Aachen, World’s Premier Horse Show for Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Driving Nations Cups Put Off for 3 Months to September

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The Aachen, Germany, main stadium. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Mar. 3, 2021

Aachen, the world’s premier show for dressage, jumping, eventing and driving Nations Cups, has changed from the peak summer vacation time to September this year, a week after the European Dressage Championships in nearby Hagen, Germany.

The new dates for Aachen CHIO are Sept. 14-19, changed from the original dates of June 25 to July 4.

The European Championships for dressage and Under-25 are scheduled for Hagen Sept. 7-12.

The organizers of the show that was first staged 97 years ago did not give a reason for the change that was made on the official FEI calendar.

The CDIO5* Nations Cup, CDI4* and Under-25 are on the dressage schedule.

The show was not held in 2020. It had been scheduled to be held a month earlier than usual as a final selection event for several teams–including Germany, the United States, Spain and others–for the Tokyo Olympics. But it, like the Olympics, did not go ahead because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The show typically gets about a quarter million paying spectators but German media speculated that there was a risk of not being able to admit the general public along with the loss of a huge vendor village on the June-July dates, but that could change by September.