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Kiev, capital of Soviet Ukraine...
...This was the venue of the European equestrian championship.
...43 top-knotah representatives of 7 countries -- Austria, Bulgaria, Britain, Poland, Sweden, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Soviet Union--contested the right to be called the continent's best horse-riders.
...During four September days the city was in the focal attention of sportsmen, the press and all lovers of equestrian events.
...The ceremonial opening of the championship.
...The guests and participants were greeted by the mayor of Kiev Viadizir Gusev, who was chairman of the organising committee.
...The President of the International Federation of Equestrian Sport, Prince Philip, thanked for the warm reception and noted the fine preparations that had been made for the championship.
...The ceremonial parade of the participating teams took place on the race course of the Exhibition of the Ukraine's economic achievements.
...The championship began with contests in the first event of the three -- race-course riding.
...Each of the participants had to do 19 exercises, showing his merits in horse-riding and to achieve utmost precision in each element of the program.
...One of the first contestants was Olympic champion Richard Mead of Great Britain.
Riding Wayfarer he successfully did the first part of the exercises. However two unexpected flaws at the end of the program eliminated his chances ad leader in the event. He received 59.6 penalty points.
...The Soviet sportsman Sergei Mukhin got 59.2 penalty points riding Reisfeder.
...Olympic bronze-winter, Jan Joneson, of the Swedish Army, did the entire program almost faultlessly, riding Sarayevo. He received 56.0 points.
...But one of Austria's rest riders, Reis Wolf Dieter, was less fortunate. Riding Wiland XI, he failed to show precision in all the exercises. The result was 71.2 penalty points.
...The spectators were impatiently awaiting the appearance of the British team in which 6 out of the 7 riders were women.
...First and foremost this was Princess Anne, European champion of 1971.
...Riding Goodwill, she made several minor errors.
...The continent's champion received 60.4 points.
...More precision was shown by two other British riders.
- Janet Hodgeson, riding Lackspur, got 53.6 points.
- And the same result was shown by Lucinda Prior-Palmer on Be Fair.
...Considerable success was scored by the sportsmen of the Federal Republic of Germany.
...Olympic silver-winner Horst Karsten, riding Sioux/43.2 penalty point/and Herbert Blocker on Albrant/47.2 points/became the leaders in the events.
...The third place went to Alexander Yevokimov of the USSR. Riding Yeger, he received 50.80 points.
...In the team results the sportsmen of the FRG place first, the British came second, and the Soviet team third.
...The cross-country event was the most difficult one of the three.
...The participants had to show high speed along a more than 7-km, stretch with more than 30 obstacles to negotiate.
...The first starts.
...And the first failures.
...14 sportsmen couldn't negotiate the second obstacle--the parallel bars and the deep ditch.
...It was here that the European champion, Princess Anne failed.
...Other participants who didn't make it included the Swedish sportsman Joren Bengtsson, riding Iller.
...and Britain's Rosaline Jones, riding Fairwell.
She fell and bruised her face, but courageously continued to complete the stretch.
...Alexander Yevdokimov of the Soviet Union covered the distance with-out a single error.
...He emerged as the leader of the championship, receiving only 90 penalty points.
...A successful performance was made by the team of the Federal Republic of Germany.
...After the two events only 4 teams out of the total 7 -- the teams of the FRG, the Soviet Union, Britain and Bulgaria -- had three participants each and could continue the competitions.
...20 riders from 43 countries had to give up.
...In the team results the riders of the FRG continued to place first, the Soviet team second, and the British team third.
...The third and final event in the European equestrian championship was the hurdles.
...There were no penalty points for Richard Mead of Britain. His total result after the three events was 110 points and the fourth place.
...An impeccable performance was made by Herbert Blocker of the FRG. /1000 penalty points/.
...The leader of the championship, Alexander Yevdokimov of the USSR, also ended with 100 penalty points. His horse had touched one of the 12 obstacles.
...Horst Karsten of the FRG had 109.45 penalty points after the three events.
...The last participant finished the huddles.
...And the awarding ceremony took place.
...The gold medals of the 1973 European Champions went to the team of the Federal Republic of Germany.
...The Soviet national teams earned the silver medals.
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