The German equestrian federation has announced the dressage squads going into the new year, 2021.
The squads were updated based on results achieved at CDI competitions in the autumn as well as proof of fitness at a recent squad training session in Warendorf.
Not only the senior squads were updated, but also the youth squads as several riders reached the age limit going into 2021 and can no longer be included to the their respective squad.
Two New Horses in A-Squad, Three Missing in Action
For the elite A-squad, German European team gold and individual silver medal winner Showtime (Dorothee Schneider) has returned on the squad after missing out on the entire 2020 show year. The 14-year old Hanoverian last showed at the 2019 Europeans in Rotterdam. Fortunately, the celebrated pair now proved fitness at the squad meeting and were resubmitted going into the 2021 Olympic year.
Isabell Werth was absent from the meeting, which means that her number one in the barn, Bella Rose, is still not included on the list. The 16-year old mare last competed at the 2019 European Championships as well, where she won triple gold. Werth did get submitted with a third horse, Victoria Max-Theurer's Quantaz, based on results achieved at the CDI's Achleiten and Hagen this summer.
The second new comer is Hubertus Schmidt with the 11-year old stallion Escolar. This duo last competed at the 2019 CDI Frankfurt, but was back on form for the squad training.
Helen Langehanenberg and the 18-year old Hanoverian Damsey as well as Sönke Rothenberger and his 13-year old Dutch warmblood Cosmo were also absent from the squad session and missed a second opportunity to get resubmitted.
The postponed Olympics Games are on the agenda for 2021 and are the ultimate competition where medals can be one. Two of Germany's long-time team horses and medal winners have been out of the picture for a while, which raises concern.
German team trainer Monica Theodorescu told Eurodressage that both Werth and Rothenberger were absent from the squad meeting because of Covid-19 instead of fitness issues their horses experienced this year.
"Both have decided to be more careful because of corona and not come to Warendorf," Theodorescu confirmed.
German Squads for 2021
Children - A-squad
- Clara Paschertz - Danubio OLD.
Children - B-squad
- Lara Lattermann - Soleil de la Coeur.
Pony Riders - A-squad
- Lana-Pinou Baumgürtel - Massimiliano FH
- Antonia Busch-Kuffner- Kastanienhof Cockney Cracker
- Rose Oatley - Daddy Moon
- Antonia Roth - Daily Pleasure
- Paulina von Wulffen - Top Queen H
Pony Riders - B-squad:
- Marlene Maria Binder - De Long
- Jona-Emily Bomberg - FS Mr. Magic
- Sophie Luisa Duen - Dimacci D
- Maleen Kohnle - Dabia Dior
- Julie Sofie Schmitz-Heinen - Carleo Go
Junior Riders - A-squad
- Lucie-Anouk Baumgürtel - Farlana FH
- Jana Lang - Baron and Davy Jones
- Valentina Pistner - Flamboyant OLD
- Allegra Schmitz-Morkramer - Lavissaro
Junior Riders - B-squad
- Philippa Hodes - Barolo M
- Kelly-Ann Klenk - Inspire
- Anna-Leandra Timm - Foxfire.
Young Riders - A-squad
- Luca Sophie Collin - Descolari
- Henriette Schmidt - Rocky’s Sunshine
- Jana Schrödter - Der Erbe and Frau Holle
- Selina Söder - Rendezvous
Young Riders - B-squad
- Theresa Friesdorf - Quotenkönig
- Luna Laabs - Wild Willy Granly
- Sophie Reef - Genua TC
- Emely van Loon - FBW Despereaux
- Elisabeth von Wulffen - Babylon
Under 25 - A-squad
- Jil-Marielle Becks- Damon’s Delorange and Damon’s Satelite NRW
- Evelyn Eger - Flynn PCH and Whitley
- Hannah Erbe - Carlos
- Ann-Kathrin Lindner - FBW Sunfire and Flatley
- Raphael Netz - Lacoste
- Alexa Westendarp - Hicksteadt.
Senior Grand Prix - A-squad
- Jessica von Bredow-Werndl - Dalera BB and Zaire-E
- Ingrid Klimke - Franziskus
- Helen Langehanenberg - Annabelle
- Hubertus Schmidt - Escolar
- Dorothee Schneider Sammy Davis jr., Faustus and Showtime FRH
- Frederic Wandres - Duke of Britain
- Benjamin Werndl - Daily Mirror and Famoso OLD
- Isabell Werth - Quantaz, Emilio and Weihegold OLD.
Senior Grand Prix - B-squad:
- Senta Kirchhoff - L’Arbuste OLD
- Sönke Rothenberger- Santiano R
- Carina Scholz - Tarantino
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