Non-fungible tokens awarded to Aachen horse show winners

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"Wow! He really looks like Contagious!" said McLain Ward after he was the first rider to win an NFT at Aachen.
“Wow! He really looks like Contagious!” said McLain Ward after he was the first rider to win an NFT at Aachen. © CHIO Aachen/Sven Jansen

The winner of Aachen’s Prize of Europe showjumping competition is among the first to receive an NFT – a non-fungible token – as part of his prize.

All of the winners of the major classes at the CHIO Aachen 2022 receive an exclusive NFT that resembles the winning horse.

US rider McLain Ward rode Contagious to win the Turkish Airlines Prize of Europe, taking home €50,000 for the win. In second was World No.1 Martin Fuchs, from Switzerland and Conner Jei. Ireland’s Connor Swail, in his Aachen debut, was third on Count Me In. Earlier in the day, Swail won the Prize of StädteRegion Aachen, riding Nadal Hero.

As the winner, Ward received his own personal “CHIO Horse” NFT. He looked a bit baffled when he was handed the NFT during the press conference after the competition, but Fuchs quickly explained what it was all about. Ward’s reaction: “Wow! That is pretty exclusive!” He declared that the image did indeed look like Contagious, his Baden-Württemberg-bred son of Contagio.

The NFTs are generated on-site by the employees of Beyonity Deutschland GmbH. An NFT, a “non-fungible token”, in other words, a non-exchangeable object, is a virtual object that nobody else has; every NFT is a unique specimen.

At Aachen, this NFT is a “CHIO Horse”. Owners of such NFTs automatically become members of an exclusive community – the “CHIO Horse Club”.

An initial batch of 1000 CHIO Horses will be issued, with the minting and sale of the NFTs taking place after the close of the CHIO Aachen on Sunday.

The winners of the major classes at CHIO Aachen 2022 will receive an exclusive NFT that resembles the winning horse.
The winners of the major classes at CHIO Aachen 2022 will receive an exclusive NFT that resembles the winning horse.

Ward had so often come second or third in the major classes at Aachen, and gave it his best in the Turkish Airlines Prize of Europe on Wednesday.

“I remember that I have come here for many years and saw how one of my mentors won the Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe and I always thought one day I will win it too. And now, 27 years later, the time has finally come. Contagious was simply fantastic. I think it is a class that each of us dreams of winning one day.”

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