After the team gold, the first celebration in the stable began. “A small closing speech and gifts for the nurses,” explained the new national coach Peter Thomsen after the eventing team’s victory at the World Championships in Italy. “And then to the restaurant.”

    The German riding quartet duly celebrated the victory, which gave Thomsen a perfect start. As the successor to Hans Melzer with his numerous successes, the team Olympic champion was under observation in his new role as coach. “The pressure was great,” admitted Thomsen. “If things aren’t going well, questions are quickly asked.”

    On Sunday in Rocca di Papa, his team relegated the USA and New Zealand to second and third place. There was also silver in the individual for Julia Krajewski on Amande behind the new British title holder Yasmin Ingham on Banzai.

    “I’m super happy,” Krajewski commented. “We did it together, everyone had their share,” emphasized the Olympic champion from Tokyo before leaving on Monday morning. A stop near Munich is planned for the evening.