TeamGB took the silver medal at the FEI European Championships in Aachen yesterday and anchor rider Charlotte Dujardin riding Valegro moved to the head of the individual leaderboard with an impressive 83.029, an impressive team performance by the Dutch saw them gain a well deserves gold medal while hot favourites Germany took the bronze medal.
Charlotte Dujardin said after her performance "she’s made a couple of mistakes which is a bit disappointing but the trot at the beginning felt really good. I don’t think there are many horses that have gone in there and not made mistakes, it’s just unfortunate. I think as a team we have done well, Fiona had a great ride yesterday, Carl had a good ride today so it’s been very positive”.
Carl Hester, who was ninth on Nip Tuck, produced a lovely test as the temperature soared to be rewarded with a score of 75.400%.
Hester said: “He’s so consistent, he’s a horse that’s never had under 70%; it’s his second Championship at 11 years old; I’m really, really happy with how he’s going and a lot of horses have had issues in there, so for a horse that’s very young to go in there and have just a couple of minor mistakes, I’m delighted with him.
“It was a little more difficult going towards A; I don’t know what he saw down there, that’s what made him back up when he was on that right diagonal which is why I missed the change, he’s such an obedient horse, it just caught him out at the end there. For me personally that’s the best ride I’ve ever had at an Aachen, having finished last here – probably about 15 years ago, it was a great improvement,” Hester said.
All four Team GB riders now go forward to contest Saturday’s Grand Prix Special.
Britain’s Chef d’Equipe Richard Waygood said: “What a fantastic day for the sport it was very exciting right up until the end; we’re very proud of all our riders. We’ve got some great potential for next year and it’s going to make the Olympics very exciting.”
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