Topic of the day
Today, the absolute highlights of the CHIO Aachen, the Rolex Grand Prix and the Deutsche Bank Prize are on the agenda. Who will have their names engraved on the legendary winners’ board?
What a finale: At 2 p.m. the first participants will ride into the ring of the famous Rolex Grand Prix. It is going to be thrilling! Because only the best riders of the CHIO Aachen 2023 are allowed to take part in this magnificent event. And they will be giving it their best shot. Why? Because this jumping class is not only one of the most demanding in the world, it is also endowed with 1.5 million Euros in prize-money. The Rolex Grand Prix is at the same time part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, which unites four of the best shows in the world via a spectacular bonus system: The CHIO Aachen, the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’, the CHI Geneva and The Dutch Masters. Whichever rider wins three shows back-to-back, receives one million Euros in addition to the prize-money. Scott Brash (GBR) is the only rider, who has pulled off this feat so far. But today one further rider finally has the chance to write history. So, all eyes will be on McLain Ward. After his victories at the “CHI Geneva” and at “The Dutch Masters”, the US American rider is travelling to Aachen as the contender for the “Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping”. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of this prestigious series that celebrated its premiere at the Soers in Aachen in 2013, Ward has the prospect of winning the most coveted trophy on the international equestrian sport circuit. He has to claim the victory in the Rolex Grand Prix that is endowed with 1.5 million Euros to do so – however the two Swiss top stars, Martin Fuchs and Steve Guerdat, also want a say in the matter, alongside the Olympic gold medallist, Ben Maher (GBR); Simon Delestre from France and last year’s winner, Gerrit Nieberg (GER). Daniel Deußer (GER) is another rider, who has the chance to pick up a bonus. As winner of the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ in 2022, the German rider has the opportunity to collect a 250,000-Euro bonus in Aachen for two non-consecutive victories within his Grand Slam cycle.
However, it won’t only be possible to experience world-class sport in the Main Stadium, but also a few metres away in the Deutsche Bank Stadium, which is where from 10 a.m. onwards the decision in the Deutsche Bank Prize will fall. The line-up includes the double Olympic gold medallist, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, who has pretty much won every title that has been up for grabs over the past years. Only an entry on the legendary winners’ board in Aachen is missing from the 37-year-old’s list of victories. To ensure she can have her name engraved on that famous board, she has to triumph in the Deutsche Bank Prize, of course. The recently crowned German Champion in the Grand Prix Spéciale and Freestyle is however up against strong competition here: For example, from her fellow countrywoman, the most successful rider in the world, Isabell Werth, who will be saddling DSP Quantaz. Isabell’s name already decorates the notorious winners’ board 14 times, which is an absolute record! The favourites also include two riders from Great Britain, this year’s partner country of the CHIO Aachen 2023: The double World Champion, Charlotte Fry, and the three-time Olympic gold medallist, Charlotte Dujardin.