Germany triumphs at Le Lion d’Angers as Oliver Townend heads the Brits *H&H Plus*

Oliver Townend leads the British effort with a silver for his six-year-old, while German riders are dominant in both classes at the prestigious young horse World Championships

  • FEI WBFSH World Breeding Eventing Championship for Young Horses, Le Lion d’Angers, France, 15–18 October

    Germany’s riders showcased their potential, landing both the six- and seven-year-old titles. Le Lion is renowned as a Petri dish for future Olympians, with the best of this year’s cohort set to return to France for Paris 2024.

    Sophie Leube isn’t yet a star on the formidable German team, but she showed her mettle here with peerless performances in each phase to triumph in the seven-year-old CCI3*-L on Sweetwaters Ziethen TSF on 27.6.

    The Abendtanz-sired Trakehner stallion, owned by Sweetwater Stud in Bulgaria, was unlucky not to be among last year’s medals – he slipped on atrocious going in the showjumping. However, an assured round on the new sand surface ensured a copybook performance this time.