Dujardin Dances to European Gold

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British Dressage. It was the finale to the ECCO FEI European Championship everyone had hoped for.  There was tension, there was drama, there were tears and certainly plenty of smiles as the dressage elite of Europe battled it out for the crown of European freestyle champion.  In the end, it was Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin who had the edge with Carl Hester and Roly Luard’s Valegro and they now have two individual European titles to add to their Olympic collection.  Their final score of 91.25% was just shy of the World Record she yearned for but enough to give her a nearly four percent victory over Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg with Damon Hill NRW.  Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival finished in bronze.
The first British rider in was Michael Eilberg with Jon and Julie Deverill’s British bred Half Moon Delphi and there couldn’t have been a better test to get the competition under way.  With lively Hispanic music set to some great passage work, the crowd were right behind them, as they began to clap in time to the music.  ‘Maggie’ wasn’t distracted; she seemed to enjoy the support.  Unfortunately, Michael’s music started a bit late so some improvisation was needed but a score of 72.232% brought an amazing week for the debutantes to a euphoric end. purchase discount medication! prednisone prescription cost . cheapest rates, zyban cheap cheap zyban buy prednisone online.
Michael said; “When my music started late, I got behind and I had to find my way round.  It was certainly freestyling in the freestyle!  She has an aura about her and music is lively so I guess the crowd wanted to get behind her – I loved it.  She’s been awesome this week and really tried; she certainly felt raring to go today.  Her score shows we got good marks for the bits we did well so it’s promising.” top quality medications. prednisone 10 mg price . top offering, buy prednisone propecia help buy propecia online pack.
Carl Hester rode with his normal artistic gusto and captivated the crowd with his medley of music from London 2012 prepared by Tom Hunt.  It was a brave choice as the test contains plenty of piaffe which hasn’t been his strongest feature this week but Carl had every faith in the stallion which he jointly owns with Sasha Stewart.  He managed to break the magic barrier with 81.696 which gave him sixth overall.
Before rushing off to warm Charlotte up he commented; “I was happy with him today – he really tried.  And, we both enjoyed it!  His passage was spot on and I really wanted to break the 80% barrier so mission accomplished.”
Adelelinde was the first of bookie’s favourites to go and she once again proved Jerich Parzival is a force to be reckoned with a polished 86.393% to set the scoreboard alight.  Her compatriot Edward Gal followed with Glock’s Undercover but a few mistakes left them on 84.911%.  All eyes in the packed grandstands were then on double Olympic Champions, Charlotte and Valegro.  Even though many had seen their London freestyle, either live or on video, it was still a privilege to see what many hold as the best freestyle music and plan ever.  It was expertly executed with only one small worrying moment when she caught his side with her leg and he leapt.  91.25% was the score and the crowd erupted in praise of a master display.
An ecstatic Charlotte said; “What else can I ask of him?  Today felt better than London; really he felt fantastic!  Over the three tests, every time he went in he gave his best.  He’ll have a nice long holiday now and we’ll start making plans for the future after that.”
With two German combinations to come, it was an agonising wait but the youngster Kristina Sprehe and Desperados couldn’t quite match the experience of those at the very top but 81.875% would be enough to leave them fifth overall.  The final duo was Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW who have pushed Charlotte all the way this week.  Again a few mistakes crept in and gold slipped away but the mark of 87.286% was still astonishing and gave them the silver medal.
Britain topped the medal table across the three disciplines, finishing with a total medal haul of 17 – ten of these gold, including two team gold medals.
Chef de Mission, Will Connell commented; “Following the successes of London was always going to be very challenging but I think that Herning has demonstrated London was certainly not a flash in the pan. Perhaps one of the most pleasing aspects has been the success of those rider horse combinations that were not in London. Although it might not be blatantly obvious to all exactly how vital the UK Sport Lottery funding is, it will have been impossible to do what we did as a British team in Herning without it. Finally we are nothing without the horses, and the horses are only with us because of the owners, the whole nation owes them a huge debt of gratitude”. dapoxetine is used as a treatment for premature ejaculation. order dapoxetine online . indications & dosage. priligy dapoxetine in india.
The British equestrian teams are supported at their respective Championships by the UK Sport Lottery funded World Class Programme.


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