Euro Update: Team Germany and Antoinette te Riele Win Gold Medals at 2009 European Pony Championships
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
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 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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