Germany’s Kristina Bröring-Sprehe & Desperados New World No. 1

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Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados FRH performing their best ever Grand Prix Freestyle to win the 2015 European Championship individual silver medal. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados FRH performing their best ever Grand Prix Freestyle to win the 2015 European Championship individual silver medal. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Feb. 4, 2016

Kristina Bröring-Sprehe of Germany and Desperados FRH have become the world’s No. 1 dressage partnership for the first time, taking over from British duo Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro that were in the top spot for 27 months straight.

Kristina, 29 years old, and the 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion moved to the top of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rankings as of the end of January based on their performances in 2015 that included reserve to Charlotte and Valegro at the European Championships last summer and nine victories in nine starts at premier horse shows.

In their six years at Grand Prix, Kristina and Desperados (De Niro x Wolkenstein II) were on the German team that won silver behind Great Britain’s gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, World Games team gold and individual silver in 2014 and medalists at the 2015 and 2013 Europeans.

Kristina and Desperados were ranked No. 2 at the end of 2015 while Charlotte and Valegro ended the year at No. 1 for the fourth time.

Kristina works with German team coach Monica Theodorescu. She has not competed Desperados since the Europeans last August as they prepare for the outdoor season and the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Fellow German Isabell Werth, winner of five Olympic gold medals, was ranked third with Don Johnson FRH in the latest standings. She has four other horses in the rankings, El Santo NRW (No. 19), Emilio (No. 322), Laurenti (No. 423) and added Weihegold OLD (No. 480) after competing the horse at Amsterdam last month. She plans to compete her 2014 World Games mount, Bella Rose, in the spring.

The United States’ Steffen Peters on Legolas moved up a spot to No. 6 and on Rosamunde climbed to No 18 from 23rd the previous month

Edward Gal of the Netherlands on Glock’s Voice climbed four places to eighth and Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Flirt moved into the top 10 for the first time, one place behind Glock’s Johnson at the ninth spot.

World Rankings as of Jan. 31, 2016
Rank Previous Athlete Horse NF Points
1 2 BRÖRING-SPREHE, Kristina
DESPERADOS FRH GER 2729
2 1 DUJARDIN, Charlotte
VALEGRO GBR 2661
3 3 WERTH, Isabell
DON JOHNSON FRH GER 2428
4 4 FERRER – SALAT, Beatriz
DELGADO ESP 2379
5 5 VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica
UNEE BB GER 2364
6 7 PETERS, Steffen
LEGOLAS 92 USA 2358
7 8 VILHELMSON SILFVÉN, Tinne
DON AURIELLO SWE 2303
8 12 GAL, Edward
GLOCK’S VOICE NED 2288
9 6 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter
GLOCK’S JOHNSON TN N.O.P. NED 2285
10 11 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter
GLOCK’S FLIRT NED 2281
11 9 HESTER, Carl
NIP TUCK GBR 2256
12 10 KITTEL, Patrik
DEJA SWE 2255
13 13 VAN SILFHOUT, Diederik
ARLANDO N.O.P. NED 2244
14 14 MERKULOVA, Inessa
MISTER X RUS 2189
15 15 GRAVES, Laura
VERDADES USA 2189
16 16 GAL, Edward
GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. NED 2183
17 20 KITTEL, Patrik
WATERMILL SCANDIC SWE 2174
18 23 PETERS, Steffen
ROSAMUNDE USA 2156
19 17 WERTH, Isabell
EL SANTO NRW GER 2129
20 18 LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne
D’AGOSTINO FRH GER 2121
21 19 BALKENHOL, Anabel
DABLINO FRH GER 2117
22 54 KASPRZAK, Anna
DONNPERIGNON DEN 2092
23 21 MAX-THEURER, Victoria
BLIND DATE 25 AUT 2078
24 22 SCHMIDT, Hubertus
IMPERIO 3 GER 2072
25 24 BIGWOOD, Fiona
ATTERUPGAARDS ORTHILIA GBR 2049