Pius Schwizer Wins the Prize of the AachenMünchener

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum best German in Third Place

A Swiss/Belgian combination won the Prize of the AachenMünchener at the CHIO Aachen 2010, World Equestrian Festival: The Swiss rider Pius Schwizer and his 13-year-old BWP gelding, Ulysse. The pair galloped over the track without picking up any faults in a time of 44.15 seconds.

“It wasn’t an easy course, there were long distances in-between the fences and in some cases very tight combinations, so you had to watch out that you didn’t get too close,” commented Schwizer. “Only the best thirty from three advanced jumping classes were able to qualify for this competition. So the course designer, Frank Rothenberger, had to build a corresponding course, I’m sure after looking at the entry list he would have given it good thought,“ added Schwizer.

Incidentally, there’s good news about his Olympic horse, Nobless M. “The mare was out on injury for eleven months, she kept going lame, the leg wasn’t swollen or hot. After around 200 X-rays we found a chip in the coffin bone that was like a needle point. She hasn’t been lame since the operation and will be competing at the CSI in Ascona.“ Schwizer will not be riding Ulysse in the Grand Prix, instead he is counting on the nine-year-old Holsteiner Carvallo/Landgraf I daughter, Carlina.

Second place went to the French rider, Kevin Staut, with the KWPN mare, Sea Coast Silvana, a Corland/Widor daughter. The pair jumped clear in a time of 44.39 seconds. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum finished third with the 15-year-old Contender son, Checkmate (45.26).