Kreuth (GER), 8-11 October
SENIORS - TEAM
Germany Retain the European Title
They succeeded yet again, the German team consisting of Nico Hoermann, Steffen Breug, Nina Lill and Daniel Schloemer became European Champion for the second time in a row with a total score of 665.5. The Belgian team only four points behind took silver on a score of 661.5 followed by Great Britain in bronze position with a score of 646.5.
It was clear from the onset, that Belgium would be Germany's toughest competitor yet when their first rider in the ring Jan Boogaerts astride Blue Quick Command scored 218, as opposed to Germany's first rider Steffen Breug on a score of 214. But Germany was not intimated, and sent out the youngest German team member Nina Lill and her Lena Cielo Jewel to score 222.5 with a very convincing performance. Belgium retaliated with Ann Poels' ride on ND Whiz N Starlight on a score of 220 equalled by Germany's Daniel Schloemer astride Star At The Bar. Belgium was in the lead, with two top riders still left to go....
And then the unbelievable happened: after a great presentation of NRHA World Champion Non Pro Cira Baeck (AUT) and her Don Quixote Escapes, Cira lost her left rein after the first stop which resulted in a 0 score.
Nico Hoermann and his mare Sparkles Pretty Gal were the last German combination to go and they gave it everything they had for 223 points leaving Germany on a total score of 665.5. Even Bernard Fonck's great ride with BA Reckless Chick which resulted in the day's top score of 223.5 could not alter the final results - Germany would retain the gold medal, for the second time in a row and the third time altogether.
The British team consisting of Doug Allen, Lee Rutter and Tammy Greaves received the bronze medal. Altogether, there were 28 competitors in this division, seven teams plus individual riders from France and Poland.
Team Results Seniors (Top five)
Gold Germany 665.5
Silver Belgium 661.5
Bronze Great Britain 646.5
4th place The Netherlands 644
5th place Austria 642
SENIORS - INDIVIDUAL
Germany's youngest team member, Nina Lill, takes gold and becomes Europe's first female title holder
At just 20 years of age, and the youngest German team member, Nina Lill was crowned European Champion - the first time the prestigious title has been won by a woman. Nina Lill and her American Quarter Horse stallion Lena Cielo Jewel scored an impressive 228. Fast, flat spins, fine speed control and long, smooth stops - the ride of the evening.
Rudi Kronsteiner (AUT) and Ima Mega Antares received the silver medal on a score of 226. Rudi had only just acquired he horse two weeks before the event, but the performance was top notch. A fine presentation with some of the best stops of the show! Juergen Pouls (NED) and Tabasco Tari received the bronze medal scoring 224.
Individual Results - Seniors (Top 5)
Gold Nina Lill (GER) Lena Cielo Jewel 228
Silver Rudi Kronsteiner (AUT) Ima Mega Antares 226
Bronze Juergen Pouls (NED) Tabasco Tari 224
4th place Bernard Fonck (BEL) BA Reckless Chick 223.5
5th place Jan Boogaerts (BEL) Blue Quick Command 223
The senior team podium at the FEI European Reining Championships: Germany - gold, Belgium - silver, Great Britain - bronze. (c) art & light
YOUNG RIDERS - TEAM
Hotly disputed, the first FEI European Reining title for Young Riders goes to Germany on just .5 points ahead of Italy!
Germany became the first European Champions for the Young Riders category on a final score of 618, very closely followed by Italy on 617.5. The Bronze medal was won by The Netherlands on a score of 615. Altogether there were 21 competitors in this division with four teams (Italy, Germany, Great Britain and The Netherlands) and individual competitors from Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
The top score of this class (210.5) was achieved by Manuel Cortesi from Italy riding ARC Gold In Player.
Team Results Young Riders
Gold Germany 618
Silver Italy 617,5
Bronze The Netherlands 615
4th place Great Britain 607
YOUNG RIDERS - INDIVIDUAL
Italian and German Reiners dominate the Individual Young Riders Final
Italy's Chiara Bartoletti riding Docs Tivio Hancock earned a second gold medal in the individual competition on a top score of 217. The silver medal went to Germany's Christina Tolksdorf and her Appaloosa mare A Potential Remedy who scored 216. A tie for third place on a score of 213 went to Italy's Manuel Cortesi and ARC Gold In Player, the highest scorer from the team competition, and Germany's Josefin Lintner riding her American Quarter Horse mare Miss Estrella Del Cielo.
Individual Results - Young Riders (Top 5)
Gold Chiara Bartoletti (ITA) Docs Tivio Hancock 217
Silver Christina Tolksdorf (GER) A Potential Remedy 216
Bronze Josefin Lintner (GER) Miss Estrella Del Cielo 213.5
Bronze Manuel Cortesi (ITA) ARC Gold In Player 213.5
5th place Jessica Sternberg (GBR) Sashimi 211.5
JUNIORS - TEAM
Gold for Italy in Junior Division, Silver for Belgium, Bronze for Germany
The Italian Junior riders won the gold medal on a total score of 632.5. The top score was also reached by an Italian rider: Giovanni Masi de Vargas who scored a 213.5 with Larksimilian, an 11-year-old gelding. The other Italian riders were Andrea Iannetta riding Little Sugar Speedy (211), Luca Menori with Shady Catalyst (208) and Elena Scipioni and Docs Rose Olena (197.5).
The silver medal was won by Belgium scoring a total of 630 points, while Germany took the bronze with 623.5 points. Altogether there were 24 competitors in this division with five teams and individual riders from Austria, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Finland.
Team results Juniors
Gold Italy 632.5
Silver Belgium 630
Bronze Germany 623,5
4th place The Netherlands 618
5th place Poland 596
JUNIORS - INDIVIDUAL
Gold and Silver for Italy!
Italy's Juniors proved unbeatable again during the Individual final, taking both the gold and silver medals. Andrea Iannetta and Little Sugar Speedy became the first European Champion in this division scoring a219.5. The silver medal was won by Luca Menici and Shady Catalyst who scored a 219. Fabienne Kraemer (Germany) and Little Rooster Gal placed third scoring a 217.5.
Individual Results - Juniors (Top 5)
Gold Andrea Iannetta (ITA) Little Sugar Speedy 219.5
Silver Luca Menici (ITA) Shady Catalyst 219
Bronze Fabienne Krämer (GER) Little Rooster Gal 217.5
4th place Giverny Gappoen (BEL) Texas Little Kicker 214
5th place Matyas Gobert (BEL) Yukon Jessie Zippo 213.5
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