Leonie Koch is the best in the Prize presented by Nadine Capellmann

Friday, 25. November 2022

Leonie Koch is the best in the Prize presented by Nadine Capellmann

During the award ceremony, a few tears of joy rolled down: Germany's Leonie Koch won the first classification of the juniors with her Antara.

However, Leonie Koch was already overwhelmed by her emotions after her final salute. 72.980 percent meant not only a new personal best, but also victory in the Prize presented by Nadine Capellmann. "I didn't expect that at all," said the beaming winner, who initially held her hands in front of her face in disbelief. "My parents are from Aachen by birth, we are here every year at the CHIO. To even be allowed to ride here ourselves once is already a dream and now we have actually won." By we, she means her sport partner Antara, who belongs to her sister Hannah. "Antara did a great job of concentrating today and worked super for me," the 17-year-old was really thrilled with the performance of the eight-year-old mare. However, she doesn't feel any pressure for the following days at the Aachen Youngstars: "Nobody can take today's victory away from me. Now it is simply my goal that she continues to be so relaxed in the dressage arena and that I can experience the great riding feeling from today once again." That was enough for today's victory ahead of Carolina Miesner with Exclusiv (72.576%) and Emma Nielen with Fazz vh Bloemenhof (72.525%), who completed the German triple success.

Photo: Angelique Steffens

Congratulating the winner Leonie Koch: (from left) Dr. Thomas Förl, Member of the Supervisory Board of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein, and Nadine Capellmann