The British dressage rider was the best performer in the European team championships with a score of 83.029%, helping Britain clinch team silver. UPDATE: Dujardin also retained her individual titles.
The European Reining Championships team competition took place on Friday, August 14, and made for some spectacular moments. Italy won gold, with Germany — whose top performer, Grischa Ludwig, is pictured below — in silver and the Netherlands in bronze.
Michael Schumacher’s daughter, Gina, introduced the competition with a demonstration.
Concerns over dressage champion horse Totilas, who helped Germany secure team bronze at Aachen, saw the Dutch Warmblood stallion and his rider, Matthias Rath, bow out of Saturday’s individual grand prix special. UPDATE: Totilas has been retired from competitive dressage after having been diagnosed with bone edema. Read the owners’ official statement.
The British dressage team wasn’t the only one to win silver this week. Fourteen-year-old India Bussey, Hallie Lunn and Lottie Tutt and twelve-year-old Oliver Fletcher also flew the flag for Britain on Thursday 13, securing second place in the children’s team championship at the European Jumping Championship for Children, Juniors and Young Riders in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The Junior team then won bronze on Friday 14.
American showjumper Jessica Springsteen had a look of intense concentration on her face as she rode Davendy S at the Valkenswaard leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.
…while Scott Brash worked his magic on Hello Sanctos.
Back in Britain, Andrew Nicholson has been recovering from neck surgery after a fall at the CIC3* at Gatcombe. According to a statement published on Friday, August 14, on the Festival of British Eventing’s Facebook page on behalf of the Nicholson family, the New Zealand champion is making good progress and is able to walk unaided. “Andrew is indebted to Mr Jeremy Reynolds, Consultant Spinal Surgeon, and the rest of his surgical team at the John Radcliffe hospital, for their incredible skill in his treatment, “ the family stated. “He would also like to thank the nurses in the trauma unit for the fantastic care he has received.”
And finally: two horses had a lucky escape this week. One was saved by farmers who found him stuck in a sinkhole near Cheriton, in North Gower; the other fell into a well in Concepción, Chile, and was pulled out by local firefighters. Although injured, he is expected to recover in full.
Main image: Valegro by Hippo Foto – Dirk Caremans, courtesy of the FEI