Germany Powers to European Championship Gold, Denmark Silver, Sweden Bronze

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Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo clinching European Championships team gold for Germany after just three of four rides. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com (Click images to make full size)

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Aug. 23, 2017–Germany powered to European Championship gold Wednesday night with a lead so large after rides by three of the team combinations that anchor and world No. 1 Isabell Werth on her Olympic mount Weihegold OLD could have been given a bye.

Sönke Rothenberger at 22 years of age and his 10-year-old Olympic team gold horse Cosmo clinched the title for Germany with a Grand Prix ride that was above 80 per cent before a couple of mistakes dropped the final result to 78.343 per cent.

But it was enough to send the pair to the top of the individual leaderboard, with team mates Helen Langehanenberg on Damsey with 74.986 per cent and Dorothee Schneider on Sammy Davis, Jr. on 74.585 per cent in second and third places individually.

The team score after three rides was 227.915, and next in line Denmark and Sweden were unable to overcome the deficit after all four of their rides.

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