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CHIO Aachen: Ijsbrand Chardon winner across the board at the CHIO 2018

The Dutch four-in-hand driver, Ijsbrand Chardon’s first victory…


The Dutch four-in-hand driver, Ijsbrand Chardon’s first victory at the CHIO Aachen was 31 years ago, the last victory ten years ago. His time had come again this year. Chardon not only won the individual classification in the Prize of the Richard Talbot Family, but also the obstacle driving competition, the Prize of the Heitkamp & Thumann Group, as well as the Nations Cup team classification together with his son Bram and Koos de Ronde.

 

Ijsbrand Chardon won’t forget this CHIO Aachen in a hurry. With today’s only clear round in the obstacle driving competition, the Prize of the Heitkamp & Thumann Group, Chardon perfected his victory in the overall classification of the CAIO. The obstacle driving competition was very tricky. Chardon not only demonstrated his driving skills by reaching the finish line in a time of 105.46, but also the fact that he has nerves of steel. Georg von Stein (109.19) came second in this competition, followed by the Belgian driver Edouard Simonet (110.04). The fourth and fifth places of the two German riders, Mareike Harm and Anna Sandmann, were also noteworth. The latter, the daughter of Christoph Sandmann, one of Germany’s top drivers, is pretty new to the four-in-hand driving sport and after receiving a wild card to compete in Aachen from the organisers put in an excellent performance.

 

Prize of the Richard Talbot Family

 

Apropos newcomers – a further one in Aachen is Ijsbrand Chardon’s son Bram. The 25-year-old has already won four-in-hand driving competitions but had never competed in Aachen before and had stated in the run-up to the show that he wanted to come under the top ten. “But we also have the potential to make it under the top five,” the Dutch driver stated before today’s final. Indeed, he ultimately came third in the individual classification on a total score of 165.51 minus points behind his father in first place (157.87) and the Australian driver Boyd Exell (158.82). Exell could even allow himself to pick up four faults in the concluding obstacle driving class and still retain the overall victory, but in fact two balls fell, so he had to make do with second place.

 

Exell didn’t compete in the winning round of the Prize of Heitkamp & Thumann Group. He stepped down voluntarily because his broken ankle was causing him some pain: “I wouldn’t have thought it, but I am tired! One needs one’s leg more than one imagines…!”

 

Eleventh Nations Cup victory in succession

 

The Dutch team more or less hold the patent for the victory in the Nations Cup in Aachen: It was their eleventh victory in a row. The Oranje drivers finished on a total score of 319.8 minus points (Ijsbrand Chardon, Bram Chardon, Koos de Ronde) and left the German team (Michael Brauchle, Mareike Harm, Georg von Stein) trailing behind on a score of 341.26 minus points. Third place went to the Belgian team (Dries Degrieck, Glenn Geerts, Edouard Simonet/353.95 minus points.

CHIO Aachen: Oranje drivers excel in the Prize of the schwartz GmbH

There is no way past the Dutch team…


There is no way past the Dutch team at the CHIO Aachen 2018. The four-in-hand drivers from the neighbouring country claimed all three top places in the Marathon competition, the Prize of the schwartz GmbH today and are still in the lead in the Nations Cup.

 

Koos de Ronde is a strong Marathon driver and he did his reputation justice today by finishing on a score of 110.77 minus points. Second and third place went to the father/son duo Bram and Ijsbrand Chardon. Whereby achieving a score of 113.54 minus points, the junior beat his father again. Ijsbrand Chardon’s score was 114.98 minus points. Yesterday, after his victory in the obstacle driving competition, Bram Chardon had explained that he was well-prepared for the challenges of today’s Marathon competition in Aachen – the first in his life. He certainly had promised too much there.

 

The Netherlands are heading the field in the team classification with 312.80 minus points, ahead of Germany (329.140) and Belgium (334.010). Georg von Stein was the best German driver in the cross-country test today, finishing in fourth place on a score of 115.74 minus points. Michael Brauchle came ninth (118.72). Mareike Harm was the strike result (16th/132.88).

 

In the overall classification of the Prize of the Richard Talbot Family, Boyd Exell is still in the lead with his broken ankle. He wasn’t quite as quick in the Marathon as usual, but nevertheless succeeded in coming seventh. As to whether he was in pain, he answered: “You don’t feel pain in the Marathon!” Only the tough carries belong on the carriages!

Ijsbrand and Bram Chardon are close at his heels in the individual classification. At least the father has got the trousers on here. Boyd Exell interim score is 152.13 minus points, Ijsbrand Chardon’s is 157.87 and Bram Chardon’s is 159.14.

 

Today’s Marathon of the Prize of the schwartz GmbH was not only a challenge for somebody with a broken foot! Mid-summer temperatures demanded excellent condition and there were so many spectators on the track this morning that for the first time ever ticket sales had to be stopped. The drivers are in agreement here: Aachen is in a class of its own! The many spectators makes it more difficult for the horses to concentrate. As Michael Brauchle put it, whose team was handicapped by injuries: “It doesn’t suffice in Aachen to drive 80 percent. One has to give 100 percent here!”

CHIO Aachen: Prize of Handwerk “absolutely amazing” for Mettmann District Association

The Mettmann District Association celebrate a victory at…


The Mettmann District Association celebrate a victory at the first attempt in the Prize of Handwerk, the Quadrille Championships at the CHIO Aachen. How does that feel? “Absolutely amazing!”

 

One could say the house rocked when Iris Charles with La Lutzi, Chantal van de Griend with Lord Niro, Patricia Knell with Fürst Finaldo and Stephanie Knell with Don Giovann under the aegis of Marco Schmid celebrated a quadrille at medium level in stylish green glitter top and tails, which the international jury of five-star judges awarded a score of 18.7 points (A-score 8.9, B-score 9.8) which is otherwise only reserved for Isabell Werth and the likes. Iris Charles summed it up concisely: “That was absolutely fantastic!”

 

The riders from the Düren District Association directed by Sabine Fuchs followed in a close second place on a score of 18.6: Anne Schagen/Sambalero, Rebecca Ida Winkler/Rockadinho, Svenja Wolf with Dior and Deborah Zester/Remington D.

 

Third place went to the quartet from Krefeld Angela Bißels/Faunus, Christina Dahl/Las Vegas, Nicole Louven/Laurino and Iris Rommerskirchen/Danoni, who were presented by Tanja Liepack (18 points).

First victory in Aachen for Chardon Junior in the Obstacle Driving Competition

The four-in-hand driver, Bram Chardon, the son of…


The four-in-hand driver, Bram Chardon, the son of legendary Dutch driver, Ijsbrand Chardon, is just 25 years old. And has been a regular guest at the CHIO Aachen for almost as long. But he is actually sitting on the carriage for the first time this year. And promptly claimed his first victory.

 

The Obstacle Driving Competition, where the drivers can choose their own course through the obstacles, was on the agenda for the four-in-hand drivers today. Depending on the degree of difficulty there is a fixed amount of points for successfully passing through the obstacles. The driver with the most points and the fastest time wins.

 

Today that was the Dutch driver, Bram Chardon, on his CHIO Aachen debut. “I was pleased with how everything went over the last two days,” explained the tall young man, who is currently heading the field in the Nations Cup classification with his fellow team members, father Ijsbrand and Koos de Ronde. “It is a dream come true for me to be able to compete here in Aachen. And then to enter the Main Stadium with the white blanket this afternoon is already a huge success for me!”

But the CHIO Aachen is not over yet. Tomorrow, they will set off across the cross-country course in the Marathon competition. Bram Chardon said: “I am well-prepared, but the Marathon in Aachen is different to anywhere else. The crowds of people, the atmosphere, that makes it more difficult to concentrate. Especially since the horses have to give their very best five days in a row. But today’s team is also competing in the Marathon tomorrow and in the obstacle driving on Sunday. That gives me security. Apart from that I think I have prepared myself well and I have the feeling that we are ready for Aachen.”

Bram’s father, Ijsbrand Chardon, came fifth today. His son was his groom up until last year. “In the meantime it is a real battle between papa and me. But we are still a team, walk the courses together and develop our strategy together.”

 

Mareike Harm came a close second for Germany. A ball fell at a decisive obstacle. Otherwise she would have won. “It would have been fantastic, if the ball hadn’t have fallen,” the driver from Schleswig-Holstein stated. “But we are happy nevertheless!”

 

Third place behind Mareike Harm went to the driver from Hungary, József Dobrovitz, followed by Koos de Ronde (NED), Ijsbrand Chardon (NED), Glenn Geerts (BEL) and Benjamin Aillaud (FRA). The two-time dressage winner Boyd Exell (AUS) “only” came eighth.

CHIO Aachen: Exell overwhelms in the Prize of the Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG, the Netherlands in the lead in the Nations Cup

He may have broken his ankle, but the…


He may have broken his ankle, but the Australian driver, Boyd Exell, was and still is in a league of his own among the four-in-hand drivers. He impressively demonstrated this again today in the dressage competition of the Prize of the Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG.

 

Boyd Exell can concentrate on not overstraining he injured ankle on Saturday during the Marathon. He won the Prize of the Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG – which is also the first leg of the individual classification in the Prize of the Richard Talbot Family – with a score of 34.68 minus points. That gives him a comfortable lead ahead of the French driver, Benjamin Aillaud (41.29), who succeeded in relegating the co-favourite, Chester Weber (USA/42.18), into third place.

 

At the end of June, Exell landed unfortunately when jumping down from the coach box and broke his right ankle. Because he didn’t want to miss Aachen, he had his carriage converted so that he can brake with his left foot instead.

 

Team Classification

 

The Dutch have been unbeatable in the Nations Cup at the CHIO Aachen since 2007. And after the dressage competition in the Prize of the Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG, in other words the first of three classes, the father and son duo, Ijsbrand and Bram Chardon, together with Koos de Ronde are on the road to success again. The Dutch team is currently heading the field on a score of 88.49 minus points ahead of Germany (94.68) and France (95.68).

 

From a German point of view second place is a huge success. The team comprises of the three drivers who took the European Championship title in 2015: Michael Brauchle, Georg von Stein and Mareike Harm. The latter delivered the best team result after finishing on a score of 45.13 minus points (6th place). Georg von Stein was awarded 49.55 minus points (8th place) and Michael Brauchle was the scratch score (58.93/19th place).

“We received two dressage scores with a 4 at the front, that was what we have always be striving for,” commented the delighted national coach, Karl-Heinz Geiger, who also has two individual drivers under his wing, namely Christoph Sandmann and his just 22-year-old daughter Anna, who is a real newcomer to the four-in-hand driving sport and who is competing in Aachen for the first time. After putting in two solid performances, the two “Sandmänner” finished 11th (50.97) and 14th (52.44) respectively in the individual classification.

CHIO Aachen: Boyd Exell drives to victory in the Prize of the Firma Horsch, Der Entsorger with a broken ankle

The dressage test was first on the agenda…


The dressage test was first on the agenda for the four-in-hand drivers in the Prize of the Firma Horsch, Der Entsorger today. The Australian driver, Boyd Exell, was once again unbeatable – in spite of a broken ankle.

 

The four-in-hand driver from Australia, Boyd Exell, is competing with a handicap at the CHIO Aachen this year. At the end of June, he landed unfortunately when jumping down from the coach box and broke his right ankle. But he didn’t want to miss Aachen. So he converted his carriage so that he can brake with his left foot instead, and now he is here. He has won the overall classification seven times since 2009. In 2014, he had to make do with second place and there weren’t any driving competitions in 2015.

And this year? With a broken ankle? It certainly didn’t stop him from taking the victory today. Boyd Exell won the opening class in the driving competitions, the dressage competition, in the Prize of the company Horsch, Der Entsorger, which doesn’t count towards the overall classification, with a big lead. Exell finished on a score of 34.18 minus points, the team in second place was awarded a score of 42.82 minus points. The latter was driven by Chester Weber from the USA – incidentally the only driver that has succeeded in beating Exell once at the CAIO Aachen in recent years. That was in 2014. Third place went to the driver from the Netherlands, Ijsbrand Chardon, with a score of 43.71 minus points.

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