Germany invincible at Pony European Championships

  • The Germans were invincible in today’s European Championships taking team showjumping gold and individual gold and bronze in dressage.

    Jessica Kreig and Danilo took gold for Germany in the individual dressage on 76.7%, with Antoinette Te Riele on Golden Girl for the Netherlands in silver and Lena Walterscheidt on Deinhard B in bronze.

    But the roof was raised by British supporters for Claire Gallimore and Gigolo, who put yesterday’s mistake behind them to score 71.4%, which was good enough for fifth.

    “Yesterday he was on the edge and went over, but today I just managed to keep him on the edge and I was thrilled with him. I’m really ready for the Kur on Sunday,” said Claire. “It’s my best score in the Europeans.”

    The individual dressage placings were decided in the last nine to go with the leader board constantly changing.

    Britain’s youngest rider, 12-year-old Erin Williams and Danny Boy B, came 16th on 67.2%, but also made Sunday’s Kur (for the top 15 horses) because each nation can only field their top three riders. Charlotte Gill and Ferrari came 24th with 63.05%.


    Team GB’s showjumpers began today’s competition on the back foot after Daisy Davis, one of the team’s more experienced riders, broke her collar bone in the warm-up.

    After round one the British team was lying in fifth, and they maintained that position with two second round clears from 13 year olds Amy Inglis (Nils D Hurl Vent) and Emily Roe (Aroldo).

    Claire Whitaker, Chair of Performance Development for British Showjumping said: “We were a little bit unlucky, but we’ve some good young riders for the future.”

    Germany took gold, the Irish silver and Belgium bronze.

    The president’s prize, awarded to the rider catching president Jeanette Dawson’s eye, went to Ireland’s Bertram Allen, who finished on a clean sheet with Acapella Z.

    Follow the action from Bishop Burton on Horseandhound.co.uk and read H&H’s full report on all the action in next Thursday’s magazine, on sale 5 August

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