September 27 – 29, 2019
Story by Betty Finke, Photographs by Betty Finke and Alessio Azzali
If you went to Aachen the last three years, you’d be pardoned for thinking (three times in a row) — “How on Earth are they going to top that?” The show had swollen into a four-day extravaganza that involved three separate shows, an auction, singing, and laser shows. Where do you go from there?
This year the answer was obvious: back to essentials. Back to a three-day horse show, minus the trappings. Since last year, the All Nations Cup and the European Breeders Trust have parted ways, and it was the latter that had been responsible for all the extras. So, gone were the European Futurity, the auction, the laser show, the singers, the “vote & win,” and the “Festival” added to the name. While it made for a less spectacular weekend, it did put the focus back where it belongs: on the horses. Those of us who go there to see the horses had no problem with that. There were lots of beautiful horses to see and enjoy, whether you watched the halter or the sports competitions.