30th November-3rd December 2017
The Aachen Jumping Youngstars – Salut-Festival 2017 will be hosted from 30th November til 3rd December. The event is a youth tournament for show jumpers in the age classes Pony Rider (up to 16 year-olds), Children (up to 14 year-olds), Juniors (up to 18 year-olds) as well as Young Riders (up to 21 years). Approx. 200 athletes and 300 horses are expected. In addition to the German competitors, young athletes from other European countries will also compete in Aachen. The event is located in the Albert-Vahle-Arena on the famous show grounds of the CHIO Aachen. The Arena has a capacity of 1,100.
The Aachen Jumping Youngstars – Salut-Festival will be hosted for the 27th time in 2017. Founded in 1991 by former Nations' Cup rider Willibert Mehlkopf, the event is named after his successful horse Salut. Show directors are Willibert Mehlkopf, Rolf-Peter Fuß (General Manager of the Rhineland Equestrian Association) and Chairman of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein, Frank Kemperman. In 2017, the Aachen Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV) will be hosting the event for the 12th time in a row. Many famous riders who now have long been established in the professional sport, have competed at the Salut-Festival in Aachen in their youth, e.g. Marcus Ehning, Christian Ahlmann and Toni Hassmann. The Waldhausen Indoor Champions 2016 were Lea-Sophia Gut (Pony Rider), Joan Wecke (Children), Kathrin Solmeijer (Juniors) and Finja Bormann (Young Riders). The athletes compete for a total of 40,000 Euro in prize money in approx. 20 competitions, the total budget is approx. 70,000 Euro, 75 staff members work for the event.
Admission to the Aachen Jumping Youngstars – Salut-Festival is free.