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Highlights from Thursday's €1.000.000 Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup at CHIO Aachen, part one

Friday, 01 July 2022
CHIO Aachen 2022

The German team took a popular home win in Thursday's CSIO5* 1.60m €1.000.000 Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup at CHIO Aachen. Entering the second round with a single penalty each, the Swiss and German teams were leading the way at a rainy Soers, where 40,000 spectators sat tight to watch the action unfold, despite the wet weather. While Great Britain and Belgium kept the Germans under pressure until the anchor riders entered the ring, the Swiss saw their luck turn and tumbled to finish fourth. 

Looking back at the action, we start with the German Chef d'Equipe Otto Becker, who once again found the winning recipe for Soers: Andre Thieme on DSP Chakara, Jana Wargers on Limbridge, Christian Kukuk on Mumbai 3 and Janne-Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann on Messi Van't Ruytershof.

All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. 

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Last year's winners, Team USA, could not defend their title and finished 6th. Here Lillie Keenan and Argan de Beliard, who delivered a clear for the Americans in round two.

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Mclain Ward's longtime groom Lee McKeever watching nervously from the sidelines.

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Double clear for the Swiss team: Steve Guerdat and Venard de Cerisy jumped two fantastic rounds.

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What dreams are made of: Great Britain's Harry Charles and Romeo 88 delivered an impressive double clear result in their Aachen Nations Cup debut.

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These two are incredible, though: Belgium's Jérôme Guery and Quel Homme de Hus helped the Belgians finish second with a double clear round, one of four in the competition.

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The stunning Nevados S and Gregory Wathelet flying the flag for the Belgian team. An unfortunate pole in the triple combination during round two left the Belgians to the runner-up position behind the hosts.

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The future looks bright for Ben Maher; Faltic HB took the rainy Soers in his stride with two strong rounds in the demanding conditions, jumping clear in the first round and having one unfortunate rail in round two.

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After a stunning clear in round one, French rider Megane Moissonnier and the huge jumping Cordial looked well on their way to another clear in round two, until the stallion lost a shoe at the double and slipped at fence 10 to unfortunately unseat his rider.

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Germany's Christian Kukuk and Mumbai 3 had two rails down in the triple combination in round one but came back strong to finish the second round with a clear.

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A clear from Scott Brash and Hello Jefferson in round two kept the Brits in the game to finish third.

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The hopes for a British victory ended at the open water when Great Britain's anchor pair, the 66-year-old John Whitaker and Equine America Unic du Frankport, splashed in.

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Kisses for the wonderful Quel Homme de Hus.

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It's a family affair for Belgium's Jérôme Guery, here celebrating his double clear result with his wife Patricia and son Mathieu.

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Team USA's Cristalline and Adrienne Sternlicht earning air miles in Aachen.

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The exciting Thursday night at the Soers ended with a German celebration; here Jana Warger's Limbridge.

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When Great Britain and Belgium ended their night with a score of eight penalties each, the German anchors Andre Thieme and DSP Chakaria did not need to enter the ring for round two and the Germans could celebrate a win with a total of five penalties.

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DSP Chakaria and Suzanne Schlimpert.

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Andre Thieme showing some love for Janne-Frederike Meyer-Zimmermann's wonderful Messi Van't Ruytershof, that jumped two beautiful clear rounds for Germany.

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Congratulations, Team Germany!



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