Equestrianism - Strong German line-up set for Leipzig

World Cup qualifying action heads to Leipzig at the weekend, with a strong German line-up expected to impress.

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Equestrianism - Strong German line-up set for Leipzig
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The German town will host qualifiers in show jumping, carriage driving and vaulting from January 17 to 20.

And with 32 out of 65 jumping competitors hailing from the host nation, expectation in the home crowd will be high.

While Daniel Deusser is missing - he is in Amsterdam - most of Germany's other stars are set to take part, including Christian Ahlmann, Ludger Beerbaum, Marcus Ehning, Marco Kutscher and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.

The likes of Dutchmen Marc Houtzager and Gerco Schreoder, Kevin Staut of France, Australia's Edwina Tops-Alexander and the Philippaerts family (Ludo and his sons Nicola and Olivier) will be charged with trying to break up home domination.

Frenchman Nicolas Andréani, who finished 2012 at the top of the world rankings, headlines the vaulting competition while respective world numbers four and five Czech Lukas Klouda and Swiss Simone Jaiser will also be in action.

The carriage driving class will also boast some big names with the likes of Dutchman Ysbrand Chardon and Germany's Christopher Sandmann in action, although multi-medallist Boyd Exel of Australia is absent.

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