European Eventing Championships

The European Eventing Championships 2021 took place in Avenches, Switzerland (23-26 September). Britain achieved a clean sweep of medals winning team gold and taking all three positions on the individual podium.

The 2021 championships were originally scheduled to be held at Haras du Pin in France, but were initially cancelled after the Tokyo Olympic Games were postponed by a year owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Calls for equestrian sports to have both a European Championships and the Olympics in 2021, 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 federation reopened bids in December 2020, and on 17 March 2021 it was announced that the European Eventing Championships 2021 would be held in Avenches, Switzerland (23-26 September).

The 2023 European Eventing Championships will be held at Haras du Pin, France, the original venue for the 2021 event.

History of the European Eventing Championships

The eventing Europeans include both team and individual competitions open to qualified horse and rider combinations from around Europe.

The first eventing Europeans 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 2021

Team competition

Gold: Great Britain
Silver: Germany
Bronze: Sweden

Individual competition

Gold: Nicola Wilson on JL Dublin (GBR)
Silver: Piggy March on Brookfield Inocent (GBR)
Bronze: Sarah Bullimore on Corouet (GBR)