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Germany dominates as Brits shine, on first day of competition at Hartpury 2022

26 Jul 2022 | European Championships |

IMAGE: Rose Oatley and Veneno (Credit: Kevin Sparrow)

Reigning champions Germany displayed their dominance on the opening day of competition at the FEI Dressage European Championships for Young Riders (YR) and Juniors (JR) 2022. The Team Dressage competition opened proceedings, with the first two team riders taking to the arena today and the final two riders competing on Wednesday.

Germany occupies the overnight lead in both competitions after a stunning demonstration of dressage in Hartpury’s panoramic International Arena. Great Britain lies just outside the provisional medals in the junior competition overnight, but in silver medal position in the young rider competition.   

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Germany’s Rose Oatley helped Germany secure an overnight lead in the FEI Dressage Championship for Juniors 2022 with an outstanding display of accurate test riding during the first session on Tuesday. Her score of 73.303% was the highest of the first day, with fellow German Carolina Miesner and Exclusiv also breaking the 70 per cent barrier with a score of 70.242%.

Oatley was originally meant to compete her number one, Rock Revolution, but it was stablemate Veneno, an 11-year-old Westfalian stallion (by Vitalis x Diamond Hit) that ventured across the Channel instead.

The Netherlands, the reigning silver medallists, lie in second place overnight. Rowena Weggelaar and Don Quichot scored 71.364% and are in second place individually, while her compatriot Lara van Nek and Fariska posted a score of 69.697%.

Austria’s Florentina Jobstl and Floortje were another to go above 70 per cent with 71.273%, while her teammate Corinne Gebhard and Bellagio 16 saw 69.576% on the final scoreboard, securing bronze medal position at the halfway stage.

The Brits were drawn second to go out of thirteen nations in the FEI Dressage Championship for Juniors.  

Myles Graham made his championship debut at 9.38am with Caroline Bell’s Nibeley Union Hit. The judges rewarded an impressive and accurate display of riding, giving an eight for an outstanding final halt to conclude a largely excellent presentation. Increased marks during the extensions of all three paces saw Graham earn a final score of 69.667%.

Fellow Brit and championship debutant Sophie Wallace also put in an encouraging performance with Laura Tomlinson and Mrs Bechtolsheimer’s Rosalie B, despite still being in just her first full season of dressage. The home crowd willed her on and a score of 70.273% had the Gloucestershire-based rider in provisional fifth place individually overnight.

Tomorrow, India Durman-Mills and Escade take to the arena at 9.08am to kick off the team medal decider, while anchor Annabella Pidgley presents her anticipated championship debutante Espe at 11.28. 

Junior team standings

1. Germany - 143.545
2. Netherlands - 141.061
3. Austria - 140.849
4. Great Britain - 139.940


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Once again, Germany showed its dominance and Helena Schmitz-Mokramer and DSP Lifestyle produced the highest score on the opening day with 75.206%. Great Britain lie in second place overnight after British supporters were treated to two superb performances that had Hartpury hill cheering in the sunshine.

Maddy Frewin (19) was the first to go of the home side, partnering Eagle Nouvelle. The ground jury of Stephen Clarke (E), Jane Weatherwax (H), Evi Eisenhardt (C), Alice Schwab (M) and Maarten Van Der Heijden (B) rewarded clean pirouettes, an expressive walk and eye-catching changes with a score of 69.971%. The second young rider for the Brits was Jessie McConkey and Lady Gaga (Quarterback x Solos Landwind) who looked delighted as a score of 72.235% appeared on the board after the final halt.

British supporters will take to the hill again on Wednesday to support Anna Dalrymple and Caitlin Burgess who begin their competition at 10.56am and 12.52am respectively.

Denmark’s Frederikke Gram Jacobsen and Ryvangs Zafina (Blue Horz Zack x Viegaards Come Back II) caught the attention of the judges with a consistent and highly marked test resulting in 73.353%. Gram Jacobsen will occupy third place individually overnight while his teammate Sara Aagaard Hyrm and Atterupgaards Cooper (Charmeur x IPS Gribaldi) helped Denmark also occupy third as a team at the halfway stage, thanks to an individual percentage score of 68.500%.

Young Rider team standings

1. Germany - 149.588
2. Great Britain - 142.206
3. Denmark - 141.853

Day 2 (Wednesday) will see the conclusion of the Team Competition along with the medal ceremony, as the FEI Eventing European Championship for Young Riders and Juniors present their horses at the first horse inspection.

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