FEI ECCO European Championships
The Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian European Championships are already over, the medals are handed out. It was an exciting competition full of unexpected twists!
In the discipline of show jumping, the riders new what to expect from the first days: course builder Frank Rothenberger designed very difficult courses. In the finals, none of the 25 participants was able to perform a clear round. None, except French rider Roger Yves Bost. With Castle Forbes Myrtille Parlois, he rode a spectacular clear round in the allowed time and received the well-deserved title of European Champion.
The Dressage Championships were far from easy either. After a Grand Prix Special were the favourites all made mistakes, amazing scores were obtained in the Freestyle. British rider Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro obtained a stunning 91,25%, enough stay well ahead of silver and bronze medalists Helen Langehanenberg (Damon Hill - 87,286%) and Adelinde Cornelissen (Jerich Parzival -86,393%).
The Para Equestrian Dressage also proved to be of the highest level. The victory in Grade II was for Natasha Baker. She obtained a score of 77?65% with Cabral by Rubak,
In Grade Ib, Pepo Puch and Fine Feeling S by Fabriano obtained 79,20%, enough to take the title in this class. The winner in Grade Ia was Sophie Christiansen and Janeiro 6 (78,10%)
Dutch rider Sanne Voets and Vedet by Florestan I won the Grade III with 76,50%, while the British Sophie Wells and Flemmingh obtained the title in Grade IV with 80,25%.
After this great competition, we look forward to the World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, that will already take place in a year!