The German pony team and Dutch rider Antoinette te Riele were the winners of the gold medals at the 2009 European Pony Championships in Moorsele, Belgium, July 28 - August 3, 2009. It was a very exciting week of competition with a fierce team championship battle and a thrilling kur to music finals.
Soon to be 15-year old Sönke Rothenberger saved the day and secured Germany the team gold thanks to his phenomenal, winning ride on Deinhard. The Dutch were very consistent throughout the team competition with all four riders scoring above 70% and the Germans had never felt such competition breathing down their necks as this year.
Rothenberger was the fourth last rider to go and the Dutch team had taken a strong lead in the team competition. Only by having put down a super high scoring ride did Rothenberger rescue Germany from a silver "demise". The pair scored 75.055% after an error free ride.
Dutch pony rider Antoinette te Riele won the individual test gold medal today at the 2009 European Pony Championships in Moorsele, Belgium. Aboard her 7-year old German Reitpony mare Golden Girl, with whom she won individual silver at last year's European, Te Riele scored 74,000% to place first in the individual test. Sönke Rothenberger ended up with the silver medal and Katharina Wecychert with the bronze.
Dutch Antoinette te Riele won the kur to music gold medal at the 2009 European Pony Championships in Moorsele, Belgium, today. It was her second individual gold medal of the weekend added to the silver one which she won with the Dutch pony team. German Katharina Weychert won the silver and Dana van Lierop won bronze. The absolute favourite for the gold, Sönke Rothenberger, finished last as his pony spooked constantly from a commercial banner.
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