CHIO Aachen 2024: Supporting therapeutic riding is a matter of honour

The “Moments of Luck” charity cooperation between the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein (ALRV) and the German Curatorship for Therapeutic Riding (DKThR) in aid of therapeutic riding and riding for the disabled has been an integral part of the World Equestrian Festival since 1999. Following tradition, donations will be collected once again this year during Soers Sunday. The entire proceeds will be donated to the campaign.

The ALRV makes a clear statement for inclusion with its long-standing cooperation with the DKThR. Every person is quite naturally included in everything at the CHIO Aachen – whether they have a disability or not. Everyone is allowed to take part, everyone can interact if they want to. Social contacts are promoted here and participation is lived out.


Therapeutic riding and riding for the disabled are offered a stage in Aachen year after year. The CHIO visitors can experience up close the effect horses have on people. In addition to relief, promotion and prevention, horses bestow courage and joie de vivre.


The campaign kicks off with the collection during the Ecumenical Service in the Deutsche Bank Stadium on Soers Sunday, the official Open Day (June 30th, starting at 11.30 a.m.), announced by Jaycen Schlesinger. The 16-year-old was born with Down Syndrome and his love for horses developed before he was even able to walk. At birth he was given the pony “Glücksbär“ (Lucky Bear). The two of them are meanwhile inseparable and have become real stars on Instagram and serve as role models for an entire community.


During the afternoon programme, at around 1.40 p.m. the agenda continues on the big jumping warm-up arena with “Therapeutic Riding in the land of unlimited opportunities.” As “Moments of Luck” the therapy centres from the region of Aachen will present themselves and their work. On board: Lohner Hof Riding & Therapy Centre (Eschweiler), Abenteuerland Riding Therapy Centre (Stolberg), Rattenhaus Riding School (Eynatten/Belgium) and Kid`s auf Trab, Centre for Therapeutic Riding (Stolberg).


The team of the DKThR looks forward to plenty of visitors throughout the whole of Soers Sunday at the donation and information desk near to the main entrance. Beyond this, donation boxes will be on display at the CHIO info desks throughout the whole week of the show.


Half of the donations that are collected in the scope of the “Moments of Luck” charity campaign will go to the German Curatorship for Therapeutic Riding and will be implemented for the association’s Children Support Fund. The rest will be divided up between the four curatorship-approved therapy centres in and around Aachen.


The DKThR is a non-profit making association for the promotion of therapeutic riding (horse-based therapy, support and sport). It has been the key point of contact for all questions on this topic for over 50 years and is the oldest association of its kind in the world.


For further information see: www.dkthr.de


The photo shows a presentation of the Lohner Hof Riding and Therapy Centre at the Soers Sunday 2023 (Photo: CHIO Aachen/Andreas Steindl).

The photo shows a presentation of the Lohner Hof Riding and Therapy Centre at the Soers Sunday 2023 (Photo: CHIO Aachen/Andreas Steindl).