This year Great Britain is the partner country of the 2023 CHIO Aachen and the opening ceremony will have royal flair as HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, will be attending
Partner countries enjoy a long tradition at the World Equestrian Festival. The visitors, athletes and organisers of the CHIO Aachen 2023 are already looking forward to special guests for the nineteenth time.
“Winning over Great Britain as this year’s partner country means the fulfilment of a long-standing heartfelt wish. The Brits have so much to offer – both as a sports nation and in terms of tourist attractions,” said Birgit Rosenberg. The Head of Sports at the CHIO Aachen, who is also responsible for the show programme.
Equestrian sports and horse breeding are a highly appreciated tradition in Great Britain that dates back many years and which is also very deep-rooted within the Royal family. Princess Anne herself became the youngest eventer to win the European Championships in 1971, and her daughter Zara Tindall won the World Champion title in Aachen at the World Equestrian Games in 2006 – witnessed by her mother, who is now returning to the Aachen Soers 17 years later.
On 27 June 2023, the opening ceremony will take place in front of an audience of 40,0000. The motto of the evening: “All you need is love”, based on the legendary Beatles hymn. Among others, the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, that are well-known as the Royal Guards from the magnificent parade’s on London’s streets, will enchant the crowd with their world-famous Musical Ride Display. They will be accompanied by the Grand National Shetland Ponys, magnificent, typical British carriages and – of course – plenty of music.
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