Isabell Werth & Warum Nicht Post 2nd Straight Win, Aachen CDI Grand Prix Special

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Isabell Werth and Warum Nicht completing CDI Grand Prix Special at Aachen World Equestrian Festival. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Isabell Werth and Warum Nicht completing CDI Grand Prix Special at Aachen World Equestrian Festival. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 16–Isabell Werth rode Warum Nicht FRH continued at the top of their game with a victory in the CDI Grand Prix Special under lights Friday night, following on from their win in the Grand Prix two days earlier and a sweep of the Exquis World Dressage Masters in Cannes last month.

Isabell and the 14-year-old gelding, her 2007 World Cup champion mount, scored 73.452 per cent with fellow German’s Monica Theodorescu on Whisper second on 68.482 per cent and Sabine Becker on Lamarc WRT third on 68.065 per cent.

Rain that had been threatened since late afternoon held off until the final centerline piaffe and passage of Isabell and Warum Nicht, but it seemed to affect the first half of the class of nine starting combinations when most incurred multiple errors and German Gina Capellmann-Lütkemeier and Baldessarini were eliminated.

It did not detract from the performance of Isabell and Warum Nicht, however, six months after returning to competition from a long layoff during which she gave birth to her first child, a son.

Complete Grand Prix Special scores:

Rank HORSE – Breeding
sex\colour\born\sire x siredam\
RIDER
owner
EUR Total Points Percentage
1 Warum Nicht FRH
G \ Chestnut \ 1996 \ Weltmeyer x Wenzel I
Isabell  Werth (GER) GER 2468.00 73.452
2 Whisper
G \ Chestnut \ 1998 \ Welt Hit I O x Weltstart
Monica  Theodorescu (GER) GER 2301.00 68.482
3 Lamarc WRT
G \ DarkBay \ 1996 \ Leggiero x Kronprinz xx
Sabine  Becker (GER) GER 2287.00 68.065
4 Elvis VA
G \ Chestnut \ 1996 \ Espri x Garibaldi II
Nadine  Capellmann (GER) GER 2280.00 67.857
5 Donnerfee
M \ Bay \ 2000 \ De Niro x Rosenkavalier
Claudia  Fassaert (BEL) BEL 2245.00 66.815
6 Exquis Taikoen
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Negro x Rothschild
Anne  van Olst (DEN) DEN 2240.00 66.667
7 Triviant UNICEF
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Olivi x Saluut
Matthias Alexander  Rath (GER) GER 2238.00 66.607
8 River of Joy
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Ravallo x Cavalier
Ellen  Schulten-Baumer (GER) GER 2177.00 64.792
9 Baldessarini
M \ DarkBay \ 1999 \ Breitling W x Diego xx
Gina  Capellmann-Lütkemeier (GER) GER ELIMINATED