Holland’s Anne Meulendijks unbeaten at her Aachen debut in the U25 Prize of the Liselott and Klaus Rheinberger Foundation

The Dutch rider, Anne Meulendijks, already headed the…

The Dutch rider, Anne Meulendijks, already headed the field in the Intermédiaire II, in the Prize of the Liselott and Klaus Rheinberger Foundation 2017, the U25 tour in the dressage arena at the CHIO Aachen. Today, she picked up a further gold ribbon in the Grand Prix of the series.

The CHIO 2017 is the just 24-year-old Anne Meulendijks’ premiere at the Soers. What is it like? “Thrilling”, “exciting”, “overwhelming”, “incredible” – the adjectives the National Champion from CHIO’s partner country, used to describe her feelings, thoughts and impressions, were endless. In spite of the overpowering experience, Anne demonstrated nerves of steel. Together with her 12-year-old KWPN gelding, MDH Avanti, she had already contributed significantly towards the Dutch victory in the first U25 Nations’ Cup at the CHIO Aachen in the Intermédiaire II. Today, the pair’s performance was even more impressive. The judges awarded them a score of 72.279 percent. What were Anne’s tactics? “To do everything exactly the same as always. We need our routine.” This evidently includes standing as far right as possible during the prize-giving ceremony. Anne hadn’t expected to win today, but she had certainly hoped she would.

However, it was a close victory. As in the Intermédiaire II, with her Negro son, Bailey, Maxime van der Vlist was close at Meulendijks’ heels. Her score: 72.233 percent. Denise Nekeman came third with Boston STH (71.236 percent), which meant the top three rankings all went to Holland. So to say, the young ladies confirmed their Nations’ Cup victory once again.

The three German riders, Lisa Maria Klössinger with Daktari, Bianca Nowag with Fair Play BB and Juliette Piotrowski with Sir Diamond claimed fourth (69.721), fifth (69.256) and sixth place (68.721), respectively.

The “Master of Faster” wins the Prize of the North Rhine-Westphalia

The US American Kent Farrington is number one…

The US American Kent Farrington is number one in the world rankings of the show jumpers and is well-known for his fast jump-offs, which he impressively demonstrated in the Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Where others hesitate, Kent Farrington puts his foot down again. And with the 16-year-old KWPN gelding, Uceko by Celano, he has a horse that suits such tactics perfectly: “He has a big canter stride and can take any obstacle at full speed,” was how Farrington described the advantages of his grey gelding. “That is why grass arenas like this one suit him well.” And so the actually rather small and non-conspicuous gelding claimed his first big victory in Aachen in the Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia. In the second round the time on the clock stopped for the pair at 46.65 seconds. If Farrington has his way this was just the start – after the subsequent press conference, he asked the Show Director, Frank Kemperman, to leave his name sign up on the podium for the next competitions to come…

Second place in the highlight in the jumping stadium on the CHIO Friday, went to Christian Ahlmann, which was a nice consolation for his otherwise modest start to the show. Namely, on Wednesday, he and his 17-year-old successful horse Taloubet Z – like several other colleagues – fell victim to the storm that exploded over NRW. Taloubet was so shocked that he refused the water jump twice, which is totally untypical for this Galoubet A son, with whom Ahlmann has more or less won everything. “It was such a shame! He is in great form, he’s like a young horse. And I had so much been looking forward to this weekend!” Quite rightly so, as he proved today with a clear round in 47.14 seconds.

Third place went to the German Champion Simone Blum at her Soers debut, the clock stopped just six hundredths of a second behind Ahlmann. After her top horse, the ten-year-old Askari daughter DSP Alice sustained an injury at another show, Blum’s first appearance in Aachen was up in the air. So, she was all the more lucky that she was ultimately able to compete here and collect today’s white ribbon. Despite the fact that her chestnut mare was totally overwhelmed by the setting on the warm-up area, as her rider revealed. “But she really enjoyed the prize-giving ceremony!” And that is the main thing!

Cian O‘Connor wins his favourite jumping class, the Prize of Sparkasse

The hunting competition over ditches and banks, the…

The hunting competition over ditches and banks, the Prize of Sparkasse, is one of those special classes that makes the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, so unique. In 2017, the winner comes from a country where hunting has a long tradition, namely Cian O‘Connor comes from Ireland.

O’Connor explained that he had already won this class “four or five times”, he couldn’t remember exactly. But one thing he knew for sure: “I love this type of traditional competition with natural obstacles. And the crowd find it super too. That is important! All of this is what turns Aachen into the without doubt best show in the world!”

His partner in success today was the 12-year-old Swiss-bred Conteur son, Copain du Perchet CH, a horse that Cian O‘Connor described as follows: “He likes jumping natural fences, but he can also compete in the Big Tour, he is a real all-rounder.” He added that the horse’s big advantage is his huge canter stride. “I can always do one stride less without him losing his balance.” That saves time. His best time today: 68.42 seconds.

Second place went to Philipp Rüping and Chalypsa, who jumped clear in a time of 68.70 seconds. The pair already won the Prize of Handwerk on Wednesday. Afterwards Rüping had explained that speed jumping was right up the street of the Mecklenburg-bred Chacco-Blue daughter. And he had been delighted to pick up a golden ribbon at his Aachen debut. Now he has a silver ribbon to go with it.

The rider from Chile, Samuel Parot, finished third with the Selle Francais gelding, Quick du Pottier by Hurlevant de Breka after crossing the finish line clear in 70.36 seconds.

Top score for Christoph Sandmann in the obstacle driving competition

One could say the four-in-hand driver, Christoph Sandmann’s…

One could say the four-in-hand driver, Christoph Sandmann’s numbers came up in the lottery today.

The German Four-in-Hand Driving Champion claimed the victory in the “Hunt for the Points”, a cone driving competition, where the drivers can determine the course themselves. Each of the obstacles is allocated a certain amount of points, on top of that there is a joker, a particularly difficult obstacle, where the drivers can pick up 200 points if all goes well – or lose them if they make a mistake.

The joker in today’s class at the CHIO Aachen 2017 was an extremely narrow obstacle without cones, but instead poles on the floor. “I couldn’t even see them from up the driver’s box,” reported the winner, “so it was like playing the lottery.” And today Sandmann’s numbers came up. On a score of 1,900 points, he relegated the driver from the USA, Chester Weber, into second place (1,800 points). The Czech driver Jiri Nesvacil Jr. came third on a score of 1,790 points. Sandmann’s team colleague, Georg von Stein, followed him in fourth place (1,760).

Sandmann and von Stein are part of the same team in the Nations’ Cup, however the “Hunt for the Points” isn’t one of the competitions in that classification -it is an individual class. The Nations’ Cup continues tomorrow with the XXXL Pallen Marathon.

Mercedes Benz Nations’ Cup – Germany does it again!

History is written in Aachen and heroes are…

History is written in Aachen and heroes are made! Just like this evening during the Mercedes-Benz Nation’s Cup at the CHIO Aachen 2017, when Germany succeeded in claiming the victory in this traditional competition for the second time in succession.

And in what style! Otto Becker’s team didn’t pick up a single fault. Today, Becker had placed his bets on three experienced pairs – Marcus Ehning with Pret a Tout, Philipp Weishaupt and LB Convall, Marco Kutscher with Clenur – and one youngster: Maurice Tebbel, 23 years old. His horse: Chacco‘s Son, also only ten-years-young. On this evening, the pair were heralded as the heroes of Aachen. Double clear in their first Nations’ Cup appearance at the Soers! They didn’t even come anywhere near to touching a pole. It was as if Chacco‘s Son, knew what was at stake. The national coach’s strategy paid off. “It is simply incredible,” he said delighted. “I am so proud of the team! Winning here in Aachen, is simply something special. And when Maurice delivered his second clear round, I almost had to wipe a tear away.” It was an emotional evening in Aachen.

Particularly for Maurice Tebbel too. He already threw his arms up in the air after the first round and then around Chacco‘s Son’s neck. “Of course, one dreams about it happening, but when things really go that well, it is simply indescribable.” Maurice evidently couldn’t really believe what had just happened. Especially since he only had one thought while walking the course: “High!” One is certainly pleased to have a horse like Chacco‘s Son in such a situation, he said with respect for his four-legged partner. The two of them know each other inside out. The stallion already came to Tebbels as a foal. Maurice presented him at the stallion grading himself and gradually introduced him to the top sport after riding him in young horse competitions. They already took part in the big tour in Aachen last year and immediately claimed second place in the Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia Now he was sat on the podium in the press conference of the Mercedes-Benz Nations’ Cup, sat next to his role mode Marcus Ehning. As a winner. He couldn’t hope for more. Except for perhaps on Sunday, when he will do his best to win the Rolex Grand Prix.

Marcus Ehning was no less overjoyed about his double clear with Pret a Tout. But he is already familiar with the situation, namely in 2016 it was exactly the same. Well, not quite: “It is a shame Ludger (Beerbaum, editor’s note.) is no longer there! Because now I am the oldest one on the team!”

“It was a “perfect day all-round” for Philipp Weishaupt too. It was namely also his birthday. His comment: “This victory is the best birthday present ever!” Apart from that, I am sure 40,000 people have never sung “Happy Birthday” for him before as they did today, after he had jumped clear for the second time and thus secured the victory for Germany. Moreover, his fantastic L.B. Convall looked like he could definitely repeat last year’s victory in the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen.

The only rider things didn’t go well for was Marco Kutscher with Clenur. In addition to picking up faults in the first round, his horse also refused at the water ditch. Kutscher took it with humour: “I have thank my team colleagues today, my job today was to make the whole thing a little more exciting!”



Two teams shared second place, namely the USA and Switzerland, both on a total score of eight faults. After several teams excelled with clear rounds in the first round, the poles fell frequently in the second round. Several horses seem to have tired. Whereby the riders were of the unanimous opinion that Frank Rothenberger’s course was tricky, but fair.

Switzerland was represented by Werner Muff with Daimler (0/0), Martin Fuchs with Clooney (4/8), Nadja Peter Steiner with Saura de Fondcombe (0/8) and Steve Guerdat with Hannah (0/0). Their Chef d’Equipe Andy Kistler emphasised how proud he is of his team, especially of the lady in the team. It was namely her first appearance ever in Aachen. “Of course, it would have been super to win. But coming second here is fantastic too!” stated Kistler.

Robert Ridland, Chef d’Equipe of the USA, thought so too. He had nominated Kent Farrington with Gazelle (8/0), Elizabeth Madden with Coach (8/8), Laura Kraut with Zeremonie (0/0) and McLain Ward with HH Azur (0/0) for the team. His conclusion corroborated what 40,000 spectators took home with them: “What we saw here today was sport at the very highest level. It doesn’t get any better than that. And it is an honour for us to be able to compete here!”

There was a small incident during the competition when the gelding Titus, Guy William’s horse, stumbled on landing after an obstacle and had to be taken from the arena in an ambulance. After being inspected immediately in the clinic on the CHIO grounds, it was announced that he had suffered a sprained tendon. After a corresponding break he should be fit and ready to compete again.

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Klimke, Auffarth, Jung and Sommer in the team for the DHL Prize, Ostholt’s Corvette failed the vet check

The eventers have arrived! The vet check of…

The eventers have arrived! The vet check of the eventers in the DHL Prize, the CICO3, took place today.

Andreas Ostholt brought two horses to Aachen with him. However, unfortunately, his potential partner for the European Championships, Corvette, didn’t pass the vet check. So, the rider from Warendorf will now only be competing with Pennsylvania. Like himself, Leonie Kuhlmann with Cascora, Kai Rüder with Colani Sunrise and Jörg Kurbel with Entertain You will be competing for Germany as individual riders.

The national coach, Hans Melzer, has nominated the three-time Olympic gold-medallist Michael Jung with Paradeross La Biosthetique Sam FBW; the double World Champion, Sandra Auffarth with Opgun Louvo; the team European Champion Ingrid Klimke with Horseware Hale Bob OLD and Josefa Sommer with Hamilton for the team.

The four-in-hand driving King, Boyd Exell, had no intention of letting anyone else win the Prize of the Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG, the Dutch drivers are heading the field in the Nations’ Cup

Anyone, who wants to win the Prize of…

Anyone, who wants to win the Prize of the Richard Talbot family, in other words the individual classification of the Nations‘ Cup of the Four-in-Hand Drivers, has to first beat Boyd Exell. And the nation that wants to win the team classification, has to beat the Dutch. Both tasks are proving to be extremely difficult this year. Especially, since the German drivers only got off to a mediocre start in the dressage, the Prize of the Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG.

Boyd Exell already claimed the victory in the warm-up round of the drivers. Today, in the Prize of the Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG, the first competition in the Nations’ Cup of the Four-in-Hand Drivers and the individual classification in the Prize of the Richard Talbot Family, raised the bar even higher. The Australian driver, who lives in the Netherlands, once again secured the victory in the dressage with his team on a score of 37.99 minus points. Exell, who is undefeated so far this season, is well-known for proving that he is in a class of his own in all three driving disciplines…

The driver from the USA, Chester Weber, is currently lying in second place, followed by three Dutch team members, Koos de Ronde (46.13), Ijsbrand Chardon (48.96) and Theo Timmerman (49.20).

Team Classification

The Dutch have already won the Nation’s Cup in driving 14 times at the CHIO Aachen. They haven’t been beaten since 2008. And after the dressage at least, it certainly doesn’t look like things are going to change this year either. They head the field on an overall interim score of 95.090 minus points, ahead of France (103.950) and Belgium (108.430).

The German team is currently placed fifth with an overall score of 111.30 minus points. Mareike Harm, obtained the best result in the dressage today after finishing seventh, (49.97). However, she is not competing for the team. The three team members Michael Brauchle, Christoph Sandmann and Georg von Stein ranked 17th, 9th and 13th, respectively. However, their strengths particularly lie in the Marathon and cone driving. Skills that they will be able to demonstrate in the XXXL Pallen Marathon and the Prize of the Heitkamp & Thumann Group on Saturday and Sunday.

German dressage riders superior in the Prize of the Tesch Family

Round one in the Lambertz Dressage Nations’ Cup,…

Round one in the Lambertz Dressage Nations’ Cup, the Grand Prix in the battle for the Prize of the Tesch Family, was a clear matter. It was impossible to beat Werth & co.

“We are extremely satisfied,” was the conclusion of Germany’s national dressage coach, Monica Theodorescu, after the Prize of the Tesch Family, the first classification in the Lambertz Dressage Nations’ Cup. No wonder, her team has a huge lead. An analysis of the day in telegramme style: As the first team member to ride, Dorothee Schneider laid a good foundation with Sammy Davis Jr. – it was his debut appearance in Aachen (74.529 percent). Hubertus Schmidt and Imperio were rather unlucky and didn’t perform as well as expected (71.371). Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo just missed the 80 percent mark, because the rider had a problem counting the strides (78.757) and Isabell Werth put in a performance with Weihegold that she simply described as “tip top!” (83.171 percent).

Thus, the interim overall score of the leading favourites before the MEGGLE Prize, the Grand Prix Spécial on Saturday, is 236.457. They are followed by the USA on a score of 222.842, for whom Aachen is the highlight of the season. The US team comprises of Adrienne Lyle/Salvino (71.814 percent), Kasey Perry-Glass/Goerklintgaards Dublet (68.929), Olivia Lagoy-Weltz/Lonoir (71.514) and Laura Graves with Verdades (79.514).

The Danish team currently lies in third place with an overall interim score of 218.457. Riding for Denmark are Daniel Bachmann Andersen/Blue Hors Don Olymbrio (68.614 percent), Anders Dahl/Selten HW (68.886), Agnete Kirk Thinggaard/Jojo AZ (72.157) and Cathrine Dufour/Cassidy (77.414).

Advantage Werth

The individual classification went to Isabell Werth, ahead of the US American, Laura Graves. The latter, who came second in the World Cup in Omaha, had announced in the run-up to the CHIO that her aim is to beat Isabell Werth. The first attempt failed among others because of the two-tempi flying changes. Graves’ concise comment: “We will try again in the Grand Prix Spécial!” Mistakes simply happen. That is part of the sport.”

Isabell Werth was totally happy with her ride. She said small errors had been down to her. But above all she is proud of “Weihe” alias Weihegold, who she had given a time-out after her victory in this year’s World Cup Final and for whom Aachen is the first outdoor show. “She was absolute focused.” Her conclusion: This is how it can continue!

Sönke Rothenberger came third. He wasn’t far off the 80 percent mark with his ten-year-young KWPN gelding, Cosmo. If the rider had practised the rein-back he might actually have hit the 80-mark, the national coach noted with a grin. And then the team Olympic gold-medallist miscounted the strides in the zig-zag half-passes. “That is doubly annoying, because the marks for this exercise count double,” stated Rothenberger. On the other hand, there were some absolute highlights in his test, i.e. the one-tempi flying changes, which several judges awarded him a 10 for.

Talking about judges – in her capacity as Chairman of the Judging Committee, Isobel Wessels (GBR) commented that it had been a “most phenomenal day” for her and the other judges, on which even the weaker performances had had their highlights and that overall the modern, harmonious style of riding is winning through. And that in an almost sold-out stadium.

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STAWAG Prize goes to the Aachen fan, Beezie Madden

The course in the STAWAG Prize was certainly…

The course in the STAWAG Prize was certainly tricky, admitted the US rider, Elizabeth “Beezie” Madden. Whereby she excelled in mastering the challenges at hand.

The two-time team Olympic gold-medallist, who had saddled the Quintero son, Breitling LS, crossed the finish line almost three seconds faster than her fellow competitors. The guests from overseas sped over the course with a clear round in 66.01 seconds. “I love Aachen, it is always an honour to ride here. And winning here is something very special,” commented Madden.

The currently extremely successful, Felix Haßmann, who had saddled his Westphalian-bred stallion Balzaci, whom he steered to two Grand Prix victories at the last two shows, followed in second place after jumping clear in 68.59 seconds.

Third place went to a further rider from the USA, Laura Kraut, with the KWPN mare, Whitney, an Indoctro daughter, who crossed the jumped clear in 69.86 seconds.

Incidentally, the shooting stars of the German jumping scene, Laura Klaphake and Maurice Tebbel delivered the second and third best German results.

Tebbel and the Hanoverian-bred Calmé daughter, Camilla PJ ranked sixth. Laura Klaphake and Silverstone G by Diamant de Semilly finished eighth. In the morning, the co-national coach, Heinrich-Hermann Engemann, had raved: “It is a feast for the eyes to watch how they jump!!” Obviously it not only looks great, they are very successful too!

Philipp Weishaupt and his “intelligent” horse win the Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup

How does the saying go? A good horse…

How does the saying go? A good horse only jumps as high as it has to? Philipp Weishaupt can confirm that. His horse, Call me Eva, does precisely that. She carried the Rolex Grand Prix winner of 2016 to a further triumph at the Soers today in the Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup.

The Chacco-Blue daughter, Call me Eva, is eight years old. Philipp Weishaupt has been riding her for two years. “She is not a horse, who jumps excessively high,” the professional rider who is employed at the Beerbaum Stables. And this is exactly her strength: “She is incredibly intelligent, really clever!” This is how she jumped to victory today with a clear round in 60.29 seconds in the second classification of the Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup, which comprises of three classes in total.

In second place – as on Wednesday in the first class – Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet with the highly talented Holsteiner Sandro Boy son, Sandero (0/60.90). Yesterday’s big winner, Canada’s Eric Lamaze, came third with the BWP mare, Jewel by Kannan (0/62.84).

Wednesday’s winner, the Spanish rider Alvarez Moya picked up four faults today with the just 7-year-old KWPN gelding G & C Wolf by Harley. The show-jumper had explained on Wednesday that one could recognise the quality of horses in Aachen. Today’s winner, Philipp Weishaupt shares his opinion: “It is totally different how the horses react to the Stadium here in Aachen. Some love being able to really canter round here. Whereas it intimidates others. And in my experience that doesn’t change much later on.” He added that Call me Eva definitely belongs to the category of horses who love such grass arenas. Weishaupt is convinced: This is going to be a horse for the big tour!

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