She and Shutterfly leave the rest in their wake for their second consecutive win.
For the first time in the 20-year history of the Stuttgart CSI, a rider has won the grand prix twice in a row. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Shutterfly flew to the top of the class, the feature event of the
show, Nov. 15-18 in Stuttgart, Germany.
The Dutch driver steps in to fill Michael Freund’s winning shoes.
For 13 consecutive years, Michael Freund won the Schenker German Masters at the Stuttgart World Cup-qualifying driving competition. But Freund retired from competition last year, so on Nov. 16-17 it was certain that a new winner would be crowned in Stuttgart, Germany.
And, no surprise, it was the 2006 World Cup Final winner Ijsbrand Chardon, who has been three times individual World Champion (1988, 1992, 2002) and in 2006 the individual silver medalist.
She and Shutterfly didn't put a foot wrong on their way to the individual gold in a drama-filled few days.
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum recalled watching Ludger Beerbaum and Jos Lansink ride in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Then 18 and living in California, where she grew up, Michaels-Beerbaum couldn’t have imagined the conclusion of the European Show Jumping Champion-ships 19 years later.
The Aachen Grand Prix dressage competitions couldn’t have gone any better for Isabell Werth. “For me, Aachen has been an incredible show and an incredible week. I was competing with a lot of horses and was trying to keep concentrating from one horse and ride to another,” Werth said.
Last year, the vast stadium in Aachen, Germany, was the site of heartbreak for Beezie Madden, as the gold medal at the World Equestrian Games turned to silver with the drop of a rail at the last fence—the Rolex oxer—in the jump-off for the individual medals.
But, this year, the smile on Madden’s face was wide as she landed off that last Rolex oxer in the jump-off. Redemption was sweet, as Madden returned to the Aachen CHIO to claim victory in one of the world’s most prestigious grand prix events, the $343,825 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen, aboard Authentic.