Aachen, Germany – April 24, 2020 – The COVID-19 crises claims yet another equestrian event as the prestigious and highly popular CHIO Aachen 10-day event in Aachen, Germany announced its cancellation of its 2020 competition, despite earlier intentions to postpone until later in the year.
Aachen has been home to international competition since the 1920s and saw its first cancellation for a period of five years during World War II between 1950-1945. CHIO Aachen can trace its origins back to 1898. While the show has transformed over the years from its original roots in horse racing to now showcasing the world’s greatest show jumping and dressage athletes, it remains rich in history and has been a staple in many competitive equestrians’ show calendars each year.
Throughout the ten days of competition, the showgrounds sees as many as 350,000 people from all over the globe. Originally scheduled for May 29 – June 7, 2020, Aachen served as an Olympic trial selection for many countries. After consideration due to the health risks of the coronavirus, the organizing committee made the design to cancel the 2020 event.
“This was a very emotional and very difficult decision for us,” stated Michael Mronz, General Manager of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH (ART), but ultimately the health of their competitors, spectators and citizens deemed the cancellation necessary. While the event may not take place physically, a virtual event will be organized with more details to be released over the next few days.
Tickets already purchased for the 2020 event will be transferred into tickets for the 2021 CHIO Aachen, set to run June 25 – July 4, 2021.