Aachen-Laurensberger racing club - Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein

The Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein eV ( ALRV for short ) is an equestrian club based in Aachen .

The non-profit association is the organizer of the annual World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen . It was founded in 1898 by the factory owners Arnold Deden and Hubert Wienen, the riding instructor Gustav Rensing, and some wealthy landowners, farmers and merchants in the region. A total of 35 founding members came together. The association currently has around 600 individual members and 30 member companies.



In 1898 landowners, manufacturers, farmers, cattle dealers and riding instructors from the region initially formed the Laurensberger Rennverein . The aim of the association was to organize public horse races for the equestrian enthusiasts from Aachen. The historical footsteps that one wanted to follow were already huge at this time. Under the patronage of Charlemagne a thousand years earlier, the riders had competed against each other in Aachen - purely sporty, of course. In the 19th century there were above all numerous races in Aachen suburbs such as in Brander Feld [1] or in Schönforst , which was organized around 1830 by the industrialist James Cockerillinitiated after the English model and expanded around 1870 by his grandchildren and respected gentlemen riders Otto and Henry Suermondt and enjoyed great popularity. But after the equestrian event there had to be stopped by the organizing Aachen racing club due to financial bottlenecks, especially in Brand with the last race in 1896 , the still young Laurensberger racing club wanted equestrian sport with the help of its influential relationships with business and politics revive the tradition of previous events in the Soers.

Weimar period

After first attempts at walking, the club, which was renamed the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein on June 15, 1923 , found its present-day home in the early 1920s on the spacious show grounds in the Aachen Soers . In 1924, in addition to the usual race day, the first so-called riding and driving tournament, combined with flat and hurdle races, was opened here. 20,000 spectators were counted and the foundations for the later CHIO were laid.

Nevertheless, the association experienced a first serious crisis afterwards, as it saw itself at a disadvantage compared to competing events outside the occupation zone due to the Allied occupation of the Rhineland , whereupon there were significant members withdrawals and the association was about to be dissolved. It was only thanks to massive financial support, especially from District Administrator Hermann Pütz , the incumbent Lord Mayor Wilhelm Farwick and his successor Wilhelm Rombach, and personalities from the business world that the association and the other planned events could be saved.

The first international tournament followed in 1927 and the first Nations Cup two years later , which marked the beginning of the actual era of the CHIO (Concours Hippique International Officiel). With the end of the occupation of the Rhineland, the ALRV also opened its tournament to the Reichswehr , thereby making it possible for the following tournaments to have an additional military character and serve as a stage for patriotic confessions .

Period of the Third Reich

This development continued after 1933 and a large part of the association let itself be engaged for the interests of the National Socialist government. The acting chairman Hubert Wienen joined the NSDAP , which led to numerous resignations of deserving members such as Richard Talbot within the association . Thanks to the help of the mayor and also NSDAP member Quirin Jansen , Wienen managed to invite high-ranking political officials to the following tournaments. Among other things, Hermann Göring first appeared , who was even declared an honorary citizen of the city of Aachen for a short time during his visit to the tournament in 1933, and later the Reich sports leader Hans von Tschammer und Ostenwho declared the tournament in 1935 as an advertising measure for the Olympic Games in 1936 and thereby upgraded its function as propaganda.

In 1938 around 120,000 guests from all over Europe traveled to the Soers, and 600 horses and their riders competed against each other in fifty tests. The 1939 tournament was all about the unleashing of the Second World War.

post war period

The war marked a turning point, but it was not the end of the tournament or the club. As early as 1947, the flags of the former German opponents of the war, Great Britain, the USA and the Netherlands, were waving in the wide area around the riding stadium. Sport as international understanding - and the start of a new era. Fritz Thiedemann , Hans Günter Winkler , Alwin , Paul and Werner Schockemöhle , Piero and Raimondo D'Inzeo or Nick Skelton , Reiner Klimke , Josef Neckermann , Liselott Linsenhoff , Elena Petushkova or Nadine Capellmannand Isabell Werth ; Richard Talbot, IJsbrand Chardon and Michael Freund subsequently shaped the history of equestrian sports in Aachen. The association organized the World Equestrian Festival, the world (jumping 1955, 1956, 1978 and 1986; dressage 1970) and European championships (jumping 1958, 1961, 1965, 1971; dressage 1967, 1973, 1983).

21st century

Riding stadium in the Aachen Soers

The population of Aachen takes part in the horse events and gives them the character of a festival. The number of spectators for the tournament is rising steadily, in 2008 it was 360,000. The CHIO has long been considered the most prestigious horse show in the world.

Between 2004 and 2006, the tournament grounds were completely renovated and the preparations for the fifth world championships / world equestrian games in seven disciplines - show jumping , dressage , eventing , driving , endurance riding , vaulting and reining - from August 20th to September 3rd, 2006. The tournament took place in Germany for the first time. Almost 800 athletes and their horses fought for 16 gold medals - and 576,000 visitors and 1.6 billion television viewers watched the competitions.


The supervisory board consists of 6 people. The chairman or president of the supervisory board is Carl Meulenbergh . His deputy or vice-president is Wolf Baron von Buchholtz, other members are Hans Kauhsen, Wolfgang Mainz, Stefanie Peters and Peter Weinberg.

  • Honorary President : Klaus Pavel
  • The board consists of Frank Kemperman (chairman) and Helen Rombach-Schwartz.
  • The advisory board consists of 20 people.
  • Events: World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006 (WEG Aachen 2006), FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 , German Youth Championships Aachen 2010 (DJM Aachen 2006) and German Youth Championships Aachen 2017 (DJM Aachen 2017) as well as the annual junior tournament Salut Festival (since 2017 Aachen Youngsters)


  • Aachen - World Equestrian Festival 1898–1998 . Published by Rita Mielke and Wilhelm Stein on behalf of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein eV. Aachen 1998, ISBN 90-5433-115-1
  • FEI World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006 . Editor: Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein eV and German Equestrian Association eV, FNverlag of the German Equestrian Association, Warendorf 2006, ISBN 978-3-88542-484-0
  • Annette Fusenig: How to invent a 'World Equestrian Festival' - The Aachen jumping, riding and driving tournament from 1924 to 1939 . Dissertation, RWTH Aachen, 2004 ( digital copy [PDF; 1.0 MB])


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Archives of the month of July 2018 from the city of Aachen