The German riders have every reason to celebrate – in the last two weeks, the dressage, jumping and eventing teams have won a total of 4 gold and 4 silver medals in their respective European championships. “We would like to congratulate the team on their excellent successes and are proud to be supporting these exceptional sporting performance as the main sponsor of the national riding team,” says Peter-Josef Paffen, Chairman of the AGCO/Fendt Management Board, about the result of this year’s European championships.
The German eventing riders were the prelude for the European championships between the 17th and 20th August in the Polish city of Strzegom. The team, comprising Julia Krajewski, Bettina Hoy, Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung won the silver medal, behind the team from Great Britain, followed by the team from Sweden, in third place.
In the individual classification, the German riders clearly took the lead – Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung went into the competition with the best dressage results and were able to build on these positions in the following terrain riding and jumping events. This guaranteed them European championship and vice European championship titles in the individual classification.
The wave of success was continued by the German dressage team in week two of the European championships – an event that took place in the Swedish city of Göteborg. The team comprising Helen Langehanenberg, Dorothee Schneider, Sönke Rothenberger and Isabell Werth, currently on world ranking's leading position, who started the competition off strongly and held the lead right to the very end, thereby winning the Team European championship title preceding the teams from Denmark and the hosts from Sweden.
The German dressage riders also obtained excellent results in the individual classification with world-class performances – Isabell Werth and Sönke Rothenberger were awarded with 2 more gold and silver medals, both in the Grand Prix Special and in the Grand Prix Freestyle.
The exceptional athlete, and most successful dressage rider of all times, Isabell Werth, now has 17 European championship gold medals in her trophy cabinet.
The German jumping riders travelled with their “Wild Youth” team (U25) to Göteborg. German national trainer, Otto Becker, relied on the Olympics winner, Marcus Ehning, as well as on the up-and-coming talents Philip Weishaupt, Laura Klaphake and Maurice Tebbel. The last two made their championship début in Sweden in the senior tournament.
The young team fought strongly in the international competition and finished in 5th place, while Marcus Ehning and Philip Weishaupt achieved places 6 and 12 in the exciting singles final.
At least until 2026, the company Fendt is main sponsor of the German equestrian national team for the disciplines dressage, jumping and eventing. Whenever the athletes ride for Germany at nations cups or championships, they will wear Fendt branded clothing.