European Championships in numbers

  • You don’t need a degree in further mathematics — or a calculator — to work out what these numbers from the European Championships in Denmark add up to: one big, British success story.

    465 horses

    331 competing riders from 32 nations

    23,000 rubber mats

    110m television viewers

    600 bales of hay

    10,000 daily visitors


    17 years since a team last reigned as both Olympic and European champions — Germany were the only ones to have done it

    2 the number of British-bred home-breds who have helped the British team win gold in the past year — Ben Maher’s Tripple X III at the Olympics and William Funnell’s Billy Congo here

    24 years since Great Britain last won team European gold

    €19,000 the amount the British team won for taking gold in Herning

    10 Michael Whitaker’s number of appearances at the European Championships. This was his 4th team gold


    19 the number of 10s scored by Charlotte Dujardin to set a new grand prix world record of 85.942%

    100 Jerich Parzival’s heartbeat during the team prize-giving. He was led out before the lap of honour. Rider Adelinde Cornelissen said: “I took his heat rate and it had gone up from 60, so I figured it wasn’t a wise thing to do.”

    13 the number of 1-time changes performed in the grand prix by Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven. The test requires 15

    34 the number of team marks adjusted by the judging supervisory pane

    16,835 the total number of marks awarded in the grand prix: 7 judges each marked 37 movements for each of the 65 entries

    4 the number of 10s Carl Hester and Uthopia scored in their grand prix special — 2 of them for extended trot

    1.369 the percentage difference between Charlotte Dujardin and Helen Langehanenberg’s grand prix special scores

    5 the number of horses in the grand prix by De Niro. Florestan also sired 5


    0 the number of times Ricky Balshaw had ridden through his kür in competition before coming to the Europeans

    10 individual medals

    Take a look at the European dressage and showjumping championships in pictures

    Don’t miss our European Championships special report in this week’s issue of Horse & Hound magazine (29 August)

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