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6 Gold Medals for the German Team & Medal Success on German Horses

The German equestrian athletes have made history at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon/USA. They won a total of 17 medals, including 6 gold, 2 silver, and 9 bronze medals, which put them into the medal count lead (Netherlands 10, Great Britain 8). The German teams in dressage, jumping, eventing, and para-dressage are directly qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

Reining: The team around Grischa Ludwig and Ruf Lil Diamond, Markus Süchting and Spotlight Charly, Robin Schoeller and Wimpy Kaveah as well as Julia Schumacher and Coeurs Little Tyke won the first ever, bronze medal at a World Equestrian Games.

The German dressage riders secured two gold medals: The first won went to the team with Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB, Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo, Dorothee Schneider and Sammy Davis jr., and Isabell Werth with Bella Rose. Isabell and Bella Rose also won individual gold in the Grand Prix Special.

Eventing: Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD brought home an individual bronze medal in the discipline of eventing.

The Para-dressage riders had a very bronze-coloured week. Bronze for Regine Mispelkamp and Look at me now in Grade V. Same for Elke Philipp and Fürst Sinclair competing in Grade I. Dr. Angelika Trabert and Diamond’s Shine (Grade III) secured free-style bronze. And bronze for the entire team, also including Steffen Zeibig and Feel Good.

The German vaulters dominated almost all competitions in Tryon’s indoor arena. The German team (represented by Team Norka of VV Köln-Dünnwald, as well as individual vaulters Janik Heiland and Kristina Boe) won the first ever Nation’s Cup. Bronze also for the Pas de deux Janika Derks/Johannes Kay. Janik Heiland won silver in the men’s individual ranking, Thomas Brüsewitz won bronze. Gold for Kristina Boe and silver for Janika Derks in the individual female vaulting. And one more gold for the team competition went to Team Norka of VV Köln-Dünnwald.

The German jumpers took care of a brilliant WEG finale. The German team of Simone Blum and DSP Alice, Marcus Ehning and Pret A Tout, Laura Klaphake and Catch me if you can, as well as Maurice Tebbel and Don Diarado brought home a bronze team medal. And Simone Blum aboard Alice went on to win the individual gold medal in the jumping competition – the first woman to win individual gold in the history of the World Equestrian Games.

German horses dominate in the Olympic disciplines

Germany is not only far ahead in the medal count, but German-bred horses also lead the way in the medal success in the three Olympic disciplines. 19 of a total of 45 equine medal winners in dressage, jumping, and eventing were bred in Germany. German-bred horses secured a share of 28.8 % across seven WEG disciplines.

German horses collected the most amount of medals in show-jumping – 10 of 15 possible medals (4 gold medals). Next to German rider Simone Blum who won individual gold on DSP Alice, 3 out of 4 riders on the USA gold team rode German-bred horses (Zeremonie/Laura Kraut, Cristalline/Adrienne Sternlicht, and Clinta/Mclain Ward). 26.6% or 35 horses of all jumping horses competing in Tryon were bred in Germany.

German horses won eight of 15 medals in dressage, including 4 gold medals (Bella Rose/Isabell Werth, Sammy Davis jr./Dorothee Schneider, TSF Dalera BB/Jessica von Bredow-Werndl). 

Eventing bronze went to Oldenburg gelding SAP Hale Bob OLD and his rider Ingrid Klimke.

In para-dressage, German horses carried their riders to 18 of 42 possible medals across various grades. German horses made up a total of 39.7% of all horses competing in the para-dressage competitions in Tryon (25 horses out of 63 competing horses).

German-bred horses held the highest share of medal-winning breeds in vaulting: 12 out of 15 possible medals, including 4 gold medals. Don de la Mar (by Dionysos) was the most successful vaulting horse of the 2018 Games. A total of 35.7% of all vaulting horses in Tryon had German bloodlines (20 out of 55 competing horses in Tryon).

A full medal count and breeding statistics can be found under

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