German Sanneke Rothenberger couldn’t have done better at the first U25 European Championship in Hagen at the Kasselmann yard: First team gold, then individual gold and now also gold in the Grand Prix Freestyle – with a personal best of 80,450 percent. The 23-year-old rider and Deveraux OLD won by a clear margin ahead of her team colleague Florine Kienbaum, who was placed second with Doktor Schiwago (77,175 percent). “Today I was a little bit more nervous than usually,” Rothenberger said after the competition. In the meantime Rothenberger has already won 21 gold medals, 17 at the European Championships. Rothenberger rode her freestyle to music from “The Lord of the Rings” while Kienbaum placed her bet on more rock-like sound.
Bronze went to 20-year-old Diana Porsche from Austria, who rode 13-year-old De Niro son Di Sandro. The two achieved 76,000 percent. “My goal was to reach the final of the Freestyle,” she said. One could say she significantly exceeded her expectations.
Ulrich Kasselmann, host of the U25 European Championship premiere was content: “I’m happy and proud that we were given this EC by the FEI. We had a very likeable championship and athletes who showed great performances. I’m convinced that we will find some of the attendants on pedestals at the Olympics in the future.”