inaugural FEI European Reining Championship was won by Team Germany
who earned both the Team and Individual Gold Medals. The competition
was hosted in Reggio Emilia, Italy, where the first-ever FEI CRIO took
place. There were eight participating nations: Austria, Czech Republic,
France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy and Switzerland. Three
individual riders: Yves Fromont and Gerald Fievet from France and Daude
Henning from Germany also competed.
The first go round of the competition ran on Friday, August 29th, and
saw Team Germany take the lead with a total of 641 points. Switzerland,
Great Britain and Israel stood in second place with 634 points each
while Team Italy was fifth with a score of 631.5.
"It was exciting to see the representation for the first FEI European
championship. The competition was really exciting. With Israel, Great
Britain and Switzerland all tied for second place after the first go,
it made the riders really step it up for the Final go. The anticipation
was high as the medallists were not determined until the last rider,"
said NRHA Executive Director Dan Wall who was in attendance.
On Saturday, in the second go round, competition stepped up as European
reining enthusiasts gathered in the stands to cheer for their home countries.
Team Germany members Alexander Ripper riding Solanos Warlee Boy (220),
Maik Bartmann riding Twist N Shout Whiz (211.5), Jurgen Pieper on GB
Jac (216) and Oliver Stein on Enterprise Winder (213.5) scored a total
of 649.5, bringing their composite total to 1290.5, which assured them
the Team Gold. Thanks to the 214.5 obtained in the first go round and
the 220 in the second, Alexander Ripper clenched the Individual Gold
Medal. "This is truly a great Team," said smiling Coach Paul Kratschmer,
"and working with them was so easy!" "It's my first time showing on
a team and I am simply thrilled with this achievement," said the 22-year-old
Team Italy members Giovanni Pagani on Show One Mark, Matteo Paracchini
on Wheres Snapper, Francesco Arrighi on Vudu Dunnit and Marco Ricotta
on Mifillenium scored a combined total of 852 to advance three places
and win the Silver Medal as well as the Individual Bronze, which went
to Ricotta and Mifillenium. The President of the Italian Equestrian
Sports Federation (FISE), Cesare Croce, who closely followed the performance
of the Team said: "Seeing the achievements of our athletes in the past,
I would have enjoyed having our Team on the first step of the podium.
I am however, proud of the work done by Team Coach Lucia Simonazzi,
and that of our riders, who in the second go round gave their very best".
Bronze Medal honors, with a total of 1279, only a half point behind
Italy, went to Team Switzerland whose members were Manuela Graf riding
Sailwins Pride, Jeannette Kraehenbuehl riding ARC Golden Boy, Daniel
Straumann riding Gallo Pequeno and Judith Baumeister on Top Boggie Sail.
This is the first medal for the Swiss Team, which has competed extensively
in European CRIO events. The Team also qualified for the 2002 World
The individual Silver Medal went to Rosanne Sternberg of Great Britain
who earned this prestigious spot after obtaining the top score of the
second go round, a 220.5, astride her 14-year-old stallion Nijomi Sonny
Reb. Michael Stone, FEI Sports Director, summed up the feelings of all
those present. "This is a fantastic achievement. The enthusiasm generated
and level of competition was beyond all expectations."