Innovative stem cell therapy against lameness in horses

Lameness in horses is wide-spread and impairs both…

Lameness in horses is wide-spread and impairs both the performance and well-being of the animals. As current treatment options are not satisfactory in all cases, Boehringer Ingelheim and Global Stem cell Technology (GST) are now offering a new, ground-breaking solution. Find out more about the long-term treatment of lameness in horses using stem cells at the press conference of our partner Boehringer Ingelheim:

Press Conference on Sunday
July 21st at 10.00 a.m.
Press Conference Room CHIO Aachen

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A light lunch buffet and drinks will be available.

“The Silver Horse” goes to the editorial team of

When people think about the Sportschau, the first…

When people think about the Sportschau, the first thing that springs to mind is the football results at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening. However, the Sportschau, which is produced by WDR, is more. Much more. And it has long since also been digital. The team is also doing extensive coverage on what is going on at the CHIO Aachen 2019, on the website and in the social media. And because the team does this in such an outstanding way, the jury of the online award “The Silver Horse” has now paid tribute to this commitment. More than 40 journalists and onliners, social media stars and media companies had submitted their entries for the award.

In addition to the team of, which won the prize with its overall concept “CHIO Aachen 2018”, second place went to Saskia Meyer-Hellwig for her overall concept “BinieBo”, Franziska Gerber and Kristin Rösch claimed third place for their podcast “Neunkommanull” (nine point zero).


The jury, comprising of the dressage rider Nadine Capellmann (whose father Kurt Capellmann originally initiated based on the proposal by Count Leopold von Rothkirch und Trach), Ute Gräfin Rothkirch and Wolfgang Brinkmann (both from the German Riding and Driving Association), the YouTuber Annica Hansen and Michael Mronz (CHIO Aachen), was impressed by the diversity of the submitted entries. Blogs and social media platforms were among them alongside classic media that have mastered the transformation into the digital world in a wide range of ways.

For example, the editorial team of uses the communication channels that the “new” media offer, comprehensively and at the highest level possible. The website is the central element here. Links to the social media clips can be found here as well as short interviews, 360 degree or multimedia reports. Informative, entertaining and top level – that was the jury’s assessment of the concept. Saskia Meyer-Hellwig has been one of the most famous personalities on the equestrian sport influencer scene for three years. In the scope of “Biniebo”, she allows her followers to take part in her life with and sometimes without horses via the platforms YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and her website. Indeed in such a professional manner, that the jury placed her second. In the meantime, she has even taken part in international jumping competitions as an amateur. The podcast “Neunkommanull” by Kristin Rösch and Franziska Gerber stands for brilliant entertainment. In a totally charming, amusing and informative manner, the two friends chat about horses, the sport and everything else possible. What comes across as being so relaxed and casual, is excellently prepared evidently thanks to Rösch’s journalist background.


For the past two years, the traditional Award has no longer been conferred in the Print, TV and Radio sections as was the case for the 30 years previous to that, but instead pays tribute to the changing media landscape. The award ceremony for the winners took place amid an exceptional setting: During the Opening Ceremony of the CHIO Aachen 2019. The Prize is jointly organised by the German Riding & Driving Association (DRFV), the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV) as well as Gina Capellmann-Lütkemeier and Nadine Capellmann.

Alors on danse: CHIO Aachen 2019 officially opened

There was a certain something in the air…

There was a certain something in the air on Tuesday evening at the Aachen Soers. The tricolore – the French flag in blue, white and red – was flying in the centre of the main stadium. “Bienvenue, la France” rang out of the loudspeakers. And that was only the beginning of a magnificent CHIO Opening Ceremony characterised by lightness, which was hosted by Arnaud Petit and Nathalie Licard, known as “Madame Nathalie” from the Harald Schmidt Show.

Indeed: France proved to be an imaginative, elegant partner country that is wonderfully suitable for festive celebrations! And it additionally proved that it is not called a “horse nation” par excellence without good reason. Because they presented horses en masse throughout the evening. Whether under the saddle, in front of carriages, running free, as elegant riding school horses, trotter, heavy draught horses or gentle Camargue horses. A horse is not simply a horse in France, but a wide range of possibilities. Of course, French equestrian sport legends and current top French riders were also found under the colourful ensemble of the Opening Ceremony. And are you already familiar with horseball?  This combination between handball and basketball on horseback was also invented in France and impressively demonstrated at the Opening Ceremony.

The star of the evening was without doubt the master of liberty dressage: Jean-François Pignon. Nobody else understands better than him how to communicate with horses using mere gestures. He conveyed poetic moments on the “Holy Grass” – he mesmerised 40,000 spectators. The Cadre Noir from Saumur, France’s most famous riding school, is also renowned for its elegance. The establishment was founded back in 1814. In 2019, they presented a fascinating demonstration of their riding skills. They too left behind a lasting impression: The riders of the Garde Républicaine, France’s last cavalry regiment. On Sunday, France’s national holiday, they were still in France parading down the Champs-Elysées and on Tuesday evening they were here patrolling through the Main Stadium of the Soers on their noble steeds. The marine band, “Le Bagad de Lann-Bighoué” from Breton provided the fitting musical accompaniment.

But, of course, other forms of typical French flair couldn’t be missing from the Opening Ceremony. Can-Can dances were on board together with Astérix and Obelix as mascots as well as an imaginative fashion show, organised by the Fashion Design Institute Düsseldorf.

Most of the spectators didn’t just take fantastic images home with them in the late evening, but also the odd Edith Piaf song, interpreted live by Noémie Schröder et Les Ricochets.

Boris Becker found it “amazing”

“Amazing.” That was what Boris Becker posted about…

“Amazing.” That was what Boris Becker posted about the Opening Ceremony of the CHIO Aachen 2019. He had previously visibly enjoyed himself at the “Media Night”, the gala evening in the Champions’ Circle. Following tradition, many celebrities and athletes came to celebrate the opening of the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, on Tuesday evening. The Minister President Armin Laschet, the chef Nelson Müller and WDR Director General Tom Buhrow all walked over the red carpet as well as the musician Lou Bega, the actress Nastassja Kinski and the influencer Scarlett Gartmann – who is incidentally also an excellent rider herself. We recommend the Instagram channel @borisbeckerofficial to anyone, who couldn’t be there in person for the Opening Ceremony or who missed it live on WDR: Namely, Germany’s tennis legend diligently posted entries. After the Opening Ceremony, the guests partied late into the early hours while enjoying the exquisite catering services of “Do&Co” from Vienna and the exceptional CHIO Aachen atmosphere.



This year’s CHIO partner country, France, was given…

This year’s CHIO partner country, France, was given a wonderful reception on the Aachen marketplace, indeed it was a festival of German/French friendship.

The CHIO Aachen mascot Karli and Trop Top, the mascot of the FFE already revealed that much before the official starting signal was sounded on the marketplace, since they were already seen hugging each other on their first rendezvous. Together with their colleagues Astérix and Obelix, they conquered the hearts of the many of the spectators, who were gathered around the market square in no time at all. As did the many other performers, who paraded down the cobbled walkway in the heart of the city on Monday evening giving a foretaste of the show programme that will be offered over the coming days of the show, including first and foremost the Opening Ceremony. The colourful procession was not only made up of wonderful Camargue horses, the whole diversity of the French draught horses and magnificent carriages from the French national stud, Haras Nationaux du Pin, members of the Garde Républicaine and the best French pony riders on cute Shetland ponies were also on board.


In addition to “Le Bagad de Lann-Bighoué”, the “Trompes du Pays de France” under the direction of Arnaud Gritti provided the fitting musical accompaniment.
The exceptional convoy of carriages, which travelled from the Soers to the market square was traditionally headed by the City Riders of Aachen. They also safely escorted France’s Minister of Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, and Anne-Marie Descôtes, the French Ambassador in Germany, to the pulpit of the Town Hall. “Aachen is a symbolic place for the alliance between Germany and France. So, we are very proud be such a special part of the CHIO Aachen this year,” the Minister commented, visibly impressed. Carl Meulenbergh was also delighted with the choice of this year’s partner country: “In France, we have found an extremely horse-loving nation as our partner country, which will inspire us throughout the entire week with splendid show performances.” Aachen’s Lord Mayor, summed up the mood of the evening in a nutshell: “Today, we are all a little bit French.”

30,000 at Soers Sunday

Coincidences sometimes happen at the CHIO Aachen too:…

Coincidences sometimes happen at the CHIO Aachen too: The 21st Soers Sunday, the “Open Day” with free admission fell on July 14th this year. This date is of course also France’s national holiday. And France is the official partner country of the CHIO Aachen this year! And voilà: The perfect combination was born.

So it was clear that Eiffel Tower “en miniature” in the “Rue France” in the CHIO Aachen Village was one of the most popular motifs for snapshots of all kinds on Soers Sunday. But that wasn’t the only place plenty of things could be discovered. Around 30,000 visitors made sure they didn’t miss out on the special combination between an exciting supporting programme, shopping in the CHIO Aachen Village comprising of over 230 exhibitors in 250 tens, culinary offers and taking a stroll. The perfect family day out or excursion with friends!

Even before the gates officially opened at 10 o’clock, the first curious visitors were queuing up at the main entrance. A short time later, the grounds were already crammed full. The event programme kicked off at 11.30 a.m. in the Deutsche Bank Stadium with a festive Ecumenical Service following the motto “Hubertus Mass – safely guided on eagles’ wings”. But not only eagles, also horses, dogs and falcons were part of this special, open-air mass. The impressive animals of the Hellenthal Wild Park made a further appearance later on in the scope of a colourful afternoon show on the show jumping warm-up area. They were also in good company. After being greeted by the CHIO Aachen mascot, Karli, diverse performers took to the spacious arena, which was lined by crowds of spectators. A drag hunt presented by the Rheinisch-Westfälischen Schleppjagdverein e.V., as well as the five disciplines at the CHIO Aachen were on the not-to-be-missed list of events. Together with the partner country France and its famous Camargue horses as well as the “Connemara Show Team”, which performed a diversified show act comprising of 20 ponies in total under the motto “Irish Connemaras visiting France”. At the same time, many visitors watched the “CIAT – International Traditional Driving Tournament” in the Driving Stadium. A wonderful sight: The wonderful “green” of the Driving Stadium, magnificently turned-out, historical carriages and drivers in traditional costumes.

But there was even more for the smaller visitors to discover on Soers Sunday: For example pony riding, visiting the playing trailers of the Rhenish State Youth and the exciting “Children’s Educational Trail”, which equipped with a stamp card involves the children discovering various stations.

And the social aspect also didn’t get a raw deal on Soers Sunday either. In the scope of the “Lucky Moments Campaign” charity cooperation, the four therapy centres from the region put in a show performance entitled “Vive la France – Therapeutic Riding in Aachen” for the public on the jumping practice area, whilst volunteers collected donations for the campaign all over the showgrounds. The Carnival Prince elected for 2020, Martin Speicher accompanied by his court, actively supported the campaign this year under the motto “All inKlusiVe!”.




Fredenbeck I, Janina Derks and Johannes Kay in…

Fredenbeck I, Janina Derks and Johannes Kay in the Pas de Deux and Thomas Brüsewitz win the prize of the Sparkasse.

Fredenbeck I takes the group victory for the second time in the Sparkasse Prize


As was the case last year, the battle for the victory in the Sparkasse Prize took place between Fredenbeck I and Team Norka from VV Köln-Dünnwald. Once again, the vaulting team from Lower Saxony outstripped their fellow competitors from Rhineland.


Second participation, second victory – the Fredenbeck I group looks back on a 100 percent success rate at the CHIO Aachen. In 2018 their triumph came as a surprise. This year they were already considered to be one of the favourites. Indeed, they were even able to go one better compared to last year.

Viktor Brüsewitz, Kevin Greiner, Mirja Krohne, Mila Koböck, Kathrin Meyer and Malte Möller already went into the lead after the compulsory test. Today, they performed their new freestyle routine on Claus lunged by Gesa Bührig. Their choreography is an interpretation of the painting “The Scream” by Edvard Munch. The whole drama of this expressionist piece of work was highlighted by the performance of the team from Fredenbeck. The German national coach, Ulla Ramge, confirmed: “Their freestyle is once again an artistic piece of work in its entirety that simply captivates everyone. And compared to last year their interpretation has gained even more expression and intensity. Fredenbeck really is world class!” The judges were of the same opinion and awarded the freestyle performance an overall score of 8.986. Added to the result from the compulsory test, this yielded a final score of 8.394 and thus the clear victory for the vaulters from Lower Saxony.


Their biggest rivals, Team Norka from VV Köln-Dünnwald, came second with a final score of 8.084. The team comprising of Thomas Brüsewitz, Chiara Congia, Justin van Gerven, Gianna Ronca, Jana Zelesny and Rebecca Verlage was led by the former World Champion, Patric Looser on the lunge. Their horse, the ten-year-old Holstein-bred Calidor, only started competing at international level this year and he seemed to be rather unnerved by the impressive setting in the Albert-Vahle Arena, which was full down to the very last seat. Nevertheless, he didn’t misbehave at all and his team presented a fantastic freestyle routine! Leaps, lifts, everything went like clockwork. The judges awarded a score of 8.442 for the performance – good to very good. Unfortunately, that didn’t suffice today to triumph over Fredenbeck.


UVT Eligius from Austria, with Laokado, lunged by Cornelia Trimmel, finished in third place and the level of their freestyle was very high as well. Their performance was entitled “Futuristic Electronic Music”. They presented a perfectly coordinated choreography containing many difficult elements. In the compulsory test, they had to make do with fourth place behind the team from Sweden. Notching up a score of 8.086 for the freestyle meant they moved up a place in front of the Swedish group to take the bronze medal on a final score of 7.569.


The winning team did suffer a misfortune in spite of their victory, since the group member Mila Koböck injured her foot on dismounting. She landed rather unfortunately and had to join the ranks of the spectators for the rest of the freestyle routine. It is doubtful whether the group from Fredenbeck will compete in the Nations Cup tomorrow or not. They could actually take part with just five members, but that would mean they would have a point deducted from the very start.



Thomas Brüsewitz floats to his fourth victory in the Sparkasse Prize


Thomas Brüsewitz did it again! He secured the title in the men’s competition of the Sparkasse Prize at the CHIO Aachen for the fourth time in a row. Something which he has a plausible explanation for.


Why does Thomas Brüsewitz always come up trumps at the CHIO in Aachen? “Well, because it is simply fantastic at the Soers!” There’s nothing to add to that. The young of the two Brüsewitz brothers asserted himself against his fellow competitors from Germany after obtaining a final score of 8.680. Julian Wilfling finished second with a score of 8.543, followed by Jannik Heiland, who scored 8.511 in total.


One rather got the impression that the laws of gravity didn’t apply for Thomas Brüsewitz. He seemed to complete the most difficult movements without any effort. After his dismount, a thunderous applause broke out. The judges were obviously equally impressed and awarded the German vaulter a score of 9.238 for his freestyle routine. So, it was a start-finish-victory for Thomas Brüsewitz, after he had already won the compulsory and technical tests. However, it wasn’t matter of course that he repeated his previous year victory since Brüsewitz and his horse Eyecatcher lunged by Alexandra Knauf have not been a team for long. To be precise, Aachen is their first joint show. Perhaps that is the reason why Brüsewitz was slightly behind the music with his movements, as he critically noted himself. “But I didn’t let myself get stressed by it. Somehow I was concentrating so much that I simply ignored it.” The tactic obviously worked.


Julian Wilfling was delighted at coming second. The 23-year-old already competed at the CHIO Aachen in 2014. “But it was my first year vaulting for the Seniors at the time. I couldn’t keep up pace back then. I have matured in the meantime,” he commented. Wilfling has his own unique style – very elegant and supple. One got the impression that he makes it easy for his four-legged partner, Feliciano lunged by Lars Hansen, when he mounts and dismounts like a feather. This demonstrates a high degree of body control, which the judges rewarded with a freestyle score of 9.160. That was only the third best result in this discipline. But because Wilfling put in equally good performance in both the compulsory and technical tests, it sufficed in order to relegate Jannik Heiland down to third place in the overall classification.


Heiland performed the second best freestyle with Dark Beluga, lunged by Barbara Rosiny. His motto: The genie in the bottle. He was awarded a score of 9.244. However, after only come fifth in the technical test that didn’t run smoothly for him allowed Wilfling to overtake him.


He was followed by the crowd’s favourite, Viktor Brüsewitz with Sky Walker lunged by Gesa Bührig. The spectators awarded the 29-year-old brother of the winner the highest freestyle score via the Spectator Judging app: Namely 9.305. The judges score was much lower: 8.999, ultimately fourth place in the overall ranking. A small consolation for him: At least he has already defeated his brother as a “Ninja Warrior” on RTL…


A further German vaulter followed in fifth place on a score of 8.474: Jannis Drewell alias Eddy the Eagle on Qualimero, who was lunged by Jannis’ mother, Simone Drewell.


As such, the second day at the CHIO Aachen 2019 was a total success from a German point of view. Three titles were up for grabs in the Sparkasse Prize and all three went to Germany.



Victory for the “Million Dollar Baby” in the Sparkasse Prize


The German national anthem was already played for Janika Derks once in the ladies classification of the Sparkasse Prize in 2017. This year she won gold again. A very important day for her!


The ladies competition at the CHIO Aachen 2019 was a total success for Janika Derks across the board. She triumphed in all three disciplines of the competition with her trusted partner, Carousso Hit, and ultimately won on a final score of 8.533, ahead of her fellow club member, Pauline Riedl (8.355) and the Danish vaulter, Sheena Bendixen (8.237).


Janika Derks excelled in her freestyle routine with her incredible strength and athleticism. Ultimately, the judges rewarded her performance with a score of 9.233. Aachen was the first show for Derks after her World Cup victory in Saumur earlier this spring. “She has improved her mental strength,” her trainer and lunger, Jessica Lichtenberg, praised. She explained that when Janika started competing as an individual vaulter in 2016, she sometimes stood in her own way. But that is not the case any longer, as she impressively demonstrated today. Her own story matches her freestyle motto nicely: Million Dollar Baby. The film about the female boxer, who was determined to become a professional fighter against all the odds and who pursued her aim with dogged perseverance, reflects Janika’s personality, her trainer noted. “She has a lot of fight in her, without being overzealous.” Along these lines, Janika Derks was indeed happy with her almost immaculate freestyle routine, but: “The dismount wasn’t smooth enough.” Note: Better is the enemy of good…


Pauline Riedl, a further vaulter from the Neuss-based talent factory of Jessica Lichtenberg, came second. It was the 25-year-olds first individual appearance at the CHIO Aachen, but she has been at home at the Soers since she was a child. She already competed here during the World Equestrian Games in 2006, at the time as the “top man”, as the lightest athletes, who almost float under the ceiling of the arena during the lifts in the group competitions, are called. After several injuries she has now discovered her role as an individual vaulter – something that she also has her four-legged partner, Flamant, to thank for, stressed Jessica Lichtenberg: “The two of them have gelled together well! That is his first year and he acts like he has never done anything else!” As a result, Pauline Riedl performed a wonderfully harmonious freestyle routine today, in perfect unity with the horse and the music.


“I’m a survivor” was the motto of the Danish vaulter, Sheena Bendixen’s freestyle routine on Klintholms Ramstein, lunged by Lasse Kristensen. Bendixen is petite, but she is a real model athlete. This was reflected by her freestyle choreography too – daringly high leaps, strength and elegance. The judges awarded her the second highest freestyle score: 9.107. But sixth place in the compulsory test and fourth in the technical test, meant it didn’t suffice to overtake Pauline Riedl.


The level of the ladies classification of the Sparkasse Prize was extremely high. Not only the top three achieved an overall score over 8.0, the two vaulters in fourth and fifth place also had an 8 before the point. They both come from Germany: Alina Roß with San Zero (Lunger: Marion Schulze, 8.159) and Corinna Knauf with Fabiola (L.: Alexandra Knauf, 8.102). Hannah Steverding, also from Germany, came sixth on Royal Flash (L.: Sophie Kuhn), with an overall score 7.894.



Pas de deux with surprise moments in the Sparkasse Prize


Six pairs are battling it out in the Pas de Deux competition of the Sparkasse Prize. Two freestyle tests decide between victory and defeat. The former went to Janika Derks and Johannes Kay. However, the pair that took second place was a surprise result.


Yes, indeed, they are a bit like an old married couple, confirmed Johannes Kay with a grin. The 24-year-old physiotherapist and his pas de deux partner Janika Derks, who is also currently lying in first place in the ladies individual classification, have already known each other for a long time, because both used to be members of the highly successful vaulting group, RSV Neuss-Grimlinghausen. They have been performing as a pair since 2016 and came fourth here in Aachen last year. Now it looks like they could actually reach for the stars this year.

With an overall result of 8.612, they claimed the victory in the first of two freestyle tests in the Sparkasse Prize at the CHIO Aachen. Whereby Johannes Kay made no secret of the fact that there was definitely room for improvement. Their horse, Diamond Sky lunged by vaulting champion Jessica Lichtenberg, is only competing at its fourth international show here in Aachen. “He did a really good job considering. We are satisfied, but it wasn’t quite that easy. It was hard work and that was noticeable too.” So the goal for tomorrow is: Add a little more lightness!


Diana Harwardt? Peter Künne? These are not established names in the vaulting circle of the Albert-Vahle Arena. Indeed, it is the first season that the two 18-year-olds are competing in the seniors classification and also their CHIO Aachen debut. Nevertheless, both are already well-known within the inner circle of the vaulting scene, they namely already claimed silver at the European Championships of the Juniors in 2018. Their four-legged partner is still the same, namely Sir Laulau, lunged by Hendrik Falk. The pair emphasised that Sir Laulau plays a major role in their success: “He may not have the most spectacular canter, but we can rely on him 100 percent!” And that is important when one performs risky acrobatic exercises in the air on the back of a cantering horse! The quartet comprising of the two vaulters, horse and lunger emanated harmony, elegance and lightness today from the first to the very last second and was rewarded by the judges with an overall score of 8.283.

This meant that they left Chiara Congia and Justin van Gerven on Picardo, lunged by Alexandra Knauf, behind them. The pair, who were the first to go, finished on a score of 8.254 to make the ranking perfect from a German point of view: namely the top three places all went to Germany.