Welcome to The Horse Magazine/Organisation Unlimited Aachen+ Tour 2022.
What a year! Instead of packing our bags and getting ready to fly to Europe, here we are in semi-lockdown planning for next year’s Aachen. I can’t think of a better show to celebrate the return of top equestrian sport than Aachen. It is simply the world’s best run, most exciting, equestrian event. And the Aachener team will be as anxious to get back into action as we are to sit back and enjoy it.
Aachen + 2022 will attract, as it always does, the best of the best. What a feast! The world’s superstars of dressage and show jumping, and now, the CIC eventing has become another jewel in the Aachen crown. So you’ll have the choice of wandering over the beautiful cross country track, or sitting in the stand, with a couple of jumps in the arena, and all the action on the big screen. It will be your chance to see some of our Australian stars in action.
Our 2022 trip will still be Aachen + !! Why the plus? Because we always like to add something special for our travellers. We promise we won’t be taking you to the regular ‘tourist’ stops; and we’ll enhance your event experience.
We will drop in on Germany’s Wolfram Witting and his wife Brigitte. Both of them Grand Prix riders, and Wolfram trains some of the leading riders in the current dressage scene. While there, we will get a chance to see Wolfram work with the incredibly talented Kira Wulferding, one of the world’s most elegant and effective riders.
Next we’ll visit one of the modern masters of dressage, Hubertus Schmidt on his farm. Hubertus is still one of the world’s leading trainers but he has added another dimension to his farm, standing some of the world’s top stallions, including Escolar.
What else? Well along the way we are going to drop in on our pals at the Hanoverian Verband in Verden, staying at a boutique hotel run by Hans-Heinrich Brüning’s wife and daughter.
Hans-Heinrich is an old friend and one of the most successful breeders in Europe. He is the breeder of Zucchero who starred at the 2020 World Young Horse champs, and currently Jessica Lynn Anderson, who rode the reserve champion Secret in the five year old class at the same show, is using the facilities at Hans-Heinrich’s farm. We’ll get a chance to see Hans-Heinrich’s amazing mare band, and watch Jessica train. And believe me, his hotel is really very special.
After Aachen we’ll hop across the border, and visit Dutch master, Johan Hamminga. Johan is not only a master trainer – he helps train the Dutch Young Horse team – but he is also an expert on conformation and how it relates to the way the horse performs. He is a fascinating speaker, and his partner, Jennifer Sekreve is another brilliant, tactful rider. Dressage artistry in action.
The icing on the cake? At our final stop you’ll enjoy one of The Netherland’s ‘hot spots’ – the quintessentially Dutch Golden Age town of Haarlem. Windmills, canals, art galleries, the Market Square and fabulous shopping, Haarlem is a “mini Amsterdam”, without the hustle and bustle or the crowds.
Right across the trip we’ve got some great hotels lined up, all those extras that you’ve come to expect, like welcome and farewell dinners, and all the inside goss from the press room. Plus we have the super experienced team from Organisation Unlimited taking all the hassle out of traveling.
Places are limited for Aachen 2022. We don’t want a crowd, just pleasant people who like to enjoy their travel and a wonderful experience.
Chris Hector – The Horse Magazine.
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