Over the last few days the European Championships Show Jumping and Dressage have been taking place in Denmark.
Teams from all over Europe are participating and all with the hope of becoming the Champions of Europe.
Michael Whitaker, Ben Maher, William Funnell and Scott Brash made up the British team.
The Show jumping started on Tuesday, and riders from 19 European countries participated. This first competition was the start of a qualifying process and the horses and riders had to jump a course of jumps up to 1.50 mtr. in height.
Great Britain started very well, with Ben Maher and Cella, a grey mare belonging to an American lady called Jane Clark, deservedly winning the class.
The following days, Wednesday August 21st and Thursday 22nd, saw the teams competing over 1.60 mtr. courses and the total scores of three of each team were counted and of course the team with the least faults came out on top.
To my great delight all members of the British team rose to the occasion, and although Cella with Ben Maher hadn’t touched a pole up till then, it was for the other 3 members of the team to come up with the goods when needed.
That is exactly what they did.
Great Britain were in the lead when Scott Brash entered the arena as the last rider for the team, a great weight for such young shoulders. He could afford to have one jump down but as the Germans were very close in second place, two jumps down would have cost the team the Gold Medals.
Scott’s lovely horse Hello Sanctos negotiated the beautifully presented but quite difficult course in a splendid way, but unfortunately touched a fence half way round giving him 4 faults, putting great pressure on him to get to the finish line without any more mistakes.
Again, he showed what a great competitor he is, and he steered his mount carefully around the rest of the course without making an error, and securing the European Championship title for Team Great Britain.
Congratulations to a very successful British team, which included Ben Maher and Scott Brash who together with Nick Skelton and Peter Charles won Team Gold at the London Olympics 2012.