Dutch Young Rider Team, German Juniors Win Gold at European Championships

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The Netherlands' gold medal Young Rider team. © 2009 Digishots
The Netherlands' gold medal Young Rider team. © 2009 Digishots
Germany's gold medal Junior Rider team at the top of the podium. © 2009 Digishots
Germany's gold medal Junior Rider team at the top of the podium. © 2009 Digishots

ERMELO, The Netherlands, Aug. 7–The fight for the medals during the team competition for Juniors (up to 18 years of age) at the FEI European Championships Dressage for Juniors and Young Riders was exciting to the end but Germany finally won gold over The Netherlands Friday. The bronze medal went to Denmark.

In the Young Riders (aged 16 to 21), the Dutch won the team gold medal with Germany silver and Denmark the bronze.

It was the seventh medal for the Dutch Young Riders in the history of these European Championships and the third successive gold.

The distribution of the team medals for the juniors was the same as last year during the European Championships in Portugal: the Germans won the Juniors team competition with The Netherlands ranking second and the Dutch Young Riders won gold followed by the German team. It was the 24th medal for the German Juniors in the history of the European Championships.

Sanneke Rothenberger, daughter of ex-international dressage riders Gonnelien Rothenberger-Gordijn and Sven Rothenberger rode a fantastic test this afternoon on her beautiful black gelding Deveraux which was awarded 74.919 per cent and the lead in the individual competition for Juniors. Second in the individual test was the Dutch Sanne van Grotel riding Melvin followed by another German rider, Charlott-Maria Schürmann on World of Dreams.

The Dutch team was so dominant that even before the fourth rider, Lotje Schoots, enteredthe arena, the gold medal was already guaranteed. And as the cherry on the cake, Lotje Schoots riding Torricelli earned 73.316 per centtaking over the lead from German rider, Fabienne Lütkemeier on D’Agostino who she relegated to second place.

The Dutch team scored a total of 215.737 per cent and Germany 208.368 per cent.

In the individual ranking Lotje Schoots leads followed by Fabienne Lütkemeier and the second Dutch rider, Marrigje van Baalen on BMC Don Cardinale ranking third.

Dutch coach, Tineke Bartels said: “Having seen our four riders ride their tests, we have seen four highlights. I’m so proud of each of them. Together with their individual trainers and the Rabobank Talents Development project, we were able to realize a fantastic improvement in the youth sport in the Netherlands. This gold medal has been the result of all these efforts.”

The European Championships will be continued with the individual competition. Saturday will see the homage to Incredible, the 19-year old stallion ridden by Michelle van Lanen. Incredible is participating in this eighth championships and has won more medals for The Netherlands at the European Championships than any other horse.

RESULTS

JUNIORS
1. Germany 218,379%
2. The Netherlands 214,702%
3. Denmark 202,541%
4. Belgium 198,486%
5. Italy 196,703%
6. Russia 196,433%
7. Spain 194,540%
8. Great Britain 194,540%
9. Sweden 192,595%
10. Switzerland 192,541%
11. France 191,892%
12. Norway 188,107%

YOUNG RIDERS
1. The Netherlands 215,737
2. Germany 208,368%
3. Denmark 204,263%
4. Sweden 200,00%
5. Belgium 197,790%
6. Great Britain 195,841%
7. Italy 195,052%
8. Spain 192,001%
9. France 191,316%
10. Austria 190,632%
11. Switzerland 189,158%
12. Russia 188,632

Photos by Digishots