It’s one of the biggest weeks of horse sport in the world—the Aachen CHIO, where the best of the world’s show jumpers, dressage riders, eventers, vaulters, and four-in-hand drivers gather to go head to head.
Here’s what you need to know about keeping up with what goes on…
Show jumping starts on Tuesday, July 18. Highlights of show jumping are: The Mercedes Benz Nations Cup on Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. local time (1:30 p.m. ET) and the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday, July 23 at 1:15 p.m. local time (7:15 a.m. ET).
The Hermès U.S. show jumping team for the Nations Cup is Kent Farrington/Gazelle, Laura Kraut/Zeremonie/Beezie Madden/Coach and McLain Ward/HH Azur.
Dressage starts on Wednesday, July 19 with the CDI**** Grand Prix. The CDIO***** Grand Prix, part of the Nations Cup, starts at 9:30 a.m. local time (3:30 a.m. ET) on Thursday, July 20. The CDI**** Grand Prix Special is on Friday, July 21 and the CDI**** Grand Prix freestyle is on Saturday, July 22.
The CDIO***** Grand Prix Special starts at 9:00 a.m. local time (3:00 a.m. ET) on Saturday, July 22; the CDIO***** Grand Prix freestyle goes at 9:30 a.m. local time (3:30 a.m. ET) on Sunday, July 23.
Eventing gets underway on Friday, July 21 with the CICO dressage taking place at 8:30 a.m. local time (2:30 a.m. ET) and the show jumping running at 5:45 p.m. local time (11:45 a.m. ET) that evening. Saturday, July 22 is the CICO cross-country running at 10:00 a.m. local time (4:00 a.m. ET).
The four-in-hand-driving does dressage on Wednesday , July 19 and Thursday, July 20, the marathon course and cones on Saturday, July 22.
The vaulters got things going last week, on July 15-16. The Germany II team won the Nations Cup; there were four U.S. vaulters competing as individuals:
Elizabeth Osborn (12th—individual female compulsory; eighth—individual female technical; eighth—individual female freestyle); Emily Rose (16th individual female compulsory; 18th—individual female technical; 17th—individual female freestyle); Kristian Roberts (ninth—individual male compulsory; eighth—individual male technical; eighth—individual male freestyle); Daniel Janes (11th individual male compulsory; 10th—individual male technical; 10th—individual male freestyle).
Who: You can find all the international entries for Aachen at hippobase.com. The United States has sent all-star teams for the dressage and show jumping Nations Cups, and individuals for the eventing and driving.
U.S. show jumping will be represented by Kent Farrington (Voyeur, Uceko, Gazelle), Lauren Hough (Ohlala, Waterford), Beezie Madden (Breitling LS, Coach, Darry Lou), McLain Ward (HH Azur, HH Carlos Z, Rothchild) and Laura Kraut (Confu, Whitney, Zeremonie).
There are top teams from Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Great Britain and France also jumping, as well as individuals like Canada’s Eric Lamaze, Bertram Allen and Cian O’Connor from Ireland, and Brazil’s Pedro Veniss, who will be on the hunt for a second leg of the Rolex Grand Slam after he won the Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva with Quabri De L’Isle in December.
U.S. dressage will be represented in the CDIO***** by Laura Graves on Verdades, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir, Adrienne Lyle on Salvino and Kasey Perry-Glass on Goerklintgaards Dublet. Reigning FEI World Cup winner Isabell Werth has Weihegold OLD entered in the CDIO***** and the Germans, Dutch, Danes and Spanish are all fielding strong Nations Cup teams.
In the CDI****, Shelly Francis (Danilo) and Tuny Page (Woodstock) will carry the Stars and Stripes on their saddlepads.
In eventing, Hannah Sue Burnett has RF Demeter entered in the CICO***, while Lauren Kieffer is taking on the field with Veronica, both as U.S. individuals.
Michael Jung has his La Biosthetique Sam FBW, who won the Aachen CICO*** in 2011, entered; his teammates include Ingrid Klimke on Horseware Hale Bob OLD and Sandra Auffarth on Opgun Louvo. The British, French, Irish, New Zealanders, Swedish and Australians are also fielding teams.
The sole U.S. driver in the four-and-hand is Chester Weber; the great Boyd Excell of Australia is entered, as is Dutch powerhouse Isjbrand Chardon.
Where you can watch: The Aachen CHIO isn’t streaming on FEI TV or USEF Network; you’ll have to subscribe to ClipMyHorse.tv to watch live online. There’s a month’s free trial, but it’s €12.95 per month for a subscription.