It's a huge area in Aachen and there's something going on everywhere at the same time. Even those who know the tournament well always see something new. Because there is always something new and something special happens every year. So this year for the first time there is a gala for a horse, Bella Rose is retiring.
The organizers call the tournament itself the "World Equestrian Festival". Is that it? Certainly, because nowhere else in the world are five disciplines offered in one place. It is reported worldwide who won which test. So much more happens at the World Equestrian Festival.
It is one of the most important and most beautiful horse shows in the Netherlands - say riders and visitors. Show jumping and dressage riders can collect valuable points in their respective FEI World Cups. And visitors get very close.
They have four horses in front of the carriage and drive in breakneck speed. Not outside in the field, but in a hall. The World Cup is the highlight for ten of the best four-in-hand drivers in the world. For the first time: The German Mareike Harm.
The passion for Quarter Horses is huge. A highlight in the horse show calendar of the Western riders is the competition in Aachen every year. "Q19" is the largest Western riding tournament in Europe. And because the horse breed is so versatile, so are the competitions.