Photo: Aachen Foto Studio Strauch
We have a treat for showjumping fans as you will be able to watch the Rolex grand prix of Aachen on Horse & Country TV. It will be broadcast at 8pm EST on July 25 — just three days after the live event.
Rolex Grand Slam
CHIO Aachen is one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world. Not only is it home to Nations’ Cups in five disciplines (showjumping, dressage, eventing, driving and vaulting), it is also one of the legs in the Rolex Grand Slam.
This exciting series is the toughest competition in showjumping – offering the biggest prize, with €1m bonus going to any rider that can consecutively win three grands prix out of Aachen, the Spruce Meadows Masters, CHI Geneva and the Dutch Masters.
If that same rider then also wins a fourth major in succession, they will win an additional €1 million bonus prize.
Scott Brash is the only rider in history to win the Grand Slam — he won at Aachen, Spruce Meadows and Geneva in 2015.
World’s very best
The current contender is Niels Bruynseels, who won the Dutch Masters grand prix earlier this year. Niels will be competing in Aachen and hoping for another win, with his top mare Gancia De Muze.
However, he faces stiff competition from the world’s very best — including last year’s winner Gregory Wathelet (pictured) who is likely to return to defend his title.
This year’s competitors have yet to be announced, but last year’s start list reads like a who’s who of showjumping, with names including world number one Harrie Smolders, Scott Brash, Marcus Ehning, Laura Kraut, Eric Lamaze and Ludger Beerbaum.
You can watch the Rolex Grand Prix Aachen 2018 AS LIVE on July 25 at 8pm EST time on Horse & Country TV.