For the first time in the 106-year old history of the CHIO Aachen did a Dutch dressage rider win the Aachen Grand Prix Championships. At the 2004 CDIO Aachen, Dutch rider Anky van Grunsven placed second in the Grand Prix and won the Special and Freestyle, claiming the overall championship title as well. Aboard the Hanoverian gelding Salinero (by Salieri x Lungau), Van Grunsven received the monster score of 83.65% and kept her biggest competitor, Ulla Salzgeber, behind her.
"I've never won in Aachen, so this is a new victory for me," Van Grunsven said exuberating with joy. Van Grunsven owed her Aachen victory formost to her ability to ride absolutely errorless tests. Salinero was not overheated, he looked more relaxed and confident in his work.
Text and Photos copyrighted: Astrid Appels