Aachen 2015: team lists for dressage discipline.
The hosts of the imminent European Championships in Aachen go into the prestigious tournament in peak form and with ambitious teams ready to go for the gold in every discipline from dressage to show-jumping and eventing to vaulting.
However, it is the dressage team that continues to attract the most attention and with 22 titles won it is easy to see why and as the Germans bid to make that a 23rd title, the German Federation have announced the dressage team: Kristina Sprehe (Desperados FRH), Mathias Alexander Rath (Totilas), Jessica von Bredow Werndl (Unee B) and Isabell Werth (Don Johnson FRH).
Stiff competition will be provided though by Holland and their team will be made up as follows: Edward Gal (Glock’s Undercover NOP), Hans Peter Minderhound (Glock’s Johnson), Patrick Van Der Meer (Uzzo) and Diederik van Silfhout (Arlando NOP). A close eye will also have to be kept on the Swedish team which boasts Patrik Kittel (Deja) and Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvèn (Don Auriello) alongside Emilie Nyrerod (Miata) and Minna Tilde (Santana).
Great Britain likewise will be arriving in Germany with a team full of champions and will be expecting big things from Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro who make up Team GB alongside Carl Hester with Nip Tuck, Michael George Eilberg (Marakov) and Fiona Bigwood (Atterugaards Orthilia).
30 nations overall will be taking part in Aachen for a total of 475 athletes, which also includes the Italian dressage team. The Azzurri will arrive with Micol Rustignoli (Fixdesign Corallo Nero), Federica Scolari (Beldonwelt), Ester Soldi (Harmonia) and Leonardo Tiozzo (Randon). For a complete list, please see here: http://www.fei.org/system/files/DRESSAGE%20EU-CH-D%20Aachen_definite%20entries_04Aug2015.pdf
Photo: (Aachen 2015/ Photographer)