Danube Cup

Hippo Arena Samorin, Slovakia •14th-17th & 22nd-24th August 2014

Prize-giving ceremony “Academic Student Promotion Award”


Academic Student Promotion Award Celebration at amazing Hippo-Arena Samorin


(Samorin) At the end of August 2014 during the Danube Cup, an international horse show, the Academic Student Promotion Award Celebration took place for the sixth time. This year´s amazing venue for the prize giving ceremonywas the new equestrian facility Hippo Arena Samorin in Slovakia, near the border to Austria and Hungary.


Well-known personalities of the world of business and horses attended the evening such as Mario Hoffmann, investor of Hippo-Arena Samorin and successful Slovak businessman, Ullrich Kasselmann, founder of Performance Sales International P.S.I. and business partner of Paul Schockemoehle, Frédéric Cottier, French Course Designer of WEGNormandy 2014, Dr. Hanfried Haring, President of the European Equestrian Federation EEF and above all Prof. Dr. ArnoGego, founder of the Aachen School of Equestrian Art and Design and initiator of the ASPA, just to name a few. The ASPA is a scholarship to be awarded for outstanding examination papers (Doctor-, Diploma-, /Master-, Bachelor thesis or similar, related to equestrian matters). The winners of the scholarship were decided by an independent jury: host Mario Hoffmann, professor of the University of Arnhem/Netherlands and official international course designer Dr. Louis Konickx and initiator Prof. Dr. Arno Gego.


This Year´s Awardees


The award winners were


Lena Büker and Annika Hansen, B.Sc. (University of Wageningen/NED) Bachelor-Thesis: Fascination Equestrian Sport – New sponsoring perspectives?


Lisa Wiedmann, B.Sc. (University of Wageningen/NED) Bachelor-Thesis: Success factor analysis of annual one-location equestrian event series


Also two Theses achieved a 2nd place:


Pia Majewski, B.Sc. (University of Wageningen/NED) Bachelor-Thesis: Horses effectiveness as a feedback tool for human behaviour change in equine supported leadership seminars – a pilot study


Csilla Pal, M.Sc. (University of Göttingen/GER) Master-Thesis: Horse assisted human resources development for enhanced leadership skills – Empirical analysis of its economic significance and practical effectiveness


On the 3rd place ranked a joint bachelor Thesis of four graduates:


Stephanie Ziegler, Isabel Adams, Anna-Lena Arnold, Pia Bünten, B.Sc. (University of Nürtingen/GER): The Nürtingen market analysis of horses and riders 2012


About ASPA


Prof. Dr. Arno Gego as former Chair of the Section Agricultural Engineering of VDI (Society of German Engineers) understood how motivating and supporting awards for young scientists can be, so he decided in 2006 to found the Academic Student Promotion Award. Every year, the awardees will be granted 3400 Euros of prize money. After the prize giving ceremony, a gala dinner offers an opportunity for the young scientists and some invited guests to get in contact. So far, the awarded Theses were written by students of western European universities and mainly came from Vienna, Göttingen, Osnabrück, Weihenstephan, Nürtingen and Wageningen. Prof. Gego looks very much forward to receiving more applicants from Eastern and South European countries, from Middle- and South America and other regions of the world. Students can apply with their bachelor and master Theses and in recent years, also two doctor Theses have been honored. Beside the prize and the honor, the students gain Prof. Gego´s friendship, who often stays in contact with the awardees for joint future activities.


A short selection of awarded former students with successful professional equestrian careers:


2006: Nadia Ehning, former World Champion in Vaulting, GER

2007/2008: Dr. Dennis Peiler, Sport Director, German National Federation, Warendorf/GER

2009: Carolin Schmidt, Managing Director, German Association of Professional Riders, Versmold/GER

2010: Simone Spicker, B.Sc., Personal assistant of the General Manager of CHIO Aachen/GER

2011/2012: Marten Frehe-Siermann, International Sports Organiser (f.e. China) and Concours Designer Participant Hamburg Spring Derby, GER

Awarded Dissertations (Doctorates)

2009/2010: Dr. Inga Wolframm, Author and Lecturer University of Wageningen/NED

2011/2012: Dr. med. Vet Kristina Goslar, Assistant Veterinarian for Horses in the Veterinarian Clinic, Hannover/GER


Webpage of ASPA:


This press release is distributed on behalf of Aachen School of Equestrian Art & Design. For any questions or additional information, please contact:

Csilla Pal, Hof Kasselmann KG, Am Borgberg 3, 49170 D-Hagen a.T.W.

Phone: +49 (0)5401 892068 *



Lisa Wiedmann, Aachen School of Equestrian Art & Design, Laurensberger-Str. 230, 52072 Aachen,

Phone: + 49 (0) 241 13047



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Lisa Wiedmann and Lena Büker – both winners of the Academic Student Promotion Award 2014 at Hippo-Arena Samorin


(from left to right) Anna Lena Arnold, Stephanie Ziegler, Csilla Pal, Arno Gego, Lisa Wiedmann and Lena Büker at Hippo Arena Samorin


Arno Gego speaking in front of the guests and participants of the Academic Student Promotion Award 2014 at Hippo-Arena Samorin