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Thrills and spills from the Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe at CHIO Aachen

Thursday, 19 July 2018
CHIO Aachen 2018

Wednesday's Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe at CHIO Aachen was full of unexpected twists and turns, and had it all: Emotional clear rounds, plenty of poles down, refusals, eliminations and at its most unkind also falls... We look back at some of the thrills and spills. All photos (c) Tiffany Van Halle.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Brazil's Yuri Mansur jumped a beautiful first round on Vitiki to move on to the jump-off, where he very unfortunately had a bad fall at the third jump – a big oxer. Vitki had to be transported out of the ring in a horse ambulance, and was later diagnosed with an injury on the pastern bone. We wish him a quick recovery!

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle It took eighteen riders in between the two first clear rounds, which speaks volumes for the difficulties of the 1.60m track set by Frank Rothenberger: Here Leopold van Asten who delivered the second clear round of the class on VDL Groep Miss Untouchable.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle The double of uprights with wavy black planks at the very end of the course was definetly the heartbreaker of the class, and it fell again and again. Simone Blum and DSP Alice cleared it however, but that did not help with an early rail down.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Laura Klaphake was as always smiling, perhaps a little bit more than usual after her clear on the lovely Catch Me If You Can.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Many horses were struggling yesterday, one of them was Denis Nielsen's DSP Cashmoaker who decided enough was enough at the last combination and was eliminated.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum jumped a great round with the only 9-year-old Calle 67, and was very pleased even with one rail down.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Both the older and the younger generation are in Aachen: Eric Lamaze is to consider a veteran in this game...

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle ...while the 19-year-old Harry Charles is jumping for his first time in Aachen, after being crowned European Young Rider Champion last week.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle It looked so, so good for Steve Guerdat and Bianca all the way to the penultimate fence in the jump-off where the two had an unpleasant meeting with the poles.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle Turkish Airlines promotion by HH Azur.

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle When you think that Aachen is some wild spectacle...

Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle The winners: Henrik von Eckermann and Castello 194, that he has borrowed from his student Evelina Tovek for the occasion.

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