Absolute silence in the stands. Spellbound, visitors hold their breath. Only the dull, rhythmic beating of hooves on the stadium floor can be heard. This captivating atmosphere will again be experienced throughout the Aachen stadium this year. The world festival of equestrian sports, the CHIO Aachen, will take place from 11 to 20 July 2014. The abbreviation CHIO stands for the French name “Concours Hippique International Officiel”. This equestrian tournament is one of the most renowned international equestrian events. In the five disciplines of jumping, dressage, versatility, four-in-hand and vaulting, a total of 375 riders, drivers and vaulters from 30 nations with 533 horses will demonstrate their ability in this year's competition.