It is the CHIO
of the debutants: An extraordinary number of riders who are competing at the Soers for the first time this year have won competitions this year. A newcomer also rode to victory in the Prize of AachenMünchener: Frank Schuttert from the Netherlands was the fastest in the competition with one regular round and a winning round. Twelve horses and riders qualified for the winning by jumping clear. Schuttert crossed the finish line with his 10-year-old BWP chestnut stallion Epleaser Van’t Heike in the fastest time of 48.39 seconds. The 20-year-old left the Belgian rider Pieter Devos with Dylano (48,89) and Oranje Olympic participant Maikel Van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Verdi TN N.O.P. (49.07) trailing behind him. Germany's top rider Christian Ahlmann came fourth with his Westphalian-bred stallion Cornado II (49.57). These four riders also jumped clear over the course built by Frank Rothenberger in the winning round. Schuttert travelled to Aachen for the first time ever last year – just as a visitor. In 2014, the professional rider who works at Jos Lansink's stables in Limburg, Belgium has competed himself at the Soers. Epleaser Van’t Heike – an aspiring offspring of the top horse Valentina Van’t Heike, with whom Lansink competed among others at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky – has according to his rider got enormous potential. "He is sometimes a bit careful, which I had problems with at first. Then, on the other hand he is sometimes very strong in between the individual obstacles, which makes him difficult to control. But that wasn't the case today." Schuttert finds the fact that more and more young riders, especially from Belgium, are penetrating the international top level sport circuit, is a big advantage for all athletes. "We spur each other to better performances." Even in Aachen the newcomers are raking in the victories. "It is great fun. We are not frightened of facing new challenges, not even in Aachen," said Schuttert.
Hans-Dieter Dreher, who won this competition last year with Embassy II, had to make do with 14th place with the Holsteiner stallion Colore after picking up four faults in the first round.