The European team medals at the EC for Juniors and Young Riders have been presented today. The team gold medals at both Juniors and Young Riders class were won by Germany. Especially in the Young Riders class their advantage was big. The most recent year that Germany was able to win the two gold medals before this year has been in 2002 in Pratoni del Vivaro. The Netherlands won the two team silver medals. Denmark took the two bronze team medals.
Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff and her wonderful historical venue Schafhof in Kronberg, Germany, hosted the European championships dressage for Juniors and Young Riders for the third time already. On this historical venue where her mother Liselott Linsenhoff-Schindling trained her horse Piaff and won the Olympic gold medal in München 1972, the EC has been held in 1980 and 1986. Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff herself competed as a Young Rider in 1981 in Rotterdam to win the team gold medal and individual bronze. Now an incredible amount of young competitors and their horses were heartily welcomed at the Schafhof and Ann-Kathrin felt proud being able to welcome this big group. “In my days it was only small, nowadays it is huge and if you all enjoy it, I enjoy it”, she said with a smile.
The team competition kicked off yesterday in very warm temperatures, while today rain had brought some relief. Already from the first day the German riders convincingly took the lead. Sanneke Rothenberger who did win gold medals at the Juniors last year and in 2008 with two different horses Paso Doble and Deveraux, decided now although she still has the age of a junior to go for a new challenge and compete with the Young Riders. “Slowly I learned to ride my pirouettes and I came closer to our best German rider Fabienne Lütkemeier”, Sanneke said. Her result of today to become the runner up with 75,158% was a very well planned personal best.
The very successful Dutch young rider and reining team champion and individual champion Lotje Schoots is out of this age group now. For the Dutch team debuted Danielle van Mierlo, a pupil of Coby van Baalen. She surprised to become the best Dutch scoring 72,105%, while in the Dutch junior team also the debuting Stephanie Kooijman took care for the best result for the silver winning Dutch. They both are examples of riders that combine a good mental attitude with perseverance.
Joy and tears are close in sports. Belgian Mieke Mommen had bad luck when it was on her shoulders to go for 70% and help the Belgian Juniors to a team bronze medal. It would have been the very first Belgian team medal ever for dressage. However too many small mistakes rose and the fourth place was the unlucky result. The Danes grabbed their chances. The best Danish pair became fifth individually. Atterupgaards Cassidy (by Caprimond x Donnerhall) showed by Catherine Dufour can be seen as one of the most impressive horses of this EC, being seven years of age only
Friday and Saturday the individual titles are at stake, while Sunday is reserved for the individual Kür championship.
Results EC Team Juniors:
1. GERMANY 215,838% GOLD
(Florine Kienbaum, Good-Morning M 70,649% (e.a. 5); Sophie Holkenbrink, Show Star 2, 70,649% (e.a. 5); Jill de Ridder, Charmeur, 71,730% (3); Charlott-Maria Schürmann, World of Dreams 73,459% (1))
2. THE NETERLANDS 212,432% SILVER
(Stephanie Kooijman, Winston, 71,027% (4); Anne Meulendijks, WDM Ohio, 69,135% (8); Teddy Wiedeler, Seigneur, 68,432% (e.a. 10); Danielle Houvast, Rambo, 72,270% (2))
3. DENMARK 205,513% BRONZE
(Cecilie Madsen, Launetius, 66,432% (19); Christina Möller, Wizard of Oz, 61,297% (51); Nanna Merrald, Milliar, 68,432%, (e.a. 10); Catherine Dufour, Atterupsgaards Cassidy, 70,649% (e.a. 5))
4. Belgium 204,649%
5. Great Britain 201,081%
6. Spain 196,919%
7. Austria 194,757%
8. France 194,270%
9. Russia 193,784%
10. Luxembourg 193,676%
11. Noorway 192,000%
12. Italy 189,784%
13. Portugal 187,621%
14. Belarus 186,163%
15. Turkey 171,352%
Results EC Team Young Riders:
1. GERMANY 222,369% GOLD
(Stella Charlott Roth, Diva Royal, 71,895% (e.a. 5); Louisa Luttgen, Habitus 10, 71,895% (e.a. 5); Sanneke Rothenberger, Deveraux 75,158% (2) ; Fabienne Lütkemeier, D’Agostino, 75,316% (1))
2. THE NETHERLANDS 213,157% SILVER
(Robin Beekink, Pablo 69,105% (8); Michelle van Lanen, Incredible, 68,789% (10); Danielle van Mierlo, BMC Ucento 72,105% (3); Angela Krooswijk, Revino 71,947% (4))
3. DENMARK 206,948% BRONZE
(Anne Katrine Elkjaer-Holm, Bernstein Las Marismas, 67,474% (14); Camilla Orloff, Utah, 69,474% (7); Rikke Boellingtoff, Finale 159, 68,474% (12); Anna Kasprzak, Blue Hors Future Cup, 69,00% (9))
4. Sweden 201,368%
5. Belgium 200,948%
6. Great-Britain 198,947%
7. Switzerland 194,895%
8. France 193,895%
9. Norway 192,263%
10. Spain 191,895%
11. Russia 191,368%
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