German Team Selected for 2022 World Championships Dressage

Mon, 07/18/2022 - 10:32
Ingrid Klimke and Franziskus at the 2022 CDIO Aachen :: Photo © Astrid Appels

The dressage selection committee of the German Olympic Equestrian Comittee (DOKR) has made its selection for the team that will be representing Germany at the 2022 World Championships Dressage in Herning, Denmark, on 6 - 11 August 2022. 

Germany is the title defender, having won team gold at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon. They also claimed team gold at least year's Olympics and European Championships. 

Staying Connected to the Top

However, this year Germany is not as strong as expected with Olympic champion Jessica von Bredow on a pregnancy break and Isabell Werth's top horses Weihegold and Bella Rose retired. Also Dorothee Schneider had to pull out Showtime for not being fit to compete.

Werth tried to stay connected to the world top aboard Victoria Max-Theurer's Quantaz but the DSP stallion has given inconsistent, yet still high scoring performances throughout the spring show season. 

Schneider and Faustus at the 2022 CDI Kronberg
Furthermore a big fight was open for the fourth team spot and it was between Ingrid Klimke on Franziskus and Dorothee Schneider on Faustus. Klimke scored 72.217% in the Grand Prix at the second team selection trial in Aachen (after a 70.196% at the CDI Hagen and 75.040% at the German Championships). This year Schneider and Faustus scored  73.522% at the CDI Herning, 73.652% at the CDI Mannheim, 73.326% at the CDI Munich, 74.300% at the German Championships (first team selection trial), and 74.044% at the CDI Kronberg last weekend. See below which rider was preferred for the team.

Experienced Riders on Rookie Team Horses

Team trainer Monica Theodorescu will be fielding a team of experienced riders with four horses who have never competed at a major continental Championship.

The German team for Herning includes:

  • Ingrid Klimke on Franziskus
  • Frederic Wandres on Duke of Britain FRH or Bluetooth OLD
  • Benjamin Werndl on Famoso OLD or Daily Mirror
  • Isabell Werth on Quantaz

The reserve pair is Dorothee Schneider on Faustus.

Photo © Astrid Appels - Stefan Lafrentz

Related Link
Eurodressage Coverage of the 2022 World Championships Dressage