The star-studded lineup for Aachen CICO3*, which will take place July 19-21 in Germany, boasts the reigning Olympic, World and European Champion horses, plus multiple CCI4* and CCI3* winners.
Aachen is not designated as a Nations Cup on the 2018 series calendar but will still run as a CICO3* team competition. The U.S. team for Aachen will be Will Coleman and OBOS O’Reilly, Buck Davidson and Carlevo, Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo, and Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border.
Twelve nations have fielded entries for Aachen to give us 42 total combinations. Germany won the team competition last year and come in as heavy favorites again with Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW, Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD, Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo, and Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot. Julia will also ride Bramham CCI3* winner Chipmunk FRH.
Sandra Auffarth announced last week that Opgun Louvo will no longer compete in championships. We will not see him defend his World Championship title at Tryon, but Opgun Louvo is a past winner at Aachen and has never finished lower than fourth place in five completions at the venue.
In addition to the heavy-hitting German team, the Brits also bring forward a strong team led by Burghley winners Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class and Nicola Wilson and Bulana, who are coming off a win in the Barbury Castle CIC3*.
New Zealand also brings forward a formidable team with Adelaide winners Clarke Johntstone and Balmoral Sensation, plus Boekelo winners Tim Price and Cekatinka.
Others to watch include Australia’s Chris Burton, who has won Aachen two times previously, with Saumur winner Quality Purdey, and Tim Lips with Bayro, who delivered a strong performance at Luhmühlen for the Netherlands despite a flag penalty call that didn’t go their way.
Last year’s Brahman CCI3* winners Yoshi Oiwa and Calle 44 just won the Nations Cup at Strzegom and are also in with a strong shout for Japan.
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