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The horses, riders and teams for CHIO Aachen 2024

Wednesday, 26 June 2024
CHIO Aachen 2024

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ It's that time of the year: CHIO Aachen is just around the corner, and Switzerland – last year's winners of the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup – come strong in force with Martin Fuchs, Steve Guerdat, Pius Schwizer and Romain Duguet on the team. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ.

Next week, it is time for the 2024-edition of CHIO Aachen at the legendary Aachener Soers showgrounds in Germany. 

18 nations, 62 athletes and 205 horses are on the CSIO entry list, with teams from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and the USA set to battle it out in Thursday night's CSIO5* €1,000,000.00 Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup. On Sunday, it is time for the second Major of the year in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, the €1,500,000.00 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen. This year, Rolex is celebrating 25 years as the main sponsor of CHIO Aachen – a partnership formed in 1999. 

Great Britain's Scott Brash – the only rider to have won the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping – is on the entry list, alongside his compatriots Ben Maher, Harry Charles and Robert Whitaker, while the German team for Thursday's Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup will include four of these five: Marcus Ehning, Andre Thieme, Christian Kukuk, Jana Wargers and Hans-Dieter Dreher. Current world number one, Sweden's double World Champion and Olympic team champion Henrik von Eckermann will be competing in Aachen as well, while USA – CHIO Aachen's partner country for 2024 – will be represented by McLain Ward, Laura Kraut, Natalie Dean and Katie Dinan. Other big names ready for Aachen include reigning European Champion and 2012 Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat, 2004 Olympic Champion Rodrigo Pessoa, 2017 European Champion Peder Fredricson and 2019 European Champion Martin Fuchs. 

Talking to Rolex Equestrian, Rodrigo Pessoa said: “CHIO Aachen is my favourite Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping Major, as it is the equivalent to what The Championships, Wimbledon, means to tennis, the Masters means to golf, and what Daytona means to motorsport. Aachen has so much history; some incredible feats have been achieved there. Since the beginning of my career, I have always had my sights on winning the Grand Prix there. I achieved this feat very early on, and I feel very lucky and grateful for doing so.”


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