Desperados, Olympic Team Gold Medalist & Former World No. 1, to Return to Competition After 16-Month Break

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Kristina Bröring-Sprehe on Desperados FRH at the Rio Olympic. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage=-news.com

DORTMUND, Germany, Feb 12, 2018–Desperados FRH, the Hanoverian stallion ridden by Kristina Bröring-Sprehe to Olympic team gold and silver medals and former No. 1 in the world, is set to return to competition next month after a 16 months away recovering from injuries.

The 17-year-old Desperados (De Niro x Wolkenstein II) is entered to start at the Signal Iduna Cup in Dortmund, Mar. 22-25.

“I cannot wait,” said Kristina, 31 years old. “Desperados is top-fit ​​and in the best shape.”

Since starting Big Tour in May, 2010 the pair won team gold and individual bronze at the 2016 Olympics and team silver at the London Games in 2012. Their accomplishments include team gold at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, team gold at the 2013 European Championships and team bronze and individual silver at the 2015 Europeans.

Kristina and Desperados were ranked No. 1 in the world from January through September in 2016.

As the duo’s last competition was at Stuttgart, Germany in November, 2016 they came off the rankings as only scores for the previous 12 months count.

The pair are among only 14 riders to have scored 80 per cent at CDI Grand Prix in the history of the sport.