Steve Guerdat and Dynamix de Belheme, European ChampionS 2023!

FEI Jumping European Championship 2023, Milan (Italy)

Steve Guerdat and  Dynamix de Belheme triumphed at the FEI Jumping European Championship 2023 in Milan (ITA) winning the title of European Champions amidst an extraordinary line-up of 24 competitors, showcasing the best of the sport.

Italian chef de piste Uliano Vezzani devised two challenging rounds, with expertly-created, highly-technical courses, featuring delicate combinations and lines, as is to be expected in the final of a European championship, but always with attention to horses’ safety as also Steve Guerdat and Philipp Weishaupt underlined in the press conference.  




Outstanding performances were on display from the 12 finalists in the second round, including Olympic Champion Ben Maher and World Champion  Henrik Von Eckermann, who came, 4th and 6th, respectively, in the final rankings. 

The difference of only one mistakes on the most delicate parts of the course decreed the final results in which every horse and rider combinations displayed an extremely high level of talent and skill. 

Steve Guerdat and Dynamix de Belheme, with a flawless run over four days of tough competition, were the only combination to finish the week without fault with an exceptional result of only 0.43 penalty points. 

During the press conference, Steve Guerdat emphasised the extraordinary qualities of Dynamix de Belheme, the 10-year-old Selle Français who has been riding since she was 5 years old, underlining the importance to allow her to mature gradually respecting the needs of the horse, whilst aiming for objectives in the long-term.  

Steve expressed his gratitude to his owners for their long-term support, giving him the opportunity to ride exceptional horses like Dynamix de Belheme  whilst guaranteeing the continuity of his sporting career and the tranquility of making future plans. 

Philipp Weishaupt also confirmed the importance of having passionate owners who believe in the horse and rider combinations and in the sport. 

The compliments of the IJRC  therefore  go to  the new European Champion, to Philipp Weishaupt and 9-year-old  Zineday for the Silver medal, and to Julien Epaillard and Dubai du Cedre, for the Bronze. These two ended the championship with, respectively,  4.31 e 4.36 points, divided by a difference of just  30 tenths of a second. 

“For Dynamix there will now be a period of rest before commencing  training for the next Olympics,” declared  Steve Guerdat.


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