One can say that the results of the German Championships in Balve looked different than expected. First the Grand Prix was a close call between Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Isabell Werth, then Werth won the Special with Weihegold OLD, Dorothee Schneider and Showtime silver and Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados bronze. The Freestyle also surprised the audience: Dorothee Schneider and the Hanoverian gelding Showtime seemed to be spurred on by their nomination for the Nations Cup team in Aachen and became German Champions in the Freestyle (86,725 percent). Kristina Bröring-Sprehe had to be content with second place after a performance with a mistake in the two-tempi flying changes (86,075 percent). Isabell Werth withdrew Weihegold from the competition but was placed third with only 10.-year-old Emilio (84,075 percent). Sönke Rothenberger confirmed his nomination for the World Cup team and was placed fourth with Cosmo (84,050 percent). Hubertus Schmidt and Imperio followed in fifth place ahead of Jessica von Bredow-Werndl with Zaire BB, Fabienne Lütkemeier with D’Agostino and Anabel Balkenhol with Dablino.