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
Silver: Great Britain