German Championships Minus Totilas & Bella Rose, as Expected

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Totilas being ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath at the 2014 Aachen, Germany CDIO5* in the pair's last competition. © Ken Braddick/dressge-news.com
Totilas being ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath at the 2014 Aachen, Germany CDIO5* in the pair’s last competition. © Ken Braddick/dressge-news.com

BALVE, Germany, June 11, 2015–The German Championships, the first of two events to qualify the team for the Europeans, kicks off Friday with Kristina Sprehe and Desperados as the top ranked partnership in the country but minus Bella Rose and Totilas, as widely reported for the past month.

The 2012 Olympic and 2014 World Games partnership of Kristina and the 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion comes into these championships ranked No. 4 in the world and a record of six straight victories over the past three months.

The absence of Bella Rose ridden by Isabell Werth, ranked fifth in the world, and Totilas ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath that slipped to 28th in the world in the current rankings from third a month earlier was telegraphed well ahead of these championships.

Both combinations were given a bye by German team coach Monica Theodorescu. Bella Rose has appeared in only one show since the World Games last August where the horse suffered a hoof injury as did others from the footing rolled to be as hard as concrete so it didn’t wash away. Totilas last appeared almost a year ago at the CHIO in Aachen.

Rising young star Jessica von Bredow-Werndl who placed third on Unee BB at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in April and is ranked eighth in the world is looking to make the German team, as will Isabell on Don Johnson, Ulla Salzgeber on the on-again, off-again Herzruf’s Erbe and Fabienne Lütkemeier on D’Agostino.

The second qualifier is the Nations Cup that was switched to Hagen for the middle of next month from Aachen which is hosting the Europeans.

While the Europeans are a qualifying competition for the 2016 Olympic Games, Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain already have their tickets booked for Rio de Janeiro based on results from last year’s World Equestrian Games.