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2022 FEI World Championships – Conclusion

The conclusion of the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark, saw intense competition in both the Stutteri Ask Stadium jumper arena and the BB Horse Arena para-dressage ring. Along with the competition there was plenty of fun with a large shopping area, many dining and beverage vendors, live music in the food court, a night club for after-hours dancing, educational events, and a “Show Night Saturday” entertainment program.



On this final weekend of the Championships, new team and individual world champions in show jumping and para-dressage were crowned. They will reign supreme in their respective sports until the next world championships in 2026. And, new equine superstars emerged. In addition to the already-named dressage champion Glamourdale from earlier in the week, the show jumper King Edward, a chestnut 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Edward 28-Feo), was piloted to all clear rounds (no rails down) in this championship by Swedish jumper rider Henrik von Eckermann. The pair also jumped all clear rounds in last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

The Show Night Saturday program included a welcome by the organizers of the Championships, Jens Trabjerg and Casper Cassøe, and a variety of enjoyable at-liberty and under-saddle equestrian acts. The medal ceremony for the Para-Dressage Team World Championships was also featured during Show Night Saturday complete with fireworks and a lap of honor in golf carts around the stadium for the winning team riders.

Friday, August 12 – Jumpers & Para-Dressage Continue

Friday, August 12, was the first day of the para-dressage team championships during the day the second and the final round of the jumper team competition in the evening. The show jumping team class in the main stadium also served to further whittle down the field who would contest the individual jumping finals on Sunday.

It was a bittersweet day for U.S. show jumping fans since the American Team had failed to qualify for the finals the previous day (they finished 11th just one spot out of qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics; they can still qualify at next year’s Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile), yet the outstanding effort the Swedish Team put forth to win gold was nothing short of amazing.

The show jumping gold medal team from Sweden at the 2022 FEI World Championships, left to right: Peder Fredricson,; Henrik von Eckermann; Jens Fredricson; Malin Baryard-Johnsson, and their Chef d’ Equipe Henrik Ankarcrona. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
The three medal winning show jumping teams from the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark, left to right: team from the Netherlands, silver; team from Sweden, gold, and team from Great Britain, bronze. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
The U.S.A.’s Brian Moggre and Ann Thompson’s Balou du Revention jumping in round 2 of the individual qualifying classes on Friday, August 12, in 2022 FEI World Championships. They had unfortunate rails down which prevented them from moving on to the individual finals. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
Brian Moggre and Balou du Revention jumping for the U.S.A. in round 2 of the individual qualifying classes. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photography
U.S. veteran team member McLain Ward riding Beechwood Stables LLC’s Contagious in the second round of the individual qualifiers at the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark. Unfortunately, they were not at their best that day and Ward chose to retire Contagious during their round and save him for another competition in the future. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photographymore
McLain Ward and Contagious jumping the Agria obstacle during the second individual qualifier in Denmark. Agria, a pet and equine insurance company, was a major sponsor of the World Championships. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
Sitting in first place after the second individual qualifying round on Friday, August 12, was Swede Henrik von Eckermann riding King Edward. The pair sealed the deal for the Swedish Team to win gold that day as well. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photographymore
Jens Fredricson of Sweden riding Markan Cosmopolit sat in second place individual after the second qualifier. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photography
Belgium’s Jérôme Guery guided the handsome Holsteiner stallion Quel Hommede Hus to third place in the second qualifier for individual show jumping on Friday, August 12. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
Fourth in the individual show jumping standings after the second qualifier on Friday, August 12, were Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs and Leone Jei. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photography
Standing fifth in the rankings after the second jumping individual qualifier was Austria’s Max Kühner on Elektric Blue P. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photography

The Swedes finished the day with only 7.69 penalty points well ahead of the silver medal team from the Netherlands who tallied 19.31 points and the British Team who took the bronze with 22.66 points. The Swedish Team members were:  Henrik von Eckermann and King Edward; Malin Baryard-Johnsson and H&M Indiana; Peder Fredricson and H&M All In, and Peder’s brother Jens Fredricson and Markan Cosmopolit.

Since the Friday show jumping team final round was also another qualifier for the individual finals, the remaining two U.S. riders after Thursday’s class tried their luck around the big, technical course designed by Dutchman Louis Konickx. Going first for the U.S. was Brian Moggre on Ann Thompson’s Balou du Revention. They unfortunately had a difficult time accruing 34 faults which put them far down the list and thus did not move on to the individual finals on Sunday.

Then a few later in the order McLain Ward and his 2021 Tokyo Olympic Team silver-medal partner Contagious, owned by Beechwood Stables LLC, took their turn. After pulling several rails down during the first bit of the course, Ward voluntarily retired realizing that there was no way that they would qualify for the final round and saving the normally spectacular gelding for another day. At the end of the class von Eckermann and King Edward were leading the pack going into the individual finals to be held two days later.

Next door in the BB Horse Arena, the first day of team competition in para-dressage commenced with the Grade IV, II and I Team Tests. First up for the U.S.A. was Kate Shoemaker riding her new Rhinelander mare Quiana. They put in a lovely, flowing Grade IV test to score 75.425% to finish third in the class behind Dutch riders Sanne Voets on Demantur RS2 N.O.P. (78.415%) in first and Demi Haerkins and E.H. Daula (76.024%) in second.

Roxanne Trunnell of the U.S.A. was all smiles as she finished her para-dressage Grade I team test on August 12 at the FEI World Championships in Denmark. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
Roxanne Trunnell, Grade I para-dressage rider from the U.S.A., had a new ride for the 2022 FEI World Championships in Denmark, the 6-year-old breeding stallion Fortunato H20 owned by Lehua Custer. The pair finished fourth in the Grade I team test on Friday, August 12. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
U.S. Para-Dressage Team staff and supporters surround Beatrice de Lavalette and Sixth Sense after their Grade II team test on Friday, August 12 in Denmark. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
American para-dressage rider Beatrice de Lavalette and her gelding Sixth Sense in their Grade II team test at the World Championships on Friday, August 12. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
Kate Shoemaker and Quiana from the U.S. in their canter work during their Grade IV para-dressage team test on Friday, August 12. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography
Showing lots of uphill movement and potential for self carriage is Quiana owned and ridden by Kate Shoemaker of the U.S.A. in the Grade IV para-dressage team test on Friday, August 12. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore

In Grade II, Beatrice de Lavalette and her new ride, the Oldenburg gelding Sixth Sense, turned in a very nice, smooth test to score 73.235% to land them in fourth place behind Denmark’s Katrin Kristensen and Goerklintgaards Quater in first (77.176%), Austria’s Pepo Puch and his long-time partner Sailor’s Blue (75.441%) in second, and Great Britain’s Lee Pearson and Breezer in third (73.529%).

In the Grade I Team Test the reigning Olympic gold medalist from the U.S.A. Roxanne Trunnell guided her new ride of only two months, the young Oldenburg stallion Fortunato H20 owned by Lehua Custer, to fourth place scoring 75.214% The top three in Grade I were:  Rihards Snikus and King of the Dance from Latvia in first, 80.393%; Sara Morganti and Royal Delight from Italy, 77.250%, and Michael Murphy and Cleverboy from Ireland, 76.072%.

Since Friday was the first of two days of team competition these individual rider scores counted toward the team total scores, but no individual awards were given for these classes. The para-dressage team competition concluded the next afternoon (on Saturday, August 13) after Grades V and III riders took the turns in the sandbox and then the final scores were tallied.

Saturday, August 13 – Para Team Finals & Jumper Day Off

Saturday, August 13, was a day off for the jumpers except for a second veterinary inspection for those horses moving on to the individual finals. It was also the team finals day for the Para-Dressage Championships with the final two grades (III and V) competing.

U.S. Team veteran rider Rebecca Hart and her long-time partner KWPN gelding El Corona Texel owned by Rowan O’ Riley, sailed through a super team test in Grade III to finish in second (74.706%) behind Denmark’s Tobias Thorning Joergensen riding Jolene Hill who scored 79.265%. Great Britain’s Natasha Baker riding Keystone Dawn Chorus filled the third slot in Grade III with 73.676%. Hart’s score put the U.S. Team in strong contention for a team medal, but they had to wait until all riders in Grades III and V completed their tests to know the final results.

Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel from the U.S.A. in their Grade III para-dressage team test on Saturday, August 13. They laid down a super test to finish second in the class and boost their team to the bronze medal. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
All smiles and celebration for the U.S. contingent after Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel finished their Grade III para-dressage team test on Saturday, August 13, at the 2022 World Championships in Denmark. Their score of 74.706% sealed the deal for the U.S. Team to capture the bronze medal. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
The U.S. Team on the bronze-medal podium in the para-dressage team medals ceremony held during the Saturday Show Night program in the main Stutteri Ask Stadium on Saturday night August 13. Standing in back is Team Technical Advisor Michel Assouline, left to right front row: Roxanne Trunnell; Kate Shoemaker; Rebecca Hart; Beatrice de Lavalette. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
Lorenzo, the “flying Frenchman,” performed an at-liberty and Roman-riding act with his 12 horses (six bays and six greys) during the Saturday Show Night event held on August 13 in the main Stutteri Ask Stadium of the 2022 World Championships in Herning, Denmark. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
Performer Lorenzo and his greys clear a jump with the bays following during the Saturday Show Night event held on August 13 in the main Stutteri Ask Stadium of the 2022 World Championships in Herning, Denmark. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
Lorenzo’s bays follow him and his grey horses over the jump during the Saturday Show Night performance at the 2022 World Championships. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography
The Flying Frenchman and his 12 horses take a bow in front of the packed crowd during the Saturday Show Night event held on August 13 in the main Stutteri Ask Stadium of the 2022 World Championships in Herning, Denmark. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
The para-dressage team medals ceremony, complete with fireworks and a greeting from the Princess Benedikte of Denmark, was held during the August 13 Saturday Show Night event in the main Stutteri Ask Stadium in front a huge crowd. Left to right on the podium: the Danish Team; the Dutch Team; the U.S. Team. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photographymore
The U.S. Para-Dressage Team celebrating their bronze medals on the team podium on Saturday, August 13, at the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photographymore
Lorenzo, the “Flying Frenchman,” and his grey horses clear a jump during their performance in the Saturday Show Night on August 13 in the Stutteri Ask Stadium at the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photographymore
Waving two FEI World Championships flags Lorenzo from France wowed the crowds during the Saturday Show Night on August 13 in the Stutteri Ask Stadium in Herning, Denmark. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photographymore

The U.S. did not have a rider in the Grade V Team Test. The class winner was Belgium’s Michéle George riding Best of 8 (78.405%) ahead of Great Britain’s Sophie Wells on Don Cara M in second (76.190%) and Frank Hosmar and Alphaville N.O.P. from the Netherlands in third (75.786%). The American Virgin Islands representatives, Lee Frawley and Waldon Wild Skye, finished 17th in the Grade V Team Test and did not qualify for the freestyle class which was held the next day.

When the last ride down centerline concluded the team from the Netherlands took the gold-medal spot (230.335) with strong, consistent performances from all of their riders and home nation Denmark captured team silver (229.751) to the delight of their local fans. An elated U.S. Team captured the third spot (225.335) in a hard-fought battle for bronze over Great Britain in fourth (223.395) and Belgium in fifth (223.164). They all accepted their medals from Denmark’s Princess Benedikte during Saturday’s Show Night program.
“What we have done really affirms our position on the world stage,” said U.S. Para Team Technical Advisor Michel Assouline. “We got the bronze in Tokyo and to get this bronze again here means that it wasn’t a fluke, and the level of performance is great. I’m absolutely ecstatic with what they’ve done as a team here, and very proud of this team, and these girls.”

Sunday, August 14 – Para-Dressage Freestyles & Individual Jumper Medals

The final day of the 2022 FEI World Championships in Denmark was not short on excitement with all five grades of para-dressage performing their musical freestyle tests and then the finals of the individual show jumping with 21 riders competing in round A and then the top 12 coming back for round B.

In para, American Kate Shoemaker and Quiana competing in Grade IV laid down an entertaining freestyle to music created just for them using the theme from the movie Hook as inspiration. Their dance earned them a personal best of 80.275% and the silver medal behind Sanne Voets and Demantur RS2 N.O.P. in the gold spot (82.485%). Shoemaker was all smiles as she talked about their freestyle, “This is just my third time riding a freestyle in an international class. We had so many goals coming here and a lot of things were out of our control, but this has come together beyond everything I imagined. I am so thankful to my horse and my team who makes it all possible.”

Kate Shoemaker from the U.S.A. (left) won the para-dressage Grade IV Freestyle silver medal on Sunday, August 14. Others in photo are Sanne Voets from the Netherlands in the center who won gold and Rodolpho Riskalla from Brazil who took bronze. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
Kate Shoemaker from the U.S.A. and her new Rhinelander mare Quiana showing lovely trot work in their Grade IV silver-medal-winning musical freestyle test. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
High fives from the American contingent watching from the kiss-and-cry area as Kate Shoemaker and Quiana exit the arena after their very nice Grade IV freestyle ride on Sunday, August 14. Their effort earned the silver medal. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
The U.S. rider in para-dressage Grade II Freestyle was Beatrice de Lavalette and her new gelding Sixth Sense. The pair finished in fifth place. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography
American Roxanne Trunnell guided Fortunato H20 to fourth place in the para-dressage Grade I Freestyle on Sunday, August 14. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography
U.S. Team veteran Rebecca Hart riding El Corona Texel did very well all week in the para-dressage Grade III at the Championships, but had to work through some tense moments in their freestyle test on Sunday, August 14. Still, the pair finished with a respectable freestyle score and took home two bronze medals (team and individual test), as well as a second-place finish in a non-medal class, from earlier in the week. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore

Next on Sunday’s docket was the Grade II Freestyle with U.S. rider Beatrice de Lavalette and Sixth Sense scoring 71.107% (sixth place) for their ride to music from Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon and Shrek created for them by Marlene Whitaker. The gold in Grade II Freestyle went to Denmark’s Katrin Kristensen and Goerklintgaards Quater (80.354%). De Lavalette said that they had a few bobbles in their freestyle caused by the atmosphere in the arena, “We haven’t seen audiences like this before. As soon as we went in I felt him breathe in and get a little more tense. It is what it is and I am still very happy with the ride. Yesterday winning the team medal―it was my first―I was over the moon. And meeting the princess was really sweet.”

Roxanne Trunnell and Fortunato H2O from the U.S.A. performed a fun Grade I Freestyle to a mix of music from Titanic and Jurassic Park selected by her trainer. They finished fourth overall with a 76.447%. Gold in Grade I Freestyle went to Italy’s Sara Morganti riding Royal Delight (80.653%). “I am very happy. This is only his second competition; it is all new to ‘Tuna.’ He was super,” said Trunnell.

Grade III individual bronze medalists from earlier in the week, American Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel were poised for another great performance in their freestyle, but the windy conditions and activity around the arena got the best of Tex’s nerves. Several times he spooked at things during their test which caused breaks in their performance and took precious points off their score (72.080% landing them in seventh). “That was very disappointing; I am going to be honest about that. He warmed up really well and he felt good, but we got in there and things were waiving and he just didn’t stay with me and the music. Unfortunately it happened on the world stage. I was happy that I was able to keep him relatively relaxed through that though, because we are working on this new relaxation [technique] and I wanted him to have a good experience in there.”

As the para-dressage wound down the show jumpers began the race for individual medals as the final event of the Herning Championships. Jumping in reverse order of the rankings the top 21 horse and rider combos, representing 13 countries, tackled the 16 jumping efforts including a water jump, a triple and a double. A near-capacity crowd enthusiastically cheered on their favorites.

The show jumping individual medal winners at the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark, left to right: Jérôme Guery, Belgium, silver; Henrik von Eckermann, Sweden, gold; Maikel van der Vlueten, the Netherlands, bronze. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
Henrik von Eckermann and King Edward from Sweden rise above the world, literally, as they clear the first hurdle in their winning run. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photography
Gold Medal in front and elated fans behind; gold-medal winners Henrik von Eckermann and King Edward from Sweden take a victory lap. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photography
Jérôme Guery and Quel Homme de Hus, Belgium’s bright stars at the 2022 World Championships, take their silver medal for a victory lap. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photography
Belgium’s Jérôme Guery and Quel Homme de Hus clear a huge oxer with white men standards on their way to the silver medal in the individual finals on Sunday, August 14. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photographymore
Decorated with a bronze medal and sash, Maikel van der Vlueten and Beauville Z N.O.P. for the Netherlands cruise the arena in the victory gallop. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photography
Maikel van der Vlueten of the Netherlands riding Beauville Z N.O.P. jumped to the bronze individual medal in Sunday’s finals. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photography

The top 12 riders after Round A moved into Round B after a course change (Round B included 15 jumping efforts). Round B contestants were:  two riders from Germany (Marcus Ehning on Stargold and Jana Wargers on Limbrige); two from Sweden (Henrik von Eckermann on King Edward and Jens Fredricson on Markan Cosmopolit); two from Belgium (Nicola Philippaerts on Katanga von het Dingeshof and Jérôme Guery on Quel Hommede Hus); and one each from Canada (Tiffany Foster on Figor), Switzerland (Martin Fuchs on Leone Jei), France (Simon Delestre on Caymen Jolly Jumper), the Netherlands (Maikel van der Vlueten on Beauville Z N.O.P.), Great Britain (Ben Maher on Faltic HB), and Austria (Max Kühner on Elektric Blue P).

In the end it came down to who had the fewest time faults incurred in the first speed class on Wednesday to separate gold from silver. Both von Eckermann’s foot-perfect King Edward and Guery’s impressive Holsteiner stallion Quel Hommede Hus did not knock any rails in five rounds of jumping during the week, but King Edward had been faster in the speed class (only 0.58 faults total for King Edward as compared to Quel Hommede Hus’ 2.35 in the speed class plus 1 time fault in Round 2 of the team competition). The gold was von Eckermann’s and silver to Gurey with the bronze going to van der Vlueten.

The normally all-business Eckermann shared his relief and excitement on the win, “It a fantastic feeling! I only concentrated on riding. The first round was super and the second round as well. I needed to keep concentrating and I had a very good feeling. I knew I could not afford a fault if I wanted the gold. I have prepared for this for so many years now and to receive this medal was fantastic. King Edward is the world’s best horse, but it is still so easy to make mistakes.”

Parting Thoughts from Denmark

Denmark was a wonderful host for these 2022 FEI Herning World Championships. The facility was lovely and all riders had positive comments about the stabling, warm-up and competition areas. The Championships mascot, “Henri” the horse, was very cute.  He made appearances walking around the venue welcoming visitors young and old and entertained in the stadiums during breaks in the action.

Another thing that Herning did better than perhaps any other international championships I’ve ever been to was to recognize the grooms’ contributions to our sport. They even put names and photos of the grooms up on the big screen when their corresponding horses and riders entered the arena!

Entertainment by a Danish string quartet in the Stutteri Ask Stadium during intermission on dressage freestyle night on Wednesday, August 10, at the World Championships in Denmark. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore
A pair of “Henris”, the World Championships mascot, dance for the crowd on dressage freestyle night on August 10. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photography
A young Danish girl jumps her stick horse around the Panduro Hobby Horse jumper course in the children’s area at the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photographymore
Kids could create their own stick horses in the crafting tent in the children’s area at the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photography
For some youngsters tractors were more to their liking and there were plenty to choose from in the play area at the Herning Championships. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photography
A young horse being presented in the beautiful arena at the Blue Hors Stud near the Billund Airport south of Herning, Denmark. The Blue Hors hosted an open house for invited guests on August 9, which was a day off from competition at the World Championships. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photographymore
Another view of the Blue Hors indoor arena showing the skylights in the roof and the three-story lounge on the end. Blue Hors staff members were on hand to show the farm’s horses, explain their training and breeding philosophy at tour stops and answer visitors’ questions. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photographymore
A Blue Hors stallion and staff member in the barn courtyards. Photo by Sarah E. Miller/MacMillan Photography
Visitors to the 2022 FEI World Championships staged at Herning’s MCH Arena grounds walk past a horse-shaped obelisk. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography
Crowds stream through the entry gates on the first Saturday (August 7) of the 2022 FEI World Championships despite the grey, blustery weather. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography
World Championships visitors check out the venue map and trade fair list on the first full day of competition in Denmark. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography
An extensive trade fair was part of the draw for many visitors to the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography
The Jyske Bank Boxen Arena was the site of the Vaulting World Championships action in Herning. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography
A photo op in front of the colorful signage that decorated the entire venue at the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography
The Zibrasport Equest Stage and big screen television allowed World Championships visitors to cuddle up in bean bags or sit in bleachers with refreshments and watch the action. Photo by Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photographymore

Although generally the Danes seem to be a bit reserved, the organizers of these championships were quite welcoming while still being very efficient. The volunteers and staff did their best to help and inform. Almost everyone spoke English very well there. The only Danish word I managed to learn was “tak” which means thank you; I said it a lot because there was much to appreciate!

The country is clean and green, both literally and figuratively speaking. The land surrounding the city of Herning is full of natural areas and farmland and it is less than an hour from the North Sea and scenic fjord inlets. Denmark is very into alternative energy use (windmills and electric cars are common) and recycling and upcycling. The Herning Championships highlighted this with an eco-friendly businesses section in their trade fair and in their practices of providing recycling bins everywhere.

They also had a Championships reforestation project planned with trees to be planted around the venue. Within that new forest there will be specific trees with plaques placed in front of them bearing the names and facsimiles of signatures of the gold medal winners from these Championships.

It was uplifting to see the joy of the Danish people as they supported their equestrian teams who did well in three disciplines. They won gold in team dressage (a first for the country), team silver in para-dressage and finished fourth in vaulting squads. Even though their show jumping team only finished 14th, the crowds supported their riders with thunderous applause any time they were in the ring. The home crowds were generous in enthusiastically supported all of the horses and riders from the other countries too.

This concludes the Horse Illustrated coverage of the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark. To see in-depth information for the U.S. competitors, visit US Equestrian’s World Championship hub on their website. For more general information about the Herning Championships, visit their website and download an app to follow the competition.

Kim MacMillan

Kim MacMillan graduated from Purdue University where she majored in agriculture communications and animal science. She has been reporting on equestrian sports, agriculture, science, travel and history for over 35 years. She and her husband Allen, who is a professional photographer, have covered several World Equestrian, Olympic and Pan American Games. The MacMillans share their Northeastern Indiana farm with several much-loved horses, dogs and cats.

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