Team GB made up of Badminton 2019 winner Piggy French, Tina Cook, Pippa Funnell and Oliver Townend, have won the silver medal at the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships in Luhmuhlen in Germany.
It was all to ride for in the showjumping round where Oliver Townend had to jump clear to keep Britain in Silver medal position. Unfortunately for Oliver he and his horse Cooley Master Class had a mistake at the planks that meant Team GB dropped down the leader board. Both Piggy and Pippa also each had a fence down in the show jumping. Tina who was the fourth member of the Great Britain team jumped a clear round show jumping, however had the day before had a run-out cross country and therefore they were the discard score.
However when Thibaut Vallette from France also had a fence down this meant that Britain went back up into silver medal position.
Kitty King from GB, riding as an individual, was placed best of the Brits in seventh place riding Vendredi Biats who jumped double clear.
Germany won Gold in the team competition with Ingrid Klimke winning individual gold and Michael Jung winning individual silver. Ingrid is the second rider to win back to back Individual European Championship titles on the same horse. The first event rider to do this was Pippa Funnel riding Supreme Rock.
Ingrid said after the event “Bobby is so wonderful — he jumped so well,” said Ingrid. “My jumping trainer and I walked course together like we did two years before in Strzegom so I felt really secure and safe, so everything was perfect.”
Longines FEI European Eventing Championships – Team Results
1 – Germany – Ingrid Klimke riding SAP Hale Bob OLD, Michael Yung riding FischerChipmunk FRH, Andreas Dibowski and Kai Ruder.
2 – Great Britain – Tina Cook riding Billy the Red, Piggy French riding Quarrycrest Echo, Oliver Townend riding Cooley Masterclass and Pippa Funnell riding Majas Hope.
3 – Sweden – Louise Romeike, Malin Josefsson, Niklas Lindback and Ludwig Svennerstal – this placing means that Sweden have now qualified for the Olympic games in Toyko 2020.
Longines FEI European Eventing Championships – Individual Result
1 – Ingrid Klimke from Germany riding SAP Hale Bob OLD
2 – Michael Yung from Germany riding FischerChipmunk FRH
3 – Cathal Daniels from Ireland riding