At the SVAG FEI European Reining Championships, Italy took the Junior team title and Germany claimed the Young Riders team gold.
The FEI European Reining Championship for the younger riders was the Juniors competition where team Italy took the top honours on a score of 638.5.
Sealing the deal was Matteo Bolzano who rode the 2015 NRHA Non Pro World Champion High Point Reiner, a.k.a. ‘Ruffy’, to a 215.5. “Seeing my son wear the gold medal along with his team is a feeling that cannot be described, especially as I know how much time, passion and work Matteo and his team mates put into this sport,” said Matteo’s father Manuel. Also on the podium was Martina Baldelli (Great Dun Pistol), Irene Merlotti (Snapplejack), and Carlo Ambrosini (Ambrosini QH).
With a total score of 626.5 points, Team France firmly held on to the silver medal in front of Belgium who settled for the team bronze with a total score of 608.5 points.
Riding for France was Marie Baralon who achieved 215, the second highest score of the day with Chicken Sandwich. “She’s simply the best!” said Marie. Along with Marie Baralon were Margaux Legrand (New Doc Peppy Doc), and Axel Pesek (Cheximatic).
Team Belgium represented by Bert Coeckelbergh (Toosexy For Ricochet), Nimroid Vannietvelt (Im Smart And Wimpy) and Jinke Stevens with (Don John Escape BB).
In the Young Riders the defending champions, team Italy, battled their opponents Germany to leave for the gold medal.
After Franziska Eufinger (Smoking In Starlight), Anna Voss (Mandys Little Magnum) and Jacob Behringer (Rascal Sensation) the last horse-rider-combination for team Germany was Gina Schumacher and Chanay Sky Management SA’s Arc Guns M Oaks who offered the crowd a close to perfect run scoring 221 bringing their team’s total to a 651 and the gold medal.
Team Italy’s Enrico Sciulli and his Snips Gotta Bud were the last duo to run for the team taking a score of 220. Their performance, along with Andrea Pedrotti (Topgun Showtime) and Nico Sicuro (Dualin Surprise), was not enough to best the German’s final score. The fourth team member was Alessia Simoncini (Ready To Spook).
As Germany and Italy battled head to head for the gold and silver medals, team Belgium took the bronze medal with Bo Brutsaert (CJ Whiz) on 210.5, Indy Henrard (Steadys WR Diamonds) and Amber Heibuchel (Wimpys Lil Prize). The fourth team rider was Kimberly Noels (Ivegottafootwork).