Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Marcus Ehning, Otto Becker, Christian Ahlmann & Ludger Beerbaum

After 8 Years Germany Wins Aachen Again

Germany has waited a long time for the German show-jumpers to win the Nations Cup at the CHIO Aachen, 8 years to be precise. Ludger Beerbaum expressed it differently: “It felt like an eternity!” However, now the curse of German national coach Otto Becker seems to be broken. Never before he was able to win in Aachen with his team. The black-red-yellow team finished after a spotless performance. The discarded score came from Christian Ahlmann with Epleaser van’t Heike, who had a mistake in the first round, in the second round he stayed clear just like Marcus Ehning with Pret a Tout, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum with Fibonacci and Ludger Beerbaum with Casallo, who all also stayed clear in the first round.  France and the USA share second place with four points each. However, it stayed exciting up to the end, only when Beezie Madden and Cortes C made a mistake at the water it became clear that Beerbaum wouldn’t have to do his second round. But he did the second round anyway in order to qualify Casello for the Grand Prix on Sunday, for which he’s already qualified with Chiara.
The German sports director of the FN and director of the DOKR, Dr. Dennis Peiler, was happy about the German’s victory. “To win in Aachen is of high significance and is a good omen for Rio. I’m especially pleased for Otto.”
However, as yet nobody wanted to name the pairs for Rio. Daniel Deußer and First Class van Eeckelghem were able to show their ability in the Prize of Europe, now the other four – with three “test” horses, namely Epleaser instead of Taloubet Z, Pret a Tout instead of Cornado NRW and Casello instead of Chiara. “Today has not been a pointer towards Rio,” so German national coach Otto Becker said. “My main wish is that all of them stay healthy. We will discuss the decision calmly. But it is nice that there are alternatives.” All of the riders will have to wait for Saturday, then the dressage committee has a meeting. “Yesterday I thought that Daniel with First Class and Taloubet should be part of the team, today it would be the four from the Nations Cup and If you’ll ask me tomorrow it might be Chiara and Cornado,” so Becker said, seemingly amused about his luxury problem.