‘The dream team’: Britain’s silver medallists selected for European Championships

  • The British team for the European Dressage Championships has been revealed by British Equestrian and the British Dressage selectors.

    The same four riders who took silver at the 2021 Europeans will travel to Riesenbeck, Germany, on 5-10 September, bidding to go one better this year.

    Chief British Dressage selector Judy Harvey said: “Quite simply, this is the ‘dream team’. We have possibly one of the strongest teams we have ever sent to an FEI European Championship. All four riders are medallists, and their horses are a fabulous blend of talent and proven ability. I am very excited to see how they fare; not only is it a strong team but they will all be in the mix for individual medals too.”

    The four riders who will make up the British team for the European Dressage Championships 2023 are as follows:

    Charlotte Dujardin with 10-year-old gelding Imhotep
    Owner: Carl Hester and Coral Ingham
    Breeder: Tineke Huizing (NED)
    Breeding: by Everdale, out of Della D’Ottie, by Vivaldi
    Groom: Francesca Gorni

    Carl Hester with 13-year-old stallion Fame
    Owner: Fiona, Penny and Mette Bigwood and Anders Dahl
    Breeder: VOF Gerritsen (NED)
    Breeding: by Bordeaux out of Bonaventura, by Rhodium
    Groom: Lucy Scudamore

    Carl Hester with 14-year-old gelding En Vogue (direct reserve)
    Owner: Sandra Biddlecombe, Charlotte Dujardin, Lady Anne Evans and Carl Hester
    Breeder: A van der Goor (NED)
    Breeding: by Jazz out of Nicarla, by Contango

    Gareth Hughes with 17-year-old mare Classic Briolinca
    Owner: Julia Hornig, Rebecca, Gareth and Ruby Hughes
    Breeder: Febr van der Steen (NED)
    Breeding: by Trento B out of Trolinca, by Royal Dance
    Groom: Steph Sharples

    Lottie Fry with 11-year-old stallion Glamourdale 
    Owner: Van Olst Horses
    Breeder: J Rodenburg (NED)
    Breeding: by Lord Leatherdale out of Thuja, by Negro
    Groom: Richard Hauwaerts

    Lottie Fry with 14-year-old stallion Everdale (direct reserve)
     Van Olst Horses
    Breeder: P Kluytmans (NED)
    Breeding: by Lord Leatherdale out of Aliska K, by Negro

    British dressage team members Gareth hughes and Classic Briolinca at the European dressage championships

    Gareth Hughes and Classic Briolinca at the European Championships in 2019

    Lottie Fry and Glamourdale are the reigning world champions, and each currently lie second in their respective world rankings, behind Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB.

    Lottie and Glamourdale were joined on the British team by Charlotte Dujardin and Imhotep, and Gareth Hughes and Classic Briolinca at the the World Dressage Championships last year, where they won silver.

    The Europeans will be a first major championship for Carl Hester’s ride Fame, who he has only been riding since the beginning of this year. This will, however, be Carl’s 11th European Championships.

    Two reserve combinations have also been announced, and they are:

    Andrew Gould with 10-year-old stallion Indigro
    Owner: Tatiana Skillman
    Breeder: J Deenan (NED)
    Breeding: by Negro out of Pralina, by Jazz

    Becky Moody with nine-year-old gelding Jagerbomb
    Owner: Becky Moody
    Breeder: Becky Moody (GBR)
    Breeding: by Dante Weltino out of Udysee, by Jazz

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