Kristina Sprehe & Desperados Win Munich CDI5* Grand Prix, Dorothee Schneider & St. Emilion Take 3* Special
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
MUNICH, Germany, May 15, 2015–The German World Games team gold medal and Olympic team silver medal partnership of Kristina Sprehe and Desperados captured the World Dressage Masters CDI5* Grand Prix Friday while Olympic team mate Dorothee Schneider on St. Emilion took the CDI3* Grand Prix Special.
Steffen Peters of the United States placed third on Legolas in the 5* behind second placed Jessica von Bredow-Werndl of Germany on Unee BB and on Rosamunde was second in the CDI3* Special, ahead of Jessica and Zaire. The ride on Legolas was the first in competition since the the pair were disqualified from the World Cup in Las Vegas last month because of blood on the side of the horse. (see separate story)
The victory by Kristina and the 14-year-old black Hanoverian stallion was the fifth win in five starts this year though the score of 76.520 per cent was below a pair of rare 80 per cent marks in the pair’s two Grand Prix earlier this year.
Jessica and her 14-year-old KWPN stallion placed second with a mark of 75.740 per cent that was a personal best Grand Prix result for the pair that took third in the World Cup Final in L:as Vegas a month ago.
Dorothee Schneider of Germany on St. Emilion scored 73.824 per cent to win the CDI3* Grand Prix Special, a day after winning the Grand Prix.
The weather was unseasonably cold and rainy throughout most of the day at the show grounds that were the 1972 Olympic equestrian venue but the quality of competition was high.
More to come