Aachen Adds Dressage CDI5* to World Equestrian Festival in May

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Isabell Werth riding Bella Rose at Aachen, Germany where she has won the Deutsche Bank Prize more than any other rider in 60 years of the event. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Isabell Werth riding Bella Rose at Aachen, Germany where she has won the Deutsche Bank Prize more than any other rider in 60 years of the event. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

AACHEN, Germany, Nov. 4, 2014–The World Equestrian Festival has scheduled the €150,000 (US$190,000) Deutsche Bank Prize CDI5* at the end of May to maintain the premier dressage Grand Prix competition along with jumping’s Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen CSI5* ahead of the European Championships.

The Deutsche Bank Prize Grand Prix of Aachen CDI5* was added to the program that initially was only for the Grand Prix of Aachen CSI5*, one of the Rolex Grand Slam events, May 29-31.

Dressage and jumping will be staged less than three months before the historic European Championships of five disciplines, plus an international eventing competition.

Dressage will be staged in the Deutsche Bank Stadium that was expanded and refurbished in preparation for the Europeans of dressage, jumping, driving, reining and vaulting–the first time five Euopean championship disciplines will be held together in the same show grounds.

But European championship dressage will move to the main stadium and an audience of up to 40,000 spectators for each session while reining and vaulting will be in the Deutsche Bank stadium, similar to 2006 when a slimmed down CHIO was held just months before the World Equestrian Games.

Isabell Werth of Germany has won the award 10 tines, more than any other competitor since the first event 60 years ago.

The Nations Cup CDIO5* that has been a featured event at Aachen every year since it was first staged there in 1977 had to make way for the European team competition and will be held at Hagen July 8-12.