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Aachen Dressage Youngstars starts on Thursday – admission to the show only for the fully vaccinated or recovered
The best aspiring riders will be battling it out in the Albert Vahle Arena at the CHIO Aachen showgrounds for the title of Indoor Champion. The event is exclusively open to people, who have been fully vaccinated against or who have recovered from COVID-19.
The Deutsche Bank Stadium, the mecca of the international dressage sport, is right next door, within sight. When the best aspiring dressage riders compete in the Albert Vahle Arena at the traditional showgrounds of the CHIO Aachen from Thursday to Sunday, they will no doubt cast the odd longing glance over to the stadium. After all, their big dream is to compete at the CHIO Aachen one day. But, first of all the 78 young talents from 13 nations are competing against each other in four age groups at the Aachen Dressage Youngstars in a bid to win the Grand Prix and claim the title of Indoor Champion.
For many riders the show in the traditionally, festively decorated Albert-Vahle Arena is the crowning conclusion of the season. “Promoting aspiring young riders, is of great importance to us,” said Birgit Rosenberg, “which is why we are delighted to experience the best of the young athletes again here live at the end of the year,” the board member of the Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV), organisers of the show, stated.
The three-time European Champion, Rose Oatley, will be competing in the arena in Aachen with her successful pony, Daddy Moon. The 14-year-old already knows what it feels like to be crowned Pony Champion at the Youngstars, because she already won the title at the last edition in the year 2019. She not only intends to defend this title in 2021, she also aims to come under the top rankings in the field of the Juniors riding her aspiring young horse, Rock Revolution. Among others, she will be taking on the local matador, Maren Grunwald, from RV Aachen 1949 and the two team European Champions, Lena Merkt and Kenya Schwierking.
Their team colleagues, Jana Lang and Lucie-Anouk Baumgürtel, who returned home from the European Championships in Oliva Nova, Spain this year with no less than three gold medals, will be competing in the Young Rider classes in Aachen and will endeavour to make life difficult for the title defender Kimberly Pap from the Netherlands, Luca Sophia Collin who won bronze at the European Championships and Moritz Treffinger, member of the Programme of Excellence of the CHIO Aachen CAMPUS. In the Children’s classification, three of the gold-winning team riders at the European Championships are represented: Lara Lattermann, Lotta Plaas and Martha Raupach, so we can also look forward to top sport in this age group.
To attend the event in the Albert-Vahle Arena, both the participants and the spectators have to either be fully vaccinated against or have recovered from COVID-19. Those, who can’t visit the event in person, can watch all of the classes live on www.aachenyoungstars.de or on ClipMyHorse.TV Germany. The show-jumpers will subsequently be in action from December 2nd-5th, at the “Aachen Jumping Youngstars – Salut Festival”.