European Eventing Championships

The 2021 European Eventing Championships at Haras du Pin in France were cancelled after the Tokyo Olympic Games were postponed by a year owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, there were then calls for equestrian sports to have both a European Championships and the Olympics in 2021, giving more riders the chance to compete.

This resulted in a tender process to run the 2021 Europeans, which yielded no successful bids, so the FEI announced there would be no eventing Europeans in 2021. But after social media debate, the international governing body reopened bids in December 2020, with a deadline of 15 January 2021. The successful venue has not yet been announced.

History of the European Eventing Championships

The European Eventing Championships include both team and individual competitions open to qualified horse and rider combinations from around Europe.

The first European Eventing Championships 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.

European eventing medals 2019

Team competition

Gold: Germany
Silver: Great Britain
Bronze: Sweden

Individual competition

Gold: Ingrid Klimke on SAP Hale Bob OLD (GER)
Silver: Michael Jung on FischerChipmunk FRH (GER)
Bronze: Cathal Daniels on Rioghan Rua (IRL)