Equine heroes honoured on new wall of fame

  • Equestrian legends including Salinero and Gigolo are among the equines being remembered on the new Wall of Fame at Aachen in Germany.

    Hoof prints of the horses that have made history at the international showground can already be seen in the “walk of fame,” created in 2011.

    Now the walls in the main stadium at the Aachen Soers are being decorated with the names of famous horses.

    The project is a joint venture between Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV) and the Malerinnung Aaachen trade school.

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    Four groups from the third year of the training course will taken it in turns to decorate two walls behind the AachenMunchener stand.

    The school’s director of education Manfred Nikolai Scheilen said: “In addition to colour theory and colour design, signwriting and design techniques, practical experience on real objects outside of the training workshop is very important for the trainees.

    “It is equally important that the young people create a lasting, visible asset that they can be proud of.”

    The project is part of the trainees work-based education.

    “It is a fantastic project that the famous names of horse are being eternalised here. We have been asking ourselves for some time how we could visually upgrade these walls. The trainees have done a super job,” said Frank Kemperman, chairman of ALRV.

    Salinero has been to three Olympic Games with Anky van Grunsven, never coming away without a medal.

    The horse won all four World Cup Finals between 2004-2008.

    Gigolo won four gold and two silver medals at Olympics, four World championships, eight Europen championships and four German championships.

    The horse was put down in 2009 after being injured.

    The CHIO Aachen takes place from 8-17 July 2016. Tickets are now available at www.chioaachen.de

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