Germany with Marcus Ehning, Maurice Tebbel, Marco Kutscher and Philipp Weishaupt gave the hosts the perfect finish to beat the United States and Switzerland, who ranked second. (Photo © CHIO Aachen / Michael Strauch)
The Team Germany was crowned champion at home by winning the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup of CHIO Aachen, being the only perfect before its public.
With a bursting scene of more than 40,000 spectators and this crowd pushing the hosts, it would not take long to pay off for Germany, where three of their riders recorded double clear rounds.
Starting with perfect courses Marcus Ehning and Maurice Tebbel, the Germans finished eliminating Marco Kutscher’s result with 12 fouls and Philipp Weishaupt secured a clear round, tied with Switzerland and Belgium while Italy with 5 fouls finished them first round in fourth place.
For the second round Marcus Ehning repeated with the 14-year-old gelding Pret A Tout (Hiram Chambertin x Stew Boy), same situation for Maurice Tebbel with the 10-year-old stallion Chacco’s Son (Chacco Blue x Lancer), again Kutscher scored 4 fouls to be eliminated with the 11-year-old gelding Clenur (CXarinue x Fernando) and Philipp Weishaupt with the 10-year-old stallion LB Convall (Colman x Cascavelle) lifted the crowd from their seats to celebrate the victory.
The United States of America came from behind, when they completed a first round of 8 fouls and then clear in the second, which match with Switzerland in second place, highlighting the World number 1 Kent Farrington next to the 11-year-old mare Gazelle (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro) and double clear round by Laura Kraut with 10-year-old mare Zeremonie (Zero x Quick Star) and World No. 2 McLain Ward with the 11-year-old mare HH Azur (Thunder VD Zuuthoeve x Sir Lui VD Zuuthoeve), in what was undoubtedly one of the best reactions to ensure an excellent result.
Switzerland led by Werner Muff with the 9-year-old gelding Daimler (Canturano x Lupicor) and Olympic gold medalist Steve Guerdat with the 10-year-old mare Hannah (Dulf van den Bisschop x Kashmir van Schuttershof) totaling a double clear round for each avoided being displaced by the Americans and overcame Belgium, who could not keep their first perfect round, totaling 16 fouls in their participation with the clear round of Olivier Philippaerts, Pieter Devos and Gregory Wathelet.
The rest of the Nations that participated left in fifth place the Netherlands accumulating 21 faults, sixth Italy with 22 fouls, Great Britain was seventh with 54 faults and closed in eighth place France.