Great Britain’s European Championship Team Named

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Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro celebrating another gold medal victory. File photo © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro celebrating another gold medal victory. File photo © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

July 23, 2015

World No. 1 Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro, Carl Hester Hester on Nip Tuck, Fiona Bigwood on Atterupgaards Orthilia and Michael Eilberg on Marakov were named Tuesday to Great Britain’s team for the European Championships in Aachen, Germany Aug. 11-16.

For Charlotte, who turned 30 years old earlier this month, and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding this will be their third straight Europeans, the last major team championships before next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The pair are the reigning Olympic, world, European and World Cup championship pair as well as holding all Grand Prix record scores.

Carl, 48, with a record of a quarter-century of championships including four Olympics, and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding were on the British team with Charlotte and Valegro that won silver at the World Games last year.

Michael Eilberg, 28, who with Half Moon Delphi was on Britain’s teams at the 2013 Europeans and the 2014 World Games, and the 15-year-old Latvian-bred Marakov this year have posted the highest scores for the pair in five years at international Grand Prix.

Fiona Bigwood, 39, a veteran of four Europeans and the 2010 World Games in Kentucky, began riding the 10-year-old Atterupgaards Orthilia, an Oldenburg mare, at international Grand Prix in March this year, logging two first places and five times second.

Reserves are: Spencer Wilton (42) and Super Nova II and Anna Ross (42) and Die Callas.