Germany Continue Equestrian Dominance as They Win the FEI European Dressage Championships and Britain Finish Second

Published 09/09/2021, 9:56 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Equestrian – Jumping – Individual – Final – Equestrian Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 4, 2021. Cian O’Connor of Ireland on his horse Kilkenny competes. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh


The Equestrian events continue with different teams competing fiercely against each other. Moreover, the recent competition saw Germany win the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Dressage European Championships team event in Hagen. The German riders won the event after an incredible performance. They secured the title for the 25th time. Moreover, they have won the event four times in the last five years as they continued their sheer dominance.

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Germany defend their title

Britain took the lead in the beginning with Gareth Hughes and Charlotte Fry providing the spark for the team. But, the German riders came back to provide a stunning performance in the event. They are also the current Olympic champions after winning the gold medal in Tokyo Olympics 2020. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, Dorothee Schneider, and Isabell Werth took part in Tokyo in the Team Dressage competition.

The Germans took a firm lead in the event on the second day in Hagen. They took the lead after a sensational dressage performance by Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD. She posted a leading score of 79.860.

Significantly, this was the 25th medal of Werth’s career at the European Championships.

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Bredow-Werndl is an Equestrian icon

After that, Bredow-Werndll continued the brilliance and increased the lead by scoring 84.099 with TSF Dalera BB. The last rider was Dorothee Schneider who scored 74.985 with Faustus. Finally, Germany finished with a total score of 238.944.

In the meantime, British riders took second place in the Championships. Charlotte Dujardin put forward a score of  79.829 while Carl Hester added to that tally by recording 74.845. Their total score came up to 232.345 which was an accomplished performance by the riders.

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The last place went to Denmark as they posted a total score of 231.165. Notably, Catherine Dufour scored 79.721.

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Around 15 nations took part in the prestigious event. Many riders displayed their effort on their horses to put on a grand spectacle for the audience.

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