Isabell Werth to Return to Competition in January

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Isabell Werth and Satchmo at the 2009 World Cup. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Isabell Werth and Satchmo at the 2009 World Cup. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

RHEINBERG, Germany, Dec. 12–Isabell Werth, Germany’s top ranked dressage rider, will return to competition at World Cup event in Amsterdam next month, Eurodressage.com reported.

Jumping Amsterdam hosts a CDI-W and a CSI jumping event on Jan. 22-23.

Amsterdam is traditionally a “must ride” competition for the top Dutch riders, Edward Gal, Adelinde Cornelissen and Anky van Grunsven.

Werth gave birth to a boy, Frederik, at the end of October. Her six-month suspension for doping ends on Dec. 23, but she cannot compete on a German team until next June.

She anounced earlier this week she has returned to riding.

The 40-year-old rider declared on her Internet site: “I am riding again. The baby-riding-break was not easy for me. And riding just walks as I did during the last weeks was definitely not the right thing. But now it is going uphill again.”

She described her riding on Satchmo, Warum Nicht FRH and Don Johnson as her “after pregnancy fitness program.”

“I might not be as slender as Super Mom Heidi Klum–well, I guess I never was–but the weight is tumbling down and my breeches fit again,” she said. “My personal trainers have four legs!

” It is fun to work with the guys again. However I must admit that I felt stiff and aching after the first proper ride, especially in my femorals and my bottom. But that’s all o.k. again and I note that I become more and more flexible every day.”

Her son, Frederik, born on Oct. 30, “is adorable and always with me. While I ride he sleeps relaxed in his buggy in a safe corner of the arena. I am sure he will have learned everything about riding before he sits on a horse back for the first time. Well, may be he’ll rather become a football player. Who knows?”

Isabell is still ranked third with Satchmo in the latest FEI Dressage Rankings that include 12 months of results although she has not competed since June.

“Right now Christmas is fast approaching and I am looking forward to it!” she said.