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FINAL PHASE OF THE PREPARATIONS

Casper is totally relaxed. Although the journalists are…


Casper is totally relaxed. Although the journalists are hustling around him clicking cameras. The horse is quite calm while being shod. The CHIO Aachen blacksmith, Gerd Lamberty, has come to the Soers eleven days before the show begins to show the journalists his forge and explain his job to them.

Carl Meulenbergh, President of the organising company of the CHIO, the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein (ALRV) and the Chairman of the ALRV, Frank Kemperman, took the representatives of the press on a walk around the showgrounds. Together with Ulrich Fischer of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH (ART), who is responsible for the assembly of the “CHIO Village” explained the status of the preparations, recounted several amusing anecdotes and knew lots of interesting figures. For instance 803. That is how many obstacle poles the organisers of the CHIO Aachen own. Around 70 workers are currently busy erecting and expanding the “Champions’ Circle”. The restaurant is the largest tent on the showgrounds that is being put up at the moment. The tents cover a total surface of 22,500 square metres, the exhibitors originate from 16 nations. In the Champions’ Circle, Ulrich Fischer struggles to be heard. The tent is indeed already erected, however the interior design has only just begun. People are hammering, sawing and drilling everywhere. “The Champions’ Circle alone spans 2,400 square metres with a further 1,400 square metres for the kitchen area,” reported Ulrich Fischer. Around 300 employees from the Austrian catering company “DO & CO” are on-site.

In addition to forges, stables and the tent city, the tour also took a slight detour around the cross-country course, where Frank Kemperman introduced a new service, “we will inform the visitors about the cross-country competitions via two huge video screens.” First of all the eventers will be on the track in the “DHL Prize” on Saturday morning, July 21st, followed in the afternoon by the “Prize of the schwartz Gmbh“, the Marathon of the four-in-hand drivers. It will still be a while before the first horses arrive at the Soers, the vaulting horses will the first on the scene on Wednesday, July 11th. Casper travelled straight back home after the journalists’ visit. With his new horseshoes.

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Casper - Tiefenentspannung beim Schmied. Foto: CHIO Aachen

Casper – Tiefenentspannung beim Schmied. Foto: CHIO Aachen

INTERVIEW WITH HELEN LANGEHANENBERG

“Everything feels right” Helen Langehanenberg remembers her first…


“Everything feels right”

Helen Langehanenberg remembers her first outing to Aachen well: “I had never been to Aachen to watch, I’d heard a lot about it, but I had to experience it myself to actually find out what they meant: Aachen is special, Aachen is simply Aachen.” Her second daughter was born just over two weeks ago and she firmly plans to compete in the dressage competitions that start in ten days’ time. When we rang her in morning she was – of course – riding a horse.

Question: How are you and Finja? And what are the nights like?
Helen Langehanenberg: We are fine, amazing good actually. Of course, the nights are shorter, they could gladly be two or three hours longer. But that is one’s self-chosen fate and was clear beforehand. Finja is very good and everything was very uncomplicated with her from the start.

Question: You were sitting on a horse when we called, how long didn’t you ride for after the birth?
Helen Langehanenberg: Finja was born on the Wednesday and I was back on a horse the Monday after. Admittedly rather shaky, my muscles had gone and I felt like the first person on a horse ever. After about the third day, things felt right again. I notice that it gets better every day and feels more and more familiar. But I am afraid I am definitely still going to have quite a belly when I compete in Aachen.

Question: How is the training going?
Helen Langehanenberg: Very good. Quite honestly: I wouldn’t have thought that everything would go so well after the break. So far I have a very good feeling.

Question: Do you think it will work out with the CHIO Aachen?
Helen Langehanenberg: Well, you know Damsey is 16 now, what shall I wait for? Everything feels right. But one thing is sure: I will only travel to Aachen if it makes sense for me.

Question: You have already won the Deutsche Bank Prize twice, you also celebrated two victories in the small tour. What does Aachen mean to you?
Helen Langehanenberg: One always wants to compete in Aachen, one wants to perform well there. I could have chosen a smaller stage for my comeback after the time off having the baby. But I want to be there at the Soers. And of course if I ultimately do well in the dressage arena too, it wouldn’t be a bad thing either.

The dressage competitions at the CHIO Aachen 2018 start on Wednesday, July 18th. Helen Langehanenberg will be taking part in the CDI4* Tour, so she will be live in action for the first time on the Wednesday in the HAVENS Pferdefutter Prize. Where she will be participating against famous riders, among others Isabell Werth, Dorothee Schneider, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, Fabienne Müller-Lütkemeier and also Steffen Peters from the USA are all going to be there.
The CDIO5* begins on Thursday with the Prize of the Tesch Family. There are still tickets left, whereby the Saturday and Sunday are already sold out. Tickets for the dressage competitions are available online and from the hotline: on +49-(0)241-917-1111.

Das Bild zeigt Helen Langehanenberg im Sattel von Damsey FRH beim CHIO Aachen 2017. (Foto: CHIO Aachen/ Arnd Bronkhorst).

Das Bild zeigt Helen Langehanenberg im Sattel von Damsey FRH beim CHIO Aachen 2017. (Foto: CHIO Aachen/ Arnd Bronkhorst).

 

IF “WOLLE” COULD SPEAK

SANDRA AND WOLLE ARE NOT JUST A VETERAN…


SANDRA AND WOLLE ARE NOT JUST A VETERAN DUO FOR DIE-HARD EQUESTRIAN SPORT FANS.

The eventer Sandra Auffarth and her 16-year-old top horse, Opgun Louvo, known as “Wolle”, are a true dream pair. The two of them competed in Aachen for the first time in 2012, their success rate so far in the DHL Prize: Five team victories, the individual title in 2014, as well as second, third and fourth place in the individual classification.

Sandra and Wolle are not just a veteran duo for die-hard equestrian sport fans. The eventer Sandra Auffarth and her 16-year-old top horse, Opgun Louvo, known as “Wolle”, are a true dream pair. The two of them competed in Aachen for the first time in 2012, their success rate so far in the DHL Prize: Five team victories, the individual title in 2014, as well as second, third and fourth place in the individual classification.“Aachen is special for Wolle and I. It sounds strange, but when we arrive in Aachen, I always have the feeling that he knows exactly where he is. Then he looks at me as if to say: This is the CHIO, we are going to have fun here,” is how Sandra Auffarth explains her special relationship to Aachen. This has particularly been the case for the 31-year-old who runs a livery, training and sales yard in Bergedorf near Ganderkesee in Niedersachsen, since she claimed the individual title in the DHL Prize in 2014. “Seeing my name on the legendary winners’ board in Aachen, is always a fantastic feeling,” she said. And there is also a bit of “Wolle” in Aachen too: A horseshoe of her top horse is eternalised on the “Walk of Fame” in front of the Turkish Airlines stand. “If this place isn’t special for us, which one would be,” commented Sandra Auffarth: “Aachen is the highlight of the season for me.”

Sandra recently decided that Wolle is not going to compete at Championships anymore. Whereby her collection of international titles is just as impressive as her record in Aachen: She would be the defending champion at the World Championships in Tryon in the USA in September – in both the individual and team classifications. On top of that she won individual silver and team gold in Luhmühlen in 2011, the Olympic bronze medal in the individuals in 2012 in London as well as gold with the team, individual silver and team gold in 2015 at the European Championships at Blair Castle and team silver at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. For the national coach, Hans Melzer, the duo are a dead cert when it comes down to major events. “They are a top pair in all disciplines and always hot contenders for a medal.” And perhaps now all the more so candidates to seize their second victory in the individual classification at the CHIO Aachen.

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Tickets for the DHL Prize are available online and from the hotline on +49-(0)241-917-1111.
The photo shows Sandra Auffarth riding Opgun Louvo in the DHL Prize at the CHIO Aachen in 2017. (Photo: CHIO Aachen/Arnd Bronkhorst).

The photo shows Sandra Auffarth riding Opgun Louvo in the DHL Prize at the CHIO Aachen in 2017. (Photo: CHIO Aachen/Arnd Bronkhorst).

IN MOURNING FOR HANS GÜNTER WINKLER

The Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV) mourns its Honorary…


The Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV) mourns its Honorary Member, Hans Günter Winkler. Germany’s most popular jumping rider died last night at the age of 91.

Hans Günter Winkler was the most successful jumping rider of all time. On each of the six occasions that he participated at the Olympic Games, “HGW” came home with a medal, five of which were gold. His Olympic victory in Stockholm in 1956, when his famous mare “Halla” carried her injured rider to victory, remains legendary. In 1996, Hans Günter Winkler founded the Halla Challenge Trophy that is awared to the owner of the best horse of the show on the final Sunday of the event every year at the CHIO Aachen. Winkler competed in more than 100 Nations Cups for Germany.

 

The story of his victories is inseparably linked to Aachen: In 1955, he claimed one of his two individual World Championship titles here. He succeeded in winning the Grand Prix of Aachen no less than three times (1954, 1957, 1969). His unique career began here in 1948 and also ended here: In 1986, he retired from active competition sport, he did his last lap of honour during the traditional “Farewell of Nations” at the Soers, his “living-room”, as he fondly called Aachen’s Main Stadium. In 2016, the almost 90-year-old returned once again to the grass arena of the Main Stadium: The CHIO Aachen paid tribute to him with a big gala. Watching the sport from his seat on the grand stand every year went without saying for him. “It is an honour to have known this fantastic sportsman,” commented Carl Meulenbergh, President of the ALRV. Winkler stood for success as the result of willpower, passion and commitment like no other. “We have not only lost a legend and the most famous ambassador of our sport, but also a great friend of the CHIO Aachen,” Meulenbergh added.

 

Winkler was already awarded the Golden Ring of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein in 1954 for his exceptional dedication to the equestrian sport and the CHIO Aachen. He once said about the CHIO Aachen, the event is “like an Italian opera, full of love, dramas and passion”. One of the biggest stars has left the stage forever, Hans Günter Winkler.

Hans Günter Winkler. Foto: CHIO Aachen/ Holger Schupp Hans Günter Winkler. Picture: CHIO Aachen/ Holger Schupp

PLENTY OF INNOVATIONS

Four days before the CHIO Aachen 2108 kicks…


Four days before the CHIO Aachen 2108 kicks off, the organisers had plenty of innovations to announce. Exciting days lie ahead for the athletes and the visitors regarding both the sporting events and the digital development of the show.

The press conference on the CHIO Aachen 2018 began with a moment of reflection. Carl Meulenbergh, President of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV) paid tribute to Hans Günter Winkler, who has passed away. “The stadium in Aachen was his living-room, we will sincerely miss this great sportsman,” commented Meulenbergh. This also particularly applies to Aachen’s spectators, because “in spite of its immense internationality, the CHIO Aachen is deeply rooted in the region,” continued the President of the ALRV. “The CHIO determines the calendar over these days,” said Aachen’s Lord Mayor, Marcel Philipp, with a grin, delighted about the charismatic power of the show: “This is outstanding, but also it economic power is impressive. But above all the CHIO is a folk festival, we all meet up here.”

Two of the most aspiring German equestrian sport athletes proved to be extremely confident. The show-jumper, Laura Klaphake (24), and dressage rider Sönke Rothenberger (23), are both hoping to achieve a true innovation: Whilst Sönke could perhaps triumph over Isabell Werth, who is actually considered to be more or less unbeatable in Aachen, Laura Klaphake is hoping to be nominated for the team and take the third victory in succession with the team in the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup. “Why not?” she asked. 2018 has gone brilliantly so far “and I am optimistic that this will continue to be the case at Aachen, my absolute favourite show. In the more recent past, the question in the dressage has rather been, who is going to come second behind Isabell Werth. Indeed, incredibly she currently ranks 1st, 3rd and 7th in the world ranking list with different horses. However, in May, Sönke Rothenberger was already able to beat the “FC Bayern of the dressage riders” at the German Championships – so why not in Aachen too? “Cosmo is probably the best horse in the world,” commented Sönke Rothenberger, “we intend to prove this at the CHIO.”

Nevertheless, there is huge competition, Sönke Rothenberger is not the only rider, who will be challenging Isabell Werth. “The best of the best travel to Aachen,” the Show Director, Frank Kemperman, reported. For example, the US American Laura Graves, currently second in the world ranking list and Denmark’s top dressage rider, Catherine Dufour (4th in the world ranking) have also already confirmed their participation. The figures that Frank Kemperman presented are impressive: There will be 108 hours of sport at the CHIO Aachen 2018 (July 13th-22nd), 358 athletes from 28 nations will be battling it out for prize-money totalling 2.7 million Euros. 1009 horses will be coming to Aachen, 400 of which will participate in the shows. Alone 1,000 extras are taking part in the Opening Ceremony, 1,200 employees are responsible for the smooth running of the show.

“Innovations are what actually make tradition possible,” stated Michael Mronz, General Manager of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH (ART). The digitalisation is part of society and thus also part of the CHIO Aachen. “In order to stay in the picture, we strive to be pioneering in this area,” explained Mronz. For instance, in cooperation with the official technology partner, SAP, successful projects such as the spectator judging for the dressage and vaulting have already been developed. The organisers are also considering together with experts from the RWTH Aachen (Aachen University), how technology can make the sport even more transparent and even more entertaining. “An important aspect here is that the projects have to be realisable and offer added value.”

Prof. Dr. Jan Borchers, Chair of Media Informatics at the RWTH Aachen, presented ideas that arose in the course of the initial discussions. “Perhaps the obstacles of the future will be made by 3D printers on-site,” the scientist revealed. “Everything will be designable, production techniques are changing, which of course also has an impact on the logistics,” added Borchers. Aided by his team, he gave an impression of modern production technology: The CHIO Aachen logo was produced using a 3D printer on-site – and presented to the journalists and guests for their desks at home.

Michael Mronz presented a further idea: In the near future, the show visitors could consider in the course of a virtual tour via augmented reality, who should give them a virtual guide of the show grounds: Ludger Beerbaum, Sönke Rothenberger or perhaps indeed the professional football player, Thomas Müller. The latter has incidentally also confirmed his attendance together with the star chef, Johann Lafer, who will be cooking for the guests in the “Lavazza meets Lafer” tent during the week of the show.

Tickets for shows and the sports competitions are available here and from the hotline on +49-(0)241-917-1111.

In high spirits prior to the CHIO Aachen 2018 (f.t.r.): Carl Meulenbergh, the CHIO mascot Karli, Marcel Philipp, Laura Klaphake, Sönke Rothenberger, Frank Kemperman and Prof. Dr. Jan Borchers. Photo: CHIO Aachen/ Holger Schupp

In high spirits prior to the CHIO Aachen 2018 (f.t.r.): Carl Meulenbergh, the CHIO mascot Karli, Marcel Philipp, Laura Klaphake, Sönke Rothenberger, Frank Kemperman and Prof. Dr. Jan Borchers. Photo: CHIO Aachen/ Holger Schupp

CHIO AACHEN AND TURKISH AIRLINES EXTEND THEIR PARTNERSHIP

THE WORLD EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL, CHIO AACHEN AND TURKISH…


THE WORLD EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL, CHIO AACHEN AND TURKISH AIRLINES HAVE EXTENDED THEIR PARTNERSHIP FOR A FURTHER THREE YEARS UNTIL 2020.

Flying to more countries than any other, Turkish Airlines is one of four Top Level Sponsors of Germany’s largest equestrian event, which takes place this year between 13th and 22nd of July. Turkish Airlines will lend its name to one of the race days and awards. On Wednesday, 18 July 2018, the “Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe” will be awarded with one Million Miles&Smiles points to the Jumping champion and will be broadcast live from 14:10-17:00h on German public television WDR.

Flying to more countries than any other, Turkish Airlines is one of four Top Level Sponsors of Germany’s largest equestrian event, which takes place this year between 13th and 22nd of July. Turkish Airlines will lend its name to one of the race days and awards. On Wednesday, 18 July 2018, the “Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe” will be awarded with one Million Miles&Smiles points to the Jumping champion and will be broadcast live from 14:10-17:00h on German public television WDR.

“As being the partner of the world famous sporting event, the CHIO Aachen since 2014, we are now delighted to continue this cooperation over the coming years. Supporting outstanding sports is a matter close to Turkish Airlines’ hearts, because we believe that sports have the power to bring together people of all cultures worldwide – which is exactly what we do every day: Unite cultures and people with our worldwide network of routes, which we continually grow,” commented M. Ilker Ayci, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee Turkish Airlines. In addition to the CHIO Aachen, Turkish Airlines also supports further international major sporting events and associations such as golfing tournament Turkish Airlines Open as part of the European Tour Final Series, Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and the European Professional Club Rugby Championship.

“The CHIO Aachen is deeply rooted in the region with a strong international alignment. The extension of the contract with Turkish Airlines underlines this international strength of the CHIO Aachen brand”, stated Michael Mronz, General Manager of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH.

More than 350,000 spectators from all over the world visit the traditional showgrounds at Aachen’s Soers over the ten days of the show. 800 journalists cover the competitions, while national TV channels provide an estimated 30 hours of coverage, the majority of which is broadcast live and TV images are transmitted to 140 countries. The CHIO Aachen is a major sporting event that is also shared digitally across social media.

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Foto: CHIO Aachen / Arnd Bronkhorst

 

Picture: CHIO Aachen / Arnd Bronkhorst

THANK YOU HGW! – COMMEMORATION CEREMONY ON WEDNESDAY

Next Wednesday the CHIO Aachen will stand still…


Next Wednesday the CHIO Aachen will stand still for a brief moment. The crowd in Aachen will say thank you once again during a commemoration ceremony. Thank you, Hans Günter Winkler, for decades full of passion for the equestrian sport and enthusiasm for the CHIO Aachen. The legendary show-jumper passed away at the start of the week at the age of 91.

“HGW” won the Grand Prix three times here. He once said “The CHIO Aachen is my living-room.” The crowd in Aachen loved him and HGW loved the Aachen crowd. This is where he retired from active competition sport in 1986 and where his fans paid tribute to him two years ago with an emotional gala.

“Together with our spectators we want to celebrate this fantastic sportsman once more and say ‘Thank you HGW’,” said Carl Meulenbergh, President of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV). Namely, in exactly the way Hans Günter Winkler would have like it: With a show that focuses on horses, the sport and his victories. Among others the German squads, the Federal Army Riding Academy and the Warendorf State Stud will be taking part.

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“Thank you, HGW!”
Wednesday, July 18th, after the Turkish Airlines Prize of Europe
Main Stadium, CHIO Aachen

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