European Championships at Rotterdam in Photos

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Isabell Werth on Bella Rose was the queen of the European Championships–three gold medals, one team one individual and one freestyle. Team mate Dorothee Schneider on Showtime is happy her Olympic tram gold medal mount is back and in top form, performing so we well as to win her first ever individual championship medal, in the Grand Prix Special then added silver in the freestyle. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB emerged among Germany’s top three combinations to take freestyle bronze. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

 

A triumphant Isabell Werth on Bella Rose winning European Championships Freestyle gold, adding to her individual and team golds. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

 

Dorothee Schneider on Showtime only the sixth rider in history to achieve a score of 90% leaving the arena after the European Championships freestyle for silver, only her second individual medal in Olympic and championship team successes. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

 

Tears of happiness were flowing as Jessica von Browd-Werndl completed the European Championships freestyle on TSF Dalera BB for a bronze medal. The combination won team gold here and at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon last fall. Jessica was so upset with her performance in the Grand Prix that she cried in frustration. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

 

European Dressage Championships were spread over six days, highlighted by almost perfect summer weather turning South Florida hot and humid at the end–temperatures near mid 90sF/34C. A fleeting torrential downpour in the Grand Prix early in the week caught Cathrine Dufour and Cassidy at its worst. One would never know that she might have been uncomfortable, Cathrine has a positive and friendly attitude as well as a lifelong partnership with the appealing Cassidy that she has competed for lots of medals at European Junior and Young Rider Championships, went to the 2016 Olympics together then earned team silver and individual and freestyle bronzes at the 2017 Europeans. Two days after this drenching that earned a start for Denmark at the 2020 Olympics, the pair broke up the German powerhouse by earning individual bronze and placing fourth in the Grand Prix Freestyle behind the German medal trio. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

 

Supporters of Cathrine Dufour and Cassidy didn’t look too comfortable in the rain, but they weren’t out there trying to earn an Olympic start for Denmark. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Juliette Ramel riding Buriel K.H. in the first freestyle for the 13-year-old KWPN gelding that Juliette competed at the 2016 Olympics and the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Spain’s Claudio Castille Ruiz rode Alcaide, a 14-year-old Lusitano stallion, one handed down the final centerline. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

 

Micah Deligdish riding for Israel but based in Wellington, Florida on Destiny that is owned by Terri and Devon Kane’s Diamante Farm in Wellington. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

 

Supporters of Micah Deligdish riding for Israel included family and friends living in America as well as Terri and Devona Kane of Diamante Farm in Wellington, Florida and owners of Destiny. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com