Hagen a.T.W. – For the third time in a row, the German dressage riders won the team title at the FEI Dressage European Championships at Hof Kasselmann in Hagen a.T.W.. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (Aubenhausen), Isabell Werth (Rheinberg), Dorothee Schneider (Framersheim) and Helen Langehanenberg (Billerbeck) added the next gold to their Olympic victory and all four are “absolutely happy”. It was a very close victory with 238.944 points ahead of the British team (232.345) and the Danish quartet (231.165).
“I was much more nervous when Isabell rode than before my own ride,” Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, Olympic Champion, blurted out. She was the last rider of the German line-up to compete with TSF Dalera BB and achieved the best result in the Grand Prix de Dressage with a score of 84.09 percent: “The mare was with me, was on and once again gave me the feeling that she really wants to do everything right.”
Earlier, Weihegold OLD and Werth had scored 79.86 percent. A result that not only astonished Equipechef Klaus Roeser and Isabell Werth. “In the past two or three years – with the exception of Paris where everything went haywire – the horse has never achieved less than 80 percent in a competition. There is a world of difference between 77 and 81 per cent,” the dressage rider said immediately after the scores were announced. For the 25th time since 1965, a German team won gold at the European Championships.
The British were not disappointed with the team silver, even though Carl Hester joked to the amusement of all the competitors: “To be honest, we practically had gold yesterday…” For the – unofficial – leader of Team GB, another aspect was at least as important: “We have relatively young horses and there is still a lot possible in the future.”
Arm in arm, the Danish contingent marched to the medal ceremony, highly satisfied. The Danes had narrowly missed out on a medal at the Olympic Games, but now there was bronze for the quartet. Cathrine Dufour delivered the best result with her Bohemian (79.72%) and spoke for everyone when she emphasised how happy it makes you when you can call up everything that is possible. Undoubtedly, the bronze medal will be celebrated extensively in the Danish dressage camp.
Thanks to sponsors and organisers
Isabell Werth took the microphone to thank the main sponsor Stefan Fundis (FUNDIS Reitsport) and the organiser Francois Kasselmann (Hof Kasselmann) for their commitment on behalf of all the riders. FUNDIS – involved in dressage, show jumping and eventing – presented the Grand Prix, the team classification of the FEI Dressage European Championships. Location, stadium, arenas, stables – everything was perfect for the riders, horsemen and women and wonderfully done. Last but not least, it was extremely gratifying to ride in front of an audience again. 4900 visitors are allowed to visit Hof Kasselmann.
All results of the FEI Dressage European Championship presented by FUNDIS Reitsport Grand Prix de Dressage can be found here.
Photo © Thomas Hellmann