After an eventful day at the FEI European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam, with a shock elimination for Charlotte Dujardin & Mount St John Freestyle following their brilliant test, the results have been confirmed. Defending champions, who score their victory in the Championships for the 24th time, are Germany with a combined total of 244.969! Two superb tests from Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (TSF Dalera BB) and Dorothee Schneider (Showtime FRH) yesterday were supported by two more strong performances today from Sonke Rothenberger (Cosmo) and Isabell Werth (Bella Rose) to put them 14.829 clear of the Dutch team in second place. Great Britain were sat in second and looked to be putting pressure on the Germans, but following a routine post-test inspection, FEI stewards discovered a small trace of flood on the flank of Mount St John Freestyle, the ride of Charlotte Dujardin, which resulted in elimination following the FEI rules. This caused Team GB to drop out of the medals to 4th. The 'home' team consisting of Anne Meulendijks (MDH Avanti NOP), Hans Peter Minderhoud (Glock’s Dream Boy NOP), Emmelie Scholtens (Desperado NOP) and Edward Gal (Glock’s Zonik NOP) put their best foot forward for a final score of 230.140 and a silver medal! In third were Sweden, just 0.217 behind. Antonia Ramel (Brother de Jeu), Therese Nilshagen (Dante Weltino OLD), Juliette Ramel (Buriel KH) and Patrik Kittel (Well Done de la Roche CMF) all performed stunning tests for the bronze medal!
The best result of all, however, was for the Irish team, who have made history by qualifying for next years Olympics in Tokyo, for the first time ever! As final team member Judy Reynolds entered the arena, Ireland were just outside of the Olympic qualifying places, so she knew she had to make Vancouver K dance like he'd never danced before! With the pressure of the nation on her shoulders, Judy displayed a fantastic performance to make history and set a new Irish record in the process! Team Ireland were lifted into the qualifying spot and head to Tokyo 2020!
Image credit: FEI, Isabell Werth on Bella Rose (GER)