It may be the largest field of play in show jumping, but for Eduardo Menezes, circling the main arena at CHIO Aachen on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 as the leader of the victory gallop felt like a short ride.
“I could have gone ten more rounds!” Menezes commented with a smile. “It felt amazing.”
The Brazilian rider had just won the opening class of CHIO Aachen 2017, in what was his first outing, and first time jumping on the hallowed grounds of show jumping here in Aachen, Germany.
He rode Caruschka, his own veteran partner that he’s been at the reins of for nearly seven years. With an entry list of 52 of the best pairs in the world, the single round Stawag Opening Jumping Competition gave riders and horses their first look at the arena, and while some used the course for a leg stretch, others, including Menezes, rode to win.
“In every class I go in, I always try to do my best, and while I was riding to win today, I always ride to win,” Menezes said.
Halfway around the track, it was apparent that Menezes and Caruschka would be hard to catch, and when they crossed the timers in 59.36 seconds, the crowd scattered throughout the massive Aachen arena rewarded them with hearty applause.
It may have been a Tuesday afternoon, and over 85 degrees with beating sunshine at that, but thousands of Germans turned out to the showgrounds today to watch the first day of what will be five days of show jumping. CDIO dressage and CCI3* eventing and combined driving are also on tap this week.
For Menezes, he’ll continue to ride to win throughout the week. In addition to Caruschka, whom he uses as his speed horse, he has brought his 2016 Rio Olympics partner, Quintol to Aanchen, with an eye on Sunday’s Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping Grand Prix of Aachen.
It’s going to be a long, action packed, and exciting week at Aachen!
Full result list is here.