The Silver Camera goes to Libby Law

Cheering can be so nice! Even when captured…

Cheering can be so nice! Even when captured on a photograph, one can still feel the short moment of triumph, the second in which one knows: Mission accomplished! One has reached the top! The photographer from New Zealand, Libby Law, perfectly captured such a moment. She convinced the jury with her entry and was delighted to win first place in this year’s edition of the media prize, the ‘Silver Camera’. On Saturday evening (July 22nd) she was presented with the coveted media award in the Main Stadium after the Final of the Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup at the CHIO Aachen, together with the runners-up Arnd Bronkhorst (NED) and Eric Knoll (FRA), who came second and third respectively. When Law’s victory was announced by the stadium commentator, she had every reason to cheer and had to wipe away the odd tear.

The prizes were awarded by Hubert Herpers, board member of the Rheinischer Sparkassen & Giroverband, and Wolfgang Mainz, Advisory Board member of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V.

The famous media prize for the best equestrian photo of the year is jointly conferred annually by the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V., the Sparkasse Aachen and the Rheinischer Sparkassen- & Giroverband. The winner receives prize-money to the value of 2,500 Euros, second place picks up 1,000 Euros and third place 500 Euros.

This year the jury comprised of Christophe Bricot (last year’s winner), Rob Ehrens (national coach of the Dutch show-jumpers), Andreas Müller (Executive Director of the Zeitungsverlag Aachen), Erich Timmermanns (Director Advertising & PR, Sparkasse Aachen) and Frank Kemperman (Chairman of the ALRV). They were faced with the difficult task of selecting the best equestrian sport photo from among the 101 entries submitted by photographers from all over the world.

Christian Ahlmann fastes in the jumping competition with a winning round

After taking second place in the Prize of…

After taking second place in the Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia Christian Ahlmann was almost more or less consoled with a weekend at Aachen that he had so much looked forward but which got off to a bad start. Today, he has plenty of reason to cheer again.

Ahlmann rode his Zangersheider-bred Caribis Z who has been consistently successful over the past months to victory in the jumping competition with a winning round in a time of just 44.33 seconds. He was followed by the Swiss Olympic gold-medallist, Steve Guerdat, in second place with the Selle Francais mare, Ulysse des Forets (0/44.54 seconds). Ireland’s speed specialist, Bertram Allen, finished third with his 13-year-old Kannan daughter, Molly Malone V (0/44.81).

Ahlmann was not the only German rider to be placed in the competition. Laura Klaphake came eighth with Silverstone G (4/46.23), Christian Kukuk finished ninth with Limonchello NT (4/46.23) and Felix Haßmann came tenth with Balzaci (4/46.96).


Prize of the Liselott and Klaus Rheinberger Foundation – Anne Meulendijks scores a hat trick in the U25 Tour Anne Meulendijks travelled to

Aachen from the CHIO partner country in 2017…

Aachen from the CHIO partner country in 2017 as the Dutch Champion and with high expectations for the U25 dressage tour, the Prize of the Liselott and Klaus Rheinberger Foundation. Her high expectations were totally justified.

She participated in three competitions and won all three as well as claiming the title in the premiere of the U25 Dressage Nations’ Cup. More was certainly not possible for the 23-year-old Anne Meulendijks, on her first appearance at the Soers. Riding her 12-year-old United son, MDH Avanti, she put in a superior performance in the freestyle today, the Final of the U25 Tour, claiming a score of 78.20 percent.

Meulendijks and Avanti have already been a successful team for years. In 2013, they claimed team gold and fourth place in the individual classification at the European Championships of the Young Riders in Compiègne. In 2014, she picked up team silver and gold in the individual classification. The following year she moved into the U25 age group and has been rushing from victory to victory ever since. Today, she celebrated her eleventh victory in succession over the past months.

Second place in Aachen went to the just 19-year-old Juan Matute Guimon with Don Diego Ymas. The Spanish rider who is a very sensitive rider caught the public’s attention overnight in 2015 when he won the Freestyle at the European Championships of the Juniors in Vidauban. So the freestyle is obviously his strength. Today, the judges rewarded his performance with a score of 75.90 percent.

An eternal rival of the winner and her team colleague, Maxime van der Vlist, came third with Bailey. The pair came second in both of the previous competitions of the U25 Tour at the Soers (75.150). Today, however they were beaten by the Spanish rider.

The German trio ranked fifth, sixth and eleventh. Bianca Nowag was delighted at coming fifth with her former U21 European Champion in the Freestyle, the Fidermark daughter, Fair Play BB (72.225), followed by Juliette Piotrowski with Sir Diamond (70.975), and Lisa-Maria Klössinger and FBW Daktari (11th, 70.425).


XXXL Pallen Marathon goes to Christoph Sandmann and the “ideal team”

The XXXL Pallen Marathon course was tough! The…

The XXXL Pallen Marathon course was tough! The opinions of the four-in-hand drivers were unanimous here. The Germany driver Christoph Sandmann and his team mastered the course the bests. Germany was able to significantly improve its standing in the Nations’ Cup classification. The rankings in the Prize of the Richard Talbot Family is unchanged.

Eight obstacles awaited the drivers and their teams. They first had to complete the roads and tracks phase beforehand, which itself was demanding for the horses. And the obstacles in Aachen are no easy task either. The times that the drivers need to complete the obstacles are decisive for the scores. The times are namely converted into penalty points so that the driver with the least points wins. Today, this was Christoph Sandmann, who had harnessed the same four horses in Aachen with whom he won the German Championships in Riesenbeck. “The ideal team in the Marathon,” praised Karl-Heinz Geigerl, the national coach.

Christoph Sandmann stated that he had had to drive an unplanned circle at the last obstacle. But in spite of this, his overall time of seven minutes and 25.36 seconds still proved to be the time to match. Converted into minus points, his overall score was 111.34, which meant the second victory for him in Aachen after yesterday “Hunt for Points” competition.

Second place went to Belgium, to Edouard Simonet, who took seven minutes and 33.79 seconds, followed by Holland’s number one in the driving sport Ijsbrand Chardon in a time of seven minutes and 34.08 seconds.


Nations’ Cup and Individual Classification

After the Germans lay in a disappointing fifth place after the dressage, they set out to catch up in the Marathon and are now lying in second place with an overall interim score of 341.510 minus points, behind the leading team, Holland (326,510), with the Belgian team close behind them in third place (342.870).

After his excellent dressage test and fourth place in today’s XXXL Pallen Marathon Boyd Exell is still clearly in the lead in the individual classification of the combined competition, the Prize of the Talbot Family, with an overall score of 152.70 minus points. His eternal rival, Ijsbrand Chardon, is currently in second place (162.48). Belgium’s Edouard Simonet is on course for bronze (164.41).

Thanks to his outstanding performance in the Marathon, Christoph Sandmann was able to move up from ninth place after the dressage into fifth place. The end result in the team and individual classifications will be decided tomorrow by the obstacle driving competition. Christoph Sandmann already proved yesterday in the “Hunt for Points” competition, that the balls normally stay in place for him, we will just have to wait and see.

Lambertz Nations’ Cup goes to Germany’s dressage riders, Laura Graves finally achieves her aim in the MEGGLE Prize

All good things come in threes – but…

All good things come in threes – but including the team classification, the Lambertz Nations’ Cup, it was actually number four for the Germans at the CHIO Aachen 2017. And just in time for her 30th birthday, Laura Graves was delighted to have finally achieved her aim, after many attempts.

In 2017, the Lambertz Nations’ Cup comprised of the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Spécial, the MEGGLE Prize. The Germans were already on course for success after the first part. And after the Spécial one could safely say: Mission accomplished. Isabell Werth with Weihegold, Sönke Rothenberger with Cosmo, Dorothee Schneider with Sammy Davis Jr. as well as Hubertus Schmidt with Imperio finished on a total score of 471.046 and thus left the US Americans (450.392) and the Swedes (437.635) trailing behind them.

The US team comprised of Adrienne Lyle/Savlino (73.608 percent), Kasey Perry-Glass/Goerklintgaards Dublet (71.608), Olivia Lagoy-Weltz/Lonoir and Laura Graves/Verdades (81.824). The following riders made up the Swedish team: Malin Nilsson/Bon-Ami (72.294), Juliette Ramel/Buriel K.H. (didn’t compete in the Spécial), Therese Nilshagen/Dante Weltino (74.784) and Patrik Kittle/Dalaunay (74.157).

“We have a strong and experienced team,” explained Germany’s Chef d’Equipe Klaus Roeser, who is used to winning. Even though not everything went quite as planned today. Untypically, Hubertus Schmidt’s Imperio had to make do with a score 69,451, after the horse pulled his head up after the extended trot – normally his best movement – and to add insult to injury Schmidt took the wrong course. Afterwards, it was Dorothee Schneider’s turn with Sammy Davis Jr. The beautiful black horse totally fulfilled all expectations after scoring 75.261, which meant sixth place in the individual classification of the MEGGLE Prize. Dorothee Schneider: “I must say that I am very proud of my horse: Four months ago he was an international nobody and now he is on the Nations’ Cup team here in Aachen.” Furthermore, the team Olympic gold-medallist was delighted that the 11-year-old Bavarian-bred San Remo son was much more relaxed in the impressive atmosphere of the Deutsch Bank Stadium. “He really fought for me today”.

The winners of the Grand Prix, Isabell Werth and Weihegold were the next to ride. It was the first Spécial for the Oldenburg-bred Don Schufro daughter after the Olympic Games in Rio. It is a well-known fact that the Freestyle decides the World Cup Final that she won in Omaha in the spring. Werth reported that she certainly became aware of this today. She made a mistake in the extended trot, the black mare moved into the first piaffe too hesitantly and then the pair made a huge mistake in the two-tempi flying-changes. Nevertheless, the judges awarded the pair a score of 81.059, which meant first place at that stage.

However, then came the challenger from overseas and she overtook the dressage queen. Laura Graves’ Verdades was in good form today. “He (Verdades, editor’s note) said today: “Ah, we are going right, I know it is the Grand Prix Spécial, mum!” After a more or less perfect ride the score on the display was 81.824 percent. Finally, the victory! “I have tried so often,” admittedly Graves honestly and added “That was pretty tiring!” Today, her horse gave her a wonderful birthday present.

That’s what Isabell Werth had said yesterday when her second best horse, Emilio, won the Lindt Prize. She explained why things didn’t go so well. “Well, Weihe didn’t say today when we turned right. Oh that’s what you want me to do, mum!” Instead she noticed that the mare hasn’t competed in a Spécial for a long time. “I noticed that the mare was unsure. We lacked the self-confidence we had in the Grand Prix.” Werth sincerely congratulated Laura Graves, but stated regarding tomorrow’s Freestyle, the concluding competition in the Deutsche Bank Prize, “I am sharp to win, too.”

Sönke Rothenberger rode in between Werth and Graves, as the last rider in the German team. He and his 10-year-old Cosmo got off to a strong start. But the KWPN gelding spooked during the walk tour. Then he marched through the diagonal quite relaxed. His rider wasn’t sure what had unnerved him. Further mistakes in the one-tempi flying changes and in the trot tour pushed his score down further. The end result was 78.314 percent and third place, but much more was possible. Rothenberger: “I am above all annoyed at myself. I wasn’t concentrated enough.” Asked whether he had celebrated too much. He replied “No, not all. Perhaps that was the problem!”

Final of Germany’s U25 Jumping Trophy of the German Top Equestrian Sport Foundation, Prize of the Müter Family goes to Maurice Tebbel

In Germany’s U25 Jumping Trophy, show-jumping heroes of…

In Germany’s U25 Jumping Trophy, show-jumping heroes of tomorrow are made. The Final at the CHIO 2017 went to Maurice Tebbel, a rider who already joined the ranks of the famous riders on Thursday.

Maurice Tebbel, 23 years old, significantly contributed to the German victory in the Mercedes-Benz Nations’ Cup on Thursday evening with two clear rounds. Today, a further decision was on the agenda, the final of Germany’s U25 Jumping Trophy of the German Top Equestrian Sport Foundation, Prize of the Müter Family. For this competition, Tebbel had saddled a youngster from his stables, the just eight-year-old Rhineland-bred stallion Don Diarado by Diarado. Careful, with a lot of potential and a little spooky, was how Tebbel described his stallion. In other words, everything the heart of a show-jumper can wish for. And Maurice steered the bay stallion over all of the difficult tasks of the challenging 3-star course in a routine-like manner. Six pairs reached the jump-off, the winner reached the finish line almost three seconds faster than his closest fellow competitor.

Second place went to Marisa Braig with the Zangersheider-bred gelding Pablito van Erpekom by Pablo v. Berkenbroeck. She jumped clear in a time of 52.07 seconds. Thanks to a further clear round Alexander Potthoff finished third with the Oldenburg-bred Quidam’s Rubin daughter, Quinara, in spite of the pair notching up the slowest time in the jump-off (55.92 seconds).

2017 is Maurice Tebbel’s year here in Aachen. First the Nations’ Cup and today the Final in the U25 Jumping Trophy. “Winning a competition here in Aachen, is always something special!” commented the overwhelmed winner.


A chance for everyone

Heinrich-Hermann Engemann, who together with Otto Becker trains the German show-jumpers, said “We are very lucky to have many young talented riders here in Germany, who come from equestrian backgrounds. That makes it much easier. The parents of many of the participants in this competition have also already ridden in Aachen.” This is also applies to the winner. Engemann also knows: “The competition is tough here. There are many talented young riders and we try to give them all a chance. Series like the U25 Jumping Trophy offer them all the opportunity to prove themselves.” The successful trainer reported that many other Chefs d’Equipe were envious of Germany’s promotion system that accompanies the children and pony riders through to the world elite. The U25 Tour is the link between the Young Riders and top sport. Maurice Tebbel’s results in Aachen and also the further achievements of hitherto winners of Germany’s U25 Jumping Trophy (i.e. Denis Nielsen’s German Champion title in 2015 and Guido Klatte’s sixth place in the World Cup Final in 2017) are the best example that this works.

What does one need if one wants to make it to the top? “It is not possible without talent,” stressed Engemann. “One can learn to ride, but one needs instinct. Not everything is plannable. One has to make a lot of decisions intuitively. This intuition is very important, plus the readiness to work hard for success, one has to be consistent and self-critical. Personality also plays a major role.”

Black, red and gold festival in the DHL Prize

Mission possible! “We are going to claim the…

Mission possible! “We are going to claim the Cup back”, was the declaration by Hans Melzer with regards to the DHL Prize. And his riders did just that.

Ingrid Klimke with Horse Ware Hale Bob OLD, Michael Jung with La Biosthetique-Sam FBW, Sandra Auffarth with Opgun Louvo – the dream team took the victory again. And have added a new member to the family. Josefa Sommer and her own-bred and own-trained Hamilton fulfilled all expectations on their first appearance at the Soers. “It is incredible to be here with these three heroes!”, was her concise and eloquent summary on the podium at the press conference, after jumping clear in the cross-country, apart from picking up a few time faults. “Josefa was our pathfinder today and she did a super job!” said the national coach, praising the newcomer.

With an overall score of 107 minus points, the German team headed the field with a significant lead ahead of last year’s winners from Australia, who finished on a total score of 152.60 minus points. Shane Rose who came third in the individual classification with the Holstein-bred CP Qualified, said on behalf of his team: “It is no defeat, coming second behind the German team. This team has been almost unbeatable for years. I am delighted and grateful that we are able to ride here in Aachen. The conditions, how we are looked after – I wish there were more shows like this in the world.” His fellow team members were Christopher Burton with Nobilis (6th place/40.60), Katja Weimann with BP Cosmopolitan (22nd /74.50) and Emma McNab with Fernhill Tabasco (28th/85.40).

Third place on a total score of 160.60 went to Sweden, who were only represented by three riders, so there wasn’t a scratch result. However, they didn’t need one. The 2012 Olympic silver-medallist from London, Sara Algotsson Ostholt, came eleventh with Reality (47.80), directly ahead of her team colleague Louise Svensson Jähde with Wieloch‘s Utah Sun (48.20). Niklas Lindbäck and Focus Filiocus came 20th (64.60).


Ingrid Klimke’s second victory

The Master of Riding, Ingrid Klimke, has won the DHL Prize twice in her career. After retiring her World Champion horse SAP Escada FRH, her partner in success in 2015, from active sport a few months ago – she is now taking on her new tasks as a brood mare – Bobby (official name Horseware Hale Bob OLD) is her number one. And he really does do everything in his power to do justice to this status. After a good dressage (34.50) Bobby made sure that no faults were added to the score in the jumping or cross-country and thus secured his rider the victory.

Only two tenths of a point separated the 3-time Olympic gold-medallist Michael Jung with La Biosthetique-Sam FBW and the winning pair. The course had been a major topic of conversation beforehand. The national coach, Hans Melzer, said in advance: “It’s like a Championship course! It is going to be difficult to stay under the time. In retrospect Melzer explained: “The conditions were top, the footing super! So one can ride a little faster without risking injuries.”

Michael Jung said: “I didn’t find the cross-country course more difficult than in the past years. The fact that the start had been changed, one could canter away faster and was able to get into a good rhythm faster.” Ingrid Klimke, who rode last and thus had to wait on the warm-up place alone before riding off, confirmed: “Bobby wanted to take off straight after Sam and set off at such a pace at the beginning, that we were much faster than I’d planned at first.” But we did a lot of canter training at home in preparation, so we had plenty of energy towards the end and succeeded in reaching the finish safely.”

Shane Rose who ranked third explained: “The course was built so that the horses gained more and more confidence the better one rode. And the difficult tasks then became no problem at all.”

The Show Director, Frank Kemperman, thanked Rüdiger Schwarz and his team for assuring that the participants and spectators encountered top conditions today on the cross-country track. He also reported that although six pairs were eliminated, all of the riders and horses were in good health.

Emilio’s gift for Isabell Werth on her birthday: The victory in the Lindt Prize

The dressage queen, Isabell Werth, quite appropriately celebrated…

The dressage queen, Isabell Werth, quite appropriately celebrated her 48th birthday at the CHIO Aachen 2017: With a victory in the Lindt Prize, the Grand Prix Spécial.

One could congratulate Isabell Werth twice today, once on her birthday and once for winning the Lindt Prize with Emilio. Whereby when asked about her birthday by a daily newspaper, she totally played it down: “Where we come from in the country, it’s one cow or others birthday every day.” She is not only an excellent rider, she also has a wonderful sense of humour. And above all she is a real fighter. “Yes, we wanted to put the mistakes of Wednesday right,” the six-time Olympic gold-medallist stated openly. In the Grand Prix she and her Westphalian-bred Ehrenpreis son weren’t in the best of form and had to make do with second place. Today, everything ran smoothly, 78.275 percent. There were admittedly a few slightly rough edges here and there in the test, i.e. a not so harmonious flying-change. Whether that was because Emilio was frightened of his own shadow? “No, that was me, I was a little in front of the movement. It is a bit like with non-swimmers, where it is always down to the swimming trunks!”


The lucky bag

Second place went to the pair that won the Grand Prix, Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH, who scored 76.686 percent. “I am overjoyed, not quite as speechless as yesterday, but delighted,” commented the team World Champion, whose overall Aachen 2017 balance was: “Much more than I had expected!” She has been riding the Hanoverian-bred stallion, Damsey, for one and a half years. And the pair continually improve. Where she thinks the journey will end? “Damsey is an absolute lucky bag. He never fails to surprise me. And I think in terms of his basic quality he has no limits.” All the more reason for looking forward to Aachen 2018!


The come-back

As in the Grand Prix, the Danish rider Anna Kasprzak came third with her 18-year-old Donnerhall son, Donnperignon. The dark chestnut had had a longer time-out and has celebrated his come-back here in Aachen. One doesn’t notice that he is already 18 at all. On the contrary, some people say they have never seen the Finnish-bred gelding in such good form. The pair was awarded a score of 74.824.

The Quadrille team from Neuss wins the Prize of Handwerk

The equestrian athletes from Neuss have been extremely…

The equestrian athletes from Neuss have been extremely successful at the CHIO 2017. After the vaulting group from RSV Neuss-Grimlinghausen won the Nations’ Cup last weekend, today the quartet from the Neuss District Club claimed the victory in the Aachen Quadrille Championships, the Prize of Handwerk.

Together with their team leader, Anja Mede, Kahra Alena Baumann with Dance with me, Kerstin Lehmann with Hermanito, Anke Roeb with Waldero‘s Dream and Sabrina Stocks with Filou le Bon were able to enjoy the unique opportunity of having the golden ribbon clipped onto their double bridles in the Deutsche Bank Stadium at the Aachen Soers. The judges awarded the team a total score of 17.5 points, 8.0 for the technical execution and a 9.5 for artistic performance.

Only two tenths of a point separated the winners from the runners-up. Second place went to the Krefeld District Club comprising of Christina Dahl/Las Vegas, Nicole Louven/Laurino, Angela Bißels/Faunus and Simone Weichert/Copyright, led by Tanja Liepack.

Third place was more or less a home game for the Aachen District Club, under the direction of Dr. Sandra Schermesser. Jennifer Bücken/Don Destillo, Katrin Sophie Lüthke/Bentley R, Ricarda Mombach/Imero and Monique Breuer/Djamilo achieved a total score of 16.3.

The result of the title holders, the Wesel District club under the aegis of Helmi Abeck was rather surprising. Abeck and her team are specialists in riding quadrilles. Last year the riding instructress admitted that she can’t remember how often they had won the Prize of Handwerk at the CHIO. This time they had to make do with fourth place after finishing on a score of 16.2 points. In 2018 they will no doubt be after a revenge!

DHL Prize – Mission “We are going to claim back the Cup!” is underway

The German eventers got off to a super…

The German eventers got off to a super start in the DHL Prize at the CHIO Aachen. After the dressage and jumping, the team have a significant lead. But the road to victory tomorrow leads over a tough course.

The goal is obvious: “Our message is that we want the trophy back!” stated Hans Melzer, the eventing national coach, during the jumping competition of the DHL Prize earlier today. He has a good feeling that the team could do just that. His team riders, Ingrid Klimke with Horseware Hale Bob OLD, Michael Jung with La Bioshetique-Sam FBW, Sandra Auffarth with Opgun Louvo and Josefa Sommer with Hamilton – are lying in first, second, third and 14th place, in that order, after the dressage and jumping. To achieve this mission the trainer is obviously orientating his strategy on the success model of his colleague Becker, the national jumping coach: Three old hands (the silver-winning Olympic team of Rio, Klimke, Jung, Auffarth) and one newcomer (Sommer) result in the Nations’ Cup victory.

However, the course designer Rüdiger Schwarz has certainly set the riders a few difficult tasks in the course that stretches over the meadows of the Aachen Soers. Hans Melzer: “The course is comparable with a Championships course, really difficult. But I don’t think riding clear is going to be the problem, remaining under the allowed time is going to be the decisive criterion. That’s not going to be easy!”

The German’s have a clear lead. With an interim score of 105 minus points after the dressage and jumping, they are the overnight leaders, ahead of last year’s winners from Australia (122.70) and Sweden (135.80). The Australians also have promising prospects in the individual classification. Shane Rose with CP Qualified is currently lying fourth with 36.70 minus points, Christopher Burton and Nobilis are in seventh place (40.60). The remaining team members are Emma McNab with Fernhill Tabasco (45.40) and Katja Weimann with BP Cosmopolitan (66.50).

The Swedish team comprises of Sara Algotsson Ostholt with Reality (10th/41.80), Louise Svensson Jähde with Wieloch‘s Utah Sun (11th/42.20) and Niklas Lindbäck with Focus Filiocus (23rd/51.80).

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