Matthias Rath Swaps Destacado with Thiago GS for 2022 German Championships

Thu, 06/09/2022 - 14:15
Matthias Rath and Destacado FRH at the 2021 CDN Kronberg :: Photo © Stefan Lafrentz

Matthias Rath will be riding Thiago GS at the 2022 German Dressage Championships in Balve this weekend instead of Destacado FRH. The latter sustained a small injury and needs rest. 

After winning the 2020 Nurnberger Burgpokal for Developing PSG horses, Destacado competed on the 2021 Louisdor Cup circuit for Developing Grand Prix horses and made a winning international Grand Prix debut at the CDI Crozet in August last year. The chestnut put himself in the race of German team consideration for the World Championships in Herning after he scored 75.217% at the CDI Mannheim. 

The 2022 German Dressage Championships in Balve are the first of two German team selection trials. The last one is in Aachen. Yesterday Semmieke Rothenberger withdrew because of a personal injury and today Rath called off his entry with Destacado. 

"The original plan was for me to compete with Desti in the German championship," Rath explained. "Unfortunately, he has a small injury which is why we decided to not compete him until he is 100% again! It’s just a precaution since we do not want to take any risk at all with him."

Instead Rath will be saddling his young Grand Prix horse Thiago GS (by Totilas x Warkant) in Balve.

Photo © Stefan Lafrentz

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