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Thrills and spills from the 2023 Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup at CHIO Aachen, part one

Tuesday, 04 July 2023
CHIO Aachen 2023

As always, the CSIO5* Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup of Aachen was exciting to the very last fence was jumped, in large thanks to the many twists and turns the second round had to offer as well as the electric atmosphere created by the sell-out crowd at Soers. 

Here we look back at the thrilling class, a close affair where a pole separated the Swiss from the Brits and the Belgians. Martin Fuchs and the impressive 10-year-old gelding Commissar Pezi played a big part in the Swiss success at Soers, with their double clear round as anchors for Michel Sorg's team. 

Photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Never jump on an empty stomach! Tim Gredley, Scott Brash and Harry Charles looked pretty relaxed before the Nations Cup.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ The Americans looked to be in a slightly different mood than the Brits. Or maybe Laura Kraut and McLain Ward were just hungry.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Karli was smiling though!

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Eight teams jumped in the Nations Cup: Great Britain, Belgium, USA, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ British pathfinders Ben Maher and Dallas Vegas Batilly made Frank Rothenberger’s thirteen-fence track look deceptively easy when jumping a clear round as first in the ring. The two went on to deliver one of six double clears of the night.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ When a pole on the last fence falls... That was the case for USA's Devin Ryan and Eddie Blue in the first round of the Nations Cup. However, the two came back strong with a clear in round two.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ As cool as ice, Steve Guerdat delivered two stunning clear rounds with Venard de Cerisy for Switzerland.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Simon Delestre and Dexter Fontenis Z delivered a clear in the first round, helping France sit tied on top with Switzerland and Sweden ahead of the second round.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ In round one, Jens Fredricson and Markan Cosmopolit jumped clear as pathfinders for Sweden.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Germany's Jana Wargers and Limbridge were among those who had a rail down on the last Mercedes-Benz upright in round one, but bounced back with a clear in round two.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ With a score of eight and four, it was Olivier Philippaerts and the beautiful Le Blue Diamond van't Ruytershof that carried the drop score for Belgium.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Switzerland's Niklaus Schurtenberger and C-Steffra only had a mistake on the open water in round one.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ A happy Megan Moissonnier and the lovely Cordial celebrating a clear in round one, helping France sit tied on top in the lead with Sweden and Switzerland.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Sweden's Evelina Tovek was unlucky to see a shoe fly off Azaria Dinero. With eight faults, the two carried the drop score in round one.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ As a German rider, there is nothing quite like going clear in the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup of Aachen... Here Hansi Dreher celebrates with Elysium.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Tim Gredley's Medoc de Toxandria has been performing great lately but had a foot in the water and a pole on no. two down this time around, to carry Great Britain's drop score in round one.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Gregory Wathelet's Ace of Hearts lives up to his name. After a small mistake on 3b in round one, the two were clear in the second round for Belgium.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Edouard Schmitz and Gamin van’t Naastveldhof stretching over the oxer at no. 9b. Schmitz had eight faults in the first round, carrying the drop score for Switzerland.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Nothing really went right for the Dutch team. For Lars Kersten and Emmerton it could have gone really wrong, as the two parted ways on 3a next to the lake...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ ...with Kersten hitting the ground...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ ...and Emmerton setting off...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ ...with the bridle off...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ ...and heading full speed for the exit with zero intention to stop.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Despite coming in straight after Emmerton's unexpected exit, Sweden's Wilma Hellström and Cicci BJN managed to keep their cool and jumped clear...before the mare had a little snack on the way out.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Scott Brash looked a little more worried than before the class as he entered the ring as anchor for Britain with Hello Jefferson...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ ...but with a fantastic clear round, there was no cause for concern.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Got to love these two! Double clear AGAIN: Belgium's Nicola Philippaerts and his heart-horse Katanga vh Dingeshof.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ McLain Ward once again showed what he is made of when he delivered two clear rounds with Callas for Team US.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Martin Fuchs had good reason to smile as the 10-year-old Commissar Pezi proved he has what it takes, jumping double clear for the Swiss team.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ It started well for France in round one, but with twelve faults in each round it was a disappointing evening for Kevin Staut and Visconti du Telman.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ The margins were not on Germany's side this time around. Here Marcus Ehning and Stargold who carried the drop score of eight faults in round one, and as usual the stallion threw in his signature bucks through the finish line.

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