't be vaulting on their experienced horse, Arkansas, but instead on a new horse called Delia. The nine-year-old chestnut mare will be celebrating her premiere in Aachen, together with team member, Johannes Kay. "It is a dream come true, I always wanted to compete here," said the 19-year-old. The trainer Schmitz is also looking forward to returning to her "living-room": "Aachen is simply the best. It has been our favourite competition for years."

    The only small disappointment in 2014: Not all of the main rivals of the team from Neuss will be competing – or dare to compete – in Aachen. The top teams from Austria, Switzerland and France are not taking part, they are obviously avoiding taking on the team from Neuss prior to the World Championships. "Of course, that means that our chances of winning are higher. But it is a shame, because we are certainly not frightened to take on our fellow rivals," said Schmitz. However, her protégés do have a small score to settle. At the beginning of the season in the Dohas desert, their colleagues from Köln-Dünnwald stole the show in March by winning the first vaulting competition in the Arabian world. Together with their horse, Holiday On Ice, the team from the club of the Swiss ex-World Champion Patric Looser are probably the biggest rivals in the battle to take the victory at the CHIO. Eleven further teams from a total of ten nations, including also Brazil and South Africa, are sharing the role of the underdogs.

    The pas-de-deux competition is without doubt going to be thrilling. The British vaulters Joanne and Hannah Eccles, who won in 2012 and 2013, will be contesting against Germany national team duos, for example the World Cup silver medallists Pia Engelberty and Torben Jacobs from Cologne. The Austrians Stefan Csandl and Theresa Thiel, the Americans Cassidy and Kimerbly, the vaulters from Hamburg Kristina Boe and Malte Möller and the two Cologne-based colleagues Justin van Gerven and Gera Marie Grün all hope to have a say in the matter. For the German individual contestants and duos it is not just about putting in a successful appearance at the CHIO, the nominations for the World Championship teams for Caen will be decided in Aachen.

    Tickets: +49-(0)241-917-1111

    07.07.2014 - Looking forward to the CHIO!

    Turkish Airlines as a new Top Level Sponsor, more than 350,000 spectators expected, record prize-money and an entry field that is stronger than ever this year: The organisers presented the CHIO in the course of an open-air press conference in the Main Stadium five days before the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen 2014, commences.

    "We are delighted that we are going to be part of the CHIO Aachen, this worldwide renowned equestrian sport event, as sponsor of the "Prize of Europe" in future," commented Dr. Temel Kotil, Chief Executive Officer of Turkish Airlines. "The CHIO Aachen stands for the highest possible level of commitment and passion – two attributes that we also share here at Turkish Airlines. This partnership is a further expression of our commitment to top sporting performances."

    Link Video Statement Dr. Temel Kotil

    "With Turkish Airlines at our side, we can rely on the support of Europe's best airline," commented Michael Mronz, General Manager, Aachener Reitturnier GmbH.  They fit in perfectly with the CHIO Aachen, which has also had a strong international focus for years. Turkish Airlines will from now on assert itself for Germany's biggest sporting event in its role as a Top Level Sponsor alongside Rolex, Mercedes-Benz and DHL.

    Link Video Statement Michael Mronz

    Carl Meulenbergh, President of Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein, organisers of the event, underlined what makes the CHIO Aachen so special: "The CHIO is much more than an equestrian sport event. It is a major event, folk festival and an experience for the whole family."  354 athletes from 28 nations with 550 horses are awaited at the traditional showgrounds at the Soers in Aachen this year. They can look forward to record prize-money totalling 2.68 million Euros.  No other national sporting event is endowed with so much money, alone the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday is endowed with one million Euros. An additional bonus also beckons for the participants of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping (www.rolexgrandslam.com). Yet, it is not the prize -money alone that makes the CHIO Aachen so special: "I am always totally overwhelmed by my feelings, when I travel to Aachen, even today, although I am not even competing. There is going to be a great atmosphere again this year, the crowd is unique. The adrenalin-level is always very high in Aachen," said Ludger Beerbaum. The show-jumper, who ranks third in the world-ranking list, is currently the best German rider – and he was already able to win the Rolex Grand Prix three times.

    Link Video Statement Ludger Beerbaum

    Matthias Alexander Rath has lately been the number one theme. He and his horse "Totilas" recently put in impressive performances. However, it remains to be seen whether he is able to win in Aachen since a world-class line-up is set to compete: "I am always overjoyed to compete in Aachen. It is fantastic that Totilas and I are part of the dressage team and that we will be able to compete in the new Deutsche Bank Stadium. At the last fews shows, we were able to constantly improve our performance, we are going to give our very best in Aachen," commented Rath.

    Link Video Statement Matthias Rath

    In addition to Rath and Beerbaum, the absolute world elite is travelling to Aachen. "Hardly any of the top 10 will be missing,", stated Frank Kemperman, Chairman of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein, the CHIO organisers. For example, Matthias Alexander Rath will among others be competing against the world record holder and reigning Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin. In the show jumping, among others the top riders in the world rankings, Scott Brash and Ben Maher from Great Britain, are awaited. Zara Phillips will be participating in the eventing again. The grand-daughter of the British Queen, who won the World Championship title in 2006 in Aachen, competed at the CHIO Aachen for the last time in 2007.

    Link Video Statement Frank Kemperman

    Even though around 200,000 tickets have already been sold, Michael Mronz still had good news: "Tickets are still available for almost all days." These can be ordered at www.chioaachen.de or per the ticket hotline on +49(0)-241-917-1111. Newly developed features have been added to the CHIO Aachen apps for smartphones and iPads this year. They can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store or from the App Store.

    04.07.2014 - Nominations Silver Camera

    Shooting the perfect photo is sometimes like winning the lottery jackpot; this also applies in the field of equestrian sport. The "Silver Camera" for the best equestrian sport photo will once again this year be conferred jointly by the Sparkasse Aachen, the Rheinische Sparkassen- & Giroverband and the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V.  (ALRV) during the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen.

    The jury, comprising of Dirk Caremans (last year's winner), Ludo Philippaerts (Belgian show-jumper, who has competed at the Olympic Games several times), Andreas Müller (Executive Director of the newspaper publisher, Zeitungsverlag Aachen), Erich Timmermanns (Advertising & PR Director, Sparkasse Aachen) and Frank Kemperman (Chairman of the ALRV), was faced with the difficult task of selecting the best equestrian sport photos among the 72 photographs submitted from all over the globe.

    "It is not easy to select just three nominees from such a selection of different and professional photos, because each individual photo captures a special equestrian sport moment," Frank Kemperman summed up. The nominations for the "Silver Camera" are (in alphabetical order): Astrid Appels (Belgium), Arnd Bronkhorst (The Netherlands) and Pam Langrish (England). The winner will be announced in the main stadium after the Prize of the Sparkasse, the hunting competition over ditches and banks. The winner will receive 2,500 Euros in prize-money, the first runner-up wins 1,000 Euros and the second runner-up 500 Euros.


    04.07.2014 - „Corradina“ is ending career

    "Corradina", the successful horse of the German show-jumper Carsten-Otto Nagel (Wedel), is ending its sporting career and will officially retire during the CHIO Aachen 2014, prior to the Mercedes-Benz Nations' Cup on July 17th, 2014. Nagel and the horse's owners (Moorhof Stables) came to this decision jointly.

    This means the German equestrian sport will be losing one of its most talented jumping horses in future, which Otto Becker, national coach of the German jumping team, also deeply regrets:  "It's a shame that Corradina won't be competing in future, you could always rely on her for two clear rounds in the Nations' Cup. A fantastic horse." For Nagel himself, the 16-year-old Holstein grey mare is still "the best horse in the world", persistent injuries are the reason why this exceptional jumping horse is going into her well-deserved retirement. "Corradina is the horse of my life. She competed at four Championships and won six medals. That is pretty unique! I rode her for 12 years – that is a long time and that has a strong bonding effect," stated Nagel. The pair's greatest victories include 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. The successful pair particularly excelled in the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup at the CHIO Aachen 2011.  "That was unique. Riding double clear for Germany in the Nations' Cup in Aachen, was one of the highlights of our joint career," raved Nagel, who came joint second with his team together with Ireland and Great Britain. A few days later, they came sixth in the Rolex Grand Prix, one of the most difficult jumping competitions in the world. "I am grateful and very pleased that the retirement ceremony for Corradina is taking place in Aachen. Because that means the best horse in the world will retire at the best show in the world. Which is great! Of course, it is a sad moment, but life goes on – a new phase begins. In future, Corradina will be implemented as a brood mare and I am sure she will produce a few wonderful foals."

    01.07.2014 - Innovationen beim CHIO Aachen

    ***Soon available in English*** Innovationen machen aus dem Turnier auch virtuell ein Erlebnis – Mercedes-Benz Niederlassung Aachen stellt Sondermodelle vor

    In zehn Tagen startet der CHIO Aachen. Auch in diesem Jahr warten auf die Besucher viele Neuerungen. Einige davon stellten nun Michael Mronz, Geschäftsführer der Aachener Reitturnier GmbH, und Jochen Dimter, Direktor der Mercedes-Benz Niederlassung Aachen vor.

    Seit 60 Jahren ist Mercedes-Benz Partner des CHIO Aachen. Grund genug für die Niederlassung, drei CHIO-Sondermodelle „CHIO Aachen exclusive“ anzubieten. Bereits im Vorjahr gab es dieses Angebot mit großem Erfolg. „Die Modelle sind sehr beliebt, streng limitiert und zudem lokale Besonderheiten, die es sonst nirgendwo gibt“, so Jochen Dimter, Direktor der Mercedes-Benz Niederlassung Aachen. Zudem bekommt die Ausstellerfläche von Mercedes-Benz direkt neben dem Haupteingang Albert-Servais-Allee einen Jubiläumsanstrich: Mit Pavillon und einer neuen Dachterrasse: „Beim CHIO zeigt sich Aachen von seiner schönsten Seite. In diesem Jahr ist das Weltfest des Pferdesports für uns noch mal eine Stufe höher als sonst.“
    Video: Jochen Dimter zu den Sondermodellen „CHIO Aachen exclusive“
    Standards setzt der CHIO Aachen inzwischen in der digitalen Welt: Herzstück der kontinuierlichen Innovationsoffensive des CHIO Aachen sind die CHIO Aachen-Apps für Smartphones (iPhone und Android) und iPad, mit denen das einzigartige Turnier 365 Tage pro Jahr und rund um den Globus erlebbar ist.
    Video: Michael Mronz zu digitalen Neuerungen
    Neu in diesem Jahr ist die mit SAP entwickelte „Judging App“ als Bestandteil der CHIO Aachen-App, die es Dressur- und Voltigier-Fans erlaubt, parallel zu den Richtern die Leistungen der Sportler zu bewerten. „So haben wir einen Sieger der Richter und einen Sieger der Herzen – und im günstigsten Fall ist es derselbe“, schmunzelt Michael Mronz. Alle CHIO Aachen-Apps sind kostenlos und werden permanent optimiert und aktualisiert.
    Um die digitalen Angebote auch optimal nutzen zu können, bieten die Organisatoren gemeinsam mit ihrem offiziellen Telekommunikationspartner NetAachen ein kostenloses und leistungsstarkes WLAN an. Dazu stehen spezielle Karten mit Passwort und Code für den WLAN-Zugang an den CHIO Aachen Fan-Shops auf dem Turniergelände zur Verfügung. Einen besonderen Ausflug auf das CHIO-Gelände ermöglicht der virtuelle Kameraflug: Dieser Service, steht in Kürze auf der CHIO-Homepage und YouTube zur Verfügung. Mit dem digitalen CHIO Aachen-Village wird die Shoppingtour über das Turniergelände mit mehr als 210 Ausstellern noch entspannter. Per App oder unter www.chioaachen.de/de/lageplan können sich Besucher über eine Detail-Suche über sämtliche Aussteller informieren und sich eine Übersicht verschaffen, wo sich welcher Stand befindet.
    Die virtuelle Geländestrecke der Vielseitigkeitsreiter hat ein neues hochmodernes Design mit komplett neuer Programmierung verpasst bekommen. So haben die Entwickler der Aachener Firma „M-PLY“ die virtuelle Geländestrecke nun auch responsiv gemacht, das Programm erkennt nun automatisch, mit welchem Gerät auf die Anwendung zugegriffen wird und stellt den virtuellen Parcours so immer optimal dar. Hindernisse können um 360 Grad gedreht werden und die Optik ist nahezu fotorealistisch.
    „Wir bieten nicht nur erstklassigen Sport beim CHIO Aachen, sondern möchten mit unseren Zuschauern auch kommunizieren“, erläutert Michael Mronz. „Unser Anspruch ist es dabei, immer wieder Vorreiter zu sein. Ohne starke Partner geht so etwas nicht.“


    30.06.2014 - Nominierungen Silbernes Pferd

    ***To be announced in English soon*** Schon bald treten die weltweit besten Reitsportler und Pferde in fünf Disziplinen beim renommierten CHIO Aachen, dem Weltfest des Pferdesports, gegeneinander an. Nicht mehr beweisen müssen sich hingegen die diesjährigen Nominierten des Medienpreises „Das Silberne Pferd“. Sie haben bereits in den vergangenen zwölf Monaten mit ihren journalistischen Beiträgen rund um das Thema Pferd und Pferdesport gezeigt, dass sie ihr Metier beherrschen und mit ihren Geschichten begeistern. Ob TV, Print, Neue Medien/Hörfunk – der Berichterstattung über die faszinierenden Vierbeiner sind sowohl thematisch als auch medial keine Grenzen gesetzt. Und gerade diese Vielfalt hat auch in diesem Jahr dafür gesorgt, dass die Auswahl der Nominierten aus den vielen Einsendungen alles andere als leicht gefallen ist. Jedoch ist es auch hier wie im Pferdesport: Es kann nur einen Sieger geben! Welche Journalisten die Jury in den drei Kategorien überzeugt haben, wird im Rahmen der offiziellen CHIO-Eröffnungsfeier am 15. Juli bekanntgegeben. Die Preise sind in allen drei Kategorien mit jeweils 2.600 Euro dotiert.

    Mit dem Medienpreis „Das Silberne Pferd“ soll das Engagement und die Leistung dieser Journalisten gewürdigt werden. Allein beim Weltfest des Pferdesports sind jedes Jahr rund 800 TV-, Print- und Hörfunk-Journalisten im Einsatz. Die Auszeichnung wird bereits seit vielen Jahren vom Deutschen Reiter- und Fahrerverband e. V. in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e. V. (ALRV) vergeben und hat sich mittlerweile zu einem renommierten Preis entwickelt.

    Nominiert wurden (jeweils in alphabetischer Reihenfolge) in der Kategorie Print Christina Hucklenbroich (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Thorsten Karbach (Aachener Zeitung) und Anja Perkuhn (Süddeutsche Zeitung), in der Kategorie TV Barthel Braune & Sabine Kowalczyk (WDR), Maren Höfle & Henning Rütten (NDR) und Stefan Quante (WDR) sowie in der Kategorie Audio/Neue Medien Silke Oettershagen (WDR 2), Carolin Ott & Andreas Blendin (WDR 5) und Jörg Schimmelpfennig (NDR 1 - Sportland).

    Insgesamt wurden 34 Beiträge eingereicht (5 Beiträge in der Kategorie TV, 7 Beiträge in der Kategorie Hörfunk/Neue Medien und 22 Beiträge in der Kategorie Print). Die Beurteilung erfolgte anhand verschiedener Kriterien: Themenauswahl und journalistische Leistung der einzelnen Beiträge waren ebenso wichtig wie Themenrecherche und die Vermittlung des Themas an Publikum, Leser oder Zuhörer. Die siebenköpfige Jury bestand aus den Vorjahressiegern Jessica Beck (Siegerin Kategorie Print 2013), Vanessa Kossen (gemeinsam mit Elske Burkert Siegerin Kategorie TV 2013) und Doreen Strasdas (Sieger Kategorie Audio/Neue Medien 2013) sowie Nadine Capellmann (ehem. Doppelweltmeisterin Dressur), Dr. Ute Gräfin Rothkirch (Vorstandsmitglied Deutscher Reiter- und Fahrerverband), Frank Kemperman (Vorstandsvorsitzender Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e. V.) und Niels Knippertz (Pressesprecher Aachen-Laurensberger Rennvereins e. V.).

    30.06.2014 - Baroque horses at the CHIO

    Lusitanos, Lipizzaners, Menorquins – even the names of the Baroque horse breeds are like music to one's ears. And their striking appearance is equally impressive. The CHIO Show and Breeding Day that has been held at the World Equestrian Festival (July 11th-20th) since 2010 has also let itself become infected by this enthusiasm for the elegant animals and is gathering the entire spectrum of Baroque horses together in Aachen: Around 30 horses including 13 different breeds will transform the Driving Stadium into a "Baroque" platform on July 18th. There is no doubt about it: Baroque horses impress, fascinate and guarantee astounded faces - and they have been doing so for over 550 years already. The original Spanish breed, the so-called Pura Raza Española (English: "Pure Spanish Breed"), has namely been purely bred all over the world for that long already – strictly monitored by the Spanish Studbook. "PRE is the oldest cultural horse breed altogether. There is no country in the world where this breed is not found," revealed Horst Seyfried, Chairman of the AACCPRE. Many other breeds have evolved from it over the course of time, from Friesians, to Knabstruppers through to Baroque Pintos. Predominantly, the aristocrats and royal families were inspired to create new breeds in the Middle Ages. "Sit comfortably, make a striking impression," is how Martin Spoo, CEO and Breeding Director of the Rhineland Stud Book, concisely summed up the fascination of "Baroque horses", whose charm modern-day people all over the globe still find irresistible today.

    At a press meeting at the ALRV grounds, the attendees were given a brief foretaste of the compact and majestic steeds. Five PRE horses and one Lusitano proved namely that they don't just look beautiful. They are indeed true performing artists. Their gaits are soft, flowing and elegant, which makes them particularly popular dressage horses. Carl Meulenbergh, President of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein and a breeder himself, was impressed: "Show, breeding and sport go together well. It makes my heart leap when I see these fantastic horses.“  Franziska Weyer, who has been breeding Baroque horses for eleven years at her yard in Hellenthal, also shares this passion. She initiated the "Copa Baroque" competition series six years ago. This exceptional competition, which exclusively Baroque horses are allowed to enter, is also on the programme in Aachen. As is a breath-taking AACCPRE quadrille. "Ten wonderful PRE horses, ridden by ten charming ladies in original Spanish costumes – this performance excels due to its uniformity and perfection," Seyfried said arousing further interest for the Breeding Day. But that is not all, as ALRV Chairman, Frank Kemperman, added: "With show performances, parades, Friesians pulling carriages, foals, horses under the saddle or shown in hand – the programme is exceptional and perfect for a family day out at the CHIO showgrounds."

    The breeding and show programme is being held on July 18th in the Driving Stadium during the CHIO Aachen. It will be followed by the closing presentation of all breeds in the Main Stadium at 16.50 pm. No extra ticket is needed for this event. Anyone, who buys a ticket for the dressage or jumping competitions on that day, can watch the breeding and show programme in the Driving Stadium.

    29.06.2014 - Totilas competes in Aachen

    Has there ever been such an impressive line-up? The world's current top dressage horses will be competing at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen. On Sunday evening, the German national coach also nominated Matthias Alexander Rath with Totilas.


    Hence, for the first time, the "Wonder Horse" Totilas, already two-time winner of the "Deutsche Bank Prize, Dressage Grand Prix of Aachen, will be battling it out against the best horses that the international dressage sport has to offer. The British rider Charlotte Dujardin, current Olympic gold medallist, number one in the world-rankings and holder of all records has confirmed her participation with Valegro. Adelinde Cornelissen (NL) will also be taking part at the Aachener Soers with Parzival. The spectacular line-up will be rounded off by further top German pairs such as Isabell Werth with Bella Rose, Kristina Sprehe with Desperados and of course the two-time Aachen and World Cup winner Helen Langehanenberg with Damon Hill.

    "It is a good job we have just expanded the Deutsche Bank Stadium," joked CHIO Aachen Show Director, Frank Kemperman.  Thanks to the construction of the new stand, tickets are still available for example for the Grand Prix, Prize of the Tesch Family and Lambertz Nations' Cup on Thursday, July 17th. Only a few tickets are still left for the weekend. The tickets can be ordered online or by telephone via the hotline on +49-(0)241-917-1111.

    25.06.2014 - Dressage superstars

    The dressage superstars are all competing at the CHIO Aachen. And at the weekend the decision will be taken as to whether the reinvigorated Totilas will be entering the renovated and expanded Deutsche Bank Stadium for the German team, explained Show Director Frank Kemperman in an interview.

    Question: The line-up of competitors in the dressage competitions at the CHIO Aachen is stronger than ever this year. Who is going to compete at the Soers?

    Frank Kemperman: The Olympic gold medallist and reigning World Champion Charlotte Dujardin will be competing at the Soers for the first time ever with her outstanding horse Valegro, Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill are competing and Adelinde Cornelissen has also confirmed that she will be participating with Parzival. That is world-class line-up.

    Question: Parzival didn't compete for a while…

    Kemperman: …and he showed that he is in excellent form in Rotterdam. I was there and I can definitely say that I am really looking forward to watching him compete here in Aachen. He is in great form. And the duels between the two best German horses, Valegro and Parzival are few and far between.

    Question: And Totilas?

    Kemperman: He is competing in Perl-Borg at the weekend, after that the national coach will decide which riders will compete in Aachen.

    Question: In order to be able to experience the top dressage stars live…

    Kemperman: …one will have to be quick. In spite of the new stand and the resulting expanded capacity in the Deutsche Bank Stadium there are only a few tickets left for Saturday and Sunday. But at the moment, there are still tickets in most categories for the Prize of the Tesch Family, the Grand Prix, and Lambertz Nations' Cup on Thursday, July 17th, when all of the world stars will compete.

    Tickets are available from the hotline on +49(0)241-917-1111

    Tickets online:

    22.06.2014 -

    +++ soon available in English +++

    60 Jahre. So lange ist Mercedes-Benz bereits Partner des CHIO Aachen. Und natürlich unterstützt die traditionsreiche Marke mit dem Stern das „Weltfest des Pferdesports“ auch im Jubiläumsjahr mit seinem Fahrservice. 43 Fahrzeuge stehen dafür zur Verfügung. Darunter sind die S-Klasse, A- und B-Klasse, Sprinter, Vito und Viano-Transporter und G-Klassen für den Parcoursdienst. Bevor die einzelnen Equipes am Donnerstagabend beim Mercedes-Benz Nationenpreis auf ihre Spitzenpferde umsatteln, werden sie in acht edlen Mercedes-Benz Cabrios im Hauptstadion vorgestellt.
    Rund drei Wochen vor Beginn von Deutschlands größtem Sportereignis übergab Jochen Dimter, Direktor der Mercedes-Benz Niederlassung Aachen, symbolisch einen Schlüssel an Carl Meulenbergh, Präsident des Aachen-Laurensberger Rennvereins e. V. (ALRV).

    Nach der überaus erfolgreichen Premiere im Vorjahr wird es unter dem Namen „CHIO Aachen exclusive“ erneut drei Mercedes-Benz Sondermodelle exklusiv in der Aachener Niederlassung geben. Benannt ist die streng limitierte Auflage nach den Erfolgspferden von Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum: A-Klasse Checkmate, B-Klasse Stella und GLK Shutterfly. Die Sondermodelle sind Ausdruck der engen Beziehung und besonderen Verbundenheit zwischen dem CHIO Aachen und der Mercedes-Benz Niederlassung Aachen.


    20.06.2014 - Mehr Dressur geht nicht

    ***To be announced in English soon*** Die neue Tribüne des Deutsche Bank Stadions wird zum Weltfest des Pferdesports eingeweiht.

    Noch liegt Baumaterial herum, Presslufthammer machen ordentlich Krach, Kabel ragen aus den Wänden, Handwerker und Bauarbeiter laufen geschäftig über die Baustelle, und anstatt Dressurpferden rollen Bagger durch das Deutsche Bank Stadion auf dem ALRV-Gelände in der Soers. Normalerweise ist dieses hektische Treiben 21 Tage vor CHIO-Beginn kein ungewöhnliches Bild. In diesem Jahr gibt es aber eine Baustelle mit oberster Priorität: Der Neubau der Osttribüne im Deutsche Bank Stadion. „Pünktlich zum CHIO-Beginn am 11. Juli ist alles fertig“, gibt sich ALRV-Vorstandsvorsitzender Frank Kemperman, der nun exklusiv über die Baustelle führte, zuversichtlich. Denn zu diesem Termin wird das „neue“ Deutsche Bank Stadion, die weltweit größte Dressur-Arena, im Rahmen der beliebten Veranstaltung „Pferd und Sinfonie“ feierlich eingeweiht – im modernen und offenen Design.

    Der Neubau der Tribüne ist Teil einer Gesamtbaumaßnahme, die für eine Rundum-Erneuerung des Deutsche Bank Stadions sorgt. 1200 Zuschauer finden auf der neuen Tribüne Platz, sodass pro Veranstaltung nun 6300 Besucher gleichzeitig beste Sicht auf das Dressurviereck haben. Die neue Tribüne gliedert sich in zwei Bereiche: Den Tribünen-Körper, der über eine große Freitreppe zugänglich ist, und der unter anderem Zuschauerplätze, Presseplätze und ein Kamerapodest für die Fernsehübertragung beheimatet. Im Erdgeschoss befinden sich auf einer Bruttogrundfläche von 663 m2 Funktionsräume wie Sanitärbereiche, Lager- und Technikflächen, eine Meldestelle und ein Besprechungsraum sowie ein Backstage-Bereich. Alle Räume sind über einen Gang, der die gesamte Breite der Tribüne einnimmt, miteinander verbunden.

    Die neue Tribüne mit einer Bruttogrundfläche von 1.090 m2, die das Dressurviereck nun vollständig umschließt, ist mit ihrer spitzen und leicht schrägen Bauart nicht nur optisch ein Highlight, auch in funktionaler Hinsicht bietet sie enorme Vorteile. So überragt das Dach die Tribüne so weit, dass auch in der ersten Reihe alle Zuschauer bei Regen trocken sitzen. An der Nord- und Südseite schützen zudem Glasfassaden vor Witterungseinflüssen. Die Höhe der Tribüne garantiert, dass die Zuschauer über die Richterhäuser hinweg beste Sicht auf das Geschehen haben. Die Dachkonstruktion selbst hat ein Gesamtgewicht von 170 Tonnen und lagert sich im rückwärtigen Bereich auf die die Tribünenplatte umgreifenden Stahlbetonbalken und wird vorne über vier filigrane Stahlstützen in das Erdgeschoss und von dort über Stahlbeton-Rundstützen auf die Fundamente abgetragen. Das gesamte Bauwerk wird von rund vierzig, bis zu 15 Meter tief in den Baugrund eingelassene Stahlbetonpfähle, getragen.

    Der Tribünenneubau schließt eine ganze Reihe von weiteren Baumaßnahmen im Deutsche Bank Stadion mit ein. So wurden alle Sitzschalen erneuert,  die Anzahl der Toiletten mehr als verdoppelt und es wurden 12 weitere Rollstuhlplätze eingerichtet, die nun auch über einen Aufzug erreichbar sind. Zwei große Anzeigetafeln und eine neue Sprecherkabine komplettieren die Modernisierungsmaßnahme. Und auch der Boden im Deutsche Bank Stadion wurde modernsten Anforderungen entsprechend erneuert: Dazu wurde eine Lavaschicht aufgetragen, die von einer Sand-Geotextil-Mischung überdeckt wird.

    Das Umfeld des Deutsche Bank Stadions erstrahlt ebenfalls in neuem Glanz. Hinter der Tribüne entsteht  mit dem sogenannten „Riders‘ Plaza“ ein gemütlicher Bereich für die Reiter – mit Gartenmöbeln, einem Gastronomiebereich und Fernsehern. Dort wird zudem eine Mixed Zone eingerichtet, in der Interviews geführt werden können.

    Insgesamt 11 Monate hat der Tribünenneubau gedauert. Das Bauvorhaben wurde öffentlich ausgeschrieben. Viele Handwerksbetriebe aus der Region sind an dem Bau beteiligt. Der Neubau ist Teil eines Gesamtbaumaßnahmenpakets anlässlich der FEI Europameisterschaften Aachen 2015, welches vom Land Nordrhein-Westfalen gefördert wird. Die Entwürfe für die neue Tribüne stammen von „kadawittfeldarchitektur“.

    Frank Kemperman freut sich schon auf die neue Tribüne. Nachts schlafen kann er im Moment allerdings nur, wenn er sich jeden Abend noch einmal persönlich von den Fortschritten auf der Baustelle überzeugt hat. „Wenn ich auf mein Fahrrad steige, fährt es schon ganz automatisch immer in Richtung Deutsche Bank Stadion“, gesteht er mit einem Augenzwinkern. Und wie ist sein Urteil kurz vor Fertigstellung? „Der Umbau war die richtige Entscheidung, die Tribüne sieht toll aus. Aber in erster Linie hoffe ich natürlich, dass sich die Zuschauer und die Reiter freuen“, so Kemperman.

    Wer sich schon jetzt die fertige Tribüne ansehen möchte, kann dies online bei der 3D-Ticketbestellung  auf www.chioaachen.de/en/tickets#17415 tun, live dann spätestens beim CHIO Aachen 2014.

    13.06.2014 - Desgin for Aachen 2015

    Powerful, multi-faceted and dynamic – these are the attributes of the design that the organisers of the FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 are using to draw attention to the major sporting event next year. Today, they presented the design that is dominated by the colours gold and purple.

    "The European Championships are unique and so is their design," commented Michael Mronz, member of the European Championships Organising Committee. The requirements were quite clear beforehand: The design was to be emotional and ultra-modern, while at the same time having a high recognition value. According to Mronz, the design developed by the Aachen-based agency, "Power+Radach", certainly satisfies the demands.

    Michael Mronz on the FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 design.

    Their CEO Bernd Steinbrecher considers it to be a "great honour and high motivation to develop a design that was on a par with the logos of major events from the world of football or the Olympics.” The designs appear iconic, an effect chosen quite consciously because "the horse has always been an icon at the CHIO. Our design provides golden symbols for these icons," commented Matthias Büsching, Art Director at "Power+Radach".

    Carl Meulenbergh, President of the organisers, the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein, is impressed: "This design is excellent, my compliments to the Power and Radach team."

    Ticket sales for the FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 in five disciplines (August 11th-23rd) are running extremely well: The season tickets for the jumping competitions are already sold out and for the dressage competitions (also to be staged in the main stadium) there are only season tickets left for one of the stands. Up until now it was only possible to order tickets in writing or by telephone. As of today tickets can also be ordered online at www.aachen2015.com, explained Michael Mronz:

    Michael Mronz on the start of the online ticket sales.

    Frank Kemperman, Show Director and OC member, introduced a further European Championships highlight: The Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, August 11th, will include a spectacular quadrille performed by the German State Studs. Tickets for this event are also already for sale at the online shop.

    11.06.2014 - World elite in the Nations' Cup

    One month before the start of the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen 2014, the line-up of competitors in the Mercedes-Benz Nations' Cup of the show-jumpers is proving to be first-class. Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Ireland and the USA will be competing at the Soers.

    The floodlights are gleaming, 40,000 spectators are cheering the riders on in the sold-out main stadium: Thursday evening is the venue date for the international match of the CHIO Aachen. Tickets are still available online at http://www.eventimsports.de/ols/chio2014as well as directly via the hotline on +49-(0)241-917-1111.

    The top riders in the world will be saddling their horses. It is quite likely that Germany will place their bets on Ludger Beerbaum, Marcus Ehning and Daniel Deußer, who are all in top form at the moment. The veteran Beerbaum currently ranks number three in the world ranking list, Marcus Ehning ranks fourth. With 26 victories in the Mercedes-Benz Nations' Cup, Germany is the record holder, whereby their last victory was six years ago. The Dutch team have been more successful recently. They have only managed to win four times in total at the Soers, but the Oranje team did win last year and in 2011. "Winning in Germany is particularly enjoyable," joked their national coach, Rob Ehrens.

    Canada has sent a team from the other side of the Atlantic to compete at the Soers for years already: Among others one can reckon with Eric Lamaze, who recently won the Grand Prix in Rome and La Baule, France will most probably be represented by Kevin Staut and Pénélope Leprevost. The Rolex World Cup winner Kent Farrington and Reed Kessler will no doubt be on board for the USA, whereas Switzerland will presumably be pinning their hopes on among others the Olympic gold medallist Steve Guerdat and Janika Sprunger, who came second in the Rolex Grand Prix last year. "We have a top-class entry field, commented Show Director, Frank Kemperman, who is particularly looking forward to the unique atmosphere: "A full house and a floodlit stadium – what more could we ask for."

    And it is not only going to be a special evening because of the atmosphere, since Mercedes-Benz, partner of the Nations' Cup at the CHIO Aachen, has been supporting the World Equestrian Festival for 60 years. "Of course we will also pay tribute to this exceptional partnership on the evening of the July 17th during the Nations' Cup 2014," stated Kemperman.

    10.06.2014 - New: CHIO Aachen Magazine

    On Friday the new CHIO Aachen Magazine will be hot off the press. With extraordinary photo shootings, reports and interviews it arouses curiosity for the coming World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen (July 11-20). The entire German dressage squad is shown in a different light: Instead of in a top hat and tails, the ladies in the team of the national coach, Monica Theodorescu, make a very convincing performance clad in magnificent dresses originating from the French Baroque period of the 17th Century: "The photo shooting was great fun, we had a lot of laughs. And I think the photos have turned out to be stunning," commented Theodorescu. Furthermore, the NRW Prime Minister Hannelore Kraft explains why she certainly won't forget her last visit to the CHIO Aachen and several special people reveal their personal opinions about the best equestrian event in the world.

    The magazine costs 6,50 euros. It is sold at the offices of the ALRV and on the grounds during the show. All information regarding subscriptions  (11.50 euros/year plus postage) is available per email via the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH: conny.muetze@chioaachen.de.

    26.05.2014 - New Top Level Sponsor

    The airline company Turkish Airlines has become a further Top Level Sponsor of the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen. This year, the famous major sports event is scheduled from July 11th-20th.

    "Europe's best airline fits in excellently with the consistent alignment of the CHIO Aachen as a strong international brand," explained Michael Mronz, General Manager of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH. In addition to the airline, Rolex, DHL and Mercedes-Benz are also Top Level Sponsors of the World Equestrian Festival. This international alignment relies on the close relationship with strong regional partners. As Top Level Sponsor, Turkish Airlines will be highly visible among others in the form of perimeter and obstacle advertising as well as taking on the role of sponsoring the famous jumping competition "Prize of Europe". Turkish Airlines was once again voted the best airline by the largest worldwide passenger survey "Skytrax".

    "We are delighted that we are going to be part of the CHIO Aachen, this worldwide renowned equestrian sport event, as sponsor of the "Prize of Europe" in future," commented Dr. Temel Kotil, Chief Executive Officer of Turkish Airlines. "The CHIO Aachen stands for the highest possible level of commitment and passion – two attributes that we also share here at Turkish Airlines. This partnership is a further expression of our commitment to top sporting performances."

    Around 360,000 spectators visit the traditional showgrounds at the Aachener Soers during the ten days of the show. 800 journalists cover the competitions, national TV broadcasts around 30 hours, the majority of which is live and TV coverage is transmitted in over 140 countries.


    25.05.2014 - Opening Ceremony: Test

    They flowed into the centre of the impressive arena from all four corners: In the main stadium of the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, children and adults from the "Dance Point" dance school in Aachen rehearsed for the Opening Ceremony. "It looked great," said Show Director, Frank Kemperman, highly satisfied with his approx. 150 performers.  However, Kemperman didn't want to reveal exactly what is being rehearsed under the direction of Sandra Mascheraux and Rico Grein. The mystery will be solved in 51 days' time at the latest, on Tuesday, July 15th at 4.40 p.m. Tickets are still available for the Opening Ceremony, which will be significantly characterised by this year's CHIO Aachen guest country, Switzerland. Tickets can be purchased online or from the ticket hotline on +49-(0)241-917-1111.

    Switzerland will present itself at the Opening Ceremony with countless horses and carriages, accompanied by traditional 'trychlers", alpine horn blowers and flag bearers. 40 Freibergers, these light cold-blooded horses that are considered to be the only original Swiss horse breed, will be presented in a big show. The National Stud will be sending its 7-in-hand driving team and the Bernese Dragoon, the mounted parade troop of the Canton of Bern, which is going to be a spectacular highlight. However, the people of Aachen traditionally take part in "their" CHIO. This year among others in the form of the dancers from "Dance Point".

    19.05.2014 - Dujardin and Valegro at the CHIO

    Charlotte Dujardin from Great Britain is two-time Olympic gold medallist, two-time European Champion, World Cup gold medallist, number one in the world rankings and world record holder in the three most difficult dressage competitions – and she will be participating at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen 2014. The CHIO Aachen visitors will be able to experience her live with her gelding, Valegro, the best dressage horse in the world at present.  In the ultra-modern and recently renovated and extended Deutsche Bank Stadium the duel is on between her and her ongoing German rival Helen Langehanenberg with Damon Hill. Valegro will be competing in Aachen for the first time.

    "It is a good job that we have just increased the capacity of the stadium by erecting a new stand," joked Show Director, Frank Kemperman.  As a result, there are even still tickets available for the Grand Prix, Prize of the Tesch Family and the Lambertz Nations' Cup on Thursday, at least at the moment. However, the stocks are already running short for the Meggle Prize, the Grand Prix Special, on Saturday, and the Deutsche Bank Prize, Grand Prix Freestyle on Sunday is almost completely sold out. Tickets can be purchased directly online at www.chioaachen.de/en/tickets or from the ticket hotline on +49(0)241-917-1111.

    15.05.2014 - Partner country: Grüezi Schwiiz!

    Switzerland is the official partner country of the CHIO Aachen 2014. "We are extremely looking forward to our Swiss riding comrades at the World Equestrian Festival," commented CHIO Aachen Show Director, Frank Kemperman. Together with Carl Meulenbergh, the President of the organisers, Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV), Kemperman presented the meanwhile 13th partner country.

    Traditionally, the partner country sets the scene for the entire show week at the Soers. The Swiss delegate will present itself with countless horses and carriages, accompanied by traditional "Trychlern", alpine horn players and flag bearers. 40 Freibergers, the light cold-blood horses, which are considered to be the only native Swiss horse breed, will take part in a big show parade. The national stud will be sending its 7-in-hand carriage team and the Bern Dragoon, the mounted parade troop from the Canton of Bern, will be in action. "Switzerland pure", said Carl Meulenbergh while presenting the partner country. He personally is particularly looking forward to the Simmentaler cows – after all Meulenbergh was an independent farmer, before moving into politics. Switzerland will particularly shape the Opening Ceremony on July 15. Tickets for this spectacular show are available online at www.chioaachen.de or from the hotline on +49-(0)241-917-1111).

    The Swiss themselves have good memories of the CHIO Aachen. Last year Janika Sprunger came second in the Rolex Grand Prix – narrowly beaten by the British rider, Nick Skelton. Previous to that, three Swiss riders succeeded in riding to victory in the world's most important jumping competition: Paul Weier (1973), Willi Melliger (1983) and most recently Markus Fuchs (2004). Switzerland has won the Mercedes-Benz Nations' Cup in Aachen five times. The Swiss squad is traditionally supported by many fans - this year it is going to be a few more.

    Furthermore, Switzerland is closely linked to the CHIO Aachen via the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. The alliance of the three major shows Aachen, Spruce Meadows and Geneva is a unique combination in the field of international equestrian sport. After his victory at the CSI Geneva, the Swiss rider, the Olympic gold medallist Steve Guerdat, has the chance to go down in history as the first rider to win the legendary Grand Slam. For Guerdat, Aachen is always something special: "Riders, who don't feel at home in Aachen, simply shouldn't ride there."

    Switzerland will not only be represented at the traditional Aachen Soers grounds in the show and supporting programme. Traditional specialities as well as exciting activities and events also await the CHIO Aachen visitors in the Swiss Village.

    09.05.2014 - Havens is horse feed supplier

    The right mixture is what does it: Havens is the official horse feed supplier of the FEI European Championships Aachen 2015, which are to be staged in the Emperor's City from August 11-23. The international equestrian sport will meet one of Europe's leading manufacturers of horse feed at these prestigious Championships. A perfect symbiosis: Because all of the horses competing in the five disciplines jumping, dressage, reining, driving and vaulting will be fed with high-quality pellets and muesli – around the clock. "After the good experiences we made during the World Equestrian Games in the year 2006 and at the annual CHIO Aachen event, we are delighted that we are now going to be part of such a fantastic event as the European Championships. This partnership underpins our aim of advancing into becoming the biggest horse feed manufacturer in Europe," stated Joris Kaanen, CEO of Havens Pferdefutter. Havens have been the official feed suppliers of the CHIO Aachen since 2004. In the meantime, the horse feed manufacturer also lends its name to the "HAVENS Pferdefutter Prize" as the sponsor of this dressage competition, a Grand Prix CDI, which is staged during the World Equestrian Festival. Frank Kemperman, Chairman of the organisers of the European Championships, the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e. V., is very pleased about the continued collaboration: "We have working closely together with the company Havens for years. The participants of the CHIO know that we provide them with top feed products year after year. They can now look forward to the accustomed quality during the European Championships."

    The Dutch feed manufacturers Havens, whose headquarters are in Maashees, look back on over 150 years of experience, the foundation for the company was laid in 1845. Havens Pferdefutter sells its products, which are exclusively made out vegetable and 100% natural raw materials, in more than 50 countries worldwide. All of Havens fodder mixes comply with the current GMPs and HACCP guidelines for the production of fodder, which guarantee the high quality of animal feed. The European Championships in Aachen are a further milestone in the company history of Havens. And once again during this major event that runs for two weeks, the needs of the horses, who require a high supply of energy and vitamins, will be paramount: "The European Championships 2015 offers us the perfect podium to promote our top performance feeds to Europe's best riders and breeders" added Kaanen.




    05.05.2014 - CHIO Director at „Kouche än Mulle“

    Sea bass tatar, "broken" egg with truffles on baked prawns as well as pork jowls with fried asparagus on potato Carpaccio: It is a well-known fact that the star chef Christof Lang can cook. But now he also proved that he is a fantastic entertainer in the third edition of "Kouche än mulle". This time the Erholungs-Gesellschaft Aachen had invited CHIO Aachen's Show Director Frank Kemperman to cook and chat.

    Christof Lang was well prepared and in front of 100 guests he posed intelligent questions on the equestrian sport in general and specifically on the CHIO.  In top spirits as usual, Kemperman explained among others how he got involved in the equestrian sport, what makes the CHIO such a unique event and what happens behind the scenes at riding stables. A good mixture between serious entertainment, amusing anecdotes and helpful tips about cooking turn the event into an interesting and entertaining evening. Even if Lang can't turn a moped into a racing car: "It is fun chatting to you, Christof – but I haven't got a clue about cooking!" Kemperman said laughing.

    Questions addressed to the two protagonists as well as taking a look over the star chef's shoulder were on the evening's menu: As Christof Lang showed how to make poached eggs, the guests were on the edges of their seats.  Since Frank Kemperman and Christof Lang couldn't cook for all of the guests, the catering company Event Probat had once again this year prepared the dishes according to Lang's instructions. However, the staff didn't serve the food: Due to the huge success of the last two events, the male guests were allowed to take on the role of waiters again and each served one course.

    It was a special pleasure for Christof Lang to cook with Frank Kemperman: "As a child I used to visit the "Tschio" with the school. Furthermore, I used to live in the Ludwigsallee – so the show was always very present in my life. I am pleased and proud that Aachen has an event like the CHIO!"

    Once again this year, the proceeds from the evening are being donated to a good cause. "Kouche än mulle" actually means spending a pleasant evening with nice guests, but for us the charity concept is also very important," commented Sven Franke from the company, Erholungsgesellschaft. The revenue from this year's event is being donated to the Kohlshof Riding Therapy Centre. This was Frank Kemperman's idea: "Therapeutic riding is a good thing, the CHIO has been supporting the centre for years. They help people, who are not having such a good time as we all are this evening," explained the CHIO Show Director.

    16.04.2014 - Reduced-price with Aachen-Pass

    With immediate effect the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein (ALRV) is offering people with low incomes reduced-price tickets for the jumping competitions of the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen (July 11th-20th, 2014). The tickets are available from the ALRV Offices, Albert-Servais-Allee 50, 52070 Aachen on presentation of the so-called “Aachen-Pass”. “The CHIO Aachen is a folk festival for everyone," explained Show Director, Frank Kemperman. “It has therefore been a matter of course for us for years that equestrian sport fans, who are financially handicapped, should also be given the opportunity visit the stadium live.”

    The specially priced tickets can be purchased exclusively from the ALRV Offices up until June 20th:

    Tickets for the jumping competitions in the Main Stadium on Tuesday (July 15th), Wednesday (July 16th) and Friday (July 18th) each cost five euros for the AachenMünchener Stand and the NetAachen stand, and tickets for the non-covered stand cost three euros. Standing room tickets are even up for grabs for two euros.

    Opening Hours of the Ticket Centre:
    Mo.-Fr. 9 am to 5 pm
    Sat. 10 am to 2 pm

    Tel.: +49-(0)241-917-1111

    09.04.2014 - General Meeting of the ALRV

    Dr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, was appointed an Honorary Member at this year's General Meeting of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV). The long-standing sport official was a member of the ALRV Advisory Board from 2006 to 2013.

    Shortly before, ALRV's President Carl Meulenbergh made reference to the huge success of the CHIO Aachen 2013, stating that last year the event once again succeeded in satisfying its own demands and those of the national and international fans and competitors. He added that with Denmark as its partner country and the attendance of the Danish Royal family, the CHIO Aachen had been "ennobled". Meulenbergh stressed that the innovation initiative that began several years ago is still ongoing. The "digital CHIO" not only allows the communication with the fans in diverse ways, but also demonstrates that the event has long since arrived in the digital world. Furthermore, Meulenbergh assured that he is pleased and proud that ALRV won the bid to stage the FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 – which boasting five disciplines in one location – is presenting itself in a unique format. He is convinced that next year a wonderful festival will be celebrated at the Aachener Soers again.

    After giving a review on the sporting highlights of the CHIO 2013, the Chairman and Show Director, Frank Kemperman, presented an overview of the CHIO Aachen 2014, which begins in 93 days. Furthermore, he informed the members about the current construction work. He stated that he is delighted that the club is able to invest – not "only" for the European Championships, but also sustainably for the CHIOs of the future. Concerning the construction measures, he mentioned in addition to the new grandstand in the Deutsche Bank Stadium, also the renovation of the Aachen-Münchener Stand in the Main Stadium, innovations in the stable area and the building of new toilet facilities. The entire grounds are additionally to be made more accessible for the disabled. Kemperman stressed that the ticket sales for both the coming CHIO Aachen 2014 and the European Championships 2015 are already going very well. "We have already sold approximately one third of the tickets for 2015," said Kemperman.

    The following ALRV members were distinguished for their loyalty to the club by ALRV President, Carl Meulenbergh: Wolfgang Müller (50 years), Heinz Dittmann, Friedbert Haak, Georg Karl Helg, Ursula Pechtold, Franz-Josef Schaffrath (all 40 years), Harald Bourseaux, Bernd Carl, Ralf Dobro, Josef Drießen, Lilo Everts, Maria Haugg, Peter Offermanns, Brigitte Vankann, Manfred W. Wagener (all 25 years)

    27.03.2014 - 500 days to go

    Tens of thousands of equestrian sport fans at the jumping and dressage competitions in the main stadium, an ecstatic atmosphere during the reining and vaulting in the then covered dressage stadium and spectacular four-in-hand teams on the marathon course: The FEI European Championships in five equestrian sport disciplines from August 11th-23rd, 2015 are eagerly awaited. On Saturday, there are precisely 500 days to go before the European Championships start.

    The recollections of the fantastic 2006 World Championships in Aachen were omnipresent as the organisers presented their concept for the European Championships in Aachen. This is no surprise since what distinguished the event seven years ago, also applies for the 2015 European Championships: Several disciplines will be staged at one location.

    “The heart of the equestrian sport beats in Aachen. Where else could the next chapter in the history of equestrian sport be written, if not here at the traditional showgrounds at the Soers?” asked Carl Meulenbergh, President of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V., organisers of the Championships. The Show Director, Frank Kemperman, not only presented the programme (details are available at www.aachen2015.de), he also informed the public that although it is not a European Championship discipline – the best eventers will also be travelling to Aachen. “The riders definitely want to compete in Aachen again, which led to our decision to stage a competition including a Nations Cup,” stated Kemperman. He also presented the comprehensive construction measures. The most visible element of which is the construction of a new stand in the Deutsche Bank Stadium. Furthermore, the dressage training areas are to be expanded, parts of the stands in the main stadium are being refurbished and renovated, a new stable building is being erected and the entire grounds will be further adapted to meet the needs of the disabled. Furthermore, considerable sums are being invested in the IT infrastructure, among others in order to be able to offer the visitors of the CHIO and European Championships a free Wi-Fi service.

    There is high demand for tickets: “Of course we were anticipating huge interest being shown, but the fact that the season tickets are already sold-out even took us by surprise,” commented Michael Mronz, like Frank Kemperman OC member of the European Championships Aachen 2015. Around 30 percent of all tickets have already been sold. Tickets can be ordered at www.aachen2015.de or via the ticket hotline (+49-(241-917-1111).

    Approx. 450,000 spectators are expected at the Soers. The budget is 24 million Euros, the total prize-money amounts to approx. 1.76 million Euros. And there is great interest on the sponsor front: “the fact that we have already signed contracts with many partners, including among others Deutsche Bank and Rolex, underlines the huge importance of the European Championships in Aachen,” stated Mronz.

    A comprehensive social media campaign will accompany the equestrian sport fans on the way to the European Championships. In addition, the organisers will hugely expand the existing digital offer including among others the development of an own app for smartphones.

    Aachen’ Lord Mayor, Marcel Philipp, promised that Aachen‘s citizens will turn the European Championships into “their” European Championships. There is not only going to be an extensive cultural programme, but also the Medal Award Ceremony at the market square, which we are familiar with from the 2006 World Championships, will be staged again. The European Championships will be promoted across the cityscape in all sorts of ways, “Aachen is going to be a likeable host,” said Marcel Philipp.

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