when? The European Championship began jumping in on Wednesday and runs through Sunday.
where? The tournament is decided at the competition facility of four-time Olympic gold medalist Ludger Beerbaum in Riesenbeck, Germany.
Friday 3 September: SVT1 11.50 – 16.00 The third and final round of the team competition. The class is also considered the third qualifying round in the individual competition.
Egyptians change their country
Two of the best jumpers in Egypt, Abdel-Said and Sameh El-Dahan, have been competing for new countries for a few days now. she tells worldofshowjumping.com.
Abdessaid, who has made his base on a farm in Belgium for many years, now represents Belgium. Sameh Al-Dahan, who is based in Northern Ireland, now competes with Great Britain.
The background is that both have for a long time been critical of the Egyptian Equestrian Federation. Recently, the difficulties of cooperation have escalated to a climax regarding the selections for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Then the association opted not to take out Sameh El Dahan, and although Abdel-Said received an Olympic ticket, he is also critical of the way the selection process went.
“What happened in the last months was the last straw,” Sameh El-Dahan told worldofshowjumping.com.
According to FEI rules, riders are segregated for the championship. In just two years they will represent their new countries in tournaments.
Greece’s only leap was flawless
Debuting in the tournament 24-year-old Ioli Mytileneo is the only Greek entrant in the European Championship, and it was a really good start to the tournament.
She and horse Levis de Muze were the first crew to flawlessly complete Thursday’s course, finishing ninth overall after two rounds.
Euli Mytileneo hails from a family of horses. Her mother, Anna Mytileneo, rode the Olympic Games at her home in Athens in 2004.
Holland’s Black Thursday
The Netherlands is a strong jumper, but on Thursday there wasn’t much fit for the team that finished very surprisingly in 11th place. Thus, the Netherlands is not one of the 10 teams that may be in the playoffs on Friday.
The other four teams eliminated are the Czech Republic, Turkey, Norway and Italy.
Norway’s only hope
Even if the Norwegian team cannot advance, there is still Norwegian hope left in the individual competition.
Victoria Gulliksen, 29, was satisfied during the days in Germany. Since the first round, she’s had 3.96 fouls with her, and with her 12-year-old Papa Roach, they’ve managed the tough Thursday course flawlessly.
– I’ve owned this horse since he was six years old, and today he has given it all up, happy Victoria Gulixen tells SVT.
After two rounds, Victoria Guliksen took 10th place.
Happening on Friday
After two rounds, it’s time for the third and decisive round on Friday. Switzerland is in the lead ahead of Germany and Sweden.
Friday’s team round will also be the third and final individual qualifiers. The top 25 individually after the three qualifying rounds advance to Sunday’s individual final.
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