Sönke Rothenberger and his talented 9-year-old horse Cosmo have left a good impression with national coach Monica Theodorescu in their first competition this year. The German has high hopes for Rio, he wants to attend the Olympic Games as his first senior championship. After the event in Jerez it looks as if his dream could come true. He was able to win the Grand Prix with a strong result of 76,220 percent ahead of Carl Hester (GBR) with his championship horse Nip Tuck, who finished fifth in the Special at the European Championships in Aachen. They were placed second with 74,780 percent, while third place went to Hester’s pupil Charlotte Dujardin, who did not compete Valegro, but instead chestnut stallion Barolo by Breitling W (73,280 percent).
Sönke Rothenberger and the KWPN gelding by Van Gogh were able to keep up their good performance and also won the Special with 77,941 Percent. Carl Hester again was placed second with tall Nip Tuck (75,020 percent), third place went to Portuguese Goncalo Carvalho with his piaffe machine Batuta (73,412 percent).