Relive the eight biggest Eventing wins so far this year
Fall is almost officially here and this year’s competition season is beginning to wind down. There are only two CCI4*s left on this year’s calendar and all of the FEI championships for the year have already concluded. You might be feeling a bit blue because, let’s face it, the end of the show season is always a bit of downer. Cheer yourself up and motivate yourself to train extra hard this fall and winter by reliving the most victorious Eventing moments that this year has given us…
Andrew Nicholson (NZL) finally winning the prestigious Badminton CCI4* with Nereo. Their double clear show jumping round moved them up from 3rd place after cross-country into the win. Andrew also made history at this event by earning his 37th Badminton finish, which is the record for the most Badminton completions that any rider holds.
Michael Jung (GER) and Fisherrocana FST winning the Rolex CCI4* for the second year in a row. They had one rail down in show jumping and 1.6 cross-country time penalties but, after scoring a 37.1 in dressage, no one could catch them.
Ingrid Klimke (GER) and Horseware Hale Bob delivering a double clear cross-coury round to claim the Strzegom European Eventing Championships. Ingrid, who has been a key member of the German team for 17 years, added nothing to her 30.3 dressage score with Horseware Hale Bob to win her first individual title and lead Germany to team silver.
Isabelle Upton (GBR) and Eros DHI dominating the European Junior CCI1* Championships. They started off in the lead by scoring an phenomenal 23.9 in dressage and only added two show jumping time penalties to their score. This girl could grow up to be a legend.
Oliver Townend (GBR) winning the Burghley CCI4* with Ballaghmor Class at the horse’s first four-star event. Oliver proved that he is a true cross-country master by piloting this 10-year-old horse around its first four-star with only a mere 0.4 cross-country time penalties. That moved them up from 6th place after dressage into the lead and only one pole down in show jumping earned them the big win.
Hanna Knüppel (GER) and Carismo 22 flying around cross-country to win the European Young Rider CCI2* Championships. This pair led the competition from start to finish and added only one rail to their stellar 36.0 dressage score. It looks like even the young German eventers are unreal in the dressage arena.
Julia Krajewski (GER) and Samourai du Thot clinching this year’s Luhmuhlen CCI4* victory. This was only Julia’s third attempt at a CCI4* event but she made it count by winning the whole thing and leading from wire-to-wire.
Tosca Holmes Smith (CAN) and Fiat on their way to winning the 2017 North American Junior CCI1* Championships. They added nothing to their 47.2 dressage score to make us Canadians proud by bringing home the individual gold medal.