Kristina Sprehe & Desperados Repeat as Meggle Champions at Dortmund CDI4*
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DORTMUND, Germany, Mar. 9–Kristina Sprehe and Desperados FRH repeated as Meggle Champions when the German Olympic team silver medal pair won the Grand Prix Special at the Dortmund CDI4* Saturday.
The 26-year-old rider who claimed the title a year ago and Desperados were awarded a score of 80.333 per cent, with four of the five judges scoring them above 80 per cent but all placing the pair at the top.
The Olympic team mates of Anabel Balkenhol and Dablino placed second on 76.417 per cent with fellow German Nadine Capellmann and Girasol in third place on 73.536 per cent, the same order of finish as in the Grand Prix Friday.
Kristina and the 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion (De Niro x Wie Musik x Wolkenstein II) won the Grand Prix, the first victory for the pair since the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany last July.
The Meggle Champion series has become one of the most important at Grand Prix in Germany with top riders from 10 qualifying events invited to the Final in Dortmund with prize money of €75,000 (US$97,500) in the Grand Prix Special and €10,000 (US$13,000) in the Grand Prix.
In the five years since it was launched, Matthias Alexander Rath and Sterntaler-Unicef won in 2009 and 2010, Isabell Werth and El Santo NRW in 2011 and Kristina Sprehe and Desperados FRH in 2012 and 2013. The event is not restricted to German riders, however, and combinations from the Netherlands, Austria and Sweden started in this year’s Grand Prix.
Victory as Meggle Champion by the partnership of Kristina and Desperados a year ago was their biggest win to that time coming after a successful run in the Under-25 division and that put them on the path to becoming members of the German team that won the silver medal at last summer’s Olympics in London.
Kristina and the 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion (De Niro x Wie Musik x Wolkenstein II) scored 78.489 per cent in what was their 14th start since their last victory, at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany last July.
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