Of the myriad cancellations that we’ve all had to contend with this year, one of the toughest has to be CHIO Aachen, that mythical playground of all things equestrian sport. Nothing quite compares to Aachen — its cavernous main stadium, which is at its very best once the sun goes down, the fences go up, and the lights burn brightest, the winding Rüdiger Schwarz cross-country course, the opening and closing ceremonies, the hanky-waving… whatever your fancy, it’s the horse show that every fan of the sport needs to go to at some point in their life.
But even if Aachen can’t go ahead in real life this year, there’s still a way to get your fix. The CHIO has a full roster of digital content coming out over the coming week, with a plethora of great YouTube videos coming out regularly, tonnes of content on their social media pages, and, of course, an Aachen edition of EquiRatings’ Eventing Manager game, which takes on a Champion of Champions format to pit some of the best eventers of all time against one another. Team EN went head to head with Horse&Hound and the Chronicle of the Horse to choose a team yesterday — now, download the (totally free!) app to join in on the fun and compete for your chance to win some incredible prizes, including a trip to Aachen next year. And in the meantime? We’ve shared this before, but it’s well worth the rewatch — because who wouldn’t want to ride SAP Hale Bob OLD to the win?
Go Eventing, and Go Aachen!