Tuesday, 4. June 2024

NRW Minister for Economic Affairs, Mona Neubaur, at the CHIO Aachen CAMPUS: Praise for a sustainable and holistic concept

Mona Neubaur visited the CHIO Aachen CAMPUS this week. The politician from the Green Party was impressed by the various offers and the focus on promoting young talent and sustainability.

During her visit, Mona Neubaur was amazed to hear about the many offers of the CHIO Aachen CAMPUS. “I am really impressed about the very concentrated work that is characterised by team spirit and which enables a fantastic result for all equestrian sport enthusiasts,” raved the Minister for Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy as well as the Deputy State Premier of North Rhine Westphalia.

The 46-year-old is of course familiar with the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, but last week she took a look at the CHIO Aachen CAMPUS, which was founded in 2020, for the first time personally. At the Aachen Soers, Birgit Rosenberg and Philip Erbers, the Executive Board members of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein (ALRV), explained the philosophy together with the entire team of the CHIO Aachen CAMPUS: Conveying knowledge, creating competence. All the year round. This is achieved through unique and exclusive training and further educational offers in the field of mass and top competition sport, always placing the focus on youth promotion.

The politician from the Green Party was impressed by the fact that sustainability in all its facets plays an important role in the further development of the CHIO Aachen CAMPUS – for example regarding the integration of Para Sport and the construction of the planned, new indoor equestrian sport arena: “This is an important theme in the sports sector, particularly in the area of mass sport: How can social values be conveyed? She is convinced that the sustainability practised has a totally different impact on the guests, who visit the grounds to take part in the offers, compared to when it is merely talked about in schools or at home.

There was a highlight on the agenda for Mona Neubaur towards the end of her visit: The Minister had the opportunity to try out the SAP equestrian sport simulator. She did very well in walk and trot, even if she was very modest about her own performance: “It was my first time on the machine, I wouldn’t dare try and assess it. But at least I didn’t fall off,” she joked. And directly combined that fact with an offer: If there were a simulator on wheels, she could imagine making a brief guest appearance in the Main Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the CHIO Aachen 2024… Mona Neubaur will definitely be returning to the legendary showgrounds at the Soers on July 2nd, whether in the role as a spectator or a participant remains to be seen after this offer. But as she stated, one thing is already certain now: “I am looking forward to my next visit to Aachen!”

All upcoming dates of the CHIO Aachen CAMPUS can be found here.

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