With just a few weeks to go until the Longines FEI Eventing European Championships, here’s what some of the Chef d’Equipes had to say about their changes at Luhmuhlen.

Defending Team Champions – Great Britain: Laura Collett, Tina Cook, Piggy French, Kitty King, Tom McEwen and Oliver Townend.

Major Richard Waygood MBE: “We are very excited about our squad for the Championships. This year we have a range of experienced and not so experienced horses who all have great potential to excel at this Championships and future Championships. Our riders who partner these horses all have Championships credentials and understand about working in a team environment as one team. Each rider and member of staff are there to support each other through thick and thin. Our aspirations are of course to win Team Gold and all the individual medals. There is no point in coming otherwise.”

Team Silver medalists 2017: Germany: Sandra Auffarth, Andreas Dibowski, Feliz Etzel, Michael Jung, Ingrid Klimke, Jorg Kurbel, Nadine Maßzahl, Andreas Ostholt, Kai Ruder, Anna Siemer, Josefa Sommer, Anna-Katharina Vogel. As home nation, Germany can field 12 combinations.

Prof. Dr. Jens Adolphsen: “I think we made the most of our opportunity to nominate some young riders as well as the established ones. Our experienced riders are doing such a terrific job that it was hard for the next generation to gain championship experience. That’s why it’s brilliant to be able to involve so many young talented riders now. From my point of view, in a good team the individual results add up to an excellent one. The atmosphere within the team membership plays an important, inspiring role too. We have tried to nominate in such a way that winning the Championship is possible.”

Team Bronze Medalists 2017 – Sweden: Ebba Adnervik, Malin Josefsson, Niklas Lindback, Philippa Magnusson, Louise Romieke and Ludwig Svennerstal.

Fredrik Bergendorff: “The Swedish team is put together with experience and consistent results in mind. Our number 1 goal is to get Olympic qualification, having said that if we preform to the level we can it would be great to bring back a medal. We have championship experience in our team mixed in with two riders who get the chance to ride in a senior championship for the first time. I think it’s a good mix of getting the result we like and still developing for the future. We are all looking forward to a week of good sport.”

Despite being the defending Olympic Team Champions, France has never won a European Eventing Team Championship. It’s six riders are Jean-Lou Bigot, Sidney Dufresne, Alexis Gourey, Christopher Six, Nicolas Touzaint and Thibault Vallette

Thierry Touzaint: “The French eventing team is getting ready for the championship. As always, we organised a final training that takes place in Normandy. They can ride on the beach every day and let their horses walk in the sea water. To me this time we spend gathered together is very important for both horses and riders. I think that we have a good team, some horses are quite young but the riders are very experienced. We will do our best to bring home a team medal. I don’t know its colour yet, but I definitely think that we can get one with this team.”

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