Well, that settles it: CHIO Aachen is officially a bucket list event for me. After following Tilly Berendt’s coverage all weekend I’m completely enamored with the venue, the fanfare and the utter spectacle of it all. It doesn’t hurt that the Charlemagne-era city of Aachen itself looks like a dream to explore. I’m currently plotting how I make this a stop during my vacation time next spring!
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Congrats to Clare Milhous, winner of last week’s Fab Freebie! Clare won a Sunshield Long Sleeve 1/4 Zip from SmartPak, designed to keep riders cool, dry, and protected from the sun. Thanks to our great friends at SmartPak for sponsoring this contest. Keep an eye out for this week’s Fab Freebie giveaway, to be announced on Tuesday.
The FEI ‘blood rule’ was enforced multiple times at CHIO Aachen over the weekend. A Danish dressage rider, a Belgian show jumper and a French show jumper were all eliminated for blood on their horse’s side near the riders’ spurs. [Three riders eliminated in Aachen due to blood on horses’ sides]
You may have noticed that Tamie Smith and Wembly were missing from the Team USA squad at CHIO Aachen this weekend. Tamie look to Facebook yesterday to let everyone know that Wembly was discovered to have a bone bruise in one foot and she determined that it was in his best interest not to compete at Aachen. We’re wishing Wembly a speedy recovery and Tamie the best of luck with Mai Baum at Pan Ams! [Update on Wembly]
Does your horse get a little over excited for cross country? If your horse gets strong and you’re feeling a bit out of control at times, try this exercise from British eventer Sam Ecroyd which he learned from the master himself, Michael Jung. [#SundaySchool: How can I stop my horse being strong across country?]
Monday Video: Ever the horsewoman, Ingrid Klimke even gives the robo-horse pats!
SAP Ambassador and Olympian Ingrid Klimke tests out the brand new SAP Riding Simulator at CHIO Aachen. The simulator gives fans a unique chance to feel what it’s like for a professional rider! If you’re in Aachen come by, test your riding skills and try to beat Ingrid's best-time #thebestrun
Posted by SAP Sports on Wednesday, July 17, 2019