European Dressage Championship heads to Denmark

Theresa McCaffrey


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"Blenheim Horse Trials 2" by Thowra_uk - originally posted to Flickr as Blenheim Horse Trials 2. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


The Blu Hors FEI European Dressage Championship is always an enormous event in the equestrian calendar and this year's Danish competition is expected to be every bit as exciting.

Running from August 20th to 25th in Herning, a total of 65 horses will be on display - with each one passing the first veterinary inspection today.

Some 18 nations will be represented over the five days, with 14 countries joining the team competitions in matching equestrian clothing.

Defending champions Germany are chasing their 22nd team title, however the Netherlands and Great Britain are hoping to also record victories in the arena.

Speaking to EuroDressage.com, esteemed commentator, official FEI score analyst and founder of Global Dressage Analytics David Stickland gave his predictions for this year's contest.

He forecasted that Germany would again be successful if all riders and horses behave as expected, however it will not be an easy fight.

Mr Stickland said: "Germany has the best chance to win; if all their riders reach prediction then they should win, but they can't rely on anything.

"If either of the other nations [Netherlands and Great Britain] excel, achieving their personal best 2012-2013 scores again here at Herning, then doing the predicted trend will not be enough."

He said that each team was more than capable of taking gold medals on a good day and predicted that many of the results would be extremely close on the day.

The dressage analyst said that London's event last year was a good indicator of the team's potential and expected that each of the top three nation's will finish within about one per cent of each other.

Mr Stickland went on to say: "I can't imagine a more exciting European championship; riders are going to have to do their best, and it is still going to be very close. And if they have any mistakes, then Denmark and Sweden will be waiting to jump onto the podium."