Pomp & Mascots Opening for Aachen’s World Equestrian Festival CHIO

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Parade of Danish mounted troops celebrating the naming of the European Championships in Herning, Denmark as the official partner of the Aachen CHIO. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Parade of Danish mounted troops celebrating the naming of the European Championships in Herning, Denmark as the official partner of the Aachen CHIO. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The annual World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen, Germany is celebrated as the premier horse event anywhere on the globe with the opening ceremony this year spotlighting European royaty and Old World pageantry.

Events in most of the world present their best face to attract the world’s top riders and horses and the spectators and sponsors as vital lifeblood of the sport.

Aachen, with about a quarter million people in an historic center, does it spectacularly.

The Aachen and Danish European Chamoionship mascots. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
The Aachen and Danish European Championship mascots. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.comnow
Denmark royalty helping launch the  World Equestrian Festival in Aachen. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Denmark royalty helping launch the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com