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Highlights from Wednesday's Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe at CHIO Aachen 2024

Thursday, 04 July 2024
CHIO Aachen 2024

"The atmosphere in this class is simply amazing, with the lights, all the spectators... Everyone feels that this is the first proper class, the first qualification for the Grand Prix, so everyone is a bit extra focused," Germany's Richard Vogel said after taking the top honours in Wednesday evening's CSIO5* 1.60m Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe at CHIO Aachen 2024 with the 10-year-old Cepano Baloubet (Chaman x Stakkato’s Highlight). 

And with these images, we take a look at some of the highlights in the first qualifier for Sunday's Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen! 

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Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. "Walking into the ring tonight, looking around, Aachen never gets old," McLain Ward said after another exciting night at the Soers in Aachen.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Christian Kukuk and Just Be Gentle delivered the first clear round as the fifth pair out.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Christian Kukuk and Just Be Gentle with Isabella Håkansson and Sofie Karlsson.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Preparing for Paris: Ireland's Cian O'Connor and Maurice finished fourth after a double clear round.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Team-work Karlswood-style.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. A show of form: Katrin Eckermann and Iron Dames Cala Mandia NRW were one of the seven Germans that delivered strong perfromances on Wednesday night with clear rounds.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. It's easy to smile afterwards...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Kendra Claricia Brinkop impressed once again, finishing fifth with In Time after two beautiful clear rounds.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Hopes were high of yet another home win at Soers and the host’s own did certainly not disappoint – Germany's Patrick Stühlmeyer and Drako de Maugre delivered a double clear to finish 6th.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Happiest of them all?

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Double clear and third in the Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe: Germany's Jana Wargers and Dorette are having a great 2024-season.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. The King of Style: Marco Kutscher and Karajan were kept away from the jump-off by a single time penalty.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. USA's Katie Dinan and Atika des Hauts Vents were also kept out of the jump-off by a single time penalty.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Maximum unlucky: Scott Brash and Hello Valentino had the back rail on the last oxer down, picking up four penalties.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Brazil's Yuri Mansur and QH Alfons Santo Antonio were one of the twelve pairs that returned to battle it out in the jump-off. This time, last year's winner Mansur had to settle for 10th after a rail down in the jump-off.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. It is a family affair for the Spits.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Thibeau Spits and the 9-year-old Clear Heart delivered a clear in round one and joined the exciting jump-off.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. On form on home soil: Mario Stevens and Starissa FRH were one of the seven Germans that cleared their way into the jump-off. They finished 9th with four faults in the jump-off.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Full focus from Christian Kukuk on Just Be Gentle.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. "I think amongst the riders, we often say that this is the second hardest class of the show to be frank," McLain Ward said after finishing second.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Steve Guerdat and Albführen's Iashin Sitte joined the jump-off, where they were the first pair to show that McLain Ward's leading time was beatable. A fault on the penultimate vertical left the pair 8th in the end.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. "I didn't get everything as perfect as I wanted to, and Cepano helped me out," Richard Vogel said afterwards abou his winning jump-off.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Team Ward: Lee McKeever and Virginie Casterman.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. With the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen in her sights, Jana Wargers was happy with the third place finish.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Fast both on and off the horse...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. It certainly was another evening to remember at the Soers!

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