It was enough. Nobody needs as much drama as this year at CHIO Aachen. First, news spread that Eventing Horse Allstar B must be put to sleep due to a serious injury. Then, in the four-star eventing, Michael Jung was relegated from first to eighth for mishandling an obstacle. In the afternoon, the German dressage icon Isabell Werth was released midway through the test because her horse Quantaz was bleeding from its mouth.
Michael Jung on Chipmunk galloped as the winner of a nearly 4,000-meter cross-country track. The three-time Olympic champion ran 25 obstacles with just 1.2 time penalties, none of the 38 cyclists was within the 6:58 minute time limit. Jung has already received his first congratulations on warming up. But an announcement came through the loudspeaker that the jury had reserved the right to view the videos and the award ceremony was postponed.
At obstacle 14, a sloping hedge of bushes, Jung’s horse cut the corner in such a way that the border flag on the side fell over. There were doubts as to whether he had actually negotiated the obstacle correctly. The rule says that the horse must remain within the red and white border flag with both shoulder blades. It took the judges two hours to conclude that Chipmunk did not jump correctly and the athlete was penalized with 15 points. The beneficiary was Sandra Auffarth at Viamant du Matz, who has now been promoted: “If it’s fair for Michi to win, then I’m happy to be second,” she said, “but if it’s fair that I won, then so much better.”
It didn’t matter to the team’s performance. Jung had previously informed national coach Peter Thomsen, who took over at the beginning of the year, that he wanted to ride his relatively inexperienced young horse Kincandra Ocean Power for the team to gradually build up Chipmunk, his hope for the World Cup in September after a training break. However, the ride did not look like an advanced training course, but rather a galloping goal straight to a € 33,000 cash prize, no responsibility for the team. With Ocean Power Jung he was only 25th and Chipmunk, even though he was downgraded, would wrest the Nations Cup from Britain. Some things are just a matter of priority. Olympic champion Julia Krajewski contributed to this place in the team with a decent round, now she forms the basic team for the World Cup with Jung and Auffarth.
Seven times European Champion Ingrid Klimke gave the result, but still does not agree with her mare Siena Just do it. Sometimes he looked wild, twice the horse passed the obstacle. If Klimke was disappointed, she did not show it. “I enjoyed every day in Aachen,” she assured. With double commitment – she also rode in the dressage team – the 54-year-old probably expected too much. Along with Franziskus, he is now on the long list of the World Dressage Championships in August in Herning / Denmark alongside Isabell Werth and Quantaz, Frederic Wandres (Duke of Hearts) and Benjamin Werndl (Famoso).
Dufour wins all dressage tests in which he participates
CHIO ended prematurely for Werth. On Saturday’s Grand Prix Special, she was canceled because her horse, Quantaz, was bleeding from its mouth. When the bell rang, she stopped embarrassed. The head judge approached her, wiped the horse’s face with a white handkerchief and showed bright red bloodstains. Any blood on the horse leads to a disqualification, so Werth’s Sunday freestyle is over. “He must have bitten his tongue,” she said. No blood was found at the next dental check-up, even at the next evening check-up by the vet. “It’s bitter,” said Werth, “it has never happened to me, but of course I think the principle is fundamentally the right one.” their own World Cup will face the country.
National team coach Monica Theodorescu was still laughing. Behind Danish Cathrine Dufour, who won all trials in Aachen with her horses Vamos Amigos and Bohemien, Frederic Wandres finished second in freestyle at Hanover’s Duke of Hearts. The 34-year-old has been systematically climbing the career ladder over the past two years. The rider seems to be a bit big on the compact chestnut trees, but now he takes even the most difficult lessons with perfect posture and without mistakes. Occasionally the Duke of Hearts was ridden by the National Coach herself before moving on to Wandres. “That’s why he’s my favorite,” he admits, “he’s a good horse, even if he hucks a lot at times.” He refrained from doing so in Aachen, and that was good news.