CHIO Aachen: 25 years of the “Moments of Luck” donation campaign in aid of therapeutic riding

Aachen/Warendorf. 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 running for 25 years and it goes without saying that it is part of the World Equestrian Festival again this year .

The ALRV sets a clear signal for inclusion with its long-standing cooperation with the DKThR . Every person is quite naturally included in everything at the CHIO. Everyone is allowed to take part, everyone can interact if they want to. Whether people with or without disabilities. Social contact is promoted and taking part lived out.


Therapeutic riding and riding for the disabled are offered a stage year after year. The CHIO visitors can experience close-up what effect horses have on people. In addition to relief, support and prevention, horses bestow courage and joie de vivre. Furthermore, donations are collected annually and the campaign feels the benefit of the full amount.


The campaign kicks off with a collection during the Ecumenical Service in the Deutsche Bank Stadium (Begins at 11.30 a.m.) on Soers Sunday, the traditional Open Day (June 25th). Uwe Schulte, A protestant parson from Iserlohn, on-site in his capacity as a family man, will report about his experiences with the horse-based therapy.


Then, during the afternoon programme, at around 1.40 p.m. the agenda continues on the big jumping warm-up arena with “All you need is love”. As “Moments of Luck”, the therapy centres from the region of Aachen have chosen this motto of the Beatles to 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 para equestrian sport will also be represented by the aspiring young dressage rider, Johanna Hubert (Herzogenrath).


The DKThR team will be looking forward to plenty of visitors throughout the whole of Soers Sunday at the donation and info desk near to the main entrance, where a hobby horsing course will be set up for the youngest visitors. They can get themselves fit for Soers Sunday on hobby horses.


But beyond Soers Sunday, 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 used for the association’s Children Support Fund. The rest will be divided up between the four curatorship-approved therapy centres in the Aachen region.


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.

The photo shows a programme item on therapeutic riding at Soers Sunday. Photo: CHIO Aachen/Andreas Steindl

The photo shows a programme item on therapeutic riding at Soers Sunday. Photo: CHIO Aachen/Andreas Steindl