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Great Britain Wins Silver in the 29th European Dressage Championships
Just weeks after Team GB’s incredible Dressage performance in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, further success for Great Britain comes with the performance of Lottie Fry, Gareth Hughes, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin, who succeeded in securing the silver medal in the recent FEI European Dressage Championships, held in Hagen, Germany, 9th – 12th September.
With a strong start made by Lottie Fry, who scored 77.671 on her Olympic bronze medal-winning Everdale, and Equestrian Surfaces Ltd. brand ambassador Gareth Hughes, who posted 74.394 riding Sintano van Hof Olympia, the team went on to win silver, following Carl Hester’s 74.845 scoring performance with En Vogue, and Charlotte Dujardin’s impressive 79.829 score with Gio.
This year’s competition saw Germany bring home the gold medal once again, making this their 25th FEI European Dressage Championship title, whilst Denmark won the bronze. Of the 29 Championships that have taken place, only four have been won by a team from outside of Germany.
This year’s German team consisted of Dorothee Schneider (riding Faustus), Isabell Weth (riding Weihegold OLD), and Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (riding TSF Dalera BB) – the same trio who brought home the team gold for Germany in this year’s Tokyo Olympics. The fourth team member was Helen Langehananberg (riding Annabelle), who attended the Olympic Games as a reserve rider.
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl was the only member of the German team to compete on her Olympic horse, earning the highest mark in the European Dressage Championship Grand Prix and securing the gold medal for the team.
Closing totals for the competition were 238.994 for the German team, 232.345 for Great Britain, and 231.165 for Denmark.