CHIO Aachen in 2017
CHIO Aachen is Spectacular. I have to go back to CHIO Aachen in 2018! Aachen is the pinnacle of the European Equestrian Events held every year in Germany. Organised, of course, with typical German precision.
Our Group arrived into Frankfurt Airport and were transported direct via the ICE train to Aachen. On arrival at Aachen Station, horse statues and decorations were visible, local bakeries had Gingerbread Horses and most shops had Horse Window Displays to celebrate CHIO Aachen.
The first evening we enjoyed typical German fare at the local Aachener Brauhaus with Bratwurst, Snitzels, Sauerkraut and Pork Knuckles on the menu. In the morning we enjoyed an English guided walking tour of the old town and viewed the pretty buildings, market square, Rathaus (local town hall) and Aachen Cathedral.
We had 4 Star accommodation, in the centre of Aachen; it was a quick walk to the shuttle to CHIO each day. Shuttles ran regularly, which meant, very little waiting time. Aachen is also a popular meeting place for noted Celebrities. (Take your Autograph Book)
The first few days of CHIO Aachen start with the vaulting before the opening Ceremony on the Tuesday night, which introduces the horses and a few quirky things about the local area with the Dutch and the Germans.
Events for the rest of the week, in all three arenas, commenced early in the morning until late evening. All Nationalities from around the world were here to compete. It was so amazing to see the riders you would normally see in Magazines, Facebook, and Television competing in person. We watched Isabell Werth from Germany compete and win the majority of her dressage tests. The Spanish Dressage riders were the crowd favourite; they showed some lovely flair to their paces.
It was exhilarating to watch the Show Jumping, with the finale of the Nations Cup. The jumps were some of the biggest we had ever viewed. With a beautifully executed course with full use of the arena, to ensure that the whole crowd had a view from the four large grandstands.
Carriage Driving was very popular with the Driving Dressage competed early in the week and the exciting Marathon four-in-hand run directly after the cross country on the Saturday. Fantastic, not to be missed and we had Australia’s‘ own Boyd Excell competing.
The Eventing was run a little differently with the Dressage and Show Jumping competed on Friday, with cross-country on the usual Saturday morning. The course CII3*** Standard was tricky and tough for time, with many riders were tested technically. Some riders made errors or had falls. Our spot near the water let us watch a few thrills and spills. The Australians did exceptionally well finishing in second place in the Nations Cup. Shane Rose finished third with Christopher Burton finishing in sixth position individually.
The world’s best equestrian athletes attend the competitions in Aachen every year in jumping, dressage, eventing, four-in-hand driving and vaulting. “In the world of horse sport, Aachen is simply the greatest, it is what we all work towards”, says the three-time winner of the ROLEX Grand Prix of Aachen and five-time Olympic Jumping Champion Ludger Beerbaum. And Bettina Hoy, Team World Eventing Champion, describes the competitions in Aachen as “riding with goose bumps”. Further Information under www.chio-aachen.de
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