Desperados, 2012, 2016 Olympic Mount for Kristina Bröring-Sprehe, Also Out of German Championships

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Kristina Brõring-Sprehe and Desperados FRH. © Ken Braddick/

June 6, 2018

Desperados FRH, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic mount and also former No. 1 in the world with Kristina Bröring-Sprehe, on Wednesday was withdrawn from the German Championships with an injury three months after returning from more than a year’s absence from competition with another injury.

The withdrawal of Desperados, a 17-year-old Hanoverian stallion, came a day after Showtime FRH ridden by Dorothee Schneider as team mates on the 2016 Rio gold medal team, was pulled out of the championships because the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding had not recovered enough from an injury to compete in the Balve event beginning Friday with the Grand Prix.

The injury to Desperados has forced an “indefinite tournament break,” the German federation reported.

“But I’m happy,” said Kristina, “that this break has nothing to do with the former injury, which gives me courage.”

Kristina and Desperados won team silver at the 2012 Olympics and team gold and individual bronze at the Rio Games in 2016, as well as medals at the 2014 Normandy World Equestrian Games and the 2013 and 2015 European Championships. the latter where the pair came within one-quarter of one percentage point of the winning Freestyle score of Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro.

Since returning to competition at the end of March after a break of 16 months, the pair won all four starts including Grand Prix scores close to 80 per cent.

Whether Showtime or Desperados have a chance of making the German team for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in September remains open as the short list will not be named until after the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany July 13-22.

Isabell Werth is the defending German champion on Emilio, on which she is ranked No. 3 in the world as well as No. 1 on Weihegold OLD.