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Posted by FEI Media Release on 30/08/2014.
Germany wins the Dressage Team Gold Medal in Normandy
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Germans prove untouchable for Dressage Team gold

Germany wins to the Gold Team Medal in Normandy 
Team Germany clinched the Dressage team title at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France today. L to R: Chef d’Equipe Klaus Roeser, Kristina Sprehe, Helen Langehanenberg, Isabell Werth and Fabienne Lutkemeier.
FEI Media Release, Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Photo:  Team Germany clinched the Dressage team title at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France today.  L to R: Chef d’Equipe Klaus Roeser, Kristina Sprehe, Helen Langehanenberg, Isabell Werth and Fabienne Lutkemeier. 

By Louise Parkes

Germany claimed the Dressage team title in convincing style at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, France today. Already out in front after their first two riders completed their tests yesterday, they nailed it with two more superb performances to finish well clear of Great Britain in silver medal spot, while the defending champions from The Netherlands took bronze. 
The morning began with a superb performance from the third to go for Germany, Isabell Werth and Bella Rose whose score of 81.529 signalled the definitive return of Team Germany to the top of the pecking order in this sport in which they have always played such a dominant role. They never looked in any danger after that, and Helen Langehanenberg’s 81.357 with Damon Hill NRW was just the icing on the cake because, even without her brilliant effort, her country would be victorious. 
This was the 11th German Dressage gold medal success since the team competition was introduced into the world championship programme in 1966 and German Chef d’Equipe, Klaus Roeser, said this evening: “it’s been very interesting, both yesterday and today, with brilliant and fantastic sport on a very high level. I want to say thanks to four young, nice and charming ladies who worked as a team together making us really strong!”  
And there was even more to celebrate as there were three qualification spots for the 2016 Olympic Games on offer to the podium-placed teams today, so Germany, Great Britain and The Netherlands are already on the road to Rio de Janeiro (BRA) in two years’ time.
Impossible to predict 
The destiny of the gold never looked in any great doubt, but it was impossible to predict the fate of the silver and bronze medals as fortunes fluctuated throughout the competition. And until British stars Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro posted the highest individual score in the closing stages, it was Team USA who were lying in bronze medal spot behind the Dutch.
The Spanish also challenged in the early stages today when Morgan Barbancon steered Painted Black, the former ride of Dutch superstar Anky van Grunsven, to a score of 75.143, but they were overtaken by the Americans when Steffen Peters and Legolas finished eighth individually, and Laura Graves and Verdades slotted into 10th. 
Graves has very definitely announced her presence at the top end of the sport. The 27-year-old from Florida only competed in her first Grand Prix in February of this year with the horse she bought as a yearling from a Dutch sales video 12 years ago. She travelled to Kentucky for the last US National Championship qualifier this summer and there earned the chance of a place on the team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy. And she showed such quality under fire in both Fritzens (AUT) and Aachen (GER) in recent months that she was awarded the spot on the team and today confirmed that she truly deserved it.
Battled bravely
The Dutch, meanwhile, battled bravely in their attempt to compensate for the loss of two of their best horses in the lead-up to this event, and it paid off. “We are really happy with the bronze” said Chef d’Equipe Wim Ernes. “We had to substitute, but we showed real team spirit and managed to get it together.”   
Edward Gal’s replacement ride, Glock’s Voice, produced a score of 72.414. The 44-year-old rider who claimed double-gold at the last Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky, USA four years ago said his 12-year-old stallion was “a bit stressed and inconsistent, so I tried to stay relaxed”. The horse struggled with piaffe and had a mistake in the one-time changes, but delivered some other spectacular work including fabulous extended trot. And even though Adelinde Cornelissen and the 17-year-old Jerich Parzival would line up fourth individually at the end of the day after scoring 79.629, the Dutch total of 227.400 would only be good enough for third place on the final leaderboard.
The British had a fight on their hands too when Michael Eilberg and Half Moon Delphi posted 71.886. The 27-year-old rider said “quite a few mistakes crept in; we’ve had some really good recent form, so the test today was a little below par. I’m a bit gutted because I wanted to get a good score for the team, but that’s the way it goes”. He said his grey mare “warmed up really well. That can be a negative because she felt too good! Even around the outside of the arena she was really good, but on the first diagonal she was just a bit “looky” at the camera, and it made her hide just a bit. The piaffe came off well today I thought, and I collected a few marks there as the test went on.”
Most exciting partnerships
However the British had one of the most exciting partnerships in the history of the sport to fall back on in the multi-medalled Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro. And this pair more than lived up to expectations when sealing silver with the top score of the day. The 29-year-old rider admits that what was, by her standards and that of her extraordinarily talented horse, a poor performance at the premier fixture in Aachen, Germany last month acted as “a wake-up call”. Today she showed that all the hard work she has put in over the interim period was worth every minute. 
The crowd went wild with delight when they entered the Stade D’Ornano and Valegro and his rider responded with a delightful performance that ensured the Dutch were pinned back into bronze medal spot. Apart from a hesitation coming down the centre line for the final time, the 12-year-old gelding and his rider were in perfect harmony.
“To go out there and get the welcome I got was fantastic. It’s such a great feeling to have that many people behind you” Dujardin said. “I had such fun! I went out there to do my very best and wanted to try to get us into a medal position. He did his best and I’m so lucky as he has just felt fantastic all week. He did try to stop on the centre line but apart from that I was really, really happy!” 
The talking horse
For all the excitement over the return of the daring British duo however, it is Isabell Werth’s lovely mare, Bella Rose, who is the talking horse of these championships.  The inexperienced 10-year-old is very clearly still a horse in the making, but her lightness of movement, her grace and her relationship with her rider is a joy to see.  Bella Rose works in a lovely frame and her natural self-carriage and athleticism makes little of difficult movements.  
Talking about her horse this evening, Werth said “I got her when she was three and from the first moment I saw her I could sense her talent and her charisma.  She is special in her whole behaviour, in her attitude and her mind, and I hope we can grow together from here. It is a great pleasure to ride her” said the 45-year-old German veteran who has now added another world championship team gold to her already massive haul of medals. 
Langehanenberg simply underlined the pure strength of one of the strongest sides Germany has ever fielded in the sport of Dressage. Her test with Damon Hill NRW was smooth and confident, and earned her third place in the final individual line-up behind team-mate Werth and ahead of The Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen with Dujardin at the top of the order.  However there was disappointing news later tonight when the German National Federation issued a press release announcing that Bella Rose will not compete for the remainder of the week due to a bruised sole.
That brings Frenchman, Marc Boblet, and his lovely mare Noble Dream Concept Sol into the top-30 who go through to tomorrow’s Grand Prix Special which starts at 09.30.
Team Grand Prix Final Result: 
GOLD - Germany 241.700: Desperados FRH (Kristina Sprehe) 78.814, D'Agostino (Fabienne Lutkemeier) 73.586, Bella Rose (Isabell Werth) 81.529, Damon Hill NRW (Helen Langehanenberg) 81.357. 
SILVER - Great Britain 231.343: Nip Tuck (Carl Hester) 74.196, DV Stenkjers Nadonna (Gareth Hughes) 69.714, Half Moon Delphi (Michael Eilberg) 71.886, Valegro (Charlotte Dujardin) 85.271.
BRONZE: Netherlands 227.400: Glock's Johnson TN (Hans Peter Minderhoud) 74.357, Arlando NH N.O.P. (Diederick van Silfhout) 73.414, Glock’s Voice (Edward Gal) 72.414, Jerich Parzival (Adelinde Cornelissen) 79.629.
Individual Qualifier Result: 1, Valegro (Charlotte Dujardin) GBR 85.271; 2, Bella Rose (Isabell Werth) GER 81.529; 3, Damon Hill NRW (Helen Langehanenberg) GER 81.357; 4, Jerich Parzival (Adelinde Cornelissen) NED 76.629; 5, Desperados FRH (Kristina Sprehe) GER 78.814; 6, Augustin (Victoria Max-Theurer) AUT  77.114; 7, Don Auriello (Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven) 76.186; 8, Legolas (Steffen Peters) USA 75.843; 9, Painted Black (Morgan Barbancon) ESP 75.143; 10, Verdades (Laura Graves) USA 74.871.
Full results and startlists at
Facts and Figures:
Germany claimed Team gold in Dressage at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, France today.
Great Britain took silver and the defending champions from The Netherlands earned bronze.
This was the 11th German victory in the history of the Dressage Team World Championships which were first staged in 1966.
A total of 24 teams competed.
The highest score of the competition - 85.271 - was produced by Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, last to go for Great Britain. 
Team USA finished fourth ahead of Spain in fifth place.
The three medal-winning nations - Germany, Great Britain and The Netherlands - have now qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 
Will Connell, Chef de Mission for Team Great Britain, talking about Olympic qualification after today’s silver medal result:  “As a team they only have two occasions to qualify for the Rio Olympics. This is absolutely what we wanted and means that they have a two year run in to the Olympics, during which time they can bring on young horses and don’t have to worry about qualification. What Charlotte did today was truly outstanding, and along with her team mates, they have made the paving stones for the road to Rio.”

Carl Hester GBR: “As a team we’re really delighted, no one feels left out, we’re so lucky to have Charlotte who can take the pressure to get the scores to win medals".
Victoria Max-Theurer AUT: "I'm really happy with my horse today.  He was very concentrated despite the noise in the stadium. We have reached our goal, the piaffe/passage were good and so were the pirouettes and the two-time changes.  All this in conditions that were quite difficult for the horse".
Marcela Krinke Susmelj SUI: "My horse was impressed by the arena but I've been riding him for three years so he trusted me and gave his best. His walk was good and the passage and piaffe are also strong points".
Valentina Truppa ITA: "It was a nice ride, with no mistakes.  We could have given more but I wanted to quietly save him for tomorrow. The stadium is very nice but very loud too so he (Fixdesign Eremo del Castelgno) got a bit agitated at the beginning. We trained a lot at home and went to Aachen and other competitions where we could already see the same judges and train for the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special.  Not for the Kur though. I'll be just happy and lucky enough if I get to the Kur".
Carlos Pinto POR: "I'm pretty happy with my test because the arena is very impressive for my horse. I made a few mistakes because of the stress, but it's going to be better and better! My wife rides my horse four times a week and I do the work when I'm here. We tried to keep him mentally and physically ready for the competition".
Jessica Michel FRA: "I have a really good feeling.  It's difficult when there are 100 competitors and the piaffe has a coefficient of two now so the cards are dealt differently this year. We are the World Equestrian Games and the judges are more demanding, that's normal. But Rivera gave everything she had. We worked a lot on passage and piaffe but she still lacks regularity. Despite all of this, I'm really proud of the control and harmony I could achieve".
Joao Oliva BRA whose horse bolted after his final halt: I'm fine! Just a bit nervous!  This is my first big competition and my horse made some mistakes but I'm happy with him. We have a lot of improvement to make and there will be better to come. This event is like a warm-up for me”.
Megan Lane CAN: "It's my first time in the senior team, before I was in the Junior one. I bought my horse five years ago to hunt and I finished up training all alone for the competitions. I'm satisfied with my result!"
Audio & Video Clips:
Charlotte Dujardin (GBR)
Helen Langehanenberg (GER) -  German Version
Helen Langehanenberg – English version
Adelinde Cornelissen (NED)
Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED) -
Victoria Max Theurer (AUT) - German version
Victoria Max Theurer – English Version
Mary Hanna (AUS)
Dong Deon Kim (KOR) 
FEI Photo Catalogue: Free images for editorial purposes only are available here 
Notes to Editors:
Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014
The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA) on 23 August-7 September brings together 967 athletes and 1,113 horses from 74 nations for 15 days of world-class competition in Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining. 
For more information see: 
History Hub 
The FEI World Equestrian Games™ are held every four years in the middle of the Olympic and Paralympic cycle. They were first hosted in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990 and have since been staged in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez (ESP) in 2002, and Aachen (GER) in 2006. The first Games to be organised outside Europe were the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA) 2010. 
Visit the FEI History Hub here. 

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