Even though Isabell Werth did not compete with her first choice Weihegold OLD but with her second horse Emilio there was no way to beat her. Sönke Rothenberger had to make that experience at the German Championship in Balve with his 10-year-old KWPN gelding Cosmo, one of the best horses in the world. The Van Gogh son had a lapse in the Grand Prix, he shied in the transition from piaffe to passage and therefore Rothenberger finished in second place (79,700 percent), while Werth and the Ehrenpreis son won the competition with a record of 82,060 percent. Hubertus Schmidt and Imperio were ranked third (76,340 percent) ahead of Dorothee Schneider with Sammy Davis jr (76,040 percent). This year’s German Championships are extremely exciting since the team has two unoccupied slots because Dorothee Schneider has to do without Showtime and Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados will not attend.