European Eventing Championships

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The European Eventing Championships, like most other European Championships, is held every two years. Today it is a three star eventing competition.

The first Championships were held at Badminton in 1953, where six teams (Britain, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland) were sent, although only Britain and Switzerland were able to get their horses fit in time to actually compete. However, 10 teams were able to compete at the 1959 competition.

The 1995 and 1997 European Championships were held as part of events open to non-European riders (in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy in 1995 and Burghley, England in 1997) with the top three European individuals and teams receiving medals. The first woman to win the competition was Shelia Wilcox in 1957, although women were not allowed to compete in the Olympics in eventing until 1964.

There is also a Championship held for young riders, juniors and ponies.

Format[edit]

The Championships offers both team and individual gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Each nation may bring a team of four riders and two individuals. The team riders also compete for the individual gold, silver, and bronze medals. The host nation may bring up to eight individual riders, with a total squad of 12.

The best three scores among the teams—the team with the lowest number of penalty points—receive the gold, silver, and bronze medals. However, a team must have at least three riders completing the competition, or else they will be eliminated. If a team has four riders complete, there is a drop-score in their results. If three riders complete, all three scores are added into the final total for the team.

Beginning in 2005, the European Eventing Championships was held in the short-format, without the phases A, B, and C (roads and tracks, and steeplechase) on speed and endurance day. It included just the dressage, cross-country, and show jumping phases.

The competition begins with a horse inspection to make sure all competing horses are sound before beginning the dressage. Then the nations nominate their four team riders and the order they wish them to compete, before the order of nations is determined. The order of go is especially important on cross country day, when the first competitors have the best footing, but do not know how the course will ride, while the later competitors will know the tricky obstacles on course, but may have to run their horses on torn up or sloppy footing.

Past winners[edit]

Britain's Ginny Elliot & Germany`s Michael Jung are currently the only riders to have won the individual European Champion title three times in succession, Ginny became European Champion in 1985, 1987, and 1989. Michael Jung became European Champion in 2011, 2013 and 2015.[1]

Individual results[edit]

Individual medalists
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1953 United Kingdom Badminton United Kingdom Laurence Rook on Starlight United Kingdom Frank Weldon on Kilbarry Switzerland Hans Schwarzenbach on Vae Victis
1954 Switzerland Basel United Kingdom Bertie Hill on Crispin United Kingdom Frank Weldon on Kilbarry United Kingdom Laurence Rook on Starlight
1955 United Kingdom Windsor United Kingdom Frank Weldon on Kilbarry United Kingdom John Oram on Radar United Kingdom Bertie Hill on Countryman
1957 Denmark Copenhagen United Kingdom Sheila Willcox on High and Mighty West Germany August Lütke-Westhüs on Franco Sweden Jonas Lindgren on Eldorado
1959 United Kingdom Harewood Switzerland Hans Schwarzenbach on Burn Trout United Kingdom Frank Weldon on Samuel Johnson United Kingdom Derek Allhusen on Laurien
1962 United Kingdom Burghley United Kingdom James Templer on M'Lord Conelly Soviet Union German Gasyumov on Granj United Kingdom Jane Wykeham-Musgrave on Ryebrooks
1965 Soviet Union Moscow Poland Marian Babirecki on Volt Soviet Union Lev Baklyshkin on Evlon West Germany Horst Karsten on Condora
1967 Republic of Ireland Punchestown Republic of Ireland Eddie Boylan on Durlas Eile United Kingdom Martin Whiteley on The Poacher United Kingdom Derek Allhusen on Lochinvar
1969 France Haras-du-Pin (fr) United Kingdom Mary Gordon-Watson on Cornishman United Kingdom Richard Walker on Pasha West Germany Bernd Messmann on Windspiel
1971 United Kingdom Burghley United Kingdom HRH The Princess Anne on Doublet United Kingdom Debbie West on Baccarat United Kingdom Stuart Stevens on Classic Chips
1973 Soviet Union Kiev Soviet Union Aleksandr Yevdokimov on Jeger West Germany Herbert Blöcker on Albrant West Germany Horst Karsten on Sioux
1975 West Germany Luhmühlen (de) United Kingdom Lucinda Prior-Palmer on Be Fair United Kingdom HRH The Princess Anne on Goodwill Soviet Union Pyotr Gornushko on Gusar
1977 United Kingdom Burghley United Kingdom Lucinda Prior-Palmer on George West Germany Karl Schultz on Madrigal West Germany Horst Karsten on Sioux
1979 West Germany Luhmühlen (de) Denmark Nils Haagensen on Monaco United Kingdom Rachel Bayliss on Gurgle The Geek West Germany Rüdiger Schwarz on Power Game
1981 Denmark Horsens Switzerland Hansueli Schmutz on Oran West Germany Helmut Rethemeier on Santiago Republic of Ireland Brian McSweeney on Inis Mean
1983 Switzerland Frauenfeld United Kingdom Rachel Bayliss on Mystic Minstrel United Kingdom Lucinda Prior-Palmer on Regal Realm Sweden Christian Persson on Joël
1985 United Kingdom Burghley United Kingdom Virginia Holgate on Priceless United Kingdom Lorna Clarke on Myross United Kingdom Ian Stark on Oxford Blue
1987 West Germany Luhmühlen (de) United Kingdom Virginia Leng on Night Cap United Kingdom Ian Stark on Sir Wattie West Germany Claus Erhorn on Justyn Thyme
1989 United Kingdom Burghley United Kingdom Virginia Leng on Master Craftsman United Kingdom Jane Thelwall on King's Jester United Kingdom Lorna Clarke-Sutherland on Fearliath Mor
1991 Republic of Ireland Punchestown United Kingdom Ian Stark on Glenburnie United Kingdom Richard Walker on Jacana United Kingdom Karen Straker on Get Smart
1993 Germany Achselschwang France Jean-Lou Bigot on Twist La Beige United Kingdom Kristina Gifford on Song and Dance Man Netherlands Eddy Stibbe on Bahlua
1995 Italy Pratoni del Vivaro Republic of Ireland Lucy Thompson on Welton Romance France Marie-Christine Duroy on Ut Du Placineau United Kingdom Mary King on King William
1997 United Kingdom Burghley Germany Bettina Hoy on Watermill Stream United Kingdom William Fox-Pitt on Cosmopolitan II United Kingdom Kristina Gifford on General Jock
1999 Germany Luhmühlen (de) United Kingdom Pippa Funnell on Supreme Rock Sweden Linda Algotsson on Stand By Me Sweden Paula Törnqvist on Monaghan
2001 France Pau United Kingdom Pippa Funnell on Supreme Rock Germany Inken Johanssen on Brilliante Spain Enrique Sarasola Jr. on Dope Doux
2003 Republic of Ireland Punchestown France Nicolas Touzaint on Galan de Sauvagere Sweden Linda Algotsson on Stand By Me United Kingdom Pippa Funnell on Walk On Star
2005 United Kingdom Blenheim United Kingdom Zara Phillips on Toytown United Kingdom William Fox-Pitt on Tamarillo Germany Ingrid Klimke on Sleep Late
2007 Italy Pratoni del Vivaro France Nicolas Touzaint on Galan de Sauvagere United Kingdom Mary King on Call Again Cavalier Germany Bettina Hoy on Ringwood Cockatoo
2009 France Fontainebleau United Kingdom Kristina Cook on Miners Frolic United Kingdom Piggy French on Some Day Soon Germany Michael Jung on La Biosthetique - Sam
2011 Germany Luhmühlen (de) Germany Michael Jung on La Biosthetique - Sam Germany Sandra Auffarth on Opgun Louvo Germany Frank Ostholt on Little Paint
2013 Sweden Malmö Germany Michael Jung on Halunke Germany Ingrid Klimke on Escada United Kingdom William Fox-Pitt on Chilli Morning
2015 United Kingdom Blair Castle Germany Michael Jung on fischerTakinou Germany Sandra Auffarth on Opgun Louvo France Thibaut Vallette on Qing du Briot
2017 Poland Strzegom

Team results[edit]

Team medalists
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1953 United Kingdom Badminton  Great Britain
Frank Weldon
Reg Hindley
Bertie Hill
not awarded not awarded
1954 Switzerland Basel  Great Britain
Bertie Hill
Frank Weldon
Laurence Rook
Diana Mason
 West Germany
Wilhelm Büsing
August Lütke-Westhüs
Klaus Wagner
Huck
not awarded
1955 United Kingdom Windsor  Great Britain
Frank Weldon
Bertie Hill
Laurence Rook
Diana Mason
  Switzerland
Anton Bühler
Hans Bühler
Marc Bühler
A. Zindel
not awarded
1957 Denmark Copenhagen  Great Britain
Sheila Willcox
Ted Marsh
Derek Allhusen
Kit Tatham-Warter
 West Germany
August Lütke-Westhüs
S. Dehning
Reiner Klimke
Föke
 Sweden
Jonas Lindgren
Pettersen
Kasterman
Holm
1959 United Kingdom Harewood  West Germany
August Lütke-Westhüs
Ottokar Pohlmann
S. Dehning
Reiner Klimke
 Great Britain
Frank Weldon
Derek Allhusen
Beale
Sheila Waddington
 France
Jean-Raymond Le Roy
Durant
Guy Lefrant
Landon
1962 United Kingdom Burghley  Soviet Union
German Gasyumov
Pavel Deyev
Lev Baklyshkin
Saybaytol Mursalimov
 Ireland
Anthony Cameron
Henry Freeman-Jackson
Virginia Freeman-Jackson
Conolly Carew
 Great Britain
Frank Weldon
Michael Bullen
Fleet
Welch
1965 Soviet Union Moscow  Soviet Union
Valentin Gorelkin
Saybaytol Mursalimov
Aleksandr Yevdokimov
Lev Baklyshkin
 Ireland
Penelope Moreton
Virginia Freeman-Jackson
Eddie Boylan
Anthony Cameron
 Great Britain
Derek Allhusen
Richard Meade
Christine Sheppard
Reuben Jones
1967 Republic of Ireland Punchestown  Great Britain
Martin Whitely
Derek Allhusen
Reuben Jones
Richard Meade
 Ireland
Eddie Boylan
J. Fowler
Lady Petersham
Mullins
 France
Jean-Jacques Guyon
Lechevallier
Michel
Cochenet
1969 France Haras-du-Pin  Great Britain
Richard Walker
Derek Allhusen
Polly Hely-Hutchinson
Reuben Jones
 Soviet Union
Solos
Aleksandr Yevdokimov
Zakarian
Kepp
 West Germany
Bernd Messmann
Kurt Mergler
Horst Karsten
Otto Ammermann
1971 United Kingdom Burghley  Great Britain
Debbie West
Richard Meade
Mary Gordon-Watson
Mark Phillips
 Soviet Union
Muchin
Soroka
Aleksandr Yevdokimov
Solos
 Ireland
McLernon
Diana Wilson
Powell-Harris
Ronnie McMahon
1973 Soviet Union Kiev  West Germany
Herbert Blöcker
Kurt Mergler
Horst Karsten
Harry Klugmann
 Soviet Union
Aleksandr Yevdokimov
Soroka
Salnikov
Valentin Gorelkin
 Great Britain
Richard Meade
Lucinda Prior-Palmer
Janet Hodgson
Debbie West
1975 West Germany Luhmühlen  Soviet Union
Pyotr Gornushko
Viktor Kalinin
Vladimir Lanugin
Tizhkin
 Great Britain
Lucinda Prior-Palmer
HRH The Princess Anne
Sue Hatherly
Janet Hodgson
 West Germany
Kurt Mergler
Herbert Blöcker
Harry Klugmann
Horst Karsten
1977 United Kingdom Burghley  Great Britain
Lucinda Prior-Palmer
Jane Holderness-Roddam
Christopher Collins
Clarissa Strachan
 West Germany
Karl Schultz
Horst Karsten
Hanna Huppelsberg-Zwöck
Harry Klugmann
 Ireland
John Watson
Eric Horgan
Maher
Norman van de Vater
1979 West Germany Luhmühlen  Ireland
John Watson
David Foster
Alan Lillingston
Helen Cantillon
 Great Britain
Clarissa Strachan
Lucinda Prior-Palmer
Sue Hatherly
Christopher Collins
 France
Thierry Touzaint
Armand Bigot
Thierry Lacour
Edoaurd Decharme
1981 Denmark Horsens  Great Britain
Lizie Purbrick
Sue Hatherly
Richard Meade
Virginia Holgate
  Switzerland
Josef Burger
Josef Räber
Hansueli Schmutz
Ernst Baumann
 Poland
Miroslaw Slusarczyk
Krzysztof Rafalak
Jan Lipczynski
Miroslaw Szlapka
1983 Switzerland Frauenfeld  Sweden
Christian Persson
Göran Breisner
Sven Ingvarsson
Jeanette Ullsten
 Great Britain
Lucinda Prior-Palmer
Virginia Holgate
Lorna Clarke
Diana Clapham
 France
Pascal Morvillers
Thierry Lacour
Marie-Christine Duroy
Patrick Marquebielle
1985 United Kingdom Burghley  Great Britain
Virginia Holgate
Lorna Clarke
Ian Stark
Lucinda Green
 France
Jean Teulere
Vincent Berthet
Marie-Christine Duroy
Pascal Morvillers
 West Germany
Wagner Wagner
Jürgen Blum
Ralf Ehrenbrink
Claus Erhorn
1987 West Germany Luhmühlen  Great Britain
Virginia Leng
Ian Stark
Hunt
Lucinda Green
 West Germany
Wolfgang Mengers
Ralf Ehrenbrink
Claus Erhorn
Jürgen Blum
 France
Thierry Lacour
Didier Seguret
Vincent Berthet
Pascal Morvillers
1989 United Kingdom Burghley  Great Britain
Rodney Powell
Ian Stark
Virginia Leng
Lorna Clarke-Sutherland
 Netherlands
Eddy Stibbe
Fiona van Tuyll
Mandy Stibbe-Jeakins
 Ireland
Melanie Duff-O'Brien
Olivia Holohan
Eric Horgan
Joe McGowan
1991 Republic of Ireland Punchestown  Great Britain
Ian Stark
Richard Walker
Karen Straker
Mary Elizabeth Thomson
 Ireland
Sherelle Duke
Olivia Holohan
J. Spring
Fiona Wentges
 France
Jean-Jacques Boisson
Mayoux
Jean Teulere
Didier Seguret
1993 Germany Achselschwang  Sweden
Lars Christensson
Fredrik Bergendorff
Erik Duvander
Anna Hermann
 France
Jean Teulere
Michel Bouquet
Didier Seguret
Jean-Lou Bigot
 Ireland
Susan Shortt
Sonya Rowe
Sally Corscadden
Eric Smiley
1995 Italy Pratoni del Vivaro  Great Britain
Charlotte Bathe
Kristina Gifford
William Fox-Pitt
Mary King
 France
Gilles Pons
Rodolphe Scherer
Didier Willefert
Jean-Lou Bigot
 Ireland
Mark Barry
Virginia McGrath
Eric Smiley
Lucy Thompson
1997 United Kingdom Burghley  Great Britain
Christopher Bartle
Ian Stark
Mary King
William Fox-Pitt
 Sweden
Sivert Jonsson
Magnus Österlund
Paula Törnqvist
Anna Hermann
 France
Jean Teulere
Frédéric De Romblay
Marie-Christine Duroy
Jean-Lou Bigot
1999 Germany Luhmühlen  Great Britain
Kristina Gifford
Jeanette Brakewell
Ian Stark
Pippa Funnell
 Germany
Peter Thomsen
Herbert Blöcker
Nele Hagnener
Bodo Battenberg
 Belgium
Virginie Caulier
Kurt Heyndrickx
Carl Bouckaert
Constantin van Rijckevorsel
2001 France Pau  Great Britain
Leslie Law
Jeanette Brakewell
William Fox-Pitt
Pippa Funnell
 France
Rodolphe Scherer
Denis Mesples
Frédéric De Romblay
Didier Coureges
 Italy
Fabio Fani Ciotti
Andrea Verdina
Marco Biasa
Fabio Magni
2003 Republic of Ireland Punchestown  Great Britain
Jeanette Brakewell
William Fox-Pitt
Leslie Law
Pippa Funnell
 France
Jean-Luc Force
Jean Teulere
Arnaud Boiteau
Nicolas Touzaint
 Belgium
Karin Donckers
Carl Bouckaert
Dolf Desmedt
Constantin van Rijckevorsel
2005 United Kingdom Blenheim  Great Britain
Zara Phillips
William Fox-Pitt
Jeanette Brakewell
Leslie Law
 France
Arnaud Boiteau
Didier Willefert
Gilles Viricel
Nicolas Touzaint
 Germany
Frank Ostholt
Hinrich Romeike
Anna Warnecke
Bettina Hoy
2007 Italy Pratoni del Vivaro  Great Britain
Oliver Townend
Daisy Dick
Zara Phillips
Mary King
 France
Arnaud Boiteau
Didier Dhennin
Eric Vigeanel
Nicolas Touzaint
 Italy
Susanna Bordone
Fabio Magni
Roberto Rotatori
Vittoria Panizzon
2009 France Fontainebleau  Great Britain
Kristina Cook
William Fox-Pitt
Nicola Wilson
Oliver Townend
 Italy
Roberto Rotatori
Juan Carlos Garcia
Stefano Brecciaroli
Susanna Bordone
 Belgium
Karin Donckers
Joris Vanspringel
Virginie Caulier
Constantin van Rijckevorsel
2011 Germany Luhmühlen  Germany
Michael Jung
Sandra Auffarth
Ingrid Klimke
Andreas Dibowski
 France
Donatien Schauly
Nicolas Touzaint
Stanislas De Zuchowicz
Pascal Leroy
 Great Britain
William Fox-Pitt
Piggy French
Nicola Wilson
Mary King
2013 Sweden Malmö  Germany
Michael Jung
Ingrid Klimke
Dirk Schrade
Andreas Dibowski
 Sweden
Niklas Lindbäck
Ludwig Svennerstål
Frida Andersen
Sara Algotsson-Ostholt
 France
Nicolas Touzaint
Donatien Schauly
Karim Laghouag
Astier Nicolas
2015 United Kingdom Blair Castle  Germany
Michael Jung
Sandra Auffarth
Ingrid Klimke
Dirk Schrade
 Great Britain
Kitty King
Pippa Funnell
Nicola Wilson
William Fox-Pitt
 France
Thibaut Vallette
Mathieu Lemoine
Thomas Carlile
Karim Laghouag
2017 Poland Strzegom

All-time medal table (1953–2015)[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain 39 24 17 80
2  Germany 9 13 14 36
3  USSR 4 5 1 10
4  France 3 9 10 22
5  Ireland 3 4 6 13
6  Sweden 2 4 4 10
7   Switzerland 2 2 1 5
8  Poland 1 0 1 2
9  Denmark 1 0 0 1
10  Italy 0 1 2 3
11  Netherlands 0 1 1 2
12  Belgium 0 0 3 3
13  Spain 0 0 1 1
Total 64 63 61 188

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