Daniel Deußer‘s Wonder Child in the RWE Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia

In 2018, Daniel Deußer’s, Killer Queen VDM, was…

In 2018, Daniel Deußer’s, Killer Queen VDM, was successful in the Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup, now she already claimed the victory in one of the most important competitions of the CHIO weekend, the RWE Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia.


Nine-years-old, the most successful horse in the Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup 2018, victorious in a jumping competition in the 4* Tour at the Hamburg Derby and now also in the RWE Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia at the CHIO Aachen in 2019 – Daniel Deußer’s Killer Queen VDM by Eldorado v. Zeshoek is something like a four-legged wonder child. “I always knew she is a horse for the Big Tours. I am glad that the results are already starting to reflect this!”


In a time of 44.65 seconds, Killer Queen crossed the finish line in the fastest time in the second round, which meant he took a second off the time of Olivier Philippaerts and the very experienced Cue Channa, whom Malin Baryard-Johnsson competed at the Olympic Games with in Rio in 2016 and who was also a member of the Swedish squad that won team silver in 2017, (0/45.79). Third place went to the overjoyed Luciana Diniz with her new crack, Vertigo du Desert, whom she has been jumping from top result to top result with since March (0/46.42).


In the presence of NRW Minister President, Armin Laschet, Daniel Deußer and Killer Queen demonstrated how the course of Frank Rothenberger could be mastered best. Some of the other riders got into trouble along the way, particularly at the open water jump. This is where André Thieme and his just nine-year-old mare, Crazy Girl, took a fall, which looked quite bad at first, but fortunately both horse and rider didn’t sustain any serious injuries. Crazy Girl had a gash on her left front leg that was treated in the veterinary clinic on the showgrounds. Philipp Weishaupt and his mare Che Fantastica, went their separate ways without the water being involved. The mare’s bit snapped, so Philipp Weishaupt couldn’t steer her and he had to jump off. He landed rather unfortunately on his coccyx, but was able to leave the course on foot. Che Fantastica sustained no injuries.


Deußer is now in the favourable position to have qualified three horses for the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday: Killer Queen, Calisto Blue, the horse he claimed second place with in the Nations Cup yesterday and Tobago, whom he came third with on Wednesday in the Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe. However, he has already decided who he will saddle: Tobago Z.

The obstacle driving competition, the Prize of Euregio Maas-Rhein goes to Thibault Coudry

The four-in-hand driver, who aims to win the…

The four-in-hand driver, who aims to win the “Chase for Points”, the Prize of Euregio Maas-Rhein, not only has to be good at driving, but also good at maths. Today, the expert here proved to be the French driver, Thibault Coudry.


The right tactics were called for among the four-in-hand drivers in the “Chase for Points”, the Prize of Euregio Maas-Rhein. In the competition the drivers can choose the order of the obstacles themselves. Each obstacle has a certain amount of points, which correspond to the obstacle’s degree of difficulty, but only if the driver doesn’t pick up any faults. What’s more, there is also a joker, a particularly risky obstacle, which if driven clear brings the driver 200 points. But beware! If the driver makes a mistake here, 200 points are deducted. In the end the driver, who collects the most points in the fastest time, wins.


Today, that was France’s Thibault Coudry. The 39-year-old is very familiar with the Aachen Soers. He competed here for the first time during the World Equestrian Games in 2006, as the youngest participant at the time. Today, he benefitted from the experience he has gained since: He namely successfully drove through the joker obstacle twice. That helped him notch up a total score of 1870 points, more than any of his fellow competitors.


Three drivers finished on a score of 1730 points. Boyd Exell (AUS), who already won the two previous driving tests, recorded the fastest time of the three, which meant he secured second place, followed by the Belgian driver, Edouard Simonet and Anna Sandmann in fourth place as the best German driver.


Karl-Heinz Geiger was particularly impressed by Anna Sandmann’s performance. Apart from the winner, she was the only driver who dared to take the joke twice and whose courage was rewarded for doing so. Two further German drivers, Mareike Harm and Georg von Stein, also came under the top ten, ranking eighth and ninth respectively.

“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.

André Thieme’s mare Crazy Girl is fine

In the RWE Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia the…

In the RWE Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia the mare of the show-jumper André Thieme, Crazy Girl, took a fall at the open water jump and sustained a wound, which had bled strongly at first. The veterinarians were on-site immediately to carry out the necessary first aid measures in the arena, before the mare was transported away from the ring in the horse ambulance. She was brought to the veterinary clinic at the Soers. After a thorough examination, the team of vets gave the all-clear: Crazy Girl had suffered a gash that had bled quite heavily, but which was only a few centimetres in length. A few stitches and the wound was sewn together. Otherwise, the mare is fine and her rider didn’t sustain any injuries either and was able to leave the ring on foot.

Evelina Tovek‘s next feat in the VBR-Prize

Her debut appearance at the CHIO Aachen 2019…

Her debut appearance at the CHIO Aachen 2019 is guaranteed to stick in the mind of the 25-year-old Swedish rider Evelina Tovek for a long time to come. After her victory in the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup with the team yesterday, she went one further today in the VBR-Prize.


Riding the ten-year-old, Rhineland-bred Contendro daughter, Cortina, Evelina Tovek namely recorded the fastest time in the 1.50-metre two phase jumping competition, the VBR-Prize. The clocked stopped at 32.48 seconds. As the last to go, it lay within the power of the Dutch rider, Jur Vrieling, to snap the victory away from the Swedish rider with his eleven-year-old Dallas by Douglas, but he ultimately took 0.52 seconds longer to reach the finish line. Third and fourth place also went to the Netherlands thanks to Willem Greve with Faro (32.25) and Maikel van der Vleuten with her experienced horse Verdi (36.46), who already carried him to team gold at both the European and World Championships.


Evelina Tovek has been living in Germany for two years. She is located at Henrik von Eckermann’s Stables near Bonn and her current focus lies on competing. Since she has been training with the rider who used to work for Ludger Beerbaum and who is the current contender for the Rolex Grand Slam, her performance has continually improved. But neither she nor her trainer had reckoned with her joining the ranks of the world elite that fast: “Yesterday, Henrik said to me that he had never imaged at the beginning that we would win the Nations Cup in Aachen together just two years later.” Tovek’s goal this year is to compete at the European Championships. Next year her aim is to be nominated for the Olympic Games.

Result of the vet check for the eventing horses.

All of the horses entered for the SAP-Cup,…

All of the horses entered for the SAP-Cup, the eventing competition, passed the compulsory vet check today except for Tacoma d’Horset, the horse of the Japanese rider. The pair will not be competing.

Victory for Sweden in the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup, Germany in second place

There are moments in life when a few…

There are moments in life when a few hundredths of a second can really hurt. In the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup the German team experienced one of those moment, whilst Sweden celebrated a perfect victory thanks to a superb round by their European Champion.


Sweden finished on an overall score of 4 faults to claim the victory in the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup 2019. One single time fault from the first round prevented the German team from celebrating their fourth triumph in succession. Third place went to the partner country, France on a total score of eight faults. The French team comprised of Pénélope Leprevost with Vancouver de Lanlore, Olivier Robert with Vangog du Mas Garnier, Guillaume Foutrier with Valdocco des Caps and Kevin Staut with Calevo.


The German/Sweden duel


After the first four riders all jumped clear, everyone was amazed: Had the course design Frank Rothenberger underestimated the horses and riders that much? Not at all. It turned out that on the contrary he had done a perfect job. Henrik von Eckermann kicked off the competition with Toveks Mary Lou for Sweden, the pair that will enter the ring on Saturday in the Rolex Grand Prix as contenders for the Grand Slam, after they won the Grand Prix in s’ Hertogenbosch. If the mare jumps like she did tonight, their chances of picking up an extra bonus are pretty good. The Westphalian-bred Montendro daughter jumped superbly. But the same also applied for the first German pair, the World Champions Simone Blum and Alice: Clear round, the Soers exploded.


Next in the ring for Germany was the “Nations Cup returnee”, Christian Ahlmann, who like Daniel Deußer was representing the team for the first time since 2016, after they both recently signed the athlete agreement of the German Olympic Committee again. His Clintrexo put in a fantastic performance. Up until the last fence, where the pole fell. In retrospect Ahlmann explained: “I was a bit worried that we wouldn’t make the time. So, I rode a little faster to the last obstacle. Then I wanted to pull him a bit, but he didn’t react the way I thought he would. The take-off to the last fence was right, but we didn’t have enough momentum and we knocked the top pole.”


Daniel Deußer was the next to ride for Germany with the twelve-year-old, Chacco Blue son, Calisto Blue. He flew over the course in huge leaps and reached the finish line clear. But unfortunately, he picked up one time fault and one already speculated that this could be decisive, which ultimately turned out to be the case.


Because like Christian Ahlmann, Marcus Ehning also picked up four faults at the last fence with his self-bred Funky Fred. After the first round five teams were all on a total interim score of four faults and Germany was lying in sixth place behind them on five faults.


The second round

The course designer, Frank Rothenberger, raised three of the fences before the second round, this time the riders started in reverse order. The combination between the higher fences, the growing darkness and the floodlights and the dwindling strength of the teams evidently faced the teams with new challenges. More and more mistakes were made, including also refusals. The Swedish team on the other hand remained constant and the German riders also put in excellent performances.


Henrik von Eckermann and Mary Lou jumped double clear. The newcomer Angelie von Essen, who runs a training and sales yard in England and who competed at the CHIO Aachen for the first time after 16 years also jumped clear with her AES gelding, Luikan Q. After jumping clear in the first round, the youngster of the Swedish team, the 26-year-old Evelina Tovek, picked up four faults in the second round with Dalila De la Pomme.


And the German riders? Simone Blum, Christian Ahlmann and Daniel Deußer all stayed clear. As such, Marcus Ehning didn’t need to ride again, because he wouldn’t have been able to improve the team’s result. It all depended on the performance of the other teams.


Ultimately, the Swedish European Champion of 2017, Peder Fredericson and his Namelus R son, Christian K decided the outcome of the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup. Everything started well for them, but then they had a few hairy moments, like when the gelding fell into trot in middle of the triple combination. But luck was on their sides and miraculously none of the poles fell, zero faults. That meant the victory for Sweden and second place for the German squad. The crowd celebrated the Swedes with standing ovations and cheered just as loudly for the Germans.


So, it was hardly surprising that Dr. Carsten Oder, Chairman of the Executive Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales Germany, explained: “It is an honour for us to have been the partners of the CHIO Aachen for 65 years.”


Christian Ahlmann was visibly stirred after his comeback as a member of the national team: “It is something very special when you enter the ring and it is that quiet you could hear a pin drop. It is better than any Championships!”


And Marcus Ehning, who contributed to all three Nations Cup victories in the past years added: “I am very glad that the two of them are on board again! I don’t want to undermine the performances of the riders of the previous years, but no team in the world can afford to do without such riders!”


No stopping Boyd Exell in the Prize of Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG

Australia’s Boyd Exell drives from victory to victory….

Australia’s Boyd Exell drives from victory to victory. After already winning the opening competition for the four-in-hand drivers yesterday, he continued his triumphal march today in the Prize of Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG.


It wasn’t a new world record like the one the World Champion set yesterday, but he did have a clear lead over his fellow drivers: The Australian driver, Boyd Exell, who lives in Valkenswaard, the Netherlands drove out of the arena today on a score of 31.86 minus points. Second place went to the driver from the USA, Chester Weber (38.52 minus points), followed by the Dutch father and son duo, Ijsbrand Chardon (41.98) and his son Bram (42.05).


The ladies flew the flag for Germany. Like yesterday, Mareike Harm was the best German driver finishing eighth on a score of 47.71 minus points. The individual driver, Anna Sandmann, followed directly behind her in ninth place (48.51). Whereby she had a moment of shock after the final salute when one of the leaders in his team got the reins tangled over his head. Luckily, they untangled themselves. If one of the grooms had had to dismount to help him, they would have been penalised.


Things didn’t run very smoothly for the other German drivers. The German Champion, Michael Brauchle is lying in 15th place before the Marathon (54.97), Christoph Sandmann, Anna’s father currently ranks 17th. (55.44) and Georg von Stein 20th (57.44) among the field of 25 participants.

Michael Brauchle, Mareike Harm and Georg von Stein are driving for the German team in the DHL Nations Cup. Prior to the Marathon on Saturday, the German team is currently lying in fourth place with an overall score of 102.680 minus points, behind the Dutch team who have a clear lead (84.030), the USA (85.30) and France (95.690).


The prize-giving ceremony was the fitting occasion to thank the sponsor of the competition, the Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG for their 25-year partnership with the CHIO Aachen. Baron Buchholtz presented the Managing Director, Mr. Wolfgang ‘Tim’ Hammer, a bronze sculpture bearing the inscription: “Mr. Hammer, as a company from Aachen, the Martello Immobilienmanagement GmbH & Co. KG has deep roots in the region. Like the CHIO organisers, the ALRV with its long history, both also have a passion for the equestrian sport in common. The result has been a fantastic and trusting partnership over the past 25 years. “Driving” is a matter close to your heart, as your commitment at the World Equestrian Festival demonstrates. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for this support. I am delighted that you are our guests today and would like to present you with this bronze sculpture as a sign of our appreciation.”

World Champion wins the Prize of Family Tesch, Germany in the lead in the Lambertz Nations Cup

The dressage queen, Isabell Werth, is on the…

The dressage queen, Isabell Werth, is on the best way to winning the Dressage Grand Prix of Aachen for the third time in succession. She laid the foundation today with her World Champion partner, Bella Rose in the Grand Prix of the Prize of Family Tesch, which is also the first competition in the Lambertz Nations Cup.


The team and individual World Champions, Isabell Werth and Bella Rose, rode to victory in the Grand Prix, the Prize of Family Tesch with a sensational score of 82.783 percent. Second place went to the German Champions, Dorothee Schneider and Showtime (80.609 percent). To her own surprise, the three-time Olympic gold medallist, Charlotte Dujardin, finished third with her second-string horse, Erlentanz. Her overall score: 79.152 percent.


Isabell Werth and Bella Rose’s performance was virtually perfect. They only made one small mistake in the one-tempi flying changes. “Completely unnecessary,” the most successful dressage rider of all time said, slightly annoyed. However, her delight at the successful performance soon clearly overweighed her annoyance: “It was a great test! The mare was extremely concentrated. I am totally happy!” And she had every reason to be. Especially since the German national coach, Monica Theodorescu, waved away the mistake in the flying changes when interviewed: “That doesn’t matter when one takes into consideration the super piaffe and passage tour.” Here as well as for the transitions and the seat and influence of the rider she was awarded the highest possible mark of 10.0 several times.


Indeed, the judges dealt out plenty of 10s today, also to the recently crowned “German Master”, Dorothee Schneider with Showtime, with whom she won Olympic team gold. After the CHIO Aachen in 2018, the meanwhile 13-year-old Hanoverian-bred Sandro Hit son was out of action for a long time due to injury. He didn’t start competing again until the spring. The long time-out obviously did him no harm. Showtime already excelled at the German Championships in Balve and he was able to repeat this form again today. Dorothee Schneider commented: “Showtime has grown up, he is much more self-confident.” She added that he had listened to her today much better than last year and had been very concentrated. Not even a loud noise – probably a bottle falling over on the stand – didn’t even distract the pair. It was just rather annoying that it had to happen in the middle of the half-passes that count double. Showtime flinched briefly, but was immediately by his rider again. However, it cost the pair a few valuable points – as did a small mistake in the one-tempi flying changes. Nevertheless, the highlights such as the passage, the extended walk, piaffe, the transitions and the overall fresh, motivated impression the gelding made dominated their performance.


Great Britain’s dressage darling, Charlotte Dujardin was back in the Deutsche Bank Stadium for the first time since the European Championships in 2015. And she was still amazed at how much the riders in the arena can feel the spectators on the stands. How much one registers how they held their breath and gasped after even the smallest mistake. Charlotte Dujardin had saddled the Trakehner, Erlentanz, for this year’s test. Aachen will be the last joint show for the pair. The 12-year-old Latimer son belongs to one of her pupils and her mentor, Carl Hester: Sonnar Murray Brown. Erlentanz and his owner competed in their first Grand Prix competitions together last year and will be taking “Erly” back on after Aachen. He had asked Charlotte Dujardin if she could ride his horse at competition because he broke his leg and was out of action for quite a while. Dujardin said yes straightaway. Since then they have won three competitions at three shows in England, but hadn’t ever achieved a result like today, 79.152 percent and a personal record! And that in spite of the fact that Dujardin hadn’t really had any high expectations: “I knew the Germans would be competing with their best horses. Erlentanz is a super horse, but I really hadn’t expected to achieve this result. I simply wanted to enjoy this wonderful show and have fun.”


Dujardin and Erlentanz narrowly beat Jessica von Bredow-Werndl with Dalera BB, who came fourth on a score of precisely 79 percent. The absolutes highlight of this pair: the piaffe/passage tour! Small errors like halting too early and a slight mistake in one of the flying changes in the zig zag half-passes cost them valuable points. But Jessica von Bredow-Werndl’s overall comment was: “The mare is incredible! She is a machine in the positive sense of the word!”


The only German team member, who things didn’t run smoothly for today, was Helen Langehanenberg. Her Damsey apparently had two left hooves today, striked before the piaffe tour, halted and only let himself be motivated to show a few piaffe steps after being energetically persuaded to do so by his rider. The pair slipped down to 18th place in the ranking with a score of 71.239 percent. She was consoled by her team mates. Isabell Werth: “She mastered the situation well, I take my hat off to her!” And the German national coach, Monica Theodorescu, was also full of understanding: “Helen was rather unlucky, but that is part of our sport. Things like that have happened to us all.” She must know, after all she was one of the best dressage riders in the world herself for many years and her name is also on the winners’ board recording the winners of the Dressage Grand Prix of Aachen.


Monica Theodorescu is as equally successful in her role as trainer. On a total interim score of 242.392 points, Germany is currently clearly in the lead in the Lambertz Nations Cup, ahead of the Danish quartet on 228.174 points and the team from the USA (225.392). It would be the sixth victory of the German squad in the Lambertz Nations Cup under the aegis of Monica Theodorescu, who only took over the position in September 2012. The final result of the Nations Cup will be revealed after the second competition on Saturday, the Grand Prix Spécial, the MEGGLE Prize.

Speed, speedier, Schwizer in the STAWAG-Prize

Pius Schwizer claimed the STAWAG-Prize for Switzerland with…

Pius Schwizer claimed the STAWAG-Prize for Switzerland with a fast-paced round. One other pair was actually even faster, but unfortunately, they were disqualified.


In the STAWAG-Prize, a speed competition, Pius Schwizer (SUI) and his 13-year-old OS gelding, Chaquilot, raced across the finish line of the 1.50-metre course built by the course designer, Frank Rothenberger, in a time of 63.46 seconds. “It really was a very fast jumping class,” stressed Pius Schwizer, while at the same time admitting that there was one other rider, who had actually beaten his time: The French rider, Roger-Yves Bost, with Sunshine du Phare. However, during the examination by the veterinarian after the ride, it turned out that the chestnut horse had blood on his flank. This led to his disqualification in accordance with the regulations. That meant the victory for Schwizer, who was full of praise for his four-legged partner, whom he has only been riding since the start of the year: “He is a true speed specialist, very careful and he has a super attitude!” This has brought Chaquilot and Schwizer in the short time they have been together (he was previously ridden by the German show-jumper Philipp Houston) three golden rosettes and placings under the top ten in almost every class.


Philipp Weishaupt has had a fantastic show so far with two victories and a second place. His ten-year-old Hanoverian-bred Coby by Contagio won two of the rosettes. A gold one for winning the Prize of StädteRegion Aachen yesterday and a silver one today for finishing second in the STAWAG-Prize with a clear round in 64.49 seconds. Coby was obviously listening yesterday when his rider said he has the feeling the gelding is destined for greater tasks!


Behind Philipp Weishaupt, winner of the Grand Prix of Aachen in 2016, came Gregory Wathelet, who won the Major here in 2017. The clock stopped at 65.09 seconds for his Erco van’t Roosakker daughter, Iphigenia de Muze.