On the final competition day at the 2012 CDIO Aachen, German team coach Jonny Hilberath announced the combinations which will represent Germany at the 2012 Olympic Games in London on 2 - 9 August 2012. Using the top performances at Aachen, as well as results achieved at the first Olympic trial in Balve as criteria for selection, Hilberath picked a team of brand new riders.
- Helen Langehanenberg (30) - Damon Hill, a 12-year old Westfalian stallion by Donnerhall x Rubinstein
- Kristina Sprehe (25) - Desperados, an 11-year old Hanoverian stallion by De Niro x Wolkenstein II
- Dorothee Schneider (43) - Diva Royal, a 10-year old Hanoverian mare by Don Frederico x Warkant
The German individual combination will be:
- Anabel Balkenhol (40) - Dablino, a 12-year old Hanoverian gelding by De Niro x Wanderbusch II
The first travelling reserve is Monica Theodorescu on Whipser (by Welt Hit I), the second reserve is Fabienne Lutkemeier with D'Agostino (by De Niro). Isabell Werth declined the position as first reserve with Don Johnson (by Don Frederico).
The travelling reserve will not get the opportunity to practise in the main show ring in London and can be substituted for any of the four horses one hour before the official London vet check.
Photo © Astrid Appels