[Telegraph] Germany, the major challengers for gold in all three equestrian teams, announced its dressage and jumping squads after final selection trials at Aachen.
An all-new dressage trio of Helen Langehanenberg (Damon Hill), Kristina Sprehe (Desperados) and Dorothee Schneider (Diva Royal) comprises horses with fast improving form, suggesting the loss of wonder-horse Totilas due to the illness of his rider, Matthias Rath, does not significantly dent team medal chances.
All three scored personal bests at Aachen, with Langehanenberg and Sprehe scoring in the mid 80 per cents in the freestyle kur to music.
The German show jumping team is Marcus Ehning (Plot Blue or Copin van de Broy), Christian Ahlmann (Codex One or Taloubet Z), Janne-Friederike Meyer (Cellagon Lambrasco), only the second woman ever to ride on the German jumping squad, and Philipp Weishaupt (Monte Bellini).
Their jumping pool was depleted by horse injuries and the late decisions of Ludger Beerbaum (Gotha) and Meredith Michael-Beerbaum (Bella Donna) to withdraw horses from……
Telegraph, London 2012
12th July, 2012
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