German Team for European Championships of Desperados, Totilas, Don Johnson & Unee BB

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Totilas ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath in the CDI4* Grand Prix Special at Hagen. © 2015 Stefan Lafrentz
Totilas ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath in the CDI4* Grand Prix Special at Hagen. © 2015 Stefan Lafrentz

HAGEN, Germany, July 12, 2015–Kristina Bröring-Sprehe on Desperados FRH, Matthias Alexander Rath on Totilas, Isabell Werth on Don Johnson FRH and Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Unee BB were named Sunday to the German team to defend their European Championship title at Aachen next month.

The announcement was made at the end of the CDIO5* Nations Cup competition where Totilas returned to competition after a year away recovering from an injury and Desperados notched their eighth straight victory in a year of undefeated competition.

“It was our intention to put an end to speculations and provide all riders the opportunity to completely concentrate on the task ahead,” Klaus Roeser, head of the dressage committee explained. “Even though the team selection was certainly no surprise any more after the performances shown here in Hagen.”

Anabel Balkenhol and Dablino FRH were nominated as reserve with Fabienne Lütkemeier and D’Agostino, Hubertus Schmidt and Imperio and young rider Sanneke Rothenberger on Deveraux OLD added to the long list.