Congratulations to the entire team of the FEI to be voted the number #1 sports federation in 2015!
The FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale), led by Belgian Ingmar De Vos, has beaten the popular FIFA (football) and UCI (cycling) organisations on the list of best sport federations in the world, according to an academical research at the University of Leuven.
The Sports Governance Observer (SGO) is a new benchmarking tool that enables national and international sports leaders to improve the governance of their federation.The Sports Governance Observer focuses on four key areas of governance: transparency & public communication, democratic processes, checks & balances and solidarity. It is developed in cooperation with leading experts from 6 European universities and aimed at bringing practical change in the everyday running of sport’s organisations.
Hereby a summary of the report by Arnout Geeraert, available at www.playthegame.org
For the second time the famous beach (and celebrity hotspot ) of Pampelonne in Saint-Tropez was the place to be for those who love luxury and equestrian topsport. Greek billionaire girl Athína Onassis and her Brazilian husband Doda De Miranda hosted the “Longines Athína Onassis Horseshow“, an exceptional event where the world’s best riders and many impassioned celebrities competed.
Only a few steps away from the beach and under the brights sun, the Longines Athína Onassis Horseshow featured two different levels of competition for a total of 561 000€ in prize money. The world’s best riders and horses competed in the 5 classes of the CSI5* all valid for the Longines ranking. Also 9 classes were dedicated to amateur riders competing in the CSI2*. A total of 60 riders and +- 120 horses were attending the show, representing more than 20 countries.
The luxury feeling already started at the entrace, were all kind of exclusive cars were parked. The stylish decor and summer vibes made you feel like you are on a lifetime holiday.
A few little luxurious shops were welcoming you before entering the arena.
Let’s talk celebrities, the 2 most remarkable persons were for sure Bruce Springsteen (who’s daughter was competing @jessicaspringsteen) and Mister Giorgio Armani, who was sponsoring the event. (photocredit@longinesaohs)
Marco Kutscher was the winner of the CSI5* Grand Prix.
This weekend was absolutely great! Topsport at an idyllic hotspot at the French Riviera.
Thanks to LAOHS for the invite!
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)
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.
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)
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 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.
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.
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”.
Scots’ name is on the famous list and it seems he has big plans for the future!
The FEI European Championship *August 11th to 23rd*