Super Jessica von Bredow-Werndl helps Germany defend team title at European Dressage Championships

A month on from winning gold at Tokyo 2020, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl's mammoth score helps Germany land a 25th European Championship gold on home turf in Hagen. 

By Courtney Hill
Picture by copyright of FEI / Liz Gregg

A superlative ride from Jessica von Bredow-Werndl sealed back-to-back victories for Germany in the FEI Dressage European Championships team finals on Wednesday (8 September).

Fresh from anchoring her nation to Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020, Von Bredow-Werndl, once again on trusted steed TSF Dalera BB, delivered a mammoth score of 84.099 to seal the continental title on home turf in Hagen.

Her Olympic champion teammates Dorothee Schneider (74.985), Isabell Werth (79.860) and Helen Langehanenberg (73.960) - made up the quartet that claimed Germany's 25th FEI Dressage European Championship title with a final tally of 238.944.

Olympic bronze medallists Great Britain picked up silver while bronze went to Denmark.

It was Great Britain who led at the halfway stage, courtesy of some magnificent riding from three-time Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin, but the tables turned after Werth and Weihegold got in the saddle.

Von Bredow-Werndl's whopping 84.0999 then sealed the title.

However, Dujardin's impressive score of 79.829 on Gio was good enough to anchor her nation into silver medal position. Her score, combined with Olympic bronze teammates Charlotte Fry (77.671) and Carl Hester (74.845), and Gareth Hughes (74.394), put them on a final tally of 232.829.

Cathrine Dufour and horse Bohemian (79.721) was one of two returnees to the Denmark team who narrowly missed out on the podium in Tokyo, but their team-high score of 231.165 ensured a bronze medal this time round - putting daylight between the Danes and the Swedes.

Dufour was joined by Olympic teammate Nanna Skodborg Merrald (75.078), and Charlotte Heering (70.699) and Daniel Bachmann Andersen (76.366).

Sweden were the closest of the chasing pack, but a score of 225.389 saw them miss out on a medal this time round.

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