Equestrian - Neumunster gears up to host qualifier

The penultimate dressage World Cup qualifier takes place in Neumunster this weekend, although several top riders will not be in the northern German city.

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Kristina Sprehe with her horse Desperados

There may be just two legs remaining, and plenty of points up for grabs, but most riders who targeted the finals in Gothenburg have already booked their tickets.

As such, the likes of Dutchman Edward Gal, Sweden's Patrick Kittel and Italian Valentina Truppa have opted to skip the Neumunster event.

Nevertheless, some of the world's best will still travel there, with Sunday's Freestyle Grand Prix the highlight of the weekend.

Germany's Helen Langehanenberg, currently seventh on the ladder, will be there with Damon Hill, as will her fellow countrywomen Isabelle Werth and Kristina Sprehe. That pair will be mindful of the threat posed by Minna Telde and Imke Schellekens-Bartels, who will hope to feed off the home crowd.

Neumunster will also host a CSI, although this time it will not count as a second World Cup qualifier as it did in Stuttgart, but rather a 3*.

Christian Ahlmann, Rolf-Goran Bengtsson, Jeroen Dubbeldam and Pius Schwizer will contest the event, with some of the fences of the Grand Prix as high as 1,55m.

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