2019 SVAG FEI European Reining Championship - Team Germany Cruises to Victory!

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An exciting SVAG FEI European Reining Championship for Seniors kept the fans cheering and enjoying great reining in the lovely CS Ranch Arena.

Givrins, July 12 — Provided by Simona Diale — In the first set of riders, Team Germany had already set the bar with Markus Suechting riding Spotlight Charly to a 218.5. Once the second rider for the team, Elias Ernst, had closed his performance aboard USS N Dun It with a 215.5, Germany was leading 10 points ahead of Team Italy. “It’s never over ‘til it’s over” they say but, in this case, Team Germany held on to the lead until the very end!

“This is the first year that we had to actually make a choice and leave great horses and riders at home because so many tried to qualify; the result is that we have six High-class horses and riders vying for the Team and Individual medals in the Senior, Junior and Young Riders and today the result sealed the deal,” said Nico Hoermann, Team Germany’s historical coach. The Team proved him right and once again young Gina Schumacher, past FEI Young Rider World Team and Individual Champion, proved her worth as she rode her mother’s [Corinna Schumacher] Shine N Whiz to the highest score of the competition: a 220.5. “I really don’t know this horse very much at all, since my mother has always ridden him, but we all are aware of the fact that he is the sweetest ever and does everything, and more, of what you ask him to do,” she said. “He was great and I am super proud of him and this team gold.” Just as proud was Corinna: “I had no doubt that the two could make it: I love them both so I could not be any happier,” she said.

The second highest score that counted toward making Team Germany ride to the highest step of the podium was the 220 posted by veteran Grischa Ludwig riding Coeurs Little Tyke. “I cannot say enough about this stallion,” he said. “Riding for the team always makes me nervous and today he was there for me all the way. I look forward to the individual competition but, however it goes, what happened today means a lot to me.” The fourth components of the German team were Elias Ernst and USS N Dun It.

Claiming the Silver medal with 646 points was Team Italy: the three scores counting were RS Nebbiolo Blu and Luca Dossetto’s 216.5, The Cocked Gun and Lorenzo De Simone’s 215 and Custom Genetic and Davide Brighenti’s 214.5. Enrico Sciulli’s 214 posted on Snips Gotta Bud was dropped but, of course he was just as happy for his team. “Anchor rider, Davide [Brighenti] and Enrico [Sciulli] both are experienced riders in FEI competition,” said Team Coach Marco Manzi. “I am very proud of the whole team as both De Simone and Dossetto are new to the game. It’s a great result and we now look forward to seeing our four riders come back to compete for the Individual medals on Saturday.”

On home turf, Team Switzerland slid to the Bronze medal with a final composite score of 640.5. Adrienne Speidel and Arc Walla Smart  marked a 218; Sabine Schmid and Gotta Make It Baby closed with a 213 and Annika Riggenbach riding Great Little Gunner, who performed to a 209.5 made it happen. The dropped score was posted by Daniel Schmutz and SLJ Smart Doc (207). “Our team was simply great,” said Team Coach Sara Moonen. “This is a wonderful result for our country, thanks to the hard work and great team we had.”

The top 15 scores automatically advance to the SVAG FEI European Reining Championship for Seniors Individual Final which will be held on Saturday. Five more horse-rider-combinations will make it back through the Consolation.

The beautiful CS Ranch owned by Corinna Schumacher is proud to host the 2019 SVAG FEI World Championships for Young Riders & Juniors and European Championships for Seniors. The CS Ranch is the biggest and most modern private reining facility in Switzerland and is ideally situated and equipped for professional reining training and showing. The covered arena measures 95x50 meters and can accommodate over 1400 spectators. As always, ADMISSION IS FREE.
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By Simona Diale

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