Aachen to Kick Off New Cycle of Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping Series

The Main Stadium © CHIO Aachen/Andreas Steindl
The Main Stadium © CHIO Aachen/Andreas Steindl

The mecca of the equestrian sport, the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen boasts the world’s top athletes for competition in the five disciplines of jumping, dressage, eventing, driving and vaulting before crowds of 350,000 fans from July 14-23. Founded in 1898, Aachen is long-standing on the list of the top international events. In addition to elite equestrian competition, the event includes a folk festival and large party. Guests from the media, show business, and politics come to enjoy the exceptional atmosphere of the Soers showground, alongside families and fans from all over the globe.

The prestigious Grand Prix of Aachen, the Rolex Grand Prix, is the first of the 2017 Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping events. As successful Canadian show jumper Eric Lamaze said, “The Rolex Grand Slam integrates four successful shows into one big idea.” Searching for perfection, riders hold big dreams of conquering this difficult quest.

Rolex Grand Prix winner of CHIO Aachen 2016, Philipp Weishaupt. (c) Andreas Steindl/CHIO Aachen
Rolex Grand Prix winner of CHIO Aachen 2016, Philipp Weishaupt. © Andreas Steindl/CHIO Aachen

The Major tournaments of the Rolex Grand Slam include the CHIO Aachen, the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’, the CHI Geneva and the recently added Dutch Masters (to premiere in 2018). These four exceptional events offer high prize-money at stake totaling 5 million Euros (Aachen: 1 Million Euros; Spruce Meadows: 2.1 Million Euros; Geneva: 1.1 Million Euros; ´s-Hertogenbosch: 800,000 Euros). This will be the first year a rider is able to benefit from the new, even more remarkable bonus system of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.

On top of the extensive prize-money offered at each event, riders are presented the chance to win a bonus. If one rider successively wins the Grand Prix at three of the four tournaments, they win the Rolex Grand Slam and another one million Euros in prize money. If that same rider then wins a fourth Major in succession, they will be rewarded with an additional 1 million Euro bonus. It is only the rider that counts, so it is possible to claim the bonus riding different horses. This system is infinite and is not limited to a calendar year – it is a never ending story.

In 2015 British show jumper Scott Brash wrote history when he became a living legend as the first rider to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Building on his 2014 CHI Geneva and 2015 CHIO Aachen Rolex Grand Prix wins, he secured the third consecutive Major victory after emerging as the only rider to jump both rounds clear in the “CP ‘International’, presented by Rolex” at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters.’ No other rider has yet to join Brash, but as the current ‘live contender,’ Pedro Veniss of Brazil is hoping to change that. He will challenge this weekend’s competition for a chance at a second successive Major win, building on his Rolex Grand Prix victory at CHI Geneva in December.

Pedro Veniss riding Quabri de l'Isle, winner of the Rolex Grand Prix. Copyright: Rolex Grand Slam
Pedro Veniss riding Quabri de l’Isle, winner of the Rolex Grand Prix. Copyright: Rolex Grand Slam
Pedro Veniss has his sights set on the Rolex Grand Slam trophy. Copyright: Rolex Grand Slam
Pedro Veniss has his sights set on the Rolex Grand Slam trophy. Copyright: Rolex Grand Slam

Aachen will also showcase the CSIO5* Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup on Thursday, July 20. The United States means business with a strong list of noteworthy riders, including the top two FEI World ranked riders. With an impressive lineup, Team USA is one of the favorites to win. The following athletes will make up the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team led by Chef D’Equipe Robert Ridland:

  • Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.)
  • Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.)
  • Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.)
  • Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.)
  • McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.)

The competition will culminate on Sunday, July 23, with the show’s highlight, the Rolex Grand Prix. The Main Stadium at Soers will see 40 competitors challenge Frank Rothenberger’s demanding course of 1.60m obstacles over two rounds of jumping, concluding with a jump-off.

You can follow all of the action on ClipMyHorse.TV. CHIO Aachen has also created a new app, offering news and entertainment where you can get active and judge some of the competitions as a “digital judge”! The CHIO Aachen app is available to download in the App Store or experience on Google Play.

Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping Dates:
CHIO Aachen (Germany): July 14-23, 2017
Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ (Canada): September 6-10, 2017
CHI Geneva (Switzerland): December 7-10, 2017
The Dutch Masters (Netherlands): March 8-11, 2018


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  BELBelgiumChef d’Equipe: Peter Weinberg
DEVOS, PieterClaire Z, Dream of India Greenfield, Espoir, Flash (YH)
PHILIPPAERTS, NicolaChilli Willi, H&M Harley v. Bisschop, H&M Zilverstar T
PHILIPPAERTS, OlivierAlfonsine Manciaise (YH), H&M Cabrio van de Heffinck, H&M Forever d’Arco ter Linden, Ikker
VAN ROOSBROECK, CatherineGautcho Da Quinta, Qiazetta Z, Shou d’Ouilly (speed)
WATHELET, GregoryCoree, Eldorado van het Vijverhof, Iron Man van de Padenborre, Sandero (YH)
MENEZES, EduardoBalou’s Captain (YH), Caruschka 2, Quintol
VENISS, PedroFor Felicila, Quabri de l’Isle, Tresor de Varende (speed)
LAMAZE, EricChacco Kid, Fine Lady 5, Jewel 8 (YH), Thalis de la Roque
PAROT, SamuelAtlantis, Quick du Pottier (speed), Romance du Criolo
ALVAREZ MOYA, SergioCarlo 273, Charmeur, G&C Wolf (YH), Iron Man 111 (speed)
  FRAFranceChef d’Equipe: Philippe Guerdat
ANGOT, CédricSaxo de la Cour, Virtuose d’Eole (YH)
BOST, Roger YvesQoud’Coeur de la Loge, Sangria du Coty, Sunshine du Phare, Vino d’Espinet (YH)
BRIAND CHEVALIER, BernardQadillac du Heup, Uneven Sunheup
ROZIER, PhilippeQuartz Rouge, Rahotep de Toscane, Unpulsion de la Hart
STAUT, KevinAyade de Septon et HDC, Elky van het Indihof HDC, Reveur de Hurtebise HDC,Vendome d’Anchat HDC (YH)
  GBRGreat BritainChef d’Equipe: Di Lampard
BRASH, ScottHello Forever, Hello Senator (YH), Ursula XII
COUPE, NigelGolvers Hill, Jubilee III
HUTTON, SamuelConcho, Happydam, Iloica v. Bisschop, Jumpy van de Hermitage (YH)
SMITH, RobertBavi, Cimano E, Ilton
WILLIAMS, GuyMr Blue Sky UK, Rouge de Ravel, Titus
  GERGermanyChef d’Equipe: Otto Becker
teamEHNING, MarcusBaccarat 14 (YH), Calanda 42, Funky Fred, Pret A Tout
teamKLAPHAKE, LauraCatch Me If You Can 21, Silverstone G
teamKUTSCHER, MarcoBalermo, Chaccorina, Charco (YH), Clenur
teamTEBBEL, MauriceCamilla PJ, Chaccos’ Son
teamWEISHAUPT, PhilippAsathir, Call Me Eva (YH), LB Convall
AHLMANN, ChristianCaribis Z, Cornwell 9 (YH), Dolocia, Taloubet Z, Tokyo 2 (speed)
BEERBAUM, LudgerChacon 2, Chakra 9 (YH), Chaman, Chiara 222
BEERBAUM, MarkusCarlito’s Way 6 (YH), Charmed 2, Comanche 28
BLUM, SimoneDSP Alice, Flying Boy
HASSMANN, FelixBalzaci, Cayenne WZ, Sig Captain America (YH), SL Brazonado (speed)
HETZEL, HolgerCome To Win 51, Legioner, Thunder Girl (YH)
KLIMKE, Ingrid528 Parmenides 4 (speed)
KUKUK, ChristianCasanova 467 (YH), Cordess 2, Limonchello NT
MEYER-ZIMMERMANN, Janne FriederikeChloe (speed), Fortuna (YH), Goja 27, Indi 28
MICHAELS-BEERBAUM, MeredithCalle 67 (YH), Daisy, Samurai 501
MOORMANN, RolfClintina 4, London Life (YH), Samba de Janeiro 3
RÜPING, PhilipChalypsa (speed), Clinta, Messenger
STEVENS, MarioBaloubet 4, Credo 17, El Bandiata B (speed), Landano 17 (YH)
THIEME, AndreAretino 13, Contadur (speed), Conthendrix
WULSCHNER, HolgerBSC Cha Cha Cha, Catch Me T, Choco Latino 2 (YH)
ALLEN, BertramHector van d’Abdijhoeve, Izzy By Picobello, Molly Malone V
O’CONNOR, CianCallisto, Copain du Perchet CH (speed), Good Luck, Lukas 1054 (YH)
BLUMAN, DanielApardi (speed), Sancha LS
  ITAItalyChef d’Equipe: Roberto Arioldi
BUCCI, PiergiorgioCasallo Z, Diesel GP du Bois Madame (YH), Driandria, Ugano de Coquerie
DE LUCA, LorenzoArmitages Boy, Ensor de Litrange LXII, Jeunesse van’t Paradijs (YH), Limestone Grey
GARCIA, Juan CarlosCocodrillo, Gitano v.Berkenbroeck, Zilver
GAUDIANO, EmanueleCarlotta 232 (YH), Caspar 232, Chalou, Corbanus, Jasper P d’15 (speed)
MARZIANI, LucaSaxo des Hayettes, Tokyo du Soleil
FERNANDEZ, FedericoBolt (speed), Guru, Landpeter Do Feroleto, V.I.P. (YH)
  NEDNetherlandsChef d’Equipe: Rob Ehrens
HENDRIX, MichelBaileys, Don Diablo HX, Eretto (YH)
HOUTZAGER, MarcEdinus (YH), Sterrehof’s Baccarat, Sterrehof’s Calimero
POELS, AniekAthene, Barry White 3, Cosma Go R
SCHUTTERT, FrankChianti’s Champion, Winchester Hs
SMOLDERS, HarrieDon VHP Z, Emerald N.O.P., Hos d’O, Monaco (YH), Zinius (speed)
VALDEZ PRADO, AlonsoChichester 3, Chief
DINIZ, LucianaDelia VDL (speed), Fit For Fun 13, Winningmood
  SUISwitzerlandChef d’Equipe: Andy Kistler
FUCHS, MartinChica BZ (YH), Clooney 51, Cristo, Victoria
GUERDAT, SteveArcange de l’Arc (YH), Bianca, Dioleen, Hannah
MUFF, WernerCasstina H (YH), Coranto, Daimler, Pollendr
PETER STEINER, NadjaCapuera II, Celeste 26, Saura de Fondcombe
SMITS, EdwinDandiego BZ, Rouge Pierreville
VON ECKERMANN, HenrikCantinero, Chacanno, Cortina 212 (speed), Louie 9 (YH)
  USAUnited States of AmericaChef d’Equipe: Robert Ridland
FARRINGTON, KentGazelle, Uceko, Voyeur
HOUGH, LaurenCornet 39, Dasino (YH), Ohlala, Waterford
KRAUT, LauraConfu, Deauville S, SFS Vincomte (YH), Zeremonie
MADDEN, ElizabethBreitling LS, Coach, Darry Lou, HHS Hercules (YH)
WARD, McLainHH Azur, HH Carlos Z, Rothchild


Nations: 18Athletes: 67Horses: 219


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