2011 European Dressage Championship

The European Championships in dressage in 2011 took place from August 17 to August 21, 2011 in Rotterdam instead.

It was here at the 25th European Championships in dressage, for the 24th time in addition to individual medals and medals were awarded in the team standings.

  • 2.1 General
  • 2.2 schedule
  • 3.1 Evaluation team
  • 3.2 Individual results ( Grand Prix Spécial )
  • 3.3 Individual results ( Grand Prix Freestyle )



In the FEI General Assembly in 2008 in Buenos Aires, it was decided to award the European Championships in dressage in 2011 to the Netherlands. As a venue for this to Rotterdam had advertised.

It was only the second time - to Arnhem 1999 - that the European Dressage was carried out in the Netherlands.

Implementation, venue, media

The European Championships were opened on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 in the late afternoon. The athletic program began in the morning of that day and, besides the European competitions also an international dressage competition for riders up to 25 years as well as national dressage competitions.

The conclusion of the event was on Sunday (21 August 2011) a brief closing ceremony, which took place from 16:45 clock. Already on Wednesday then find the athletic program at the venue of the European Championships a sequel - which, compared to the previous time-shifted CHIO Rotterdam. However, its program of the year is without dressage tests.

The tournament was in the Rotterdam district Kralingen, on the CHIO grounds between the Kralingseweg and the park Kralingse Bos discharged.

In the German television parts of the European Championships were transferred from the ARD, on Sunday in the amount of about one hour transfer. In addition, the FEI transferred the tournament fee. The Dutch television offered on Thursday, Saturday and partly on Sunday a free to air IPTV Live Stream.



As in 1991, 1993, 2007 and 2009 were in 2011 awarded nine medals at the European Dressage Championships. These were in the team competition ( the Grand Prix de Dressage ) awarded separately for the national teams as well as in the individual standings for the Grand Prix Spécial and the Grand Prix Freestyle.

The number of participants set a new record for European Dressage Championships: A total of 64 riders took part in the European Championship standings, Set 16 by an independent team of 21 participating nations.


The first part of the audit was the Grand Prix de Dressage. The two-part schedule testing took place on Wednesday and Thursday.

At this test, all took part in the European Championships dressage riders participating. Each team consisted of three or four riders of a nation, one of which received the three best results in the team standings. Based on this team score the team medals were awarded.

The best 30 participants in the Grand Prix de Dressage, were allowed to participate in the second examination, the Grand Prix Spécial. From the results of the Grand Prix Spécial the individual medals were awarded the Grand Prix Spécial. The timing for the test was Saturday. The previous Friday was intended as a day of rest for participating in the European Championships horses.

The dressage riders who finished in the top 15 of the individual standings of the Grand Prix Spécial were allowed to participate in the Grand Prix Freestyle. As far managed from one or more nations more than three riders in the top 15 of the Grand Prix Spécial, allowed each of the lowest -placed (fourth) tab of its nation does not participate in the Grand Prix Freestyle. For this purpose, then moved after placement of the Grand Prix Spécial after each another rider.

In the Grand Prix Freestyle, which took place on Sunday afternoon, then the second set individual medals were awarded at these European Championships.


Team classification

The gold medal at the European Championships in Rotterdam went to a team that had never won this title: Great Britain. The British team that has not been European champions at the European Championships in 1963 only because of the insufficient number of teams, sat down on the first day of the Grand Prix in the lead. Laid the foundation for achieving the 26 -year-old Charlotte Dujardin, in 2011 only played their first season at Grand Prix level with her horse Valegro. With a score of 78.830 %, the student of Carl Hester put it at the top of the individual standings after the first day.

On the second day built Laura Bechtolsheimer and Carl Hester in particular, with his horse Uthopia the lead erritt after two days of the Grand Prix de Dressage in the individual competition, the British result clearly.

In second place comes the German team with a significant backlog of around 12 percent. The Dutch team will follow with even spacing around 3.5 percent.

The team of Austria started with only three riders and joined the team standings from eight. The person appointed by the Switzerland team found out to have been ranked 14th

The qualification for the Grand Prix Spécial the best 30 couples missed the entire Swiss team ( Marcela Krinke - Susmelj 39th, Elisabeth Eversfield -Koch 43rd, Hans dust on rank 44 and Markus Graf ranked 51 ) and the Austrian Peter Gmoser at the 33rd rank and Renate Voglsang on the 38th.

A total of 16 teams participated in the championship.

Final result (as of August 18, 2011, 18:19 clock )

Individual results ( Grand Prix Spécial )

The Grand Prix Spécial was marked by a number of errors almost all the favorites. Nevertheless, the British dominance continued earnings modest pace in Spécial, but was topped by the success of Adelinde Cornelissen. The Dutch defended her title with Parzival from 2009 - even though she had verritten start of the canter. Charlotte Dujardin took the Grand Prix Spécial the sixth, Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer reached with their horses each a result of around 80 percent, which rank second and third. Unexpectedly weak showed for a medal favorite Matthias Alexander Rath (whose ride was very tense with Totilas, resulting in errors and inaccuracies resulted ) and his team-mate Christoph Koshel Donnperignon. They placed at the end in the stands four and ten, in particular at the Rath placements of the individual judges differed significantly from each other ( positions three to eight ).

From the Dutch team managed Sander Marijnissen and Edward Gal just not in the category of best 15 of the Grand Prix Spécial, a title defense of Gal in the Grand Prix Freestyle was therefore no longer possible. Victoria Max- Theurer also did not reach the necessary for the freestyle placement. This also was true for Christoph Koshel which, although in the top 15 came, but was also not allowed to start the fourth ( worst -placed ) German rider. For him, the 16 -ranked Valentina Truppa moved according to the Kürstarterfeld from Italy.

Full Time (as of August 20, 2011, 17:51 clock )

Individual results ( Grand Prix Freestyle )

In the Grand Prix Freestyle Adelinde Cornelissen continued its successful series from the Grand Prix Spécial continued, with a technical (A-) rating of well over 80 percent of all judges and artistic ( B ) scores between 90 and 95 percent, she won superior with Parzival with a score of 88.839 %.

The silver medal went as in the Spécial to Carl Hester. Could with Uthopia not quite tie in with the top performance out of the Grand Prix de Dressage - two of seven judges scored it in the A grade below 80 percent. In the B-note but he was counted a majority of 90 percent, so the final score was 84.179 percent.

His best performance at these European Championships could Patrik Kittel show. The Swede had occupied the fifth place with Scandic Grand Prix Spécial the day before and a few weeks earlier won the Freestyle at the CDI 5 * Falsterbo. At the European Championships Grand Prix Freestyle, he showed another strong performance that was rewarded with 83.429 %. Just then there is Laura Bechtolsheimer with 83.018 %.

Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas showed a ride with fewer errors than in the Spécial, but overtook the closely Totilas ridden again errors in the single and double shifts that were graded by the judges only with notes by 5.0.

Isabell Werth El Santo horse showed, as in the tests above, again significant weaknesses in the piaffe - these were considered in the freestyle with rating grades four to six. For the remaining lessons but Werth received high marks, so she completed the test with 80.536 % at rank eight. A place behind landed Helen Langehanenberg with Damon Hill.

Full Time ( as at 21 June 2011, 16:21 clock )


The result of acquisition and transmission was carried out at the European Championships in 2011, as at the World Equestrian Games 2010, by the Dutch company Sport Computer Graphics ( SCG).

Before the Grand Prix and before the Grand Prix Spécial each launched a test rider out of vote ( " Guinea Pig" ). This task was in Rotterdam, the internationally successful Canadian dressage rider Ashley Holzer with her horse Pop Art.

The main test of here simultaneously discharged international dressage tournament for riders up to 25 years ( CDIU25 -A), the FEI Grand Prix U25, won the German rider Kristina Sprehe with Desperados.