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British Breeze to Golden Glory Once Again

Team Great Britain. (FEI/Libby Law)

It was all about the British once more when the FEI Eventing European Championship 2023 drew to a close at Haras du Pin, France. At the last edition in Avenches (SUI) two years ago, they swept all before them, and again now they took not only the team title, but team-members Ros Canter (Lordships Graffalo) and Kitty King (Vendredi Biats) clinched individual gold and silver ahead of Germany’s Sandra Auffarth in bronze.

The team ranking established after a thrilling cross-country phase remained the same, with Germany standing on the second step of the podium ahead of the hosts from France during the medal ceremony.

In the final analysis, the British score of 103.9 left them well clear of their German rivals, who completed with 131.2, while the French took bronze on a score of 134.2. German chances had been compromised by the loss of their star performer Michael Jung, who was eliminated for an unlucky fall just a few fences from home with Fischerchipmunk FRH.

Team Ireland finished fourth, with Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, and The Netherlands completing the line-up. A total of 56 combinations started in dressage on Thursday, but that was narrowed down to just 37 in the deciding jumping phase. For Belgium and The Netherlands, there was plenty to celebrate as they picked up the two qualifying spots on offer for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

This was Great Britain’s 24th team and 20th individual title in the 70-year history of this Championship.


The French team kept the pressure on Germany with clear rounds from both Karim Florent Laghouag (Triton Fontaine) and Nicolas Touzaint (Absolut Gold HDC), but Stephane Landois (Ride for Thais Chaman D) lost his grip on overnight individual fourth place with a fence down, and Gaspard Maksud (Zaragoza) also left one on the floor. With the German team reduced to just three, they had plenty to contend with, but while Malin Hansen-Hotopp (Carlitos Quidditch K) had a fence error and some additional time faults, both Christopher Wahler (Carjatan S) and Sandra Auffarth (Viamant du Matz) were foot-perfect over the track designed by Quentin Perney, which consisted of 12 fences and 15 jumping efforts.

Lying sixth in the individual rankings at the start of the day, that clear would promote Wahler to individual fourth place behind team-mate Auffarth, and ahead of the two French clear-round jumpers, Touzaint, who slotted into fifth, and Landois, who finished sixth.

Britain’s Kitty King had no room for a fence error if she was to hold Auffarth at bay for the silver medal as she went into the ring to jump the penultimate round of this Championship, but when she added only 1.2 time faults to her scoreline, she was secure for the second step of the individual podium. Then all eyes turned to Canter and Lordships Graffalo, the horse she calls Walter.

When dressage leader Jung went out of contention, she rose to pole position and she had more than two fences in hand as she set off. The first element of the double at fence four hit the floor, but she still completed with a 6.7 fault advantage over King to take the individual honours and to put the icing on the British team cake.


Talking about how she handled the weight of expectation, Canter said, “I had to keep in my own bubble a little bit, remind myself who I’m sat on and just try and do the best job I could in that situation.”

The team success means even more to her than her individual achievement. “For me the team always comes first, it’s what I do it for, it’s what I dream of doing!

“For me the team always comes first; it’s what I do it for; it’s what I dream of doing. Our family are sporty all-rounders and it’s always been about riding for Great Britain. After (winning) Badminton, that was such a massive box ticked for me and I didn’t think it could get much better! I’ve got Walter to thank for it all; he’s just unbelievable!” added the 37-year-old, who took team and individual gold at the world championship in 2018 and European team Gold in both 2017 and 2021.

Like Canter, King was on the winning British side at the 2021 European Championship, but she said she wasn’t expecting to feature so prominently this time around.

“I thought I’d be coming out here just to put a score on the board and be a good pathfinder, and that it would be up to the rest with their amazing horses. So to come home with a medal of any colour is a huge honour and achievement and I’m very, very proud of my horse! I’m delighted with silver – and Ros definitely deserves the gold!” she pointed out.

Germany’s Auffarth was quite happy with her individual bronze, but even happier that her team managed to take silver after losing their star player in Michael Jung. She said her chestnut gelding Viamant was a bit fired up by the enthusiastic crowd, but it also made him jump even better. “I’m very proud of him, and proud of my team and all the work we put in at our training camps.”


At the post-competition press conference, her Chef d’Equipe, Jens Adolphsen, said, “After Tokyo, everyone said the Brits are favourites for the next 50 years! But then it changed (when the German team won gold at the last year’s world championship) and now I hope it changes again!”

Paris 2024 is now in full focus for all the nations, and the relief for Belgium and The Netherlands with confirmation of their participation was enormous. It was particularly emotional for Dutch team member and coach, Andrew Heffernan.

“I had 20 years of competing and then I got the job as coach, because we needed to qualify for Paris, and with the support of all my riders, I came out of retirement and rode on the team. And thank God it has worked out – now I’m going straight back into retirement because the pressure this week from my perspective doing both jobs has been huge. This was what we needed to achieve, and we’ve done it!” he said, attempting to control an ocean of happy tears.

There was a question about gender balance in equestrian sport from the floor of the press conference, and FEI President and IOC member Ingmar de Vos, who had earlier thanked the show organisers, officials, and volunteers for making this FEI Eventing European Championship such a special occasion, pointed out that “we are the absolute champions of gender diversity because everyone has a chance in our sport!”

Indeed, everyone has a chance, but they’ll all be out to beat the British next summer, so when Ros Canter was asked if she expects to be the Paris 2024 Olympic champion, she replied, “The simple answer is: I hope so!”

For now, she can bask in the light of European golden glory.


by Louise Parkes


Sandra Auffarth Wins CI-Short 3* Class during fischer Strzegom Summer Tour

Photo Credit: Leszek Wójcik.

The winner of the CI-short 3* class during fischer Strzegom Summer Tour in Poland is Sandra Auffarth.

Four international and five national classes: all that was to see over the last four days at fischer Strzegom Summer Tour. Some of the best eventers in the world have competed at the hippodrome in Morawa, including the current Olympic champion Michael Jung, world champion Sandra Auffarth, and the current European champion Ingrid Klimke. For the German team it was also the final test before the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA in September.

Sandra Auffarth (GER) with Viamant du Matz has won the most difficult class of the event: the CI-short 3* competition. Fourth after dressage, she has taken the lead after cross country, being the only rider to finish the course clear and in time. A clear round in the showjumping has only proven her to be the best in the class.

„I had a great feeling yesterday in the cross country and I was very proud of my horse. I had a good feeling about the showjumping, because my horse is a good jumper. I’m very very happy; my test went really good for me and my horse. I think the showjumping course was quite difficult, but it made it exciting and fun to watch for the audience.” – Sandra Auffarth after her clear round in the showjumping arena.

Second place belongs to Christoph Wahler (GER) aboard Carjatan S, and third goes to Andreas Dibowski (GER) with FRH Corrida. The highest placed Polish athlete of the competition was Jan Kamiński, finishing on the 18th place.

During the CI-short 3* class, Polish riders also competed for the title of the Polish National Champion. The gold medal went to Jan Kamiński with Senior, silver medal for Joanna Pawlak with Fantastic Frieda, and bronze for Paweł Spisak with Admirał.

German riders have definitely dominated the CI-long 2* class. The best score overall belonged to Michael Jung with Corazon. Good ride in the dressage arena, a few points for the time in the cross country, and a clear round during showjumping has granted him the first place in the class. Second place went to Tabea-Marie Meiners (GER) with Luc M, and third to Stephanie Böhe (GER) with Amazing Prince.

The CI-short 2* class was also lucky for the German team. Julia Krajewski aboard Samourai du Thot has taken the lead after cross country and a clear round in the showjumping arena has secured her position and granted her the first place in the competition. Second in the CI-short 2* was Sandra Auffarth with Daytona Beach 8 and third place went to Emma Brüssau with Donnerstag 20.

In the CI-short 1* class the best score belonged to Pietro Grandis (ITA) with Choclat, second place went to Merel Blom (NED) with Lucky You 7, and taking the third place was Ksawery Śniegucki (POL) with Red Dream Princes.

Online results: http://eventing.strzegomhorsetrials.pl/results/2018/sst/


Germany Takes Control after Dressage

Going for more gold: World champions Sandra Auffarth (GER) and Opgun Louvo take a 0.3 penalty lead over Britain’s Holly Woodhead at the end of the Dressage phase. (Jon Stroud/FEI)

Lausanne (SUI), 10 September 2015 – Germany is on track to win a fifth successive team gold medal after their third and fourth team riders, world champion Sandra Auffarth and Ingrid Klimke, rode superb Dressage tests at the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship at Blair Castle (GBR) today.

However, their team manager Hans Melzer is taking nothing for granted. “These riders are professionals and pressure is a good thing,” he said. “We have learned a lot from Fontainebleau [the 2009 FEI European Championship] when, having just won the Olympics in Hong Kong, we had a team disaster. So we will be concentrating hard and watching other teams, and also the weather, in case we need to change our plans about certain fences. But our horses are all well and we’re excited.”

World champion Sandra Auffarth, now in the lead on Opgun Louvo with 31.4 penalties, just 0.3 ahead of British individual Holly Woodhead, added: “Tomorrow is another day and I am focussed on that now, but I must admit that I am hopeful of doing well. I think this course will suit my horse.”

Klimke is currently in eighth place individually on Horseware Hale Bob with a score of 37.8. “I was a bit worried because the wind was blowing and ‘Bobby’ might be thinking he was going across country, but he did a wonderful job and was supple and obedient,” Klimke said of her Badminton runner-up.

“He has a rather ‘thoroughbred’ canter, which isn’t so great for Dressage, but he was very ‘through’ in his transitions and let me show how responsive he is to my aids. The Cross Country will be perfect for him because he is well balanced and full of energy. Our trainer Chris Bartle always reminds us that it’s not a Dressage competition!”

Great Britain, whose last European team gold medal was in Fontainebleau (FRA), are currently in second place, 10 penalties behind Germany.

Unusually, William Fox-Pitt (GBR) is the team discard score after a Dressage test that will have left the world number two slightly disappointed. He scored 43.0 on Bay My Hero, but any hopes of breaking the 40-penalty barrier were dashed with average marks for trot work and paces.

Instead, it was former dual European champion Pippa Funnell (GBR) who produced the counting score, 41.0, on the inexperienced nine-year-old Sandman 7. “I think the horse was a little nervous with all the people and the atmosphere and I know he could have done better but, for this stage of his career, I am very pleased with him,” she said of the gelding by Sandro Boy that she bought from Germany as a six-year-old.

“It’s a huge honour to be in the team. I was a little surprised, but I’m thrilled to be with William [Fox-Pitt] and Nicola [Wilson] again, and Kitty [King] has been going so well. What is exciting is the strength and depth we’ve got. Every one of the 12 British riders here could get a medal.”

The cost of one Cross Country mistake covers the top four teams after Dressage. France and Sweden, the bronze and silver team medallists in Malmö (SWE), are now in third and fourth positions and looking good in their quest to secure qualification for the Olympic Games in Rio next year.

Niklas Lindbäck (SWE), a team silver medallist in 2013, is best of the Swedish team in 10th place with a score of 38.1 on the 12-year-old bay mare Cendrillon. “I tried to do my best to help the team,” he said. “My horse did some amazing trot work but was a little bit tense in the canter. We struggled to keep it together but she was doing her best for me.

“We still have a long way to go as a team but if we do our usual Cross Country performance we should get there [to Rio]. However, we’re not thinking about that too much; we’re competing for medals!”

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Sandra Auffarth Crowned Double World Champion in Eventing at WEG

(FRA, 31 August 2014) Sandra Auffarth riding Opgun Louvo was today crowned double Individual and Team Gold medallist, with Michael Jung (GER) riding Fischerrocana FST in Individual Silver and Team Gold and William Fox-Pitt (GBR) riding Chilli Morning, taking Individual Bronze and Team Silver, at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, in Normandy.

Results, Individual Show Jumping, Eventing

1. Sandra Auffarth/Opgun Louvo (GER) 52.0
2. Michael Jung/FischerRocana FST (GER) 52.3
3. William Fox-Pitt/Chilli Morning (GBR) 54.3
4. Jonelle Price/Classic Monet (NZL) 56.5
5. Maxime Livio/Qalao Des Mers (FRA) 58.5
6. Karin Donckers/Fletcha Van’t Verahof (BEL) 59.9
7. Peter Thomsen/Horseware’s Barny (GER) 60.3
8. Boyd Martin/Shamwari 4 (USA) 63.9
9. Andrew Nicholson/Nereo (NZL) 64.5
10. Andreas Ostholt/So Is Et (GER) 64.7

Results, Team Show Jumping, Eventing

Gold: Germany, 177.9
Silver: Great Britain, 198.9
Bronze: Netherlands, 246.8
4th: France, 251.5
5th: Australia, 262.5
6th: Ireland, 319.3

Sandra Auffarth Crowned Double World Champion as Germany Reign Supreme

Germany’s 27-year-old Sandra Auffarth was today crowned double World Champion taking both the Individual and Team Gold medals in Eventing after a thrilling final round of show jumping, following four days of intense competition in the Eventing discipline.

The medals were all to play for when the final three riders came into the magnificent Stade D’Ornaro in Caen in front of a packed 20,000 crowd, with none of the final three competitors affording the chance to make a mistake. The whole German team was outstanding with all four riders going clear in the show jumping. Michael Jung riding Fischerrocana FST came into the stadium lying in third place and produced an immaculate jumping display. Fellow teammate Auffarth was next into the arena, and she too held her nerve with another master class in jumping clearing every fence in 89 seconds, well below the time allowed of 93 seconds.

“I didn’t think I could go and become double World Champion – it’s very amazing and still unbelievable,” said a jubilant Auffarth after the medal ceremony. One pole was all it took for Auffarth to claim the individual title after overnight leader William Fox-Pitt riding Chilli Morning just tipped the front rail of the second fence 10 seconds into his round. As a result, Fox-Pitt dropped to individual Bronze and Germany’s Michael Jung moved up to individual Silver.

Auffarth and Opgun Louvo won the Bronze medal in the individual event at the London 2012 Olympic Games and won Silver at the European, so it was a dream come true for Auffarth to go one better and take double Gold. Auffart’s performance also contributed to Germany’s victory in the Team competition, ahead of Great Britain taking Silver and the Netherlands in Bronze position.

Sixty riders made it through to start of the final show jumping phase from the original 87 competitors who went cross-country, with an impressive range of international competitors competing for their Nations. The show jumping concluded an outstanding Eventing competition held over two sites, with the dressage and cross-country staged at the beautiful Haras du Pin, and the show jumping in Caen’s Stade D’Ornano. The top six nations of Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, France, Australia and Ireland have now all qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Rolex Testimonee Zara Phillips Takes Silver

Competing for Team Great Britain, Rolex Testimonee Zara Phillips, riding High Kingdom, produced the only double clear of the British team in both the cross-country and show jumping disciplines after another extraordinary display of horsemanship. Lying in 15th position overnight coming into the final show jumping phase, Phillips produced another faultless round to the delight of the packed stadium and finished in 11th position, with her score helping Great Britain secure the Team Silver.

Commenting on her experience, Phillips said: “It’s a great atmosphere and it’s all so close. Luckily my horse had been to London 2012 and had experienced a big atmosphere, so we just had to go out there and go clear. Today my horse has proved that he can cope with the big atmosphere and jump, and I am chuffed to bits with him.”


Sandra Auffarth (GER):

I knew that my horse was good enough and that over the years he has always done an amazing job at all the competitions, but I didn’t think I could go and become double World Champion – it’s very amazing and still unbelievable. I have had my horse since he was five years old and it was just fun with him. I didn’t think he was a world champion horse, but always so much fun and such a great attitude. I tried to keep him (after a year) and so I bought him with the German Olympic Committee. The first time I thought he could be a really good horse was when he was seven years old.

The atmosphere here in the stadium was amazing and because I knew he was a good jumper it was OK and I was relaxed to go to the end. All team members did a great job, all clear rounds – it was an amazing team result for us!

William Fox-Pitt (GBR):

I feel very lucky to have won a bronze medal when the competition is that tight, especially after the cross-country. It was really close and we could so easily have lost any sort of medal. I’m delighted with Chilli (Morning); he was fantastic yesterday and perhaps today he was a little bit heavy legged, a little bit less reactive, than he normally is and he just flicked that pole, but I was certainly lucky to jump round the rest of the course clear and get a bronze medal.

The atmosphere in Caen has been crazy, very akin to the London Olympics and the horses are really lifted by that, and it’s fantastic to have such support here and such a turnout. It’s brilliant for the sport and I think it has been a terrific day. We were not coming here expecting to medal; we were certainly outsiders.

Michael Jung (GER):

My horse was very calm and relaxed today, as she was in the dressage too.

The course was very good for my horse. I had enough space between the fences which gave me enough time to prepare for the next one, and the ground was perfect; the horses were able to jump with a lot of energy, so overall I am so happy.

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Rolex and the World Equestrian Games

Rolex’s association with the World Equestrian Games began in 2002 in Jerez, Spain and the brand is at the forefront of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which takes place between 23 August and 7 September in Caen, France where a record 74 nations intend to take part.

The exceptional bond between Rolex and the World Equestrian Games has no doubt been instrumental in attracting 12 new countries to make their debut this year; a glorious achievement in the development of the sport on a global scale. Across the 15 days, approximately 1,200 media will follow 1,000 competitors as they compete across eight official disciplines including the Olympic sports of Show Jumping, Dressage and Eventing in front of over 500,000 spectators.

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Sandra Auffarth Takes Germany to the Top of the World

Sandra Auffarth and the Normandy-bred Opgun Louvo were foot-perfect throughout to take individual Eventing gold and lead the Germans to team gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy. (Trevor Holt/FEI)

Normandy (FRA), 31 August 2014 – German riders gave a master class in Jumping at the finale of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ Eventing competition to give Germany the full set of titles: Olympic, European and now World team gold medals, with Sandra Auffarth also taking individual gold.

All four riders – Sandra Auffarth, Michael Jung, Ingrid Klimke and Dirk Schrade – were flawless over the coloured poles and Auffarth, whose performance on the magnificent Opgun Louvo has been exemplary throughout the event, deservedly collected what looks like the first of many individual titles.

“It’s unbelievable that we are double world champions,” said the modest Auffarth. “When I first rode Opgun Louvo I didn’t think he was a future champion, but we have taken every level step by step and he’s been fantastic this weekend, really working hard.”

Defending champion Jung, who won individual silver on his brave little mare fisherRocana FST, was quick to compliment his team mate. “Sandra is a true world champion,” he said. “She went across country last of all in the worst ground but she and her horse know each other so well.

“For me, it would have been great to come to a world championships on the same horse (La Biosthetique Sam) four years later, but I’m happy with silver because my mare did such a fantastic job. She’s a very clever horse.”

As at last year’s FEI European Championships, only William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Chilli Morning, the Cross Country leaders, were able to halt German domination of the medals by taking individual bronze.

Although Britain’s team silver medal always looked secure, thanks to a great clear round from Zara Phillips and High Kingdom, the Germans’ brilliance pushed Fox-Pitt right to the wire and he had no leeway to win the individual title that so many people feel this classic horseman deserves.

His charming stallion Chilli Morning was impeccably behaved, considering the deafening cheers for Auffarth that would have blown the roof off had the stadium had one, but he just caught the second fence with his front legs and, to muffled groans, that was the gold medal gone.

“Of course I’m frustrated, but I’m probably lucky not to have had two fences down,” Fox-Pitt said philosophically. “I’ve never ridden a stallion at any decent level before. He’s a real worker and trier, and he’s a rare commodity. I’m very proud of him and it’s great for his future as a sire.”

Meanwhile, an interesting battle had been developing for team bronze. The Australians held third place in the team competition after Cross Country but lost it at a strike with an unfortunate 24-fault round from Shane Rose and Taurus.

The French could have benefitted from this, but Jean Teulere (Matelot du Grand Val) and Cedric Lyard (Cadeau du Roi) collected eight faults apiece. Sadly, Maxime Livio’s superb clear round on Qalao des Mers, which elevated him from eighth to fifth place individually, was not enough to rescue the home team’s medal chances.

Instead, the Netherlands team, who have been giving notice of deepening strength with their consistent results in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ series, rode for their lives to be deserved recipients of team bronze, the country’s first ever medal at world championship level.

Elaine Pen and Vira have been one of the up-and-coming partnerships this year and they produced a beautiful clear round to rise seven places to 13th individually. Merel Bloom (Rumour Has It) was also clear in 26th place and the talented Tim Lips, who has long flown the Dutch flag in Eventing, finished in 18th place on Keyflow N.O.P.

Speaking on behalf of his team mates, British-based Andrew Heffernan, who retired Boleybawn Ace on the Cross Country, said: “This means more than you can possibly imagine. We came here with one goal, which was to qualify for Rio, and not only have we done that but we’ve had a fantastic experience. It’s our first world medal, so watch out, the rest of the world!”

An electric atmosphere in the 21,000-seat arena fully justified the decision to transport the horses from the Dressage and Cross Country venue into the D’Ornano Stadium in Caen as the capacity crowd got into the spirit of the occasion, sporting national flags, executing Mexican waves and cheering ecstatically.

Frederic Cottier’s Jumping course provided the perfect finale; it was testing – there were a few refusals – but not at all punishing and horses were jumping well despite the testing conditions of the previous day’s Cross Country.

The top six nations – medallists Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands, plus France, Australia and Ireland – have all secured qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

About the new World Champion

Sandra Auffarth, 27, is steeped in horsemanship, having competed in Jumping to a high level as well as Eventing. Her parents, Karl-Heinz and Barbel Auffarth, breed competition horses at their Stal Auffarth, which has been established for 30 years. Sandra is closely involved with the business and plans to take it over when her parents retire.

She has ridden the 12-year-old Opgun Louvo, a Normandy-bred Selle Francais by Shogoun ll, since he was five. They sprang to prominence at the 2011 FEI European Championships when they won team gold and individual silver and in 2012 they won Olympic team gold and individual bronze. The horse spent part of 2013 on the sidelines, but came back to claim victory at the Aachen CCIO3* this year.

Team medals

GOLD: Germany 177.9 (Sandra Auffarth/Opgun Louvo, 52.0; Michael Jung fischerRocana FST 52.3; Ingrid Klimke/FRH Escada JS, 73.6; (Dirk Schrade/Hop and Skip, 135.3)

SILVER: Great Britain 198.8 (William Fox-Pitt/Chilli Morning, 54.3; Zara Phillips/High Kingdom, 68.9; Kristina Cook/De Novo News, 75.6 (Harry Meade/Wild Lone)

BRONZE: Netherlands 246.8 (Elaine Pen/Vira, 72.3; Tim Lips/Keyflow N.O.P., 79.9; Merel Blom/Rumour Has It, 94.6 (Andrew Heffernan/Boleybawn Ace, RET XC)

Full results on www.normandy2014.com.

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Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014

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Sandra Auffarth Claims Lead after Dressage Phase in Eventing at WEG

(FRA, 29 August 2014) Sandra Auffarth riding Opgun Louvo, has a firm lead after the Dressage phase of the Eventing competition , with William Fox-Pitt (GBR) riding Chilli Morning taking second place, and Jonathan Paget (NZL) riding Clifton Promise in third place at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, in Normandy.

Germany’s Auffarth Takes the Lead

Local born equine hero Opgun Louvo, ridden by Germany’s Sandra Auffarth, completed the best dressage performance of the two days with a stunning score of 35.0, to lead the overall competition going into the cross-country phase tomorrow. William Fox-Pitt rode a beautiful test yesterday on Chilli Morning posting a score of 37.5 and was the overnight leader after day one of the two-day dressage phase. Fox-Pitt’s lead looked further under threat when New Zealand’s Jonathan Paget produced a dazzling dressage performance in front of a packed crowd to take third position on his horse Clifton Promise with a score of 38.0.

Germany’s Michael Jung is well placed in fourth position, despite riding reserve horse FischerRocana FST after his 2010 world champion La Biosthetique-Sam FBW had to be withdrawn last week. He scored 40.7 with a relaxed, soft performance and hopes to be able to retain his World Champion title.

Auffarth and Opgun Louvo won the Bronze medal in the individual event at the London Games and Silver at the European Championships in Luhmuhlen, so will be hoping to go one better in Normandy.


Sandra Auffarth (GER):

He got better and better during the test. The canter work is his strength and you could earn a lot of marks doing that so that was good for me. Let’s forget the dressage. It was nice but now we have to move on to the cross-country!

William Fox-Pitt (GBR):

I am very relieved that we nailed the test. That was his best test ever. He’s a lovely horse to ride on the flat and he coped really well in that arena. The cross-country is a good track with plenty to jump. It’s quite hilly and with the soft ground it’s going to be a serious test. We tend to get all these conditions in England and so it should be good for us here, but the effect of the course will be cumulative and may be hard to gauge.

Michael Jung (GER):

I’m very happy. My horse was relaxed and didn’t make too many mistakes. She also concentrated. The arena wasn’t slippery. At the beginning the horses look at the ground because of the water splashing up, but the going is OK. [Jung described the course:] A tough four-star because of the big fences and the hills.

Rolex Testimonee Zara Phillips Riding High

The 2006 World Champion Zara Phillips (GBR), who was riding her top horse High Kingdom, scored 54.5. “I was really happy with him,” said Phillips. “He did some really good work and everything I asked of him. He broke in the medium trot and my marks didn’t come back up after that. He does nice work but he’s not a flash horse.” Phillips remains positive, believing that Saturday’s cross-country course will be hugely influential and should suit her gelding.

“You’ve got to look at the whole event; it’s not just about the dressage phase. You need something that will gallop up those hills and make those distances; we’ve just got to go out there and ride to the conditions. It’s tough and it’s raining,” she added.

For more information on the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and full results, please visit www.normandy2014.com.

Rolex and the World Equestrian Games

Rolex’s association with the World Equestrian Games began in 2002 in Jerez, Spain and the brand is at the forefront of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which takes place between 23 August and 7 September in Caen, France where a record 74 nations intend to take part.

The exceptional bond between Rolex and the World Equestrian Games has no doubt been instrumental in attracting 12 new countries to make their debut this year; a glorious achievement in the development of the sport on a global scale. Across the 15 days, approximately 1,200 media will follow 1,000 competitors as they compete across eight official disciplines including the Olympic sports of Show Jumping, Dressage and Eventing in front of over 500,000 spectators.

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The Germans Simply Do It All Again to Clinch Double Gold at Greenwich

(L to R) Sweden's Sara Algotsson Ostholt (silver), Germany's Michael Jung (gold) and Germany's Sandra Auffarth (bronze). Photo: FEI/Kit Houghton.

London (GBR), 31 July 2012 – Team Germany repeated their 2008 Olympic medal-winning performance when claiming Eventing team and individual gold at the London 2012 Olympic equestrian venue in Greenwich Park today. Such was their supremacy that they clinched the team title even before their last rider went into the ring, and Michael Jung set a new record in equestrian sport when becoming the first-ever event rider to hold Olympic, European and World titles at the same time. What a way to celebrate his 30th birthday!

The finale brought four fabulous days of Eventing sport to the perfect conclusion. After the destination of team gold had been established, the battle for silver and bronze was waged between Great Britain, Sweden and New Zealand, and it was the host nation that was eventually rewarded with silver while the Kiwis claimed the bronze.

It seemed that Sweden might be compensated for being pushed off the team medal podium when Sara Algotsson Ostholt went into the individual final as sole leader after Germany’s Ingrid Klimke left two fences on the floor in this morning’s team medal decider. But a last-fence error saw the Swede having to settle for silver, while Jung showed his extraordinary class to clinch the gold, with his team-mate Sandra Auffarth securing individual bronze in equally convincing fashion.

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Jubilant Germans Take Double Gold at HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships at Luhmühlen

Germany claimed team gold and all three individual medals at the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships - (from left) Sandra Auffarth (silver), Michael Jung (gold), Frank Ostholt (bronze). Photo: Kit Houghton/FEI.

Lausanne (SUI), 28 August 2011 – There were jubilant scenes as Michael Jung (GER) was crowned European Champion and his team deservedly took gold in a nail-biting finale to the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships at Luhmühlen (GER).

Although a German victory had never been in doubt, the final score sheet was considerably re-arranged after the unfortunate Ingrid Klimke (GER), who had led the first two phases with such flamboyance, suffered the devastating experience of hitting six fences and dropping to 11th place.

The individual medals were still a German whitewash, though, as the hugely talented Sandra Auffarth jumped clear to take individual silver and Frank Ostholt moved up two places to achieve his first individual medal.

Ostholt’s wife, Sara, who was best of the fourth-placed Swedish team, also suffered a dramatic drop down the order. There had been a run of clear rounds as the higher-placed riders found the key to this technically-demanding track. Algotsson-Ostholt had her much-admired mare Wega jumping beautifully until a misunderstanding on the approach to the final double at fence 11. The mare hit the first part and then ran out at the second element. Eighteen penalties dropped her to 12th place but the team held onto fourth and, more importantly, earned their ticket to next year’s Olympics in London.

“It’s very disappointing for my wife,” Ostholt said. “I know how she’s feeling and feel very sorry for her. Most of the year she’s always been ahead of me. Normally her horse jumps so well so it was a real surprise. She’s completely devastated, but pleased that Sweden has qualified for the Olympics.”

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Germany Sets Pace at HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships

Sandra Auffarth (GER) and Opgun Louvo hold the individual lead and have put the German team out in front after the first day of Dressage.

Lausanne (SUI), 25 August 2011 – German riders gave an exhibition of Dressage-riding to fill six of the top eight individual places and take a commanding lead in the team competition at the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships in Luhmühlen, to the evident delight of their home crowd.

Sandra Auffarth (GER), 25, who sprang to prominence when finishing second in the HSBC FEI Classics at Luhmühlen CCI4* in June, was the big sensation on a hot sunny afternoon today, producing another exquisite picture of harmony and suppleness with the nine-year-old Opgun Louvo.

She earned a perfect 10 for her entry and halt from Ground Jury member Anne Mette-Binder (DEN) and finally wound up with the excellent score of 35.4 penalties.

“It’s the best mark I’ve had at this level,” said a delighted Auffarth, who has been riding the chestnut gelding by Shogun ll since he was six.

“At one point in the walk, I thought ‘oh no, don’t be nervous’, but he concentrated very well and was relaxed so I could ride him like I do in training. He has a very good character – he is like a pony at home.”

Auffarth added: “It was quite a surprise to be picked for the team, but perhaps in another way it wasn’t so unexpected, because we’ve had a good season as a combination.”

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