Desperados Out of Aachen, Final World Equestrian Games Trial for Germany

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Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados FRH celebrating Rio Olympic Grand Prix Freestyle bronze medal. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WARENDORF, Germany, July 10, 2018–Desperados FRH, Olympic team and individual medal mount for Kristina Bröring-Sprehe, will not start at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen, the last opportunity to earn a place on Germany’s team at the World Equestrian Games in two months.

The German federation announced Tuesday that the 17-year-old Hanoverian stallion “will not be fit in time” for Aachen where dressage will be staged next week.

Desperados, winner of team gold and individual bronze at the 2016 Olympics and team silver in the 2012 London Games, returned to competition in March after a 16-month break recovering from injury. The former world No. 1 won all four of her comeback CDI starts in March and April.

“Unfortunately the time to Aachen was too short for Desperados,” said Klaus Roeser, chairman of the German dressage committee. “I’m very sorry for that, especially for Kristina.”

Isabell Werth is entered with both Weihegold OLD, world No. 1, and Emilio, world No. 3; Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo, world No. 5, as well as Dorothee Schneider on Sammy Davis Jr., standing 6th, and the return of Showtime FRH, her 2016 Olympic team gold medal ride that also was out of competition for more than a year.

Helen Langehanenberg, who gave birth to her second child last month, has annouced her return on Damsey FRH, the 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion ranked No. 10 in the world and owned by American Louise Leatherdale and Susanne Meyer.