Isabell Werth Latest Member of Exclusive 80% Club

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Bella Rose with Isabell Werth. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Bella Rose with Isabell Werth. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

June 27, 2014

Isabell Werth on Bella Rose gained entry into the exclusive 80 per cent Grand Prix club Friday when the pair were reserve to Totilas ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath in their spectacular comeback after two years out of the competition arena.

Isabell scored 80.100 per cent in the Peterhof CDI4* at Perl-Borg, Germany Friday, the first time the 44-year-old mother achieved that level at Grand Prix.

She is the first new rider in the club since Kristina Sprehe and Desperados FRH scored 80-plus per cent in 2012 before the pair were on the German team at the Olympic Games in London.

So far this year, six combinations have broken 80 per cent–Edward Gal of the Netherlands and Glock’s Undercover N.O.P. on four occasions, Helen Langehanenberg of Germany and Damon Hill NRW three times, Matthias Alexander Rath of Germany and Totilas and Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britaib and Valegro both twice and Adelinde Cornelissen of the Netherlands and Jerich Parzival N.O.P. once and now Isabell and Bella Rose.

Isabell and the 10-year-old Westfalen mare have been competing at the Big Tour since May, 2013.

In her career, the German rider has won 32 championship medals, including 24 golds at Olympics, world and European championships as well as World Cup titles, that is unmatched in the sport. Only the late Reiner Klimke of Germany in his total of 23 championship medals, 20 of them gold, has won more Olympic gold medals, six.

Anky van Grunsven of the Netherlands on Salinero became the first 80 per center in setting a world record of 81.33 per cent at Rotterdam in 2006.

Since then, the club has grown to include:

Isabell Werth of Germany and Bella Rose once in 2014
Edward Gal of the Netherlands and Totilas twice in 2009 and six in 2010
Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover N.O.P. twice in 2013, four in 2014
Adelinde Cornelissen of the Netherlands and Jerich Parzival N.O.P. twice in 2009, twice in 2010, three times in 2011, four times in 2012, twice in 2013, once in 2014
Laura Tomlinson of Great Britain and Mistral Hojris twice in 2010, twice in 2011 and twice in 2012
Matthias Alexander Rath of Germany and Totilas once in 2011, once in 2012, twice in 2014
Carl Hester of Great Britain and Uthopia twice in 2011
Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain and Valegro once in 2011, four times in 2012, four times in 2013, twice in 2014
Steffen Peters of the United States and Ravel once in 2011 and once in 2012
Helen Langehanenberg of Germany and Damon Hill three times in 2012, five times in 2013, three in 2014
Kristina Sprehe of Germany and Desperados once in 2012