Germany, To No One’s Surprise, Has Commanding Lead Midway Through European Championhips, Denmark, Portugal & Switzerland Leading for 3 Olympic Berths

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The Olympic team gold medal pair of Dorothee Schneider and Showtime FRH were leading the European Championships Grand Prix after the first day of team competition. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 19, 2019–Germany, to no one’s surprise, took a commanding lead after the first day of the European Championships team Grand Prix with Great Britain and Sweden in early silver and bronze medal positions. Denmark, Portugal and Switzerland were in front for the three Olympic berths.

Dorothee Schneider on Showtime FRH was the individual leader on 80.233% while Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB was second on 76.894% with the top guns Isabell Werth on Bella Rose and Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo to got Tuesday that barring anything unforeseen should see Germany claim their 24th team title.

“Showtime was two years out, but at the beginning of this year we started him again and he’s getting better and better,” Dorothee said. “In his concentration he was very good at the German Championships (in June) and he was very, very good in Aachen (in July) so it’s very emotional for me to have this horse under me again, and to feel how motivated he is!”

Gareth Hughes on Classic Briolinca posted a personal best 76.351% for third place individually and, again, with Charlotte Dujardin on Mount St. John’s Freestyle and Carl Hester on Hawtins Delicato likely to put Great Britain on the medals podium, even if not at the top as the country was at the 2011 Europeans here.

Gareth Hughes and Class Briolinca putting Great Britain in European Championship medal position. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“She’s had her injuries as well, she’s had a stop-start career at Grand Prix so she’s still quite inexperienced,” Gareth said of the 13-year-old KWPN mare, “but we’ve had a good season up to this.

“She suffers sometimes from nerves, she’s usually not very good at halting or walking, but today she was excellent, she was focused so I just had to point, keep her head up and use my leg when I needed to, and she took care of the rest!”

Therese Nilshagen on Dante Weltino OLD, one of the stars for Sweden at the 2017 Europeans, was fourth individually on 75.466%.

Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Dream Boy was the best for the home team with 75.295% to place fifth individually.

Despite the shirt sleeves weather, the first day of the championships did not bring out big crowds.

Therese Nilshagen of Sweden on Dante Weltino OLD. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Denmark, as widely predicted, took the lead in the team competition that will decide three places at the Tokyo Olympics next year. Portugal and Switzerland were lying in second and third, respectively.

The other nations competing for the final three places at Tokyo are Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Ireland and Luxembourg.

The three teams that qualify Tuesday will join Germany, USA, Great Britain, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Canada, Brazil and Australia in Tokyo, as well as Japan as the host.

European Championship Grand Prix Part 1
Judges-K: Irina Maknami-RUS E: Evi Eisenhardt-GER H: Janet Foy-USA C: Isabelle Judet-FRA M: Mariette Sanders-van Gansewinkel-NED B: Susanne Baarup-DEN F: Clive Halsall-GBR
Rank HNR Competitor Nation K E H C M B F Total
1. 635 Showtime FRH Dorothee Schneider ger 83.043 % 79.891 % 76.957 % 81.304 % 80.000 % 81.087 % 79.348 % 80.233 %
dbay / 13y. / G / HANN / Sandro Hit / Rotspon / 103HX90 / Kippert,Gabriele (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.)
2. 636 TSF Dalera BB Jessica von Bredow-Werndl ger 78.370 % 76.087 % 75.435 % 77.717 % 76.630 % 76.848 % 77.174 % 76.894 %
dbay / 12y. / M / TRAK / Easy Game / Handryk / 105AH62 / Béatrice A. Buerchler-Keller (2.) (2.) (2.) (4.) (3.) (3.) (2.)
3. 632 Classic Briolinca Gareth Hughes gbr 76.087 % 75.326 % 73.478 % 79.130 % 76.957 % 76.848 % 76.630 % 76.351 %
13y. / M / KWPN / Trento B / Royal Dance / 104HK07 / Mr & Mrs Hughes,Mrs J Hornig (3.) (3.) (6.) (2.) (2.) (3.) (3.)
4. 667 Dante Weltino Old Therese Nilshagen swe 75.978 % 73.804 % 73.696 % 78.370 % 74.674 % 77.609 % 74.130 % 75.466 %
black / 12y. / S / OLDBG / Danone 4 / Welt Hit II / 104VX30 / Dressurpferde Leistungsz + T. Nilsh (4.) (7.) (5.) (3.) (5.) (2.) (7.)
5. 650 Glock’s Dream Boy N.O.P. Hans Peter Minderhoud ned 75.870 % 74.348 % 74.130 % 77.391 % 76.630 % 73.804 % 74.891 % 75.295 %
black / 11y. / S / KWPN / Vivaldi / Ferro / 104BI66 / Glock HPC NL B.V.,Palmar BV-J.T.M. (6.) (4.) (3.) (5.) (3.) (8.) (4.)
6. 630 Dark Legend Charlotte Fry gbr 74.022 % 74.348 % 74.022 % 74.348 % 74.457 % 74.565 % 74.457 % 74.317 %
dbay / 11y. / G / KWPN / Zucchero / Tango / 105FU85 / van Olst Horses & Charlotte Fry (7.) (4.) (4.) (6.) (6.) (6.) (6.)
7. 668 Brother de Jeu Antonia Ramel swe 75.978 % 74.130 % 72.935 % 73.478 % 73.587 % 74.891 % 74.565 % 74.224 %
black / 13y. / G / KWPN / Voice / Jazz / 105EH24 / La Pomme HB (4.) (6.) (7.) (7.) (7.) (5.) (5.)
8. 612 Fidelio van het Bloemenhof Anders Dahl den 73.696 % 72.826 % 72.065 % 72.391 % 72.174 % 73.696 % 72.283 % 72.733 %
chest / 10y. / G / Fidertanz 2 / Jazz / 106IY53 / Anders Dahl,Fiona Bigwood (8.) (9.) (9.) (8.) (8.) (9.) (10.)
9. 614 Jojo Az Agnete Kirk Thinggaard den 72.500 % 73.152 % 71.196 % 71.630 % 71.848 % 74.348 % 74.022 % 72.671 %
dbay / 16y. / G / HSH / Damhus Hoek’s Ginus / Justboy / 103KA01 / Julianelyst Aps & Claus Thinggaard (10.) (8.) (11.) (9.) (9.) (7.) (8.)
10. 649 MDH Avanti N.O.P. Anne Meulendijks ned 72.283 % 71.304 % 72.935 % 71.087 % 71.522 % 71.848 % 71.630 % 71.801 %
bay / 14y. / G / KWPN / United / Farrington / 103IA54 / MDH Sporthorses BV & A. Meulendijks (11.) (11.) (7.) (12.) (10.) (11.) (11.)
11. 655 Fogoso Rodrigo Torres por 72.065 % 72.283 % 71.522 % 71.196 % 70.652 % 72.065 % 72.717 % 71.786 %
grey / 9y. / S / LUS / Rico / Raja / 105NX97 / Rodrigo Torres (12.) (10.) (10.) (11.) (11.) (10.) (9.)
12. 663 West Side Story Old Estelle Wettstein sui 70.761 % 69.457 % 69.891 % 70.435 % 69.130 % 71.196 % 69.457 % 70.047 %
black / 11y. / M / OLDBG / San Amour I / Donnerhall / 104XN48 / Wettstein Marie-Line (14.) (14.) (15.) (13.) (14.) (12.) (14.)
13. 618 Euclides Mor Juan Antonio Jimenez Cobo esp 70.761 % 70.870 % 69.891 % 68.370 % 69.022 % 71.087 % 69.783 % 69.969 %
10y. / G / Riopele / Gingão / 104UN73 / Abelardo Morales Puron (14.) (12.) (15.) (19.) (16.) (13.) (12.)
14. 657 Diavolessa v. Tatyana Kosterina rus 70.978 % 68.913 % 70.000 % 69.674 % 70.000 % 69.674 % 68.804 % 69.720 %
11y. / M / HANN / DON FREDERICO / Londonderry / 105AQ96 / Josef Scheele von Alven (13.) (17.) (14.) (16.) (12.) (19.) (18.)
15. 615 Ein Traum 2 Borja Carrascosa esp 70.109 % 69.891 % 67.935 % 71.413 % 69.022 % 70.761 % 68.804 % 69.705 %
chest / 10y. / G / WESTF / Estobar NRW / Florestan I / 105TS00 / Sportpferde Hofmann GbR (17.) (13.) (20.) (10.) (16.) (15.) (18.)
16. 640 Sambuca Heike Holstein irl 68.696 % 68.804 % 71.087 % 69.783 % 68.804 % 70.326 % 68.804 % 69.472 %
bay / 10y. / M / Samarant / Limmerick / 106DP22 / Heike Holstein (23.) (18.) (12.) (15.) (18.) (16.) (18.)
17. 628 Ultrablue de Massa Arnaud Serre fra 70.761 % 67.717 % 70.109 % 69.348 % 69.130 % 70.217 % 68.696 % 69.425 %
black / 11y. / G / PSH / Rubin Royal Old / Almonda Mac / 103ZU68 / Mme Anne Sophie Bernard de la Gatin (14.) (24.) (13.) (18.) (14.) (17.) (21.)
18. 604 Valenta’s Diego Karoline Valenta aut 72.609 % 69.457 % 66.522 % 70.000 % 66.957 % 71.087 % 69.022 % 69.379 %
black / 13y. / G / HANN / Desperados / Hohenstein / 103ZQ88 / Karoline Valenta (9.) (14.) (27.) (14.) (25.) (13.) (16.)
19. 605 Fustanella Old Belinda Weinbauer aut 69.348 % 68.152 % 69.239 % 67.391 % 69.239 % 69.130 % 69.674 % 68.882 %
14y. / M / OLDBG / Don Romantic / Rubinstein I / 103VG09 / Pernille Heuser-Hladik (20.) (21.) (18.) (21.) (13.) (20.) (13.)
20. 644 Bonzanjo Eyal Zlatin isr 69.783 % 68.587 % 65.435 % 69.457 % 68.478 % 68.587 % 68.913 % 68.463 %
chest / 13y. / G / KWPN / Jazz / Contango / 104EN90 / Ralph Uwe Westhoff (19.) (19.) (28.) (17.) (19.) (22.) (17.)
21. 609 Indoctro v.d.Steenblok Fanny Verliefden bel 70.109 % 68.152 % 66.957 % 68.261 % 67.065 % 69.022 % 67.391 % 68.137 %
black / 11y. / G / BWP / Rubin Royal Old / Gribaldi / 105PO79 / Fanny Verliefden (17.) (21.) (24.) (20.) (24.) (21.) (24.)
22. 610 Syrio 2 Libuse Mencke cze 67.500 % 67.826 % 69.565 % 67.174 % 67.609 % 68.043 % 67.391 % 67.873 %
bay / 12y. / G / MECKL / Sancisco Old / Sandrit / 106JH35 / Gestunt Ganshow (25.) (23.) (17.) (22.) (22.) (24.) (24.)
23. 621 Skovlunds Gamin G Mikaela Fabricius-Bjerre fin 67.500 % 69.130 % 67.717 % 65.652 % 67.391 % 70.217 % 66.304 % 67.702 %
13y. / G / DWB / Gagarin / Saint Cloud / 104IT52 / Dressurstald Solyst M. Lindh & B. J (25.) (16.) (21.) (25.) (23.) (17.) (27.)
24. 665 For President Michael Bugan svk 69.130 % 68.478 % 67.065 % 66.739 % 65.652 % 68.478 % 67.609 % 67.593 %
bay / 11y. / G / AWÖ / Fontane / Brentano II / 104TD12 / Eva Buchar (22.) (20.) (23.) (24.) (27.) (23.) (23.)
25. 653 Beirao Duarte Nogueira por 69.239 % 67.609 % 68.587 % 64.457 % 67.935 % 65.761 % 69.130 % 67.531 %
bay / 13y. / G / LUS / Rubi / Joca / 104RC83 / Companhia Das Lezirias,Sa (21.) (25.) (19.) (28.) (21.) (28.) (15.)
26. 607 Charlie Simon Missiaen bel 68.043 % 65.435 % 67.283 % 66.957 % 68.478 % 67.065 % 67.935 % 67.314 %
chest / 12y. / G / KWPN / Florencio / Osmium / 105LK95 / Simon Missiaen (24.) (29.) (22.) (23.) (19.) (25.) (22.)
27. 639 Snowdon Faberge Kate Dwyer irl 66.196 % 65.870 % 66.848 % 64.674 % 66.413 % 66.196 % 67.065 % 66.180 %
bay / 13y. / G / Foxcourt Fabelhaft / 104FJ10 / Kate Dwyer (29.) (28.) (25.) (27.) (26.) (27.) (26.)
28. 661 Delioh von Buchmatt CH Carla Aeberhard sui 66.739 % 66.087 % 66.739 % 64.348 % 65.543 % 66.522 % 65.652 % 65.947 %
bay / 11y. / G / CH / Danone / Wolkenstein II / 103VW73 / Aeberhard Jörg & Manuela (28.) (26.) (26.) (29.) (28.) (26.) (28.)
29. 601 Saumur Carrie Schopf arm 67.283 % 65.978 % 65.435 % 65.217 % 65.326 % 64.783 % 64.130 % 65.450 %
chest / 11y. / G / OLDBG / Sancisco Old / Tanzmeister / 104YV64 / Schopf,Carrie & Bernd (27.) (27.) (28.) (26.) (29.) (31.) (29.)
30. 623 Dacor Mikaela Soratie fin 64.239 % 63.913 % 65.000 % 63.587 % 65.217 % 65.761 % 63.478 % 64.457 %
bay / 10y. / G / HANN / Dancier / Cordoba / 105HF23 / Mikaele Soratie (32.) (30.) (30.) (30.) (30.) (28.) (30.)
31. 638 Limitless Anita Schmidt hun 64.891 % 63.370 % 63.696 % 62.935 % 61.087 % 63.043 % 62.065 % 63.012 %
bay / 9y. / G / HOLST / Larimar 7 / Conteur / 106FC46 / Anita Schmidt (30.) (31.) (31.) (31.) (31.) (32.) (32.)
32. 659 Samba Pa Ti Yulia Vinnitskaja rus 64.783 % 62.717 % 59.348 % 61.957 % 60.761 % 65.326 % 62.717 % 62.516 %
dbay / 11y. / G / HANN / Sandro Hit / Fürst Heinrich / 104CW79 / Vinnitskaja Yulia (31.) (32.) (32.) (32.) (32.) (30.) (31.)
33. 627 Lights Of Londonderry Charlotte Chalvignac fra EL
chest / 15y. / G / HANN / Londonderry / Weltmeyer / 102SN69 / Brune,Bernadette
33. 647 Quater Back Junior Nicolas Wagner lux EL
chest / 10y. / G / HANN / Quaterback / Bonheur / 104IN23 / Soc.Hippique et d’Elevage S.A.,N.Wa