Germany Makes History in Winning Nations Cup, USA 2nd and Series Champion

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Kristina Brorign-Sprehe riding Desperados to top individual in the Grand Prix Special to lead Germany to Nations Cup victory. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kristina Brorign-Sprehe riding Desperados to top individual in the Grand Prix Special to lead Germany to Nations Cup victory. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 16,2016–Germany made history in winning the CDIO5* Nations Cup with three horses and riders all being awarded more than 80 per cent for both rounds while the United States placed and won the series of six events spanning the Atlantic.

World No.1 Kristina Bröring-Sprehe on Desperados FRH topped the Grand Prix Special with a near personal best score of 83.725 per cent to lead the German team to the victory just three weeks before the Olympic Games.

Dorothee Schneider on Showtime was second individually with 81.902 per cent and five-time Olympic gold medal rider Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD was third on 80.686 per cent.

Dorothee Schneider on Showtime in the Nations Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2016 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Dorothee Schneider on Showtime in the Nations Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2016 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

All three combinations scored above 80 per cent in the Grand Prix that was the first round of the first official year of the Nations Cup series that began in Wellington, Florida at the end of March then moved to Denmark, France, Netherlands, Sweden and the final event here which was also an Olympic selection event for several nations.

Shortly after the Nations Cup the German federation announced the team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados FRH, Dorothee Schneider and Showtime, Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD and Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo and the reserve Hubertus Schmidt and Imperio.

Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD in the Nations Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2016 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD in the Nations Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2016 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

The German Olympic team is identical to its Nations Cup squad that bodes well for the nation as three of the horses are relatively young while all but one of the riders is experienced.

Kristina and Desperados, a 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion, were on the silver medal team at London in 2012, the gold medal team at the 2014 World Games, team gold at the 2013 European Championships and bronze at the 2015 Europeans.

Desperados, she said, is much better now than in 2012 with “more power, easier top ride, easy in the mouth, a great feeling in the passage and good rhythm.

“He’s a fighter in competition, willing to work the whole competition.”

Weihegold is an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare that was competed by Beatrice Buchwald, Isabell’s assistant trainer, until the beginning of this year when Isabell took over. The horse has no senior championship experience but the Nations Cup in the Deutsche Bank stadium at Aachen may be even more intimidating except for the experience of Isabell.

Isabell blamed herself for not performing better in the Grand Prix Special, saying that she made a mistake in the warm-up routine that she said she plans to fix ahead of the Olympics.

Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo in the Aachen CDIO5* Nations Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage- news,com
Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo in the Aachen CDIO5* Nations Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage- news,com

For Sönke Rothenberger at the age of 21 and Cosmo, that he describes as “amazing” at only nine years old, the Grand Prix Thursday felt the best ever despite mistakes in the two-tempi changes and half-passes (see separate report to be posted Sunday).

 

Nations Cup team results:

RANK TEAM GRAND PRIX GRAND PRIX SPECIAL TOTAL
1 246.285 246.313 492.598
2 218.414 218.725 437.139
3 214.242 216.176 430.418
4 212.886 212.430 425.316
5 212.657 212.529 425.186
6 211.772 208.647 420.419
7 210.229 141.686 351.915
8 204.214 70.039 274.253
204.457

Results:

CDIO5* Grand Prix Special

Judges: E: Peter Holler GER H: Eduard de Wolff van Westerrode NED C: Maribel Alonso MEX M: Gary Rockwel USA B: Stephen Clarke GBR

RANK NR. RIDER

PERCENTAGE
HORSE 

1 319
Kristina Bröring-Sprehe
GER
83.725
Desperados FRH 

2 370
Dorothee Schneider
GER
81.902
Showtime FRH 

3 385
Isabell Werth
GER
80.686
Weihegold OLD 

4 352
Steffen Peters
USA
76.627
Legolas 92 

5 312
Sönke Rothenberger
GER
76.412
Cosmo 59 

6 354
Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez
ESP
76.176
Lorenzo

7 359
Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén
SWE
74.235
Paridon Magi 

8 303
Cathrine Dufour
DEN
73.922
Atterupgaards Cassidy 

9 383
Judy Reynolds
IRL
73.235
Vancouver K 

10 378
Jorinde Verwimp
BEL
72.961
Tiamo 

11 374
Marcela Krinke Susmelj
SUI
72.549
Smeyers Molberg 

12 356
Michael Eilberg
GBR
72.216
Marakov

13 392
Arlène Page
USA
71.451
Woodstock 

14 350
Agnete Kirk Thinggaard
DEN
71.176
Jojo AZ 

15 369
Anders Dahl
DEN
71.078
Selten HW 

16 306
Daniel Bachmann
DEN
70.686
Blue Hors Hotline 

17 323
Shelly Francis
USA
70.647
Doktor 

18 345
Michelle Hagman
SWE
70.118
Happiness 26 

19 367
Lyndal Oatley
AUS
70.039
Sandro Boy 9 

20 384
Emile Faurie
GBR
69.843
Weekend Fun 

21 333
Jeroen Devroe
BEL
68.725
Eres DL 

22 302
Sergio Martin Palos
ESP
68.529
Altaneiro

23 304
Terhi Stegars
FIN
68.490
Axis TSF 

24 321
Paulinda Friberg
SWE
68.176
Di Lapponia T 

25 373
Juan Matute Guimon
ESP
67.725
Don Diego Ymas 

26 322
Daniel Watson
GBR
66.588
Amadeus 

27 348
Sarah Millis
GBR
65.784
Hofjuwel 

28 351
Kristian von Krusenstierna
SWE
65.667
Languedoc 

29 389
José Manuel Lucena Estrada
ESP
62.922
Wolk 

30 301
Katherine Bateson Chandler
USA
WD
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