Top riders from around the world are heading for the World Cup final at ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Ulla Salzgeber will be back to defend her 2001 World Cup dressage title at Holland’s Indoor Brabant horse show at ‘s-Hertogenbosch this weekend (21- 24 March).

She is joined by Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer-Salat, who topped the Western European league, and many of the world’s top dressage riders, including Isabell Werth, Lars Petersen, Ingrid Klimke and Arjen Teeuwissen.

Four combinations have now withdrawn from the event, including Britain’s Peter Storr, who is unable to compete as Gambrinus is unwell.

Gonnelien Rothenberger-Gordijn (Netherlands) is out because her horse Jonggor’s Leonardo da Vinci has heart problems due to an infection; Neil Ishoy (Canada) has withdrawn as his horse has a knee problem and Polish rider Malgorzata Morsztyn will also not compete.

British hopeswill rest with Emile Faurie, Richard Davison and Kirsty Mepham in the CDI.

Following the competition’s climax, there will be the farewell celebration of Olympic champions Anky van Grunsven and Bonfire.

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