Ireland, Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany: 4 nations, 19 medals!

Ireland, Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany: 4 nations, 19 medals!

With at least one medal in each discipline, Netherlands clearly dominated these European Pony Championships 2012 thanks to talented riders such as Sanne Vos (gold and silver medal in dressage) and Lisa Nooren (silver in show jumping). But with two individual medallist in show jumping and the victory of its team, Great Britain showed her supremacy, with 14 titles in 18 years under Katherine Moore's coaching.

The Euro Poney drew the attention of a large public, with more than 7,000 persons on Saturday 21st (cross country day) and 5,000 on Sunday 22nd for the finals, for a total of more than 15,000 people during the whole week. This edition was a huge success, as well for the delegations than for the public. André Bonneau's team will be back next year in April for its traditional CSIOP which belongs to the most important pony show in Europe.


Individual Championships: Millie Allen sing the right song

Before this final, Millie was the only one to have a completely clear score. The winner of CSIOP of Fontainebleau Grand Prix in April already knew the ground and it seemed to be a formality for her pony Song Girl to jump over the big fences of this last rounds. With fences 1,35m tall in the first round, and 1,40m in the second one, the course designer had chosen to adapt his plans to the « high quality ponies and riders participating to this championships » said Jean-Claude Quque, the course designer. Millie Allen (GBR) did another clear round in the first one, but many riders occurred penalties that changed the physiognomy of the ranking.

With a clear round too, Lisa Nooren (NED), one of the best and strongest pony rider this season, had a real chance of medal. A last clear with only one time penalty point let her hope to be back home with one. And that what's she did, putting the pressure on Millie who had the only possibility to put one fence down and have some delay time. The two girls kept their heads and won the gold and silver medals. But two combinations had to go to a last jump off for the bronze medal: Alex Chitty (GBR) and Emilie Paillot (SUI).

It's finally Alex who brought the last medal back home with another clear.