Aachen - the undoubted capital of the horse - has once again proved to be one of the best showgrounds in the world and a wonderful host for our beloved sport.

Cheeky Calimbo competed as part of the Australian Nations Cup Team and after his great result at the Nations Cup Event in Strzegom / Poland in June he proved his form once again with convincing performances in all three disciplines.

Lying 4th after dressage in a very strong field on a super score of 34.5 he jumped one of the very few clear showjumping rounds - doing his sire Contendro I proud - to climb to 3rd place over night.

The cross country proved once again to be a true championships course - asking a large variety of questions and requiring the horse and rider´s full concentration from the first to the last moment on Rüdiger Schwarz´s testing track.

I could not have been more happy with Cheeky´s run - he jumped a picture perfect round and even including one longe option only added 6.8 time penalties to finish overall 7th.