World Equestrian Festival Aachen 2017


The heart of equestrian sport beats in Aachen
CHIO Aachen 2017 from July 14th to July 23rd

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Also the German Chancellor was enthusiastic. “The heart of equestrian sport beats here in Aachen,” Angela Merkel said during her visit at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen in 2008. Each year, about 360,000 spectators fervently follow the competitions in five disciplines during the ten days of the event – truly a record attendance. “But this is not what counts most for us,” says Show Director Frank Kemperman. “It is more important to us that we succeed in further increasing the quality and the significance of the CHIO Aachen.”

The world’s best equestrian athletes attend the competitions in Aachen’s Soers each year – in jumping, dressage, eventing, four-in-hand driving and vaulting. “In the world of horsesport, Aachen is simply the greatest, it is what 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”.

Arousing such great emotions, the CHIO Aachen is also always a media event: Approximately 500 journalists and photographers as well as 200 TV staff members will again travel to the Official International Event of the Federal Republic of Germany from July 14th to July 23rd 2017, and will report to their audience all over the world about the sport highlights, such as the Mercedes-Benz Nations’ Cup – also with numerous live broadcasts.

Springreiten CHIO 150x200The CHIO Aachen is also a popular meeting point for celebrities from politics, economy and show business as well as for the numerous families and horse sport fans that celebrate the competitions in the stadiums as well as on the cross-country and marathon courses like a folk festival.

The centre of attention for everyone is the question of who is going to immortalize him or herself on the CHIO Aachen’s winners’ board in 2017. The sport legends of the past decades have already achieved this: Hans Günter Winkler and Josef Neckermann, Nelson Pessoa, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Michael Freund and Isabell Werth. “You must have won at Aachen to be someone in the equestrian sport world”, says Winkler – the most successful jumping rider of all times.

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