Isabell Werth & Don Johnson Win Aachen CDI4* Special for 1st Victory for Pair This Year

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Isabel Werth and Don Johnson heading to their first victory this year. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 6–Isabell Werth rode Don Johnson to their first victory this year in the World Equestrian Festival CDI4* Olympic Grand Prix Special before a sold-out stadium under lights Friday night, but was sharply critical of the low marks from the judges as she had hoped to impress the German Olympic selectors watching the performance ahead of the team announcement.

Isabell, the winner of four team and one individual Olympic gold medals, and the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Don Frederico x Werona x Warkant) scored 73.867 per cent in a ride that showed none of the tension from the previous day’s Grand Prix in which she finished third.

Germany’s Monica Theodorescu and Whisper, the winner of the Grand Prix Thursday, was second on 72.978 per cent and Denmark’s Olympic veteran Anne van Olst who is also fighting for a place on Denmark’s team for London was third on Exquis Taikoen with 72.378 per cent.

Several horses were resistant, apparently affected by the atmosphere of the packed 5,000-seat stadium.

Not so Isabell and Don Johnson, who last posted a win in December, 2011, but Friday night described the judge’s marks as “much too little.”

Two judges ranked her first, one second, one third and one fourth with scores ranging from 76 per cent down to 71 per cent.

“This is a tragedy that must be honestly stated,” she said.

The ride, she said, “was a real step forward. He was a little hectic in the passage, but he’s also not a sleepy head. Now we are clearly on the right track. I am really happy with him.”

Isabell said she expects the Olympic team of three and one individuals will be made of the four riders on the CDIO Nations Cup team–Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW, Kristina Sprehe and Desperados, Anabel Balkenhol and Dablino and Dorothee Schneider and Diva Royal. Totilas was witdrawn from consideration when rider Matthias Alexander Rath reported he was still too ill with mononucleosis.

She said if she does not go to London for the dressage beginning Aug. 2 she will compete at the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, saying half-jokingly, “my young horses even let me survive those judges’ decisions.”

Earlier, Germany’s Sanneke Rothenberger and Deveraux OLD won the Under-25 Intermediaire II with a score of 73.684 per cent before a crowd that filled two-thirds of the 5,000-seat stadium.

Sanneke Rothenberger and Deveraux OLD in their winning Under-25 Intemediaire II ride. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

 

Judge E : Wim Ernes (NED) Judge H : Leif Törnblad (DEN) Judge C : Maribel Alonso (MEX) Judge M : Peter Holler (GER)
 Judge B : Maria Colliander (FIN)
RANK CNR HORSE – BREEDING
SEX\COLOUR\BORN\SIRE X SIRE DAM\
JUDGE E JUDGE H JUDGE C JUDGE M JUDGE B %
RIDER
OWNER
RANK RANK RANK RANK RANK
1 391 Don Johnson 14 – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Don Frederico x Warkant
GER
5600 75.111 74.333 72.444 76.111 71.333 73.867
Isabell  Werth
Madeleine Winter-Schulze
( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 3 ) ( 1 ) ( 4 )
2 387 Whisper 128 – BAWUE
G \ Chestnut \ 1998 \ Welt Hit I x Weltstar
GER
3500 76.000 71.556 71.667 74.222 71.444 72.978
Monica  Theodorescu
Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff
( 1 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 )
3 342 Exquis Taikoen – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Negro x Rothschild
DEN
2600 72.333 73.111 73.444 72.667 70.333 72.378
Anne  van Olst
Anne & Gert Jan van Olst, Stal Exquis
( 3 ) ( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 3 ) ( 6 )
4 318 D´Agostino 5 – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ De Niro x Shogun xx
GER
1800 72.333 71.667 72.556 72.444 71.222 72.044
Fabienne  Lütkemeier
Gina Capellmann-Lütkemeier
( 3 ) ( 4 ) ( 2 ) ( 4 ) ( 5 )
5 358 Lento 5 – HOLST
S \ Bay \ 2000 \ Lorentin I x Caletto II
GER
1200 71.778 72.444 70.778 72.111 69.667 71.356
Hubertus  Schmidt
Peter Nagel-Tornau
( 6 ) ( 3 ) ( 7 ) ( 5 ) ( 7 )
6 372 Sini Spirit – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Espri x Gluecksgriff
FIN
800 72.333 69.333 71.667 71.333 71.556 71.244
Emma  Kanerva
Sinituote Oy
( 3 ) ( 7 ) ( 4 ) ( 6 ) ( 1 )
7 304 Bertoli W – WESTF
S \ DarkBay \ 2002 \ Breitling W x Diego xx
GER
700 70.889 71.556 70.889 70.333 71.556 71.044
Wolfram  Wittig
Wolfram Wittig
( 7 ) ( 5 ) ( 6 ) ( 7 ) ( 1 )
8 343 Faberge – HANN
G \ Black \ 1996 \ Falkland x Akzent I
ESP
600 68.778 67.667 67.667 69.222 69.111 68.489
Beatriz  Ferrer-Salat
Deliber S.L.
( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 )
9 388 Whisper 115 – HANN
M \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Wolkenstein II x Grenadier
JPN
400 65.556 64.000 63.556 67.667 65.000 65.156
Hiroshi  Hoketsu
Hiroshi Hoketsu
( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 9 )
10 306 Brioni W – WESTF
S \ DarkBay \ 2001 \ Breitling W x Diego xx
GER
300 60.778 58.778 61.111 62.000 60.333 60.600
Brigitte  Wittig
Wolfram Wittig
( 10 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 )