Spencer Wilton will also make his Olympic debut and will ride the 13-year-old Supa Nova II – known as Neville at home. The former Carl Hester ride produced two plus 73% wins in March at Lier and have been consistently scoring over 70% in 2016.
The German team will be looking to go one place higher after their silver medal in London behind Great Britain. Headed by the mighty Isabell Werth, a former Olympic champion with Gigolo, the reigning world champions have been in formidable form this season and particularly when winning the Nations Cup at Aachen.
Kristina Broring-Sprehe, who narrowly missed out on freestyle gold at last year’s Europeans, has formed a brilliant partnership with the 15-year-old stallion Desperados FRH and won the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special tests at Dortmund and Hagen this season with plus 80% scores. Members of the silver medal winning team at London 2012, the duo will be keen to add Olympic gold to their considerable medal haul.
Dorothee Schneider, another member of the German team at London 2012, will be riding Showtime FRH. Despite the 10-year-old gelding’s relative lack of experience, he has produced consistent, and ever improving, tests in the 70s since his Grand Prix debut last year.