In the end the nomination of the German show-jumpers was a surprise: Ludger Beerbaum will ride Casello instead of Chiara and Daniel Deußer and First Class van Eekelghem are part of the team – Meredith Michaels Beerbaum is only reserve rider. After this week in Aachen one could have thought otherwise. Also part of the team are Christian Ahlmann with Taloubet Z as well as Marcus Ehning with Cornado NRW.
Otto Becker didn’t want to comment on his choice between Daniel Deußer and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum: “I could try to explain it but it would mean to do wrong to Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum. We have five world-class pairs. I know that she’s very disappointed, she has been preparing for Rio for months. I don’t want to bring small details up in an explanation.”
However, he explained Ludger Beerbaum’s decision for Casello instead of Chiara: “The pendulum swang more and more towards Casello these last weeks. Ludger just felt better and more sure riding him.”
Becker said he already had Meredith Michaels-Beerbaums promise that she would go as reserve rider; however, she still has to discuss it with the horse’s owners.