Kemmer’s Bonaparte, Capellmann’s Elvis Injured, Out of European Championships – German Team Announced
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VERDEN, Germany, Aug. 9–Bonaparte and Elvis, two of Germany’s most experienced top competition horses, have been forced by injuries to withdraw from the European Championships next month, further decimating medal hopes.
Withdrawal of the 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding Bonaparte that was ridden to team gold at the 2008 Olympics by Heike Kemmer was announced Saturday by the German Olympic Committee.
Olympic team mate Nadine Capellmann also reported that Elvis VA, injured shortly before the CHIO in Aachen, “has not cured his injury yet” and will also miss the European Championships in Windsor, England Aug. 25-30.
The dressage committee of the German Olympic Committee for Equestrian Sports announced Sunday the team for the championships as: Susanne Lebek with Potomac, Matthias-Alexander Rath with Sterntaler-Unicef and Monica Theodorescu with Whisper. The fourth pair will be Ellen Schulten-Baumer with Donatha S on condition that a checkup in the next few days show she is fit after a fall. Otherwise, she will be replaced by Carola Koppelmann and Le Bo.
The unavailability of Bonaparte and Elvis was another blow to German hopes of a strong showing at the European championships.
Isabell Werth, the world’s top ranked rider on Satchmo and second on Warum Nicht FRH is pregnant and most likely would not have been available but she has also been suspended for competing a small tour horse with a banned substance.
Ulla Salzgeber, whose 10-year-old Herzruf’s Erbe was taking over the mantle of the brightest hope for Germany, was injured during the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen a month ago and is not available for the Europeans.
Even before the string of events plaguing Germany, Holland was expected to dominate the championships with Moorlands Totilas and Edward Gal, Parzival and Adelinde Cornelissen, IPS Salinero and Anky van Grunsven and Hunter Douglas Sunrise and Imke Schellekens-Bartles. Plus, the Dutch have considerable depth including Hans Peter Minderhoud and Exquis Nadine as backup.
Holland won the title for the first time at the last Europeans two years ago, and Germany took the silver.
Meantime, the strength of the British team for Windsor was on display Saturday in the Grand Prix at Verden when the 2008 Olympic pair Emma Hindle and Lancet won the Grand Prix with a score of 72.979 per cent.
Germany’s Monica Theodoresco on Whisper was second with 71.064 per cent and compatriot Susanne Lebek on Potomac was third with 69.574 per cent.
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