efe-epaRotterdam, Netherlands

The Netherlands finished with the top medal haul at the European Equestrian Championships this year in the Dutch city of Rotterdam thanks to the success of its horses and riders in adapted classic dressage.

Following the host country in the total medal count were Germany with seven, Denmark with four, Norway with two golds and Great Britain with seven total medals, but just one gold.

Belgium was in sixth place with eight medals - one gold, one silver and six bronzes.

The Netherlands won five golds, three silvers and three bronzes, while Germany's count was 3-3-1.

All of Holland's golds were won in adapted classic dressage, also known as Para Dressage, in both the team and individual events.

Regarding the outstanding figures at the competition, once more Germany's Isabell Werth took top honors in dressage, walking away with the Grand Prix Special award, the Grand Prix Freestyle award and the team award.

The Belgian team received special mention in obstacle jumping, winning the event for the first time in history.

Meanwhile, Switzerland's Martin Fuchs and Clooney 51 on Sunday became the new Show Jumping champions, finishing ahead of favorite Ben Maher and Explosion W, of the United Kingdom.

Fuchs got an overall 4.46 penalty points to win the gold medal, while the 36-year-old Briton claimed the silver medal after getting 4.62 penalty points.

Fuchs's win on Sunday secured Switzerland its lone medal in the tournament, while Britain got a total of seven medals (1, 5, 1).

At this edition of the European event, organized by the Federacion Ecuestre Internacional (FEI), Belgium, Great Britain and France qualified in jumping for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, for which Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands had already qualified in previous competitions.

The equestrian championships were first held in Rotterdam in 1957, with this being the 34th edition of the competition.

Equestrian events will continue from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 in Luhmuhlen, Germany.



.1. Netherlands 5 3 2 10

.2. Germany 3 3 1 7

.3. Denmark 2 0 2 4

.4. Norway 2 0 0 2

.5. Great Britain 1 5 1 7

.6. Belgium 1 1 6 8

.7. Austria 1 1 0 2

.8. Switzerland 1 0 0 1

.9. Italy 0 2 0 2

.10. Sweden 0 1 2 3

.11. Latvia 0 0 2 2.