Individual medal contender out of the running for eventing European Championships as Germany names squad

Julia Krajewski will miss the eventing European Championships in Luhmühlen (29 August-1 September).

The German rider was a potential individual medal contender with Samourai Du Thot, the horse with whom she won the CCI4* (now CCI5*) at Luhmühlen in 2017. The pair have won seven of their past eight starts — withdrawing after dressage on the other one — but “Sam” was withdrawn from Aachen last month with a bruised foot and has not recovered in time to contest the Europeans.

Despite this, Germany puts forward a strong squad for the event. As host nation, they have the opportunity to field eight individuals rather than the usual two, and so have named a 12-strong squad. They have not yet confirmed which combinations will contest the team competition.

The selected horses and riders are:

  • Sandra Auffarth and Viamant Du Matz
  • Andreas Dibowski and FRH Corrida
  • Feliz Etzel and Bandit 436
  • Michael Jung and FischerChipmunk FRH
  • Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD
  • Jörg Kurbel and Josera’s Entertain You
  • Nadine Marzahl and Valentine 18
  • Andreas Ostholt and Corvette 31
  • Kai Rüder and Colani Sunrise
  • Anna Siemer and FRH Butt’s Avondale
  • Josefa Sommer and Hamilton 24
  • Anna Vogel and DSP Quintana P

Reserves:

  • Christoph Wahler and Carjatan S
  • Frank Ostholt and Jum Jum
  • Claas Hermann Romeike and Cato 60

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Germany won the team gold last time the European Championships were held at Luhmühlen, in 2011, and followed up with victory at the 2013 European Championships in Malmö, Sweden and in 2015 at Blair Castle, Scotland. In 2017, Britain won the team gold in Strzegom, Poland.

Germany also achieved a clean sweep of the individual medals in 2011, with gold going to Michael Jung (La Biosthetique-Sam FBW), silver to Sandra Auffarth (Opgun Louvo) and bronze to Frank Ostholt (Little Paint).

Full preview of the showjumping, dressage and para European Championships in next week’s Horse & Hound magazine (dated 15 August) and full preview of the eventing European Championships in the magazine the week after (dated 22 August).