Germany names likely squad for eventing European Championships in Poland

  • The German selectors have given an indication of the riders likely to make the six-man squad for the eventing European Championships in Strzegom, Poland (17-20 August).

    A long-list has been drawn up, with riders named in three groups. The riders in group one (so most likely to go to the championship) are:

    • Andreas Dibowski (FRH Butts Avedon and It’s Me xx)
    • Bettina Hoy (Designer 10 and Seigneur Medicott)
    • Michael Jung (FischerRocana FST and Lennox 364)
    • Ingrid Klimke (Horseware Hale Bob OLD)
    • Julia Krajewski (Chipmunk FRH and Samourai Du Thot, pictured)

    The riders in group two are:

    • Leonie Kuhlmann (Cascora)
    • Andreas Ostholt (Corvette 31)
    • Kai Rüder (Colani Sunrise)
    • Josefa Sommer (Hamilton 24)

    The riders in group three are:

    • Jörg Kurbel (Entertain You)
    • Claas Hermann Romeike (Cato 60)
    • Falk-Filip-Finn Westerich (FBW Gina K)

    The final selection will be made after Aachen (21-22 July), where Sandra Auffarth, Bettina Hoy, Leonie Kuhlmann, Ingrid Klimke, Jörg Kurbel, Andreas Ostholt, Kai Rüder and Josefa Sommer will start on one horse and Michael Jung on two.

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    There are no real surprises in the five riders named on the top list.

    Andreas Dibowski’s It’s Me won Luhmühlen CCI4* last year while FRH Butts Avedon has a long-term record of consistent top-level performances, although he was retired in the showjumping at Luhmühlen last weekend when he came down on his knees in the combination.

    Bettina Hoy finished third at Luhmühlen CCI4* last weekend on Designer 10 and Seigneur Medicott has won four three-stars in a row (Blenheim CCI3* last year and three CIC3*s this spring including Luhmühlen).

    Michael Jung and FischerRocana FST have won Kentucky CCI4* for the past three years, while Lennox 364 took fifth at Saumur CCI3* in May.

    Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob OLD were members of the gold medal-winning team at the Blair Europeans in 2015 and the silver medal-winning team at the Rio Olympics last year, as well as finishing ninth at Badminton this spring.

    Julia Krajewski won Luhmühlen CCI4* last weekend with Samourai Du Thot and has had three top-10 placings in CIC3*s this spring with Chipmunk FRH, including second in the Event Rider Masters at Wiesbaden.

    Full report of Luhmühlen in H&H this week, out Thursday, 22 June.

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