championship 2006

aachen 2006
aachen germany


the fifth fei world equestrian games™ held in aachen will stay in the memory of all equestrian fans for a long time to come. with 576,000 spectators attending the competitions and media coverage on an unprecedented scale, the games were clearly a remarkable public and sporting success demonstrating the potential of equestrian sport to an enormous audience. after four games at temporary sites, aachen provided a venue that was established with full horse show facilities and perfected organisation.

the games began for the first time with endurance, accompanied by torrential downpours; however, the sight of the drenched leaders coming into the stadium cheered by the enthusiastic crowd was an emotional occasion not to be missed. they were also the first fei world equestrian games™ for fei president hrh princess haya.

the dressage team event followed predictable lines and it was in the individual competitions that the real excitement was to be found. while not all were convinced about the two medal formula – one for the grand prix and one for the freestyle – there was little doubt at the end of the day that two world champions had been crowned.

aachen’s smaller indoor arena – stadium 3 – provided the surprise success story of the games and witnessed many emotional and loud moments. reining and vaulting are arguably the most disparate of disciplines but in terms of passion and excitement they exceeded all expectations. the original concept of the fei world equestrian games™ was to give fans of one discipline a chance to see another. aachen provided that opportunity and both vaulting and reining showed that they stand proud with the longer and more established sports. the endurance ride took place over the hilly terrain between belgium, the netherlands and germany, ending in the main stadium.

eventing held its breath: the first four-star championship without steeple chase, a new venue, torrential rain and inexperienced organisation. but what a success! the cross country course was a master stroke, difficult and challenging but safe. crowds of tens of thousands poured in to see the home team dominate. zara phillips, who was later elected bbc sports personality of the year, proved that she has what it takes to be a world champion by holding her nerve to clinch the individual gold.

driving saw another great competition, with felix brasseur’s gold medal just the start of a great weekend for the belgians. jumping always dominates the coverage of the fei world equestrian games™ and this time was no exception. however, the real star of the show was the ground in the main arena where, after more rain than anyone could have imagined, the surface remained almost perfect.

key figures

14 days of competition
7 disciplines
800 horses
900 competitors
61 participating countries
570 000 visitors
500 million tv viewers
1 200 journalists
1 700 volunteers
270 exhibitors




rank nationalities gold silver bronze total
1 germany germany
2 united states united states
3 netherlands netherlands
4 belgium belgium
5 france france

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prize list


individual rider horse
belgium be jos lansink cavalor cumano
united states us beezie madden authentic
germany de meredith michaels-beerbaum shutterfly
team rider horse
netherlands nl
gerco schröder eurocommerce
albert zoerokidoki
jeroen dubbeldambmc up and down
piet raymakersvan schijndel’s
united states us
beezie madden authentic
mclain wardsapphire
laura krautmiss independent
margie goldenstein-englequervo gold
germany de
marcus ehning noltes kuchengirl
ludger beerbauml’espoir
meredith michaels-beerbaumshutterfly
christian ahlmanncöster


individual rider horse
germany de isabell werth satchmo 78
netherlands nl anky van grunsven keltec salinero
denmark dk andreas helgstrand blue hors matine
team rider horse
germany de
hubertus schmidt wansuela suerte
heike kemmerbonaparte
nadine capellmannelvis va
isabell werthsatchmo
netherlands nl
laurens van lierenhexagon’s ollright
imke schellekens-bartelssunrise
anky van grunsvenkeltec salinero
edward galgroup 4 securicor lingh
united states us
leslie morse tip top 962
guenter seidelaragon)
steffen peters floriano
debbie mcdonaldbrentina


individual rider horse
great britain gb zara phillips toytown
australia au clayton fredericks ben along time
united states us amy tryon poggio ii
team rider horse
germany de
frank ostholtair jordan 2
hinrich romeikemarius
bettina hoyringwood
ingrid klimkesleep late
great britain gb
zara phillips toytown
daisy dickspring along
william fox-pitt tamarillo
mary kingcall aagain cavalier
australia au
clayton fredericksben along time
megan joneskirby park irish
andrew hoy master monarch
sonia johnsonringwould jaguar


individual rider horse
belgium be felix-marie brasseur
netherlands nl ysbrand chardon
germany de christoph sandmann
team rider horse
germany de
christoph sandmann
michael freund
rainer duen
belgium be
felix-marie brasseur
gert schrijvers
geert de brauwer
netherlands nl
ysbrand chardon
theo timmerman
koos de ronde


individual rider horse
spain es miguel vila ubach hungares
france fr virginie atger kangoo d’aurabelle
france fr elodie le labourier sangho’limousian
team rider horse
france fr
virginie atgerkangoo d’auabelle
philippe benoitakin du boulve
pascale dietschhifrane du barthas
switzerland ch
urs wengerzialka
anna lena wagnertessa iv
nora wagnertemir
portugal pt
joao rapososultao
ana margarida costagozlane du somail
ana barbaspiperino


individual rider horse
united states us megan benjamin
australia au katharina faltin
australia au sissa jarz


individual rider horse
canada ca duane latimer hang ten surprise
united states us tim mcquay mister nicadual
united states us aaron ralston smart paul olena
team rider horse
united states us
dell hendricksstarbucks sidekick
tim mcquaymister nicadual
matt millseasy otie whiz
aaron ralstonsmart paul olena
canada ca
luke gagnonlil santana
françois gautiersnow gun
lance griffin whiz n tag chex
duane latimerhang ten surprise
italy it
dario carmignani skeets dun
adriano meaccidocs tivio hancock
christian perezdualin for me
marco ricotta pappy secolo
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