European Eventing Championships 2023

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Horse & Hound’s full preview of the eventing Europeans is in Thursday 3 August issue of the magazine.

Latest European Eventing Championships news

European Eventing Championships dates

The 2023 European Eventing Championships will take place on 9-13 August at Haras du Pin in France.

Where is the European Eventing Championships?

The 2023 European Eventing Championships will take place at Haras du Pin, France.

Haras du Pin was the original venue for the 2021 championships, but these were initially cancelled after the Tokyo Olympic Games were postponed by a year owing to the coronavirus pandemic, then rescheduled and held in Avenches, Switzerland.

Who is the eventing Europeans course-designer?

The four-star cross-country course will be designed by Pierre Le Goupil, who is also going to be in charge of the Olympic cross-country course for Paris 2024. He will be assisted by Rafael Mazoyer.

The course-designer for the showjumping phase will be Quentin Perney, assisted by Jean Pierre Meneau.

Who are the dressage judges at the eventing Europeans?

The ground jury, who judge the dressage phase as well as undertaking other key roles throughout the competition, will be headed by president Judy Handock from Great Britain. The other members of the ground jury are Austria’s Katrin Eichinger-Kniely and Seppo Laine from Finland.

European Eventing Championship medals 2021

Team medals

Gold: Great Britain
Silver: Germany
Bronze: Sweden

Individual medals

Gold: Nicola Wilson on JL Dublin (GBR)
Silver: Piggy March on Brookfield Inocent (GBR)
Bronze: Sarah Bullimore on Corouet (GBR)

What are the European Eventing Championships?

The eventing Europeans include both team and individual competitions open to qualified horse and rider combinations from around Europe.

Nations can field up to six pairs. All riders are eligible for individual medals. Teams consist of three or four pairs; the best three scores count. Teams cannot mix and match between pairs for scores from each phase – the final team score consists of the nation’s best three total scores across all phases. The lowest score wins.

The competition takes place at four-star level, which is one level below the highest in international eventing competition.

The format

The competition starts with the horse inspection on Wednesday, 9 August, when the ground jury – Britain’s Judy Hancock, Austria’s Katrin Eichinger-Kniely and Finland’s Seppo Laine – and vet delegate (Sweden’s Lisa Lidbeck) assess each horse’s fitness to take part.

On Thursday, 10, and Friday, 11 August, riders perform dressage test CCI4* B, marked by the ground jury.

On Saturday, 12 August, riders tackle Pierre Le Goupil’s cross-country course, taking on 35–40 jumping efforts, with a maximum fence height of 1.20m (1.40m with brush) and a maximum top spread of 1.80m. The course will be 5,700m to 6,200m, to be ridden at 570m per minute, so the optimum time will be between 10 and 11 minutes.

On Sunday, 13 August, after a final horse inspection, those still in the competition showjump over Quentin Perney’s track in reverse order of merit. There will be 11 to 12 numbered obstacles (15 jumping efforts).

What is eventing?

European Eventing Championships history

The first eventing Europeans was held in 1953 at Badminton. Britain took the top two individual medals courtesy of Major Laurence Rook (Starlight XV) and Major Frank Weldon (Kilbarry) and team gold, with Bertie Hill (Bambi V) and Reg Hindley (Speculation) joining Frank in the team.

The individual bronze at that first Europeans went to Switzerland’s Capt Hans Schwarzenbach on Vae Victis, who also won Badminton in 1951.

There was a Europeans at Basle, Switzerland, in 1954 – Britain took team gold and all three individual medals – before the pattern of the Europeans happening every other year in the “odd” years became established by the 1955 and 1957 events.