“I guess you don’t need much encouragement to go to the world’s greatest horse show – Aachen CHIO. The show has been running since the 1920’s and every year it gets bigger, better, more exciting. Aachen in 2020 will be a final trial for many of the horse and rider combinations battling for a place at the Tokyo Olympics later in the year, and believe me, Aachen is going to be a far far more enjoyable experience than the Games, I have been to Tokyo as a guest at the first International Press Conference, and it is going to be total chaos, in impossibly hot, humid weather.

Showjumping and dressage have long been the jewels in the Aachen crown, but over the past few years the CIC Eventing has emerged as a diamond in its own right, with your 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 a chance to see some of our Australian stars in action.

Aachen +, why the plus, because we always like to add something special for our travelers. And our travelers tend to be a fairly discerning and well-traveled lot, so the obvious equestrian tourist spots are not on, we set out to create a couple of money won’t buy experiences, with two of the world’s greatest dressage trainers at home.

We will drop in on Germany’s Wolfram Witting and his wife Brigitte, both of them Grand Prix riders, while 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.

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 goes. He is a fascinating speaker, and his partner, Jennifer Sekreve is another brilliant, tactful rider. Dressage artistry in action.

Oh yeah, along the way we are going to drop in on our pals at the Hanoverian Verband in Verden, for a spot of hands on judging and assessment, and a chance to get the low down on where breeding is at right now, from some of the best in the business.

The icing on the cake? Our final stop to 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 through the trip we’ve got some great hotels lined up, all those extras that you’ve come to expect, like welcome and farewell dinners, the inside goss from the press room, with the super experienced team from Organisation Unlimited taking the hassle out of traveling. Places are limited, we don’t want a crowd, just pleasant people who like to enjoy their travel.”

Chris Hector

To view the THM/OU Aachen + 2020 Package please click HERE