Cosmo Out of Aachen With Infection, Tryon World Equestrian Games Looks OK

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WARENDORF, Germany, July 13, 2018–Cosmo, world No. 5 ranked horse with Sönke Rothenberger, has been withdrawn from the World Equestrian Fstival CHIO at Aachen next week, but German team coach Monica Theodorescu expects the horse to be fine for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in two months

The 11-year-old KWPN gelding was withdrawn from the Nations Cup team after sustaining an infection.

“Of course we regret that very much,” said Monica Theoderescu. “But it is definitely the right decision to save the horse, because the pair is one of our top favorites for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon.”

Sönke, 23 years old, and Cosmo were on the German Olympic gold medal team in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and the European Championship gold medal team and also won freestyle silver last August. In only two competitions since then, the pair competed at the CDI4* in Hagen, Germany in April and took double gold at the German championships in Balve.

Helen Langehanenberg on Damsey FRH, the 16-year-old American-owned Hanoverian stallion, has been named to the Aachen team along with Isabell Werth on world No. 1 Weihegold OLD, Doroth Schneider on Sammy Davis Jr. and Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Dalera BB.

This will be the first show for Helen following the birth of her second daughter, Finja, in mid-June.

Desperados FRH, the 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion competed for Germany at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics by Kristina Bröring-Sprehe, was withdrawn earlier to cut short a comeback after almost 15 months away from competition.