Horse Body Painting

Almost two years ago, we wrote our first article about horse body painting. It seems that this way of art is becoming more and more popular as we saw some beautiful body painted Friesian horses during the opening show of Chio Aachen. This year’s guestland was Holland, so the horses were painted in Van Gogh pictures.

Black Horse Van Gogh Painting

Black Horse Van Gogh painting

Black Horse Van Gogh Painting

But also body painter Nicole Heyduk went all the way when she created “the steam horse”. Pretty cool !

What do you think?

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Black horse

Photo: Sandra Reitenbach Fotografie

 

 

 

CHIO AACHEN WELCOMES THE WORLD’S BEST TO CONTEND FOR THE FIRST EQUESTRIAN MAJOR OF 2017

Elite competitors and world-class show jumping will be on display at CHIO Aachen this July, as the sport’s leading riders compete in the first equestrian Major of the year.

Each summer over 360,000 spectators travel to the iconic equestrian venue in West Germany to watch five disciplines of equestrian sport over 10 days, this includes dressage, eventing, driving, vaulting and show jumping. Hailed as the world’s greatest equine sporting exhibition, the historic CHIO Aachen is one of the calendar year’s most highly anticipated events.

The competition will culminate on Sunday 23 July with the highlight of the show, the Rolex Grand Prix. As part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping the pinnacle of CHIO Aachen will be played out in front of a full house in the main jumping arena, a spectator setting which accommodates over 40,000 fans. Part of the magic of the Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen can be attributed to the notorious difficulty of the jumping efforts, designed by world-famous Frank Rothenberger. Generally considered the most demanding course for show jumping athletes, the competing horse and rider combinations will strive to be crowned the coveted champion by producing a faultless performance over the 1.60m 5* track.Rolex scot brash

ROLEX AND CHIO AACHEN
Rolex prides itself on its long standing partnerships at the pinnacle of the sport. 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Pat Smythe becoming Rolex’s first equestrian Testimonee, an example of an exceptional athlete who laid the foundations for the enduring relationship between Rolex and the world’s finest competitions and Testimonees that is thriving today.

CHIO Aachen is a shining example of that flourishing relationship. The affiliation between Rolex and Aachen has continued to go from strength-to-strength since ties were first made in 1999.

Rolex Director of Communication & Image, Arnaud Boetsch, said: “As Rolex celebrates 60 years in equestrianism we remain dedicated to one of the greatest equestrian shows of the calendar year. Like Rolex, Aachen is an iconic institution symbolising both heritage and world class performance.”rolex chio Aachen

SHOW JUMPING’S SUPREME COMPETITION
Established collectively in 2013 by CHIO Aachen, CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ and CHI Geneva, the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping has been extended to four Majors with the inclusion of The Dutch Masters in 2018. Riders will now have the chance to win the coveted title at four events across the show jumping year while keeping the same format of needing to win three consecutive Majors to claim the Grand Slam title.

In 2017 the world’s best will be hoping to replicate the achievement of Rolex Testimonee Scott Brash, the British rider who made history in 2015 by winning every consecutive Grand Slam Event, the first ever rider to do so.

Brash remarked: “Every rider wants to be part of the Rolex Grand Slam and have the opportunity to try and win the most coveted prize in our sport. Aachen is a highlight of the year and everyone will be heading to the first equestrian Major with one aim, to win.

CHIO AACHEN July 14th -23rd 2017

 

 

The World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, represents a long tradition. Equestrian competitions have been organized in the old “Kaiserstadt” for far more than one hundred years. The glorious show grounds in the Aachen Soers are world famous. The stadiums belong to the most impressive sport facilities in the world. So let me take you on a journey to CHIO Aachen, the place to be for equestrians worldwide. riding arena outdoor with horsesBy entering the venue, you’ll soaked up the warm welcome you’ll receive from the hospitality team and you can immediately enjoy the local equestrian art sculptures.Horse art sculpture As we’re here to spot the latest lifestyle trends in the equestrian scene, let’s have a look at the Shopping Village. The CHIO-village consists of 200 international exhibitors in over 250 tents. A real shopping walhalla if you have some spendy feelings coming up. Even the CHIO-merchandising is on point. You can get yourself some CHIO branded homeware, try on the CHIO clothing line or buy a little fluffy “Karli, the mascot” souvenir.fluffy teddybear and horse homewareAs you all know, my obsession for riding boots is taking over when I’m attending an equestrian event. I am always on the hunt for some extraordinary boots to expand my collection. When I bumped into the stand of Reitstiefel Kempkens, I saw the perfect wardrobe, filled with beautiful leather boots. leather riding boots in colors Hermès never disappoints, neither this time. Beautiful scarfs are waving like flags among the big Rolex watch. The always classy equestrian collection was presented in a really nice way. When I had lunch at the riders bar, it was decorated with some Hermès homeware. A saddle with stirrups was hanging on the roof. Innovative.colorful scarfs waving rolex watch horse bridlesaddle horse tackBesides all the equestrian brands who presented their tack gear, a little shop caught my eye. Some beautiful homeware, equestrian inspired, was presented in a rustic atmosphere.equestrian homeware tableThose Gucci/Ralph Lauren inspired interior pieces are available at a very reasonable price. You can find them at the noconcept.eu store. We love the stirrup lamp and desk clocks.homeware table horse Off course, CHIO Aachen is much more than strolling around the shopping village and spotting the latest trends. On Sunday morning the CDI*5 dressage competition took place. A dream for every dressage rider to perform in this wonderful arena with all those spectators.Dressage arena with spectatorsTopsport is what we are here for! The Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping is back in Aachen. Who is going to leave the most famous showground in the world as the winner? It was my first time walking on the holy grass of the main stadium and I can guarantee you, it was pretty impressive. (Check out the Youtube video)grass arena showjumping fences aachenGreen grass showjumping fences aachenGerman rider Philipp Weishaupt and his horse LB Convall jumped into victory in the electrifying atmosphere of the stadium. A major triumph!green grass showjumping fences big stadium with peopleAlways a pleasure to attend the CHIO Aachen. For extra footage and the course walk, check out the Youtube video.

See you next year!

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The year 2015 is very special in the history of the Aachen Laurensberger Rennverein. In addition to the FEI European Championships, the World Equestrian Festival was also staged at the Soers in Aachen at the end of May. Competitions in the three classic disciplines show jumping, dressage and driving were held on May 29th to 31st. Let me give you an impression. This main arena is already impressive by itself. (Photo @chioaachen)

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The city of Aachen was completely branded by logo’s and banners of the event. Entering the “Krefeldstrasse” or the trainstation put you immediately in the mood.

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In the dressage arena was German rider Isabelle Werth queen of the day. She won the “PHILIPS Prize” with the 14-year-old Hanoverian-bred Don Johnson FRH. The 45-year-old rider took the lead in the Deutsche Bank Stadium after being awarded a score of 76.300 percent. (Photo @chioaachen)

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On Saturday evening the audience became enthusiastic during the “Tank and Rast prize” Jump & Drive. A competition where a team comprises of one driver and one show-jumper. The rider starts first and has to complete a course of 8 obstacles. After the last obstacle, the rider dismounts (which is always a bit hectic), hands the horse over to the groom and jumps on carriage.

CHio Aachen Equestrian Lifestyle

CHIO Aachen has a variety of topsport but shopping addicts also find their way near the showground. The hype this summer seems defenitely an infinity scarf with pastel colors as we’ve seen this in every shop.

CHIO Aachen Equestrian Lifestyle

A remarkable stand which attracted a lot of visitors, was Elly’s Team and her horse hair thickening solutions. If your furry friend has hair loss or you want to give him some extra volume, go for a tail-, forelock- or mane-toupee. There’s a wide range of colors.

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Sundays are for winning. The British show-jumper, Scott Brash, number one in the world rankings, rode to victory in the Rolex Grand Prix with his top horse “Hello Sanctos”.

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Scots’ name is on the famous list and it seems he has big plans for the future!

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The FEI European Championship *August 11th to 23rd*

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