It’s been a long and epic run for perhaps the world’s most beloved dressage duo, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (GBR). Alas, after two and a half years, the FEI last week declared it has a new world #1.
Kristina Bröring-Sprehe (GER) and her horse, Desperados FRH, part of the team of silver medalists at the London 2012 Olympic Games, have taken over Dressage’s number one slot. Char and Val will move into the #2 position with less than 70 points separating them from the leaders.
It’s the first time at the top of the list for 29-year-old Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados FRH, the 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion with whom she secured a team gold and individual bronze medal at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in 2014. The pair also won two individual silver medals and a team bronze medal at the 2015 European Dressage Championships in Aachen.
Whether it’s Dujardin or herself at the top, however, Bröring-Sprehe is proud to be part of one of the rare sports that offers gender equality among its participants.
“Equestrian is the only Olympic sport where men and women compete against each other for medals in all the disciplines,” she told International Olympic Committee President, Thomas Bach. “It’s only when you get a bit older that you realize just how special this is, and it’s one of the many reasons why equestrian sport is so popular with women of all ages.”