Sweden is the partner country

Sweden and the Swedish Equestrian Federation are the partners of the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen 2016.

Her Majesty Silvia of Sweden will visit the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 as patron of the Swedish delegation.


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The partner countries enjoy a long tradition at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen. With Sweden as this year’s partner country, the visitors, athletes and organisers can look forward to special guests for the 14th time.

“We are delighted to be the official partner country of the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen 2016. It is a great honour for us and also a good opportunity to further strengthen our excellent relations with Germany. The Swedish Embassy would like to contribute to a presentation of Sweden in all its cultural and economic diversity,” says the Swedish Ambassador in Germany, Lars Danielsson. “We are very proud that H.M. Queen Silvia supports our involvement as Swedish horse industry has so much to offer the international market,” says Ulf Brömster, President of the Swedish Equestrian Federation. Among others, the Swedish guests will present themselves at the showgrounds in the “Svensk-byn” – the Swedish Village. “Our aim is to present Swedish Equestrian sport and industry, our culture and our country in the best possible way. CHIO Aachen draws visitors from all over the world and is a fantastic possibility to exchange experiences and make new contacts,” says Ulf Brömster. As the official partner country, Sweden will be personally present at the showgrounds, but also in the city: On Monday, July 11th, the traditional reception of the partner country will take place at the market square in Aachen.



“The partner countries always create a special atmosphere at the CHIO,” commented Frank Kemperman, Chairman of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV), organisers of the event. “Sweden has so much to offer – both as a sporting nation as well as a tourist destination. Sweden and Germany have been linked by close economic and cultural ties for many years, so it was a logical move to invite Sweden to be the partner country,” continued Kemperman. He is, of course, particularly looking forward to the royal visit: “The fact that her Royal Highness Queen Silvia will be coming to Aachen, underlines the great international significance that the CHIO Aachen enjoys.” After the huge success of the Opening Ceremony of the European Championships last year, the Opening Ceremony of the CHIO Aachen 2016 is also going to be a spectacular floodlit event. “This wonderfully special atmosphere will provide unforgettable moments,” stated Frank Kemperman. Tickets for the royal Opening Ceremony are available from the hotline on +49-(0)241-917-1111 or online.