FEI World Championships Aachen 2026: Ticket sales enter the next round with more disciplines


She is one of the most successful riders in the world and has won countless medals at Olympic Games, World and European Championships so far in her career. And yet one championship event particularly springs to mind for riding master, Ingrid Klimke: The FEI World Equestrian Games 2006 in Aachen. In an interview the 55-year-old not only looked back on this emotional major event, but also looked ahead to the FEI World Championships Aachen 2026.

The World Championships are returning to Aachen in 2026. How was your reaction to this decision?

I was initially absolutely delighted, of course. But, at the same time, all of those wonderful memories of the best World Equestrian Games I had ever experienced immediately came to mind again. All of the disciplines being staged jointly, cheering on all the other participants together and the truly first-class conditions that turned the championships into a real world festival. That all of this is going to be repeated now 20 years later: Nothing better could happen for the equestrian sport! I am sure this event is going to be a fantastic experience for everyone involved.

What significance does the fact that all six disciplines are being staged in Aachen have?

For me the fact that all disciplines take place in one location is what distinguishes the horse family. And if I could wish for something it would be that this is always the case. Each discipline quite often has its own championships. Everyone knows each other in our sport, we are all one big community. But for me personally it is always especially nice to have a look at what goes on in the other disciplines and engage in an exchange with the other competitors. One celebrates together, one suffers with each other, when anything goes wrong. And apart from that one can learn a lot watching the other riders and broaden one’s horizon. So, it is a wonderful enrichment when all of the disciplines are united at one location.

You were on board in 2006 and experienced the World Championships in Aachen as an active competitor. What are your memories of the event?

Oh, there were so many unforgettable and really exceptional moments: From the Opening Ceremony in the sold-out Main Stadium, through to the Reception in front of the Town Hall of the City of Aachen. I also recall the many wonderful evenings spent together with the athletes of all the disciplines, but also with friends, acquaintances and my family. Experiencing such an event in one’s own country simply allows many people to be there, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend.

How would you describe the atmosphere back then?

Happy, exuberant, simply fantastic. There were so many moments of joy that were celebrated with an incredible air of lightness, but also moments of consolation, when disappointed athletes received solace from the crowds. Throughout the entire duration, the mood in 2006 in Aachen was better than at any other championships I have ever experienced.

What would it mean to you to be able to take part as a competitor again in 2026?

Simply everything. And that is exactly what I am going to work towards over the next two years. I have great horses in my yard, which I will bring on systematically and hopefully I will be selected to compete in Aachen in 2026. That is my next major goal now.


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