The German vaulters get off to a strong start in the Prize of Sparkasse

From the German athletes’ point of view, the…

From the German athletes’ point of view, the opening day at the CHIO Aachen 2017 couldn’t have run more smoothly. Since 2007, the vaulters have opened the World Equestrian Festival in the Albert-Vahle Halle on the first weekend of the show.

Today, two of the three tests in the Prize of Sparkasse were on the agenda, the compulsory and technical tests. The black, red and gold flag was flying over the winner’s rostrum in the ladies, men’s and team classifications. This was no surprise for the national coach, Ursula Ramge: “We travelled to the CHIO in the knowledge that we had a very strong line-up, she explained. The last tickets for the imminent European Championships at the beginning of August in Austria are up for grabs in Aachen for the vaulters. So it is no surprise that Janika Derks, who is heading the field in the ladies classification after the compulsory and technical tests, said: “Our preparations for Aachen regarding the training are even more focused than usual. The aim is to deliver the best performance possible.”

Derks, for whom it is just the second season competing in the ladies classification, definitely did just that. After a convincing victory in the compulsory test and third place in the technical test with Auxerre, lunged by Elisabeth Simon, she has a slight lead in the overall standing with a score of 8.014 points.

The current World Cup winner, the Italian vaulter Anna Cavallaro with Monaco Franze lunged by Nelson Vidoni, achieved exactly the same placings, but the other way round and is now lying second with a score of 7.851. She came third in the compulsory test and won the technical test. Her score didn’t quite suffice to overtake Derks, but did enable her to keep the three other German ladies at bay.

Corinna Knauf with Fabiola (Lunge: Alexandra Knauf) is close at Cavallaro’s heels. The 24-year-old, who celebrated the biggest achievement in her career two years ago here in Aachen when she claimed silver at the European Championships, scored 7.834.

Last year’s winner Kristina Boe made an annoying and extremely costly mistake with the trusted Don de la Mar (Lunge: Winnie Schlüter), because she exceeded the allowed time for her technical competition and now ranks fourth (7.736). Sarah Kay and Sir Valentin (Lunge: Dina Menke) is currently in fifth place (7.497).

In the men’s competition, last year’s winner, Thomas Brüsewitz, took the lead with Bigstar with Irina Lenkeit on the lunge (7.837). He won the compulsory test by a clear margin and also animated the spectators to enthusiastic applause in the technical competition.

Erik Oese currently lies second on a score of 7.748. After “only” coming fifth in the compulsory test with Calvador and Andreas Bäßler on the lunge, he set himself the task of catching up in the technical test and actually went on to win the class.

The leader’s brother, Viktor Brüsewitz, is currently lying third on a score of 7.618 points after coming third twice with Don Filippo (Lunge: Lisa Borgmann).

Jannik Heiland with Highlander (Lunge: Winnie Schlüter), who was in second place after the compulsory, had bad luck in the technical test, which began very well, but unfortunately she fell at the end. With an interim score of 7.375 this put him back into fifth place, behind the Swiss vaulter, Lukas Heppler with Cairo (Lunge: Petra Cinerova, 7.507).

The Germans are also calling the shots in the team competition too – by a long way! The group from RSV Neuss-Grimlinghausen with Delia and Elisabeth Simon on the lunge put in an outstanding performance. With an interim score of 7.929, the team from Neuss asserted itself against their eternal rivals from the vaulting club Köln-Dünnwald with Picardo, lunged by Patric Looser (7.756). Incidentally, the squad from Cologne has already qualified for the European Championships 2017. The Italian team currently rank third with the team C.I.M. Italy with Hot Date Tek (Lunge: Laura Carnabuci, score: 7.084).

CHIO Aachen relying on SAP Event Ticketing

Over the past years, SAP and the CHIO…

Over the past years, SAP and the CHIO Aachen have jointly developed exciting and highly functional digital innovations, such as the meanwhile also internationally implemented “Judging App“. The official technology sponsor of the CHIO Aachen will in future also be responsible for the ticket system of the major sporting event.

“Henceforth, thanks to SAP Event Ticketing, we have found an outstanding solution for the demands that the CHIO Aachen places,” explained Michael Mronz, General Manager of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH. Since the World Equestrian Festival is an event that runs over ten show days with five different disciplines, with a wide range of supporting events and several venues. “We can accommodate the complexity of the event by implementing an easy-to-understand system that is intuitive to operate thanks to SAP Event Ticketing,” added Mronz, who expressed his extreme gratitude to the present ticket partner, CTS Eventim, for the excellent cooperation over the past six years.

The future system will be launched on Friday, July 14th, 2017, on the first show day of the CHIO Aachen 2017. That is when the advanced sales for the CHIO Aachen 2018 begin. Trusted additional functions such as the 3D application that allows the stadiums to be viewed in advance or an official ticket exchange will also be integrated into the SAP Event Ticketing system.

Top turn-out of US show-jumpers, Germany on the move

The big names of show jumping will be…

The big names of show jumping will be competing at the CHIO Aachen from July 14th-23rd. Seventeen of the top 20 will be making an appearance.

“A strong line-up,” is how Show Director, Frank Kemperman, concisely described the field of participants. He is especially looking forward to the US American team. Led by the number one in the world rankings, Kent Farrington, their top riders will be competing in the stadium in Aachen. What’s more, Farrington, Lauren Hough, McLain Ward (No. 2 in the world rankings), Beezie Madden and Laura Kraut will also be saddling their top horses. With this line-up they are one of the favourites to win the Mercedes-Benz Nations’ Cup on Thursday evening (July 20th).

For team Germany defending their title in the Mercedes-Benz Nations’ Cup is going to prove to be a difficult task. The best riders in the world will strive to strip them of this coveted title. In addition to the successful show-jumpers Daniel Deußer (No. 5 in the world rankings), Christian Ahlmann (No. 6), Marcus Ehning, Ludger Beerbaum and Marco Kutscher, the upcoming talents of the German show jumping sport will also be the focus of attention. The CHIO Aachen 2017 is a huge chance for aspiring young talents such as Laura Klaphake and Maurice Tebbel. Everyone is keen to know which team the national coaches, Otto Becker and Heinrich-Hermann Engemann, will nominate. Incidentally: In 2017, the name Beerbaum will be announced three times at the Soers, besides Ludger, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Markus Beerbaum will also be competing.

From the top riders of the world rankings, Eric Lamaze (CAN), Steve Guerdat (CH), Kevin Staut (FRA), Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) and Scott Brash (GB) will also be travelling to Aachen. Brash is the only rider in the world, who has hitherto succeeded in claiming the victory in the “Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping“. Pedro Veniss could be the next rider to achieve this legendary achievement. The Brazilian rider won the last Major in Geneva and is in top form for Aachen. For example, he recently won a 5* class in Spruce Meadows, Canada, where he is training for the CHIO Aachen in a targeted manner. Since, like Aachen, Spruce Meadows has a spacious grass arena.

The hopes of the current CHIO Aachen partner country, the Netherlands, are pinned on the reigning World and European Champion, Jeroen Dubbeldam. By the way, he knows what victory feels like: He already won the Rolex Grand Prix at the CHIO Aachen, the most coveted Grand Prix in the world, in 2001. Belgian’s national coach, Peter Weinberg, is also sending a strong squad to the Soers. One of them is Pieter Devos, a rider who has also succeeded in riding to victory in a Major (in 2013 at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’). In addition to him, the Philippaerts brothers and Gregory Whatelet will be saddling their horses for Aachen.

All of the superstars will already be in action on Wednesday, July 19th, in the Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe. Tickets for the Wednesday and for all other days are available online at and from the hotline on: +49-(0)241-917-1111.

Special and unique from the very start

The question is repeatedly posed: What makes the…

The question is repeatedly posed: What makes the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, which begins the weekend after next, so special and unique? Ludger Beerbaum once answered: “There have been so many attempts to describe Aachen, whether it is hailed as the Mecca or Wimbledon of equestrian sport. This atmosphere, this whole flair over the days of the show, the special stadiums, the spectators – all of this is what makes Aachen simply Aachen.” Hence, for the successful show-jumper from Riesenbeck the CHIO Aachen is so special and unique because of the tradition and the given conditions.

Taking a look back at the past helps one understand the tradition of the CHIO Aachen better. In “L’Anneé Hippique”, the Year of the Equestrian Horse that appeared for the first time in 1943, one can read about the 31st edition of the CHIO Aachen in the issue from 1967/68: “The world equestrian get-together at the Soers took on a high standing among the ranks of the major classic, international equestrian encounters in the world from the very onset. Every year new written or verbal statements are heard that award the CHIO in Aachen first place in the rankings.”

The author of the report at the time didn’t consider it to be an expression of over-exaggerated national emotion or arrogance “if he certified the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein and its highly-deserving, long-standing President, Albert Servais, re-founder of the CHIO Bad Aachen after the last war and honorary citizen of his home town, that once again the CHIO had been successful in retaining the character, form and contents of a true World Equestrian Festival.” The show was described 50 years ago as an “equestrian manifestation at the highest international level, which with its wide-reaching charm made an inestimable contribution towards international understanding and reconciliation beyond its pure sporting significance.”

The same is still true today: Whether in the jumping, dressage, driving, eventing or vaulting – the sport-related standing of the CHIO Aachen is incomparably high. That is the basis and pre-requisite for that fact that in the meantime around 350,000 spectators from all over the globe attend the official equestrian show of the Federal Republic of Germany at the Soers year after year. In the light of the global show circuit, the nation-connecting aspect of the World Equestrian Festival has nevertheless changed. Today it is considered to be a matter of course that sport horses travel from country to country and from continent to continent. Teams from a wide range of countries are an everyday occurrence in the Nations’ Cups too, which are broadcast by the media directly in the participants’ native countries. After Aachen, the legs of the prestigious “Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping” are accordingly Spruce Meadows (Canada), Geneva (Switzerland) and `s-Hertogenbosch (the Netherlands).

The special presentation of countries and their horses has been taking place at the Soers since 2001 in the form of colourful and moving show performances integrated into the supporting programme. This year the partner country is the Netherlands, which will present its traditions, its horse breeds and thus also its impressive Friesians. Horses have accompanied people for thousands of years. The supporting programme of the CHIO Aachen clearly underlines this over and over again – and thus firmly has its finger on the pulse. The horse is a partner for sporting and leisure activities, and of course also at work. And whichever activity is being carried out, the well-being of the animal is paramount.

As such, the first-class sport, the colourful supporting programme, the spectacular Opening Ceremony, the heart-twinging Farewell of the Nations, the CHIO Aachen Village with all of the chic sales stands turn the show into a multi-faceted event. Into an event that touches people emotionally at all kinds of levels, involves and brings together people from near and far and which enables the direct interaction with each individual visitor thanks to the latest technology. This is unique in the equestrian sport.

“The initiators of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein themselves certainly acknowledge such praise gratefully, but not without being aware of the obligation that goes with it, in other words not to refrain from doing anything that is necessary every year to make sure the event is an honourable success.” This statement is 50 years old, it can be read in the “L’Anneé Hippique” on the CHIO of 1967. What was written back then is still valid today. Tradition is groomed at the CHIO Aachen and conscientiously further developed based on the knowledge of the values handed down. This too is what makes the CHIO Aachen at the Soers so special and unique.

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