Showjumpers win EM silver in the team
The German showjumpers just missed the gold medal at the European Championships in Rotterdam. However, the quartet around world champion Simone Blum with Alice won silver. The 30-year-old collected four penalties in the third round of the European Championship with her mare for the first time, but her colleagues saved the silver medal behind Belgium. "The victory for Belgium is fine," said coach Otto Becker: "We are also satisfied with silver."
"That was teamwork," said the coach, whose quartet also included Marcus Ehning with Comme Il Faut, Daniel Deußer with Tobago and Christian Ahlmann with Clintrexo. The most recent victory for Germany had been 2011 in Madrid.
The third and final round of the team competition started with an unexpected shock. Blum, who had been so reliable twice before, received four penalty points with Alice. "The mistake is expensive," the 30-year-old commented on the drop: "That shoots you backwards." For her three colleagues increased the pressure, they should "make it equestrian," hoped the starting rider.
"I just did not get into the combination," Blum explained the drop: "It was very close." The mistake "I take on my cap," said the rider, who had become a surprise world champion in the US a year ago.
In the dressage there were already two decisions with two gold medals for Isabell Werth in the team ranking and in the Grand Prix Special on Thursday evening. The 19th European Gold Medal wants to follow the most successful rider in the world on Saturday (15 clock) in the freestyle the number 20. "I know that anything is possible with Bella Rose," said the 50-year-old dressage rider, "It's up to me to make it possible." In the freestyle a similar duel is expected as in the Grand Prix Special, when Werth won in the saddle of Bella Rose just ahead of the same age Dorothee Schneider with Showtime.