Germany’s Kristina Bröring-Sprehe & Desperados New World No. 1
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Feb. 4, 2016
Kristina Bröring-Sprehe of Germany and Desperados FRH have become the world’s No. 1 dressage partnership for the first time, taking over from British duo Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro that were in the top spot for 27 months straight.
Kristina, 29 years old, and the 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion moved to the top of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rankings as of the end of January based on their performances in 2015 that included reserve to Charlotte and Valegro at the European Championships last summer and nine victories in nine starts at premier horse shows.
In their six years at Grand Prix, Kristina and Desperados (De Niro x Wolkenstein II) were on the German team that won silver behind Great Britain’s gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, World Games team gold and individual silver in 2014 and medalists at the 2015 and 2013 Europeans.
Kristina and Desperados were ranked No. 2 at the end of 2015 while Charlotte and Valegro ended the year at No. 1 for the fourth time.
Kristina works with German team coach Monica Theodorescu. She has not competed Desperados since the Europeans last August as they prepare for the outdoor season and the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Fellow German Isabell Werth, winner of five Olympic gold medals, was ranked third with Don Johnson FRH in the latest standings. She has four other horses in the rankings, El Santo NRW (No. 19), Emilio (No. 322), Laurenti (No. 423) and added Weihegold OLD (No. 480) after competing the horse at Amsterdam last month. She plans to compete her 2014 World Games mount, Bella Rose, in the spring.
The United States’ Steffen Peters on Legolas moved up a spot to No. 6 and on Rosamunde climbed to No 18 from 23rd the previous month
Edward Gal of the Netherlands on Glock’s Voice climbed four places to eighth and Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Flirt moved into the top 10 for the first time, one place behind Glock’s Johnson at the ninth spot.