Kristina Sprehe and Despardos will not be competing at the 2013 German Dressage Championships in Balve, Germany, on 6 - 9 June 2013. In principle Balve is a mandatory selection trial for German team selection for the 2013 European Championships in Herning. Sprehe's 12-year old Hanoverian licensed stallion Desperados (by De Niro x Wolkenstein II) injured himself during a schooling session at the 2013 World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the end of April. Although the injury was not severe and the black stallion is back in training, Balve will be too heavy a show at this moment with three competition classes. Chair of the German DOKR Dressage Selection committee Klaus Röser commented that "after a discussion with the trainer, team trainer, rider, owner and team vet as well as with the members of the dressage selection committee, it has been decided not to compete at the German Championships for the welfare of the horse."
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