A strong performance by the Netherlands on the second day led them to gold in team dressage at the 2015 European Dressage Championships. Three spots were available in dressage to the best European teams not already qualified. The European Dressage Championships are currently being held in Aachen, Germany from August 12th to August 16th 2015.
With a record 72 individuals participating, the grand prix portion, which doubled as the team event was held over two days. After the first day and two riders competing for most nations Germany led all nations with a score of 150.100%, Netherlands, led by overall first place of the day Diederik van Silfhout on his horse Arlando was second with a score of 148.214% and fellow Olympic qualifier Great Britain was third with a score of 145.743%. The three nations that were in Olympic position after the first day were Sweden, Belgium and Spain.
While Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin riding on Valegro won the individual grand prix stage it was the Netherlands that had a great team showing making it enough to overtake the lead to win the gold medal with a score of 235.629%. Great Britain took the silver with a score of 234.229% while Germany won the bronze with a score of 230.914%. Belgium was unable to step up its performance on the second day and ultimately fell out of Olympic qualification as Spain, Sweden and France grabbed the three quotas.
While this was the final qualification event for Europe to qualify a team in dressage it is still possible for them to create a composite team should they qualify enough individuals via the individual world rankings. Looking at the rankings right now both Belgium and Denmark will have the best chance at creating a team.
Athletes by Nation
- France – 4
- Spain – 4
- Sweden – 4
- Aachen2015. FEI European Team Championship Dressage. Access on August 13 2015.