Switzerland has been named the official partner country of the CHIO Aachen 2014, which will set the scene for the week of the show in Soers.
The 10-day show will feature all things Switzerland, including horses and carriages accompanied by traditional “Trychlern”, alpine horn players and flag bearers. Forty Freibergers, a heavy warmblood breed considered to be the only native Swiss horse breed, will take part in a big show parade.
The national stud will be sending its seven-in-hand carriage team and the Bern Dragoon, the mounted parade troop from the Canton of Bern, will be in action throughout the show.
Organising committee president Carl Meulenbergh, a farmer before he entered politics, said he was looking forward to seeing the country’s Simmental cows.
Swiss riders will also be looking to make their mark this year. Last year showjumper Janika Sprunger came second in the Rolex Grand Prix – narrowly beaten by Britain’s Nick Skelton. Beforethat, three Swiss riders won the title: Paul Weier (1973), Willi Melliger (1983) and most recently Markus Fuchs (2004). Switzerland has won the Mercedes-Benz Nations’ Cup in Aachen five times.
After his victory at the CSI Geneva, leading Swiss rider Steve Guerdat is also in line for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, which includes Aachen, Spruce Meadows and Geneva.
The show runs from July 11 to 20, with the opening ceremony taking place on July 15.
For tickets and information, see www.chioaachen.de or call +49-(0)241-917-1111.