Highlights from the European Championships at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden. The action includes team showjumping, individual showjumping and dressage freestyle.
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Well, what a competition. My word. This horse has been brilliant. Such
a partnership, exceptional. A fantastic combination. Pure class.
And that was easy. Oh, he is way over it.
Hello, welcome to Gothenberg, in Sweden. A famous stadium that has
seen its fair share of drama over the years.
Remember this? It is there, it is two! How about
this? A man who knows he is on the verge of greatness. It is huge, it
is massive. My goodness, that is fantastic!
And more recently this. I think I just broke my leg.
Yes, when it comes to showjumping and dressage, Europe is a hotbed of
talent and these European Championships competition will be
world class. France are the reigning Olympic champions Netherlands
reigning world and European champions. And the Swedes in front
of the home crowd favourite to take the title but no British team will
take them on because selectors have not sent a team, they have picked
individual riders, Michael Whitaker and his nephew. Michael thought his
horse by King was not prepared so has pulled him out. That means that
we have one competitor. I spoke to the director of British showjumping
to ask why there is no team. We have happed to manage our objectives and
the key is the FEI promotion we are looking for and once we have got
that nailed this year, looking towards the world and Olympic
campaign. This is a balance of the campaigns in getting our objective
of the nations cup. We are mindful of the Olympic cycle and want to
allow that to happen in your one, the best time for it. It is an
indefensible decision not to send a team and every senior figure in the
sport I have spoken to, myself included, disagrees with us not
sending a team. Surely it could have been managed that OK we have the
Europeans coming up in August, let's make sure we have a team ready to
go. Has there been a failing from British showjumping to get a team
here? I do not think there has. We pick the best available talent in
any year and we are in this for the long haul towards the games and that
is the key objective. We have a load of riders who could be here. Jessica
Mendoza, she wanted to come and has already jumped at Aachen on the
European team and done well, she is the future of the sport. Tim Wilkes
was in Dublin, he wanted to be here. And we have more experienced riders
like Robert Whitaker, who was second in the 5-star Grand Prix last week.
There must be plenty of other riders, young, maybe less
experienced, in Great Britain who would love to be here but have not
been given the opportunity to compete. There always will be. But I
go back to managing the right opportunity and people at the right
time. How do you say the European Championships is not the right
opportunity? We do not want to push people to heart. If you are on a
team expected to do well there is more pressure. I know from my own
experience if you go with not great expectations, you have less pressure
and if you do well, it is a great bonus. I do not buy that. What about
then mayor and Scott Brash? Two of the best in the world. They are
following their individual campaigns as I have said. Their individual
campaigns are in the big events, surely they could have been given
some heads up that the Europeans were coming up and maybe they would
make themselves available. Of course they know the European Championships
will happen. We know that as well as they do. We want them to be able to
complete these campaigns in the big shows. That makes sense and it is a
great opportunity to do that in the first year. It is not the job of
performance managers to decide not to send a team. They have to send
the best team available. They can gain nothing by having no team here.
According to Andy it is a missed opportunity as far as Great Britain
is concerned. He has gone to the commentary box for the team
showjumping, an individual amount. Team members riding for their
country and individual glory wearers riders like William Whitaker of
Great Britain, riding for themselves. The first round is
against the clock and these times are converted to penalties for the
rest of the competition. We have a further two rounds before the team
title is decided and only the top ten teams at the end of round two go
through to the final round to compete for medals. Each country has
four team members. The individual scores in a team competition are
important as the top 25 riders after the first three rounds qualified for
the final two rounds of the individual competition on Sunday.
The scores from all five efforts count towards the individual title
and the person with the lowest number of points at the end will be
crowned European champion. We will get to the team jumping competition
shortly. The first rider BC is William Whitaker of Great Britain.
Good luck, William. Michael is here supporting him but had to come out
in terms of riding but very much on hand.
Just a little touch on the back rail. Let's hope it is a wake-up
call. William keeping a good rhythm. Let's hope he can get inside the
time of 85 seconds. The leader on zero individually, so
it puts him a pole and a little bit off the lead. He is not far away. He
just moved to the left over the big oxer but still clear.
We are looking for the first clear round in this competition. He will
be close to the time. He might just make it. What a round! That is what
we wanted. 84.0 one. Inside the time. Beautifully written all the
way around. -- ridden. Marcus Ehning.
The German squad includes Laura Klaphake, Maurice Tebbel and Philipp
Weishaupt. Sending out there experienced rider first. We have
different members but we still have the amazing silky smooth skills of
this man to watch. Every time he comes into the ring, it is
repetitive, but we say this is how you should ride a horse. Twice
European gold medallist. Surprisingly, 2009 the last time he
was on a European Championship team. That is surprising. A fastly
experienced rider. Immaculate stylist. Everybody's idea of balance
and rhythm and feeling for his horse. The one thing Marcus Ehning,
he is always smooth. He is not wasting time anywhere. Coming inside
the corner well inside the time. And he has annihilated the time.
Five seconds inside. That, as they say, is how to do it. Nicely done.
Keeps him in contention individually. A good start for the
Germans. They stay on in 11.5 two. This man is known to produce it and
he did at the last European Championships, where he took home an
individual medal. In Aachen. Gregory Wathelet, the final rider for
Belgium with Coree. Belgium keeping themselves in the hunt.
Gregory Wathelet seems to be able to ride any kind of horse effectively.
This mare, Coree, just has to be ridden forward in the right place
and he hits the spot every time. Performed brilliantly at Aachen
early in the year. Gregory has that championship mentality, as well. He
is a class act. World Cup qualifier in Leipzig with this horse. When you
look through the list of top horses, this man has had an involvement
somewhere along the line. He has. It is fascinating now to see these
riders making the tears and making the time allowed look easy. You
realise the gulf in class when you see them going around here.
Outstanding. A really, really super performance from the Belgians.
Gregory Wathelet, as expected, in contention.
Ireland Cian O'Connor. Good Luck is the name of a horse. He rarely needs
that. This season winning the Grand Prix with this horse. A four time
European rider, two worlds. A bronze medal individually at the Olympics
in London. But this has been a standout horse for 2017 already. You
get the feeling with Cian O'Connor he wants to win a championship medal
with this horse, and this is a horse who has what it would take. He is
not the biggest, but he has a massive engine.
Just trying to get him be balanced, get his concentration around the
difficult turn. Belgium and Ireland are tied on the same score in third
place at the moment, so any fence here can make a massive difference
to that and he has done it once again. He points to the horse. This
is a proper championship horse. Cian O'Connor has always set his stall
out to two well in Championships. Peder Fredricson. H All In. Peder
Fredricson leading the way individually and again he carries
the hopes of the Swedish. We have given a lot of riders a lot of
praise for being championship riders, etc, this man, he can go
through a championship with knocking a fence down.
Recovered from a kol lick operation earlier in the last year. Not been
at their best, but certainly come back out in the last few months. His
recent form has come when he's needed it and you get the impression
that Peder Fredicson is not jumping all the big five star Grand Prixes
for all-the-money. He wants to win the championship.
That's what you have to do - you have to have a plan and a target.
As we have said before... He's inside the time. Got it! Got it! Got
it! Clear round it is. Peder Fredicson continues a fabulous run
of form. He keeps himself in the lead individually and well he keeps
the home fires burning well and truly.
Final rider then of the day and it's Switzerland that lead on 6. 15. This
is the man they turn to keep them with their nose in front. Who better
than Steve Guerdat - the Olympic chasm p Ion in London in 2012. Steve
Guerdat, he wants to do well at championships. He targets them. He
always has done. Another rider with a pedigree, temperament and skill.
This mare she can jump. Oh, he had to work hard at the
water. Jumped four rounds in the Nation's Cup this year - all of them
clear. She's one of those mares, wants her
say. Chucks her head around a little bit. When she gets there she does do
the business. She has the ability to jump. She's not the easiest.
Oh, he was a long way thauf oxer there!
So that really is quite surprising. He didn't see that one coming. We
certainly did not. And well Switzerland - that one fence makes
all the difference. So Steve Guerdat 5.84. And he picks up the one time
fault in there as well. The team standings then going into
the final stage - it a east the home team, Sweden who lead the way.
Switzerland keep themselves on 11. 15. Joint bronzed position going
into the final stage, it is Ireland, alongside Belgium on the same score.
In the individual competition Peder Fredicson keeps hold of the lead.
Ehning in second spot. Popular leaders as you would expect
after round one. The Swedish crowd rode every jump with their team.
Let's see how the medals were decided. Could they hang on to gold?
Let's get back to the action. William Whitaker then for Great
Britain. 5. 06. This is where all the hopes are carried. A super round
yesterday. Can he do much more as he climbs up
the world ranks? That was one fence early on that we
didn't expect this plucky little horse to have. He's such a trier.
Hasn't got the biggest stride. He's not the biggest horse.
William's got to put that behind him.
Keep his focus. You can see they are adding up
strides all the way around. It will not help his time, but I think at
this stage the best tactic is to try and hold it together. If he has a
time fault so be it. Cannot afford another fence.
Beautifully ridden into the big oxer. Now this tricky last line.
Adds up. Gets the extra stride. Beautifully ridden. He's over the
time, but that was a fantastically well ridden round. Very unlucky with
that one vertical. There's the family watching and the rest of the
British squad to support. It is ten to add for William Whitaker. Let's
concentrate on the Irish team. Bich Allen has withdrawn. So they
are done to three and Shane Sweetnam will start them off. Jumped clear
yesterday. They are tied in Bronze Medal position with the Belgians.
Shane Sweetnam is really stylish. He was immaculate yesterday. He jumped
a lovely round. He's got that nice fluent forward style, quite capable
of getting inside the time. Come together here thand are looking
strong. They can get on a plane. They are used to travelling, that is
for sure. You need us, ship us in. Shane Sweetnam, two European
Championships already. A top ten finish in the Dublin Grand Prix. Top
five in the King George crown cup at Hickstead. On 2.1 he's not far away
at ausmt Individually he's there or thereabouts. I love the way he's so
confident, coming around the corners, not taking a pull, quickly
away from the fences. Very Direct Line into that big,er. -- into that.
Very confident. You have to believe in your horse to do that.
Wonderful round. He'll get there for the Irish. It is a battle between
they and the Belgians. Stride for stride, mark for mark. Sweden,
though, keep it at the head of affairs at the moment.
That combination, it is starting to play its part. Another one.
One thing about this lovely mare, she doesn't have naturally all the
scope. Maybe she's finding it too much. You can see it now. I think
maybe she's going to have to retire. It is such a shame. This mare is a
lovely, lovely trier. It looks like this is a step too far. Once the
heart's gone out of it... It is a little bit too big for the horse and
she has to retire. Such a shame. Belgium now. Equal with Ireland at
the moment. And Jerome Guery, the third rider for the Belgians. He won
in this horse in the Grand Prix last year as well. Horses he's ridden in
the nation's Cup. They have come under pressure before and to deliver
them. They have to do it now if they're going to stay in the charts.
Clear from the first rider, five from their second.
Touching distance to top just 2.9, the difference between the silver
medal position and the gold medal position at this stage.
Oh! The Belgians have gone from jumping clear rounds, one after the
other, just the odd fence creeping in now. It was four clears from
yesterday. It is clear and five today so far.
Just wouldn't want to have another one.
And you hate to say the Irish would have enjoyed seeing that one. He was
very lucky at that oxer. Going to run close to time. Should
just... No! No, he doesn't. So, he gets a similar score. And well,
Belgium now start to separate from Ireland. They were tied on the same
score. But Belgium will have to carry that fine. Moves up to 17.11.
Drops them into fourth place at the moment.
Double clear in the Nation's Cup this year. This is where he needs to
draw on that again to produce it here.
Douglas riding another Swedish-bred horse. Very famous Swedish stallion,
Cardento. And talk about pressure, Steve. He's had one already.
Every one of the crowd riding with him.
A big crowd here tonight and it has gone quiet again.
Oh, and he's missed his stride. It was a long five. Went for the five.
Didn't get there. So it is going to be a slide down
for the Swedish. The Irish will move up. The Irish in a strong position
after that. The The Irish will move into gold
medal position. They have to count this round. But
the Irish will have to count their last as well. Absolutely.
Whether it also plays well for Switzerland.
Oh, he's a long way off the last fence. He managed to get there.
Well, it is one that racks up the score for the Swedish and
Zacramento. Fourth place after nine for Douglas. It means the Irish move
up into the gold medal position. Swiss into silver and Belgium into
the bronze. Gregory Wathelet rode to silver
medal at the last European Championships as well. Sitting on 6.
25 individually, too. Gregory, last to go for Belgium, who are in Bronze
Medal position, on 17.11. Sitting, well, just fractions back from the
Swiss on 16. .15. These are the last few rounds now
that will do besides the medals. Boy, have we got some class riders
to come in. Some fantastic horses. Gregory Wathelet one of the great go
to riders that great to see him with a superstring of horses he is
creeping under him at the moment to show what he can do.
It is really tough. He has come back with the new string -- keeping under
him at the moment. He is quick. Time is not a problem.
Two fences. He is a long way off the last fence but inside the time. Puts
four onto the score for Belgium. Sweden would move up. It is the
final rider for Ireland, Cian O'Connor, the team leading the way
so far. This is to take it home for Ireland. Cian O'Connor can have a
time faults. He will also be seriously looking to
be in the hunt individually, as well. One fence, but no time fault.
Let's just watch! Confident on the forward five
stripes. Still clear. They last won in 2001. He gets
there, inside the time. And clear. He has done it. The man from Ireland
delivers. Cian O'Connor on a horse called Good Luck that needed little
of that. The Irish kept ahead of the field in the gold medal position and
the Irish last wedding in 2001. -- last winning in 2001. And to keep
the Swiss in a medal position they have sent in the 2012 Olympic
champion Steve Guerdat. Bianca jumped brilliantly yesterday.
Jumping a little bit too high over one oxer. Steve is a fighter and
this mare is a fighter. The great thing about Steve Guerdat,
he can go around the world winning big prize money all over the place,
but he really does want to win at Championships and Olympics and he
has the record to prove that. 2019 gold medallist at the Europeans in
Windsor. Bianca is just getting a little bit
untidy. Losing the back end over the oxer.
He adds the four to the team score and the Swiss group dropped down
into the bronze medal position. This all on for a silver medal and for
the man who leads the individual race. The silver medal he has from
Rio, finishing behind Nick Skelton. Now, can the Swedish on their home
ground take home a medal? Peder Fredricson to try to deliver again.
Fastest in the speed round and clear yesterday. Peder Fredricson is a
former top event rider. He loves to Wright in a forward ribbon. He is
flying around this course. It has gone very quiet. Very quiet.
A fence down will cost a medal here. But it would be a good finish for
the home team, if they finish where they are right now.
A clear round will keep him in front individually. Two to go.
There he goes. He continues on his way for the title potentially
individually. A super finish for the Swedes, to put the bin silver medal
position overall. The Irish will take a gold medal, Switzerland in
bronze medal position. Confirming that it is a gold for
Ireland. Silver medal for the home side, Sweden and Switzerland taking
the bronze medal. Confirmation of the individual scores. Peder
Fredricson on the zero score. William Whittaker in the end just
missing out. William, you just missed out on the
individual by one place. Commiserations. Yes... Yes, a bit
sad, really, but, I mean, what can I say? My horse jumped fantastically
again today and when I looked at the video I think I was slow to number
three and he made a fault which mess me up for the next fence. From fence
five he jumped brilliant again. I could not fault him. To miss out by
one place, you never know, somebody might pull out yet. We will have to
wait and see. But yes, it was tough out there today. All in all I was
pleased with the way my horse jumped. It was a shame I was slow
from the beginning. Shame, congratulations, three clear rounds
to be crowned champions. It does not get much better. Definitely. It
seemed a mile away this morning but everybody came through and thank
God. We have worked all year towards this and I think we deserve it. You
said you have worked all year towards it, you all live in
different places around the world and come together, how does that
work for the dynamic? We are experienced individuals and we have
been doing it a long time. Sadly we have not had a team success, the
last time island won the medal was 2001 and to recreate that tonight is
history in the making. 16 long years. A gold medal back then and a
gold medal again. Describe when you landed the final fence to clinch it.
I am looking forward to the video because I do not recall the round!
The horse jumped out of his skin. We came with a plan devised by our
Brazilian leader who has done a great job to get people to work
together. At times we sacrificed other things, certain nations
competitions but no doubt it was worth it now. Ireland are European
champions. You have Sweden as your prediction. You did not see that
coming. I was not far-away, with Sweden coming second. The Irish lads
did dig deep and they lost Bertram Allen. He was out. The others
performed brilliantly, three clear rounds today. Cian O'Connor's last
round, never looked like having a fence. A fantastic performance by
the Irish. Sadly, William Whittaker misses out on a place in the
individual by one place. The top 25 go through and he came 26.
Heartbreaking. He did well today. He just had a silly fence down early
on. He has ridden well this week and he is a class act and will be their
for British teams for a long time to come. We will have more jumping
later in the programme. Now we will turn to dressage, which, for the
last few years have been dominated by this pair. APPLAUSE
Charlotte has iced cake style. It Charlotte Dujardin with the great
Allegro has done it. And so we entered the post Allegro era, after
years of top class service he is enjoying retirement. And with no
Allegro, Charlotte is not here either. So why have spoken to double
Olympic medallist Carl Hester about the new dynamic in the team without
them. The team is experience. We first rode in the 92 Olympics and we
have known each other a long time. Spencer I know. That was one of mine
horses that came from my yard when he was young, Supernovae. It is not
a problem supporting each other but a shame we had to lose one along the
way. Charlotte is not here because her top horse has retired. How much
have the team missed Allegro and the high marks he consistently posted?
He was our anchor since 2000 and he brings in enormous scores. -- since
2011. He enables the rest of us to do what we do without pressure. But
I said if we could come here this year and held our own, show good
scores, it just shows how far British dressage has come. It cannot
all be about Allegro and now it is time for the new horses to step up.
Supernova is a top horse. Not quite going, the atmosphere affects it,
but has the same capability as Allegro. There is plenty to be
positive about. How far are we from producing another Allegro? How long
will it be up until we see Supernova reaching... ? One year. Supernova
will be the star. Charlotte has an amazing young horse. She is a
superstar waiting in the wings. I have a lovely horse. Charlotte has
been competing at small internationals and they both have
been winning. Those of the scores that take you back up to gold medal
position. This is a temporary year. We hope for a medal this year and
should have had one. I am pretty confident we will be back very
strong. Let's get into the action. We will watch the freestyle
competition where writers design their own tests and pick their own
soundtrack. Judy Harvey and Stephen wild will guide you through it. Carl
Hester and Nip Tuck. A good season already. Top three at the World Cup
final. Scoring over 80. Similar in Amsterdam and of course winning the
World Cup qualifier at Olympia. Judy, over to you. Watch out for
this start. It is fantastic. A huge degree of difficulty.
And there you have it. Piaffe, pirouette and counter pirouette and
not even turning left. That little bit of tension rescued.
That is by the masterful riding of Carl Hester.
Beautiful double error wept followed by perfect one time in front of the
judges on the centre line. We talked about highlighting your horses' best
things and that is how you do it. Carl Hester is so clever, the way he
bends the horse. When he is spooked. Look in this direction! Do not look
at that, look at this! Clearly demonstrated extended walk.
The horse supple and relaxed. You are looking at brilliant
horsemanship and brilliant training. He is a nervous horse, a big horse.
Not so talented in some areas of the work, and he has been produced to
show his full potential. And more. Just a slight loss of rhythm at the
beginning of the extended trot. I think he was a tiny bit ahead of his
music and was waiting for the note in the music to start the extended
and the horse just faltered slightly in the rhythm.
If you want to talk about harmony, this is it.
Carl Hester and Nip Tuck. The scores to come and we will see if it is
enough to put them in medal position. It needs to be 77.696% and
above. The rider has been such a sensational part of British success
in dressage. They seem happy down. They should be. The horse did a
fantastic job. That was great fun to watch. It was challenging, the music
fitted beautifully. The horse tried his heart out but still there was
the little bit of excitement when the horse gets tense in the corner,
will he contain it? Edge of your seat stuff.
At the same time, Carl Hester looked like he was having a lovely time out
there and enjoying sharing this moment with us and partnership with
the horse. They're there was a problem in the flying change. I
hoped the judges would not see it but obviously the cameraman did! You
talk about Carl Hester, it is a trusting your own ability, that you
have been there and done it. It is unfortunate the cameraman has
highlighted the areas that were difficult, but they came in parts of
the test where it would not matter so much of the judgment point of
view. At the centre line, you cannot get much straighter. Look at that,
beautiful. That should have ten. Not that we are biased! Sensational. The
scores will be along a moment. Carl Hester, what a great man he has been
for Great Britain already. Looking to the future already but Nip Tuck,
team- wise, they just missed out into fourth place earlier this week.
Now, tense moments as British supporters await. Deep breath,
80.571, into the gold medal position, Carl Hester and Nip Tuck.
He has big challenge is to come and three of those after this, but a wry
smile. And a bit more celebration. Three big hitters still to come in
our line-up. It will be a deep breath for the Danish now. Catherine
do Catherine Dufour, not too long ago she was in young riders. With
this horse that took her to Rio. Aachen, Doha. Success in those.
Another big contender. Her score in the Grand Prix special,
it was a test that had risk-taking and perfect harmony. A great
combination these two. Having come up through Young Riders with this
horse. They know each other inside out. Lovely one times again. He is
quite a small and forgive me for saying ordinary looking horse. But,
boy, does he come alive when he gets his rider on his back. He rises to
the occasion. And you do get horses that grow under the atmosphere. I
think they are often the ones who have been in partnership with the
rider a long time. They love to please their riders.
Lovely extensions. Direct extension into passage. A very correct piaffe.
Could perhaps lift the four legs a little bit more. That is looking at
the detail -- forelegs. You cannot get much more on the spot than that.
Really has impressed me this rider, her mental approach and focus and
guts and determination to get in there and deliver the goods. From
what you see already, you have the feeling she will be a sensation in
the sport for time to come and more to come from her yet. I am sure she
will be around championships in getting medals all over the place in
the future. Again, you do not see many who can
do the piaffe on the spot as she can. But perhaps it is at the
expense of the forelegs. But that is her decision. Lovely half pass.
The horse really uses his body in his top line in the extended walk.
It is exceptional to see that. Hans Zimmer movie theme music. Yes.
You win on that one! I am much more up on the 80s stuff!
The height he is getting in the passage and the energy he is
prepared to put into it after a week of sport and three long tests. And
amazingly generous little horse. Lovely turns.
Catherine Dufour of Denmark. Atterupgaards Cassidy. A pairing
that have come together through the under 21s and now part of the senior
stage. Where will it put them? Will it put them in a medal position? We
will not in a moment, but it has been a good week for the Danish. And
also for Sweden. Patrick Kittel currently in sixth spot. And
if there is an after party, there might be some schnapps. We will look
at the scores closely in a moment that 80.614 for Carl Hester, so
increases a little on the confirmation. Leaving him in the
gold medal position at this stage. What were your standouts here for
this test? I think the correctness, the lack of mistakes. The harmony
between the two. The Two tests to come after this for
Germany... Closing out a good week for
Catherine Dufour, who was in the medals as we mentioned for the
teams. 84.5 61. Into the gold medal position. She is going to be a
superstar. She ready is. -- she really is.
Sonke Rothenberger with another young horse, ten years old, Cosmo.
This is the provisional score at the moment. Carl Hester in the silver
medal position as it stands. He has been part of the team gold medal
winning combination here this week. Good score over 80 in the Grand Prix
special. This could shake things up again? Certainly could.
Choosing to go a long way down the centre line before stopping and
saluting. This has to be the highest potential
horse of the championships. Cosmo. Very exciting, talented, brilliant
horse. I have known him some time, because he grew up with. A truly
wonderful talent. But with that flair and excitability that can
sometimes cause mistakes and little errors. That is an extended trot and
I am sure he will do one for more marks later in his freestyle.
Look at those front legs. Also matched behind.
The bounce and spring in that piaffe. Gosh, he is a fabulous
horse. The youngest rider in the field at
22 years of age. If you have a Formula 1 horse, you have to have a
Formula 1 rider. 34 jumping starts on the FEI website before he
switched to dressage. That has perhaps given him the temperament to
Wright a machine like this. -- to ride.
Spring and elasticity in that cantor.
These two times were outstanding. To do them on a line with that power
and that height Music's very clever, too. It goes
with this sharp, light, intelligent horse.
Mistake. Got a little bit too big and free.
That's clever. I was wondering when he was doing the twos again. He took
them to one-time changes. They will count to his one-times mark. He
could have pulled back that little bit. I am sure we will see there's
been a lot of tens in that test. Completing his test. The leading
score today is 84.5.61, confirmed. But the Germans, plenty of elation
there and you can see why, Judy. That was just exceptional. It was
real hairs on the back of your neck stuff for me. The excitement of the
horse. Such a live wire, with so much power and the knife edge and
the risk-taking and all coming off. Little mistake at the end of those
ones. But wow! That was great to watch. It is what dressage should
all be about. The thing is she's now thrown down the gauntlet. She cannot
make any mistakes. Look at him go. The harmony. The horse looks so
enthusiastic. Finds it so easy. He has since he was three this horse.
He's been phenomenal to watch. Well, expecting a big score for the
German rider. We will see what it will be in a moment's time.
The Danish judge looks disappointed there.
The Danish are slipping out of the medals. That is only my opinion.
Still at the top for the Danes. . You see that mistake. Just got
slightly ed. If you compare with the straightness of nip tucks. When
you've got that mistakes can come in.
The score on its way. A different feeling in the stadium
as well. Just a complete hush. There it is - coming at 90. .614.
Rothenberger and Cosmo - blown it away in a different way here in
Gothenburg. The last to go for Germany. She's
got medals by the bundles from five Olympic golds, similar at world
games. European Championships as well. She scored up into the 90s
with this horse already this year. Already been so solid this week.
This mare is such an enthusiastic partner for Isabel. Yesterday an exh
I bigs in considerate horsemanship, giving them more -- exhibition in
considerate horsemanship. Giving them this for competing today.
This is a real nail biter for the judges.
It is going to be very, very close. Watching closely...
She's not about to make a mistake and throw it away, that's for sure.
All that experience. You don't get six Olympic gold
medals without learning how to... Exactly!
Think correctly under pressure. Fabulous pirouette. She's even
smiling. There we go. Coming in and after a sensational performance, in
the Grand Prix special to top that, now the freestyle.
A round of applause, six times Olympic golds. This week she'd
picked up individual gold. I think he knows he might just have been
pipped to the post. Well, she couldn't have done any more. It is
down to his brilliance and whether the highlights of his test were
enough to overtake Isabell who has not made a mistake and done
everything technically correct, and in her own unique brilliant way.
Isabell's score to come. Well she's had 97.02 in Amsterdam. It is very
possible for her to go higher. Superb harmony - the horse willing,
supple. It will be lovely if they could be
equal. Might have to have a shuffle around for another medal at that
point. Surely they stack a spare away
somewhere! She knows she's done her best.
There's nothing more she can do and it's in the hand of the judges. Time
to sit tight and wait for the score. Will it be gold following on from
the Grand Prix special yesterday and a brilliant team performance to take
gold earlier on in the week? Leading score 90.614 from Rothenberger, also
from Germany. Heads the golds at the moment. A deep breath. It's
coming... 90.982. It is enough. Yes! It is a philosophical smile because
you can see how much it means to Isabell. She's hungry for the win.
After all that success it means a huge amount to her. So, let's have a
look at that result. : Carl, fourth in the free event and
now fourth in the freestyle as well. It hasn't been your week, has it?
Not really. You know, to say I'm disappointed is a bit of an
understatement. It came here to try and get a bronze in the freestyle.
It is my strongest class. However, when I looked at the three horses
above me, they are huge quality. They have really, really great
horses. They are capable of big scores. And Nip Tuck hasn't done a
show since the World Cup in April. He's bounced back, getting better
and better and better. I think if I had another day he would be even
better. I gave him a fairly easy morning this morning thinking it
with us the end of a long week and I paid the price he was a little bit
inattentive and spooky in a corner. I lost a few points there. I don't
think I would court third place there. I am the only one who's going
to remember I am fourth. The horse has come a long way to g et to this
level, so it is not all a disaster. Those scores from Germany, up in the
90%s. I mean that is incredible scoring, isn't it? Huge scoring.
Let's not forget though I Valegro was getting 95. They have to match
what he did. He holds the record for that. They are young horses. I would
imagine that Sonke's horse that was pipped into the position, that could
go all the way and run Allegro close in the future. You are the European
champion again. I think I have counted correctly 17 European gold
medals. Three of them won this week. Does it ever get boring? No. This
was so exciting and such a great competition today. It was a super
afternoon. We had great rides and pushing each other, it was super.
Germany back in front when it comes to dressage now. Were you pleased to
see the vak of Valegro -- back of Valegro? Love to compete against the
best ones. And it was really a pity that they decided to retire him. I
can understand it. It is always great to retire a horse on the top.
But I was hoping, really I was hoping that they could keep on going
one, two more years because the horse and, young enough, and OK we
have to accept the decision and it is a pity for us. But I think it is
really a big, big, big, pity and for the British team and for British
dressage at the moment and they need new combinations. So this is, I
think for them it is more difficult than for us. Here we go for gold.
Skelton... Against the clock... Brilliantly! One left to go! Just
gallop to the last! Oh, give him a cheer! For goodness'
sake! What a horse, what a rider! It is another gold for Great Britain.
Nick Skelton's gold medal - one of the highlights of the Rio Olympics.
No British riders here going going for individual honours in Gothenburg
after William Whitaker didn't make it through. Today could be Sweden's
day. They got silver in the team jumping.
Can the gold be brought home for the home crowd? . We hope so. We have a
fantastic crowd. He is in terrific form. The horse looks like a
machine. So the home crowd, that I are hoping for that big win. The
Irish team won the gold in the team. They have been going well
individually. Three clear rounds in that final. Cian O'Connor - strong
contenders. Shane Sweetnam is in there. The Irish are looking very
strong, too. Showjumping, in essence, entoo irly difficult to
predict. I will not press you for any more detail. Is it action time.
The best 12 going through to the final round later on this last day
of the championships. The top five riders all within a sense of the
leader of this year's European Championships. Keeping it very close
at the top. But the big interests for Ireland with Cian O'Connor and
Shane Sweetnam, it is the home nations Sweden that have the biggest
interest with the Olympic silver medallist Peder Fredricson leading
the way. Belgium, Jerome Guery. This is very good horse and we saw early
in the week that the Belgians came out that it was clear after clear.
It went wrong in the second round of the team competition but they came
out fighting. The riders coming in, taking it more and more seriously,
getting closer and closer to the leaders. We are not seeing an
abundance of clear rounds. Anything can still happen.
That water jump is interesting. It does not look particularly scary
when you walk the course but this week the horses have had a bit of a
peek at it, and the riders have to put extra pressure on, which am
settles the rhythm. -- which unsettles.
OK for time. Looks good. 9.20 two. He does all he can this afternoon.
With a clear here, it keeps them just in with a faint chance. As you
say getting closer and closer to those riders that only have two,
three penalties. Anything can happen. We have seen it before.
Keeping up a really good pace. Attacks the water. That is the way
you have to rider it. This mare is a trier, very athletic.
The combination has not caused too many problems. I thought the short
five would be more difficult. He follows in his Belgian team-mate
and it is clear for Niels Bruynseels. The Netherlands. Jur
Vrieling. Team silver in London at the Olympics and gold at the World
Equestrian Games and at the last European Championships. Oh, it has
been like the Dutch week. They have not featured, surprisingly. It is
extraordinary. It really hasn't gone for them. This is a lovely horse but
has come in, no concentration. That is a big shock again for the Dutch
team. This line, there are options. This
one is a regular distance to the yellow oxer but the one before is
six or seven and is not in a straight line. So it is not only the
length and stride you judge, but the route you take. You have to know
your horse and understand the length of your horse's stride. If you do
not have a plan, you will be in trouble. In the middle of the
combination, it is very short. Short again. The course builders have got
this absolutely right. Going to run close to the time allowed, just
inside. Germfree lingo is So impressed with Denis Lynch this
week. He is improving as a rider. They know each other inside out.
A big stallion. Loads of range. Eating that distance. He has taken
one out. We have not seen anyone else do that there. It shows how
much range this horse has got. I don't know how that happened, but
it stayed up. Jumped it on the left-hand side. It hit the wing.
That is where he has to shorten. He has taken one out there, as well.
Goodness me. You can see how quick he is. Keeps himself at 7.70 six.
Spain now. He has had one of his best season so far, Sergio.
The only rider for Spain in touching distance of the front group. He is a
tricky horse to ride. His neck has more muscle underneath its ban on
top. It makes him tricky to ride. Almost like riding a big pony. He is
a real trier. He might not be the biggest but he has a lot of range
and a big heart. A big struggle between horse and
rider to get the balance. Both of these two fighting for everything.
When it becomes a struggle, in the end, sometimes, it gets untidy.
The previous's -- previous year's winner. Coming back in fine form.
They were clear in the second round of the team.
Philipp Weishaupt is a fantastic technician who sits beautifully on
the horse. Immaculate style. This horse is lovely to watch, a graceful
athlete. Very forward down both of those distances and he takes a
stride out and makes it look so easy.
Still only ten years old, this horse, and it feels like he has been
around a while because he won the Aachen Grand Prix as a
nine-year-old. He has a wonderful character.
Nicely done. He stays on 6.7 three. Clear for Philipp Weishaupt.
A super combination. The Dutch man Harrie Smolders. The
last couple of seasons this man has been on fire. Winning the Chantilly
Grand Prix. This horse was second in Hamburg. They won the Rome Grand
Prix in September. Now jumping in his second European Championships
with this one. We know the time allowed is achievable but you have
to make sure that he keeps Don VHP Z moving. Using his stride there,
which he did really well. Horses with a lot of scope can take one
less down those distances. He has not touched a fence this week. We
had one time fault on the first day of the teams.
Very cleverly ridden by Harrie Smolders, making sure he did not
jump him too far into the combination. He has done a good job
of keeping his pace. A good one by Harrie Smolders, keeping it tight at
the top. As we are going in reverse order, he goes to the top of the
table. One of the classiest riders in the
world of showjumping. Marcus Ehning of Germany. One fence down in the
second round of the team competition. Second in the opening
speed leg. Marcus has been in this position again and again. He has had
Olympic gold medals this season he has been putting in the double
clears in Aachen and rotten -- Rotterdam.
There are certain riders you come to watch them whether they win or not
and Marcus Ehning is one of those. He can relax and you can enjoy his
style and technique. If he has a fence, so what, he is a master. He
is the style everybody aims for. All of the greats in any sport seem to
have more time and make it look that little bit easier than everybody
else. It is not fair, but they are born that way!
A typical smooth rider. One of the things about this style, he gets a
quick round and you do not notice he is going quickly. Oh, and that is
that lazy fence. Sometimes Pret a Tout can drop the backend. As we
expected, comfortable with the time allowed.
Fourth at the moment, going in reverse order. Marcus Ehning, a joy
to watch and to see him dropping back.
Daniel Goldstein representing Israel internationally. The recent form has
been fantastic. -- Danielle Goldstein. This horse was bred in
England. A big winner of novice Championships back in the UK.
What we have noticed with Danielle Goldstein, she loves to attack the
course. She is not afraid to rider positively at the jumps.
Tried to set up in the middle of the combination. Very short in. She will
not have trouble with the clock, breaking the 70 second barrier.
Belgium. Pieter Devos. The second to do that. Yes, so fortunate when you
have an early, easy fence down. I say easy, but it is all relative.
Now, the next riders after this, it gets really serious. Moving to the
top five. All within a fence. For this round, the aim is get the clear
round, move on and then take the battle to round B. It is looking
obvious that clear rounds are achievable and any riders who have a
fence now, it will push them right down. We do not like to make too
many predictions, but we expect some clears from the final group. Sales
over the last. -- sails. We can see the current
leaderboard with Harrie Smolders at the top of it. Denis Lynch has been
moving up the position is quite neatly so far. Alberto
Zorzi, Cornetto K. The top 12 go into the next round to decide the
medals. That second fence, coming away from the entrance, very early
on. These horses that have been jumping clear all week, suddenly
losing concentration. It is fascinating witch. You would never
think that fence would come down with horses and riders of this
calibre. In terms of height and size, just
over 150. They could come to a fence like that in the collecting ring and
jump it 50 times out of 50. A little bit of atmosphere, away from the
entrance, it is not always the size of the fence. You are jumping
beautifully and immaculately, as he has been all week, after that. So
the pattern repeats itself. Italy's best hope will slip down.
Cian O'Connor and Good Luck. He has needed little luck this week. It has
been about the plan. He won in Poland with this horse early this
season and as always the championship, he keeps himself in
contention. Walking the course early on, looking at Cian O'Connor walking
the course with Jerry, his long-time mentor and the two of them are
leaving no stone unturned. They walked the course over and over and
discussed every last little bit of what they are going to do.
This is a little horse with a massive engine.
He's keeping up a good pace. Should be OK against the clock to make sure
he gets under the 75 seconds. Shortens up for the Fife. Just one
to go. -- five. Just one to go.
Cian O'Connor, to keep the Irish flag very much in for a potential of
a double gold this week. You never know it is clear from Cian and good
luck. That is definitely, Andy, a man with a plan.
Thaul planning and hard work paying off.
You could see he rode his plan to perfection.
Shane Sweetnam, 2.10. Just a fraction ahead of Cian O'Connor for
the rider. Chaqui Z has come here jumping and
Shane has ridden brilliantly - hasn't put a foot wrong.
Shane, with big backing from America, has definitely stepped up.
Always been a top rider. Brilliant! Executed his plan to
perfection down there. He's able to take the stride out.
And then you can see the instant control to shorten what he wants to.
This is really, really classy at the moment.
That was bad luck. He looked like he had got everything he wanted there.
We had not seen that fence come down.
He will get inside the time. The four to add, that will move Cian
O'Connor up above Shane Sweetnam. 6.1. Shan egos into third.
Two to come. Young. In Martin Fuchs. Didn't use his
shoulders at the double. So Cian O'Connor. At the top.
Harrie Smolders continues to move up. And actually, will stay ahead of
Shane Sweetnam at the moment. Still a long way to go here.
Clearly one of those horses, you know he's super talented, but just
now and again lets himself down. He's not quite on it today.
So it is all over for Martin Fuchs. Cian O'Connor, tlaul. 10.03 in the
end - for Martin Fuchs and Clooney. Dejection in the Swiss squad there.
Peder Fredicson, on a 0 score. He leads the way. He's been exactly
that since the start of this week. And well, he's just been
consistently there all the time. Silver individually at the Olympic
games in 2016. The man who took Nick Skelton to the closest for the
Olympic title, but Nick pipped him at the post. No Nick Skelton this
time. It's a clear run. I watched Peder when he was walking
the course. He's got his pen and paper. He's writing all the
distances down as he's walking them. Riding the course in his head. He's
such a perfectionist. Not extravagant. He's not the most
pretty-looking horse, but he's been like a machine at these
championships. Well, is that the wake-up call he needed? He was very
lucky there. Trying to lift him over every fence.
He's done it. He's done it. All the way to the top
and staying there. Peder Fredicson. H M All In.
A smile across the face of Mullins and the rest of the stadium as well.
I think we were all willing him over that one, Andy. We were. That was
incredible riding. He was in big trouble in the combination. He made
up too much ground. That is whatted a true, top rider can do -- - what a
true top rider can do. He had to make it physical, where he's so
smooth. He shortened that and he got the horse over. He's home.
The scream that went up when Peder Fredicson landed that last fence.
Peder Fredicson is the man to beat. It is very close. The Irish are hot
on his heels. Three Irish riders all within a shout of the medal.
The final stage - our top 12. They will go in reverse order.
Jerome Guery to start things off. Sweet two more Ireland and Peder
Fredicson producing yet another clear round in our previous
competition. H All In, comes through with a clean sheet, in gold
medal position. Yes, it is a royal occasion, too.
They have joined in applause with the crowd. There Peder Fredicson
going through the warm-up stages. There will not be much other than
just keeping it lose, I suspect. Don't leave your jumping in the
collecting ring. They don't need to jump many fences now before they
come in. It is mainly about keeping them warm, keeping their muscles
right and mentally focussed. Jerome Guery then first to start off the
final stage of the European Championship final here in
Gothenburg. Starts on 9.22. Rider from Belgium. We will see him start
things off with the horse which won at Miami beach, earlier on this
season. Very, very different setting. Toll go with Grand Cru Van
De Rozenberg. This will be fascinating to see how he goes from
what we glean from this later on. Time allowed, 66. Those like Cian
O'Connor, Peder Fredicson - they are watching intensely to make sure they
know how fast to go, where to turn. Huge massive fences. This,er here.
No fillers. Really square. You see the extra effort the horses have to
make. Another huge oxer there. This is the
power line. The time does look pretty tight.
That really is big line He's going to be over that time by just a
fraction. Just over. 66. 69. And will take the score up to 14.
25, to add for Jerome Guery of gellum. But Andy, we can see -- of
Belgium, but Andy we can see it will not be an easy finish. This track is
what we thought it was - it is power, it is stamina. This last
line, it takes so much grunt from the horse and you see there just a
step too far for Grand Cru. A huge, huge stretch over the water tray in
the combination. Belgium represented by Niels
Bruynseels now. Cas De Liberte has had a fantastic season. Back in the
early part of the year, back in April, but has been a contender in
their nation's cup campaign, where they finished top of Division 2.
Just over two fences of that leading position.
This mare, not if biggest. She's got a huge heart.
The Belgiums have come out very, very strongly after what has been a
difficult time. They have a great group of riders together at the
moment. They have. They have pulled together under their new chef. Can
this plucky mare make that effort to jump down the combination? 160 going
in. Fantastic effort in the middle there.
9.84 will be the finishing score for Belgium and Niels Bruynseels, Cas De
Liberte. You have to love this mare - she's an out and out trier. When
your want your horse to dig deep. There's only so much as a rider you
can do. A lovely mare. She gave it everything. Look at the stretch and
the effort over that oxer there. Germany's Marcus Ehning, was in
second place earlier on this week. He's slipped back and now a score of
8. 8.59. Two faults in two rounds with him with Pret A Tout.
The route this man takes is the one always to watch, isn't it, Andy?
Yes, he just shaves off little bits of time everywhere. As soon as he
lands he's smoothly away from the French. -- from the fence. In the
end, it might not matter, actually thinking about it if Peder Fredicson
gets a time fault. He jumps clear. He can actually get two. So, for him
it is not too big a deal. For the other medals it could well be.
This will give us a good indicator of time.
Marcus just edging off, as you say, all the wasmt He's going to be well
inside. Marcus Ehning, class as ever.
63. 45. It is obvious it is not a technical
course. It is about power and stammered. The distances regular. It
is just really if you're horse has the jump left. And has the power to
jump that last line. Marcus, as always, making it look a little bit
too easy and very smooth, very regular. The Germans happy enough
with that. The closest contender through the week for them. This lady
has risen up during the week. And will be closely watched by many.
Danielle Goldstein of Israel. Flew around early in the week. She won
big Grand Prix this season. This horse only joined her in September
last year. They have franked their form. It is a horse you know well
and has more and more gears. We have given everybody else a mention. Kim,
where the horse was produced. But also Scott. I know he is at home
watching this. This is a horse that has been produced, bred, and trained
in Britain. Unfortunately not jumping on the British team. A horse
that won the King George V Gold Cup last year before coming to the
stable of Danielle Goldstein. She has quickly built a partnership. Her
reputation and standing in the sport has rocketed up over the last few
months. I have been so impressed with her here.
This mare, Lizziemary, has a big heart. Always trying every inch of
the way. Just have the odd unlucky fence but whatever happens this
week, Danielle Goldstein and this mare, they have done themselves
proud and been very impressive. Under the guidance of Elena
Dickenson. She would be somebody to have in your corner. We will look at
the time, not too far away. Definitely achievable. 12.49 will be
the final score. A solid performance. Very solid. She is
unlucky there. Just touching the vertical. Did not do anything wrong.
These fences are so huge. 1.16 metres. After the triple bar, really
difficult to jump. It has been a crowd pleaser, this week. They will
see some fences, that might be up to verticals that height, but they have
wrapped it up here to another level. Pieter Devos. Danielle Goldstein.
Two fences of the leading score for Pieter Devos. This horse going well
this season. Jumping well in the nations cup in Austria, where
Belgium have top Division 2 to go back into the top flight next
season. Making a good start. This is a horse
you think this kind of course would suit because he has so much power.
A big press in the middle and gets the answer he was looking for. He
will be OK. All he can do is sit back and see what the rest do. It
could be a medal, it may not. He has jumped a clear round, he has to sit
and watch. Starting to get to the business end. That was a lovely
round. Pieter Devos with Espoir, that tracksuited them. Accurate
riding. Plenty of power under the bonnet. Just the kind of horse to
jump these big fences. A very good job. Monday back to being involved
in the family fruit and veg business. A busy character. He has
certainly delivered for Belgium throughout the weekend is their
closest finish at 8.0 five. Island with huge interest.
-- Ireland with huge interest. Denis Lynch of Ireland. All Star five. A
horse he rode at the Equestrian games. A past winner of the
Barcelona Grand Prix. Solid all the way. This big bouncing powerhouse
has all the capability at this. There is nothing like making a
prediction in showjumping, but this horse has power in abundance. We
have seen him jump huge oxers over many years with effortless ease. You
would like to think this would be a good course for these two. My
question here would be time. Well... We know he has power, but he lost
that concentration. Sometimes towards the end of the week, fatigue
slipping in. This horse can jump a mountain. The great thing about
showjumping, you have to be careful over the tricky early fences.
And that feeling as a rider when you have the first fence down in a
pressure moment, the kind of jump you know you're horse can jump all
day long, it makes your heart sink but you have to put it behind you
and finish your round off. Keep your focus. Watching him over the couple
of big oxers, so easy. A fraction behind on time. But a
mark of a professional. The first goes but you have to pick yourself
up and get on with it. He did that and the rest of the round was
copybook so massive disappointment. He has gone really well all week.
Good old All Star five has been a fantastic servant. Watch the first.
Maybe he was a fraction loose and open. He jumped it 99 times out of
100. Going into fifth place but that will change because we are going in
reverse order. Alberto Zorzi. A name that has shot into the ranks in the
last two seasons. Cornetto K. Less than two fences off the leader here.
The man behind the stable watching. Alberto winning at the Monaco Grand
Prix. A home victory for the Italians in Rome, the first time in
34 years. Now he will try to deliver success here.
The older generation are having to really fight for their places on the
rankings now because there is a new breed of superstar rider coming
through. And this man is one of them.
Again, Andy, he will creep up into that Marcus Ehning category of cool
and relaxed. He is already there. I love watching him. He is very good
in his temperament and technique. A nice easy five strides, just
watching the time. You see, he moved up a gear. He could just be a
fraction slower. He will be behind the clock. 66 seconds allowed. He
takes the clear, but 68.0 four. The score, it will not make a huge
difference. The time fault is not such a big problem. He showed his
class. He steadied up slightly in the middle of the course and the
margins are so fine, if you break your rhythm anywhere, it is hard to
get your timing. He tried to make it up. He was aware he was a little bit
slow. The Italians are rightly proud and there will be many more
championships where he will figure. Philipp Weishaupt, Germany. Winning
the Aachen Grand Prix last year. Making his championship debut here.
He has missed out on a number of occasions. Now with this horse,
which was out of action for a little while but back into it now.
Ludger Beerbaum, a man behind him in training. That is quite
extraordinary! Not only does he get four penalties for the stop, but he
will get a lot of time faults, as well. That has blown Philipp
Weishaupt's chances out of the water totally. What a shame. I absolutely
love this horse. He knows him well, he has had him since he was a
youngster. He was not expecting that. But they are animals and they
have their own mind and he suddenly took a dislike to the fence. It has
unsettled him and unfortunately this round will be one he wants to
forget. It all starts to unravel. The concentration goes, be horse is
unsettled and if it has a stop, it makes them edgy. You know, that
should not have happened. It gets untidy. As we said it will put a
raft of time faults on top. Philipp Weishaupt and LB Convall.
16. A chunk of that for time. The wheels came off down the road. It
was extraordinary. He is spooked at the fence and he is a cheeky
stallion. He said, I don't like the look of that. We should remember
Alberto Zorzi is actually in the lead. There are a few horses and
riders knocking fences down and things going wrong and we are
beginning to run out of riders. Peder Fredricson, off the horse at
the moment, as we come to the final four. This man on a score of 6.1.
Two for the Irish. The Netherlands and Sweden are in there. Shane
Sweetnam. And Chaqui Z. Back in 2001 they won the team gold. And now he
has just got to keep finding that little bit more. Four in the last
round. You wonder how much is left in this pair.
It will be interesting to see how easily. He jumped a couple of these
earlier fences and see if there's plenty of fuel left in the tank.
Such a test of carefulness after the triple bar.
First of the really big fences. No problems at all.
This to go ahead if he can stay clear down here.
Oh! Desperately unlucky! That vertical... Dropping down the order.
He's put a good effort up all week. 10. 104. Slip him to fifth place w
three still to come. It's been a fight towards the end. But just out
of contention. The Irish, whatever happens, they go away with medals in
their pocket. Well, it is looking that way. You'll be better than
doing the maths than me, Steve. What happens if one of the next rider has
a fence? Well, does that guarantee a medal? Not quite. I will work it out
and get back to you. I will transtrait on this one first. --
concentrate on this one first. Harrie Smolders, into our medal
positions. 5.5.2. With Don VHP A really solid clear jumping horse.
This is where they have to produce it again.
Well, I am sure the Light family will be watching intently - this
horse was produced by them. So, if I have this right if he jumps
clear he's guaranteed at least a Bronze Medal. Yes.
Correct. He's not hurrying around here. He
doesn't look worried about the odd time fault. Actually on 5. 2.
One won't make a huge difference. The most he'll get is one time
fault. He's done it! Gets in by a fraction.
. And into a medal position for Harrie Smolders. A part of Sussex
that will cheering that one along. This horse, produced there, was a
big winner back in the UK and very, very popular.
Cian O'Connor, riding with Irish hopes once again. They were gold
medallists in the team. Cian needs to do what he does so
well now and produce it under pressure again.
That last round looked fresh, ready to go. He's a naturally powerful
horse. Very unlucky to run out of energy. He's looked pure class all
the way through. So, you know, I don't expect him to find that the
power fence is a problem. But there are so many different little tricky
fences out there as well with the odd vertical, anything could happen.
Anything can happen. The Irish will watch intently. Harrie Smolders
riding out. Cian O'Connor riding potentially for his medal. Harrie
Smolders we know will be up there. Ridden in this situation for the
team several times and to secure that medal earlier in the week.
There's the offence. It wasn't the power fence. It was a little
vertical. A big vertical, but no fillers. Those are the types of
fences when the fatigue creeps in that can cost you a medal. Harrie
Smolders moves up. Well, guaranteed a silver.
Cian has to really focus here. 6. 25 would still get him the bronze.
And he's going to get there inside of time. 64. 77. Into Bronze Medal
position. Harrie Smolders stays ahead.
But either way, he goes with two medals in the cabinet after this
week. He's not had a bad week. He's
definitely got a medal and who is to say what colour it will be. We have
our last ride tore go. Great reaction from Cian. He saluted the
crowd. He's obviously disappointed. It was just that big vertical. A
little bit of fatigue crept in. As we thought he would, he ate the big
oxers. One to come. So that Bronze Medal
position, this is what it comes down to. Peder Fredicson. Silver
medallist in Rio. H All In. He can actually have a
fence and a time fault and still win the Europe peen championship.
-- European Championship. In Rio it was Nick Skelton that
denied him the title. Sweden holds its breath.
Just showed signs of a little bit of fatigue in the last round.
Can he just keep fighting? Deafly silence in this arena. Had to
make an extra stride there. Got to push forward to stretch over the
oxer. Final line. 66 time allowed, but he
can have time faults. Oh, cannot afford another one. Now
he could get one time and get there. He's going to play close. Incredibly
close. It's five fine in the end. It's gold for Sweden on home ground
and a deserved performer. When he hit that fence he hit it
really hard. I thought for a second he would fall apart. All In fought
and fought and fought. And combha what a fantastic result.
The Royal Family watching on. Peder Fredicson is European champion. In
Rio Nick Skelton denied them there. Harrie Smolders, as we mentioned,
will take silver. Cian O'Connor will take another medal home in bronze.
Here's that last line. Quite a bad mistake and fortunately didn't pit
him off. Hit it -- put him off. Hit it quite hard, actually. That must
have been a heart-stopping moment for the connections. When he cleared
the last fence, huge relief. Individual final table here in
Gothenburg - European champion, Peder Fredicson, H All In.
It is bronze for Ireland. It is double medals for them here and it
is Cian O'Connor that takes the bronze with Good Luck.
Peder, congratulations! Describe how it feels to clear the last, hear
that roar and know you are European champion on your home soil? It was
very special. What did it feel like? First, to win
the Europeans at home, in front of my people is amazing and then also
to be last out and I was still in the arena when I knew I had a medal,
the feeling is undescribable. What a week Cian for Irish showjumping -
you must be chuffed to bits? It is brilliant to win a meed. If you told
me I would -- to win a medal. If you told me a bronze. A little bit
upset. What went wrong? Rushed the vertical. I think I rushed the turn
to the bar. He shot forward up that line and I supported him at the
vertical but maybe didn't hold on to him enough. He had a rub. He jumped
brilliant the rest of the way. The combination, gave it five feet.
These horses have jumped five rounds this week and full of running. Best
competitors in Europe. Best horses. If you look at the three horses on
the podium. All In is one of the best in the world. Harrie Smolders's
horse has jumped so many clear rounds. I think the highest
percentage of clear rounds on the circuit and my guy has had a super
season. It is good jumping when the three best horses come out on top.
What an eruption of joy and relief from the Swedish crowd here when
Peder Fredicson clinched the gold. It is much deserved this week, isn't
it Andy? Well, this format here rewards consistency and this is the
most consistent pairing I have seen in world showjumping. Clear through
the Olympics. One fence down here. It was a fine margin in the end.
He's got the gold for Sweden. A medal the crowd wanted. It has been
a great week for Ireland, adding that individual bronze to their team
gold. Cian O'Connor, he was desperately unlucky. That is
showjumping. The odd against down, your dreams are dashed. They are
very happy. The sun is shining here. That is almost it from us. Plenty of
sport coming your way here on the BBC later on. It is a bumper Match
of the Day 2 tonight, with four Premier League matches this
afternoon. Mark Chapman will be here with the best of the action.
On Tuesday, highlights from the Badminton World Championships.
Also on Tuesday, all the action from the boxing world amateur
championships. On the website and connected red button. On Thursday
Dan Walker and his guests will bring you news from transfer deadline day
with a Football Focus special at 10. 45pm on BBC One. Not a memorable
European Championships as far as Great Britain are concerned, but one
which will be celebrated in the Irish history books for years to
come. What a finale. For Sweden, a home gold in Gothenburg. Thanks for
watching. # Shout it up,
put up your hands high
Katherine Downes presents highlights from the European Championships at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden. The action includes team showjumping, which Great Britain last won in 2013, as well as the individual showjumping and dressage freestyle. In the latter discipline, GB's two-time Olympic medallist Carl Hester could be amongst the contenders.