Great Britain won their first European Eventing Championships team gold since 2009 in Strzegom, Poland on Sunday (August 20).
The team, made up of Oliver Townend, Tina Cook, Rosalind Canter and Nicola Wilson, scored 113.9 total penalties to take the title. Germany finished in second place with 123.0 penalties, while Sweden took bronze with a team score of 148.4.
Germany had been in the gold medal position after the culmination of the dressage phase on Friday, but an impressive performance across the country by Great Britain saw them lead going into the showjumping phase.
Wilson, Cook and Canter all went clear in Sunday’s final phase to secure the first European gold medal for Great Britain since the 2009 championships in Fontainebleau, France.
Britain also secured an individual bronze medal through Wilson and her horse Bulana. German riders Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung took gold and silver respectively.
Cook finished fourth individually, with Canter in fifth and individual rider Gemma Tattersall down in eighth place. Oliver Townend withdrew his mount Cooley SRS before the showjumping phase after it was reported that the horse suffered ‘a minor injury’.
The win also meant a great start for new performance coach Chris Bartle after the Yorkshireman left his role with Team Germany, where he masterminded Olympic, World and European gold medal successes, earlier this year.
Individual positions (after showjumping)..
1 Ingrid Klimke (GER) (Horseware Hale Bob OLD) 30.30,
2 Michael Jung (GER) (FischerRocana FST) 32.80,
3 Nicola Wilson (GB) (Bulana) 35.50,
4 Kristina Cook (GB) (Billy The Red) 38.20,
5 Ros Canter (GB) (Allstar B) 40.20,
6 Kai Ruder (GER) (Colani Sunrise) 40.30,
7 Sarah Ennis (IRE) (Horseware Stellor Rebound) 43.40,
8 Gemma Tattersall (GB) (Quicklook V) 44.70,
9 Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE) (Reality 39) 47.0,
10 Thibaut Vallette (FRA) (Qing du Briot ENE HN) 57.70
Overall team standings (after showjumping)…
1 Great Britain 113.90
2 Germany 123.0
3 Sweden 148.40
4 Italy 211.80
5 Ireland 269.20
6 Belgium 286.30
7 Spain 290.10
8 Switzerland 324,10
9 Poland 408.80
10 Belarus 425.50