Main stadium at the Chio Aachen, © Chio Aachen, Studio Strauch

CHIO Aachen

World Eques­tri­an Fest­iv­al

A tour­na­ment that’s more like a big party: Every year the rid­ing world cel­eb­rates the CHIO World Eques­tri­an Fest­iv­al in Aachen.

Experts call it the “Wimbledon of equestrian sport”: the “Concours Hippique International Officie” in Aachen , CHIO for short, is the largest and best-attended equestrian event in the world. Each summer the World Equestrian Festival attracts more than 350,000 visitors to the Imperial City of Aachen.

The tournament consists of the classic equestrian disciplines of jumping, dressage, driving, and the newly-added eventing and vaulting, which were incorporated into the show in 2007. Both individual and team winners are selected for each discipline. The annual highlight is the Aachen Grand Prix, the jumping competition held on the Sunday.

The CHIO Aachen’s competition programme lasts from Friday to Sunday of the following week. In addition to the main competitions always, the extensive side programme always proves to be a great draw for visitors. This includes “Soers Sunday”, CHIO Aachen’s unofficial opening day, when tens of thousands of visitors stream through the show grounds and enjoy free entry to a varied programme of shows. The “Horse & Symphony” show, accompanied by live music from the Aachen Symphony Orchestra, is an integral part of the fringe programme. Every year CHIO Aachen puts on a closing ceremony entitled "Farewell to the Nations".

Dates: 28 June to 7 July 2024

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Ingrid Klimke at the Chio Aachen, © Chio Aachen, Arnd Bronkhorst
Horse and symphony at the Chio Aachen, © Chio Aachen
Main stadium at the Chio Aachen, © Chio Aachen, Studio Strauch
Show jumping is a main part of the CHIO in Aachen, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
Driving a horse-drawn carriage is also one of the disciplines at the CHIO Aachen, © aachen tourist service e.v.

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