History of the Europeans


The Longines FEI European Eventing Championship 2015 at Blair Castle (GBR) is the 32nd since the classification began 62 years ago in 1953 and the first time they have been held in Scotland

Germany are the reigning team champions and Michael Jung (GER) is the reigning individual champion; he is bidding for a third successive title to equal the record set by Ginny Elliot (GBR)

Great Britain is the most successful nation, with 21 team golds; Germany has 4, Russia 3, Sweden 2 and Ireland 1

Great Britain has 18 individual titles and has made a clean sweep of team gold and all three individual medals 6 times; Germany, which achieved the same in 2011, and France have 3 individual titles; Ireland and Switzerland have 2; Poland, Denmark and Russia 1

The ratio of women to men winning the individual title is 15:16

Eddy Stibbe holds the record for most European Championship appearances – 12 for the Netherlands; Jean Teulere (FRA), Piotr Piasecki (POL), Horst Karsten (GER), who won 5 medals on Sioux, and William Fox-Pitt (GBR) have ridden at 9 each

Herbert Blöcker (GER) and Kristina Cook (GBR) have ridden at 8 each; Lucinda Prior-Palmer (GBR) and Ginny Elliot 7

Ginny Elliot (GBR) and Ian Stark (GBR) have 7 gold medals each; William Fox-Pitt (GBR) has 6; Lucinda Green, Pippa Funnell (GBR) and Kristina Cook have 5

Lucinda Green (GBR) was the first rider to win her title back (1975-77) on Be Fair and George

Ginny Elliot (GBR) is the only rider to have won three times in succession, in 1985, 1987 and 1989, all on different horses (Priceless, Night Cap ll and Master Craftsmen)

Pippa Funnell (GBR) is the only rider to have won the title back-to-back on the same horse, Supreme Rock (1999 and 2001)

Nicolas Touzaint (FRA) has won the title twice on the same horse, Galan de Sauvagere (2003 and 2007)

Michael Jung is the first rider to win four individual titles in succession: he was World champion in 2010, European champion in 2011, Olympic champion in 2012 (all on La Biosthetique Sam) and European champion again in 2013 (on Halunke)

Mary Gordon Watson (GBR) is the youngest individual winner; she was 19 in 1969. Her horse, Cornishman V, never finished lower than 4th in any championships

Mary Gordon Watson (GBR), Ginny Elliot (GBR), Zara Phillips (GBR) and Michael Jung (GER) are the only riders to have held World and European titles simultaneously – Jung is the defending champion and is distinguished by also holding the Olympic title

Four horses have won four European gold medals: Kilbarry (Frank Weldon, GBR), Supreme Rock (Pippa Funnell, GBR) and Over To You (Jeanette Brakewell, GBR); Over To You (the most medalled horse of all time) is the only one to have done it in 4 consecutive championships

Only fourhorses have held World and European titles simultaneously: Cornishman V (Mary Gordon Watson, 1969-70); Priceless (Ginny Holgate, 1985-86); Toytown (Zara Phillips, 2005-06); La Biosthetique Sam (Michael Jung, 2010-2011). Sam is distinguished by also holding the Olympic title in 2012

Princess Anne (GBR) and Zara Phillips (GBR) are the only mother and daughter to have won individual titles; Zara’s father, Capt Mark Phillips, was on the winning British team in 1971

Harry and Virginia Freeman-Jackson (IRL) are the only father-daughter combination to ride on a team together, in 1959 and 1962

Ireland also fielded the first brother-sister team, with John and Jessica Fowler in 1967 and then Jeremy and Jill Spring in 1991. Mandy and Eddy Stibbe (NED) were the first husband and wife combination (1989-91) and Jean-Yves and Thierry Touzaint (FRA), the first brothers (1975)

Sisters Linda and Sara Algotsson (SWE) regularly competed together in the Swedish team; Linda won individual silver medals in 1999 and 2003 on the home-bred Stand By Me; Sara, the Olympic silver medallist, is now married to German rider Frank Ostholt

Nicolas Touzaint’s father Jean-Yves and uncle Thierry rode in European championships, as did Jean-Lou Bigot’s father Armand; William Fox’ Pitt’s mother, Marietta, represented Britain in 1967; John Watson (IRL) was a member of the winning team in 1979 and his son, Sam, competed for Ireland in 2009, 2011 and 2013

Event director Alec Lochore’s mother, Pollyann Hely-Hutchinson, competed for Britain at the European Championships in 1969

In 2009, Juan Garcia (ITA) made history by winning team silver medals in both Eventing and jumping; Susanna Bordone (ITA) represented her country in both Eventing and Dressage

Kristina Cook (GBR), the individual champion in 2009, is the only mother to have won the title, although Mary King (GBR) was 5 months’ pregnant when she won team gold and individual bronze in 1995

This is the 11th time Britain has been host. Germany has hosted the Europeans 6 times