Top 3 German Olympic Prospects All Score Above 80% In Historic Aachen CDIO5* Nations Cup

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Isabell Werth riding Weihegold OLD in the Aachen CDIO5* Nations Cup. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Isabell Werth riding Weihegold OLD in the Aachen CDIO5* Nations Cup. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, Jul 14, 2016–Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD logged a personal best Grand Prix score of 83.271 per cent, just 0.009 per cent below Valegro’s latest result, and three of the top German Olympic prospects made history in posting three marks above 80 per cent in the CDIO5* Nations Cup Thursday.

The score for Isabell and the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare along with 82.314 per cent for world No. 1 Kristina Bröring-Sprehe on Desperados FRH and 80.700 per cent for Dorothee Schneider and Showtime was believed to be the first time that three combinations in an international team event have scored above 80 percent.

The results gave Germany a dominating lead in the Grand Prix, the first of two rounds in the World Equestrian Festival team event, the last major competition ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in three weeks.

World No. 1 Kristina Bröring,-Sprehe and Desperados FRH in the Nations Cup Grand Prix. © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
World No. 1 Kristina Bröring,-Sprehe and Desperados FRH in the Nations Cup Grand Prix. © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

Monica Theodorescu, the German tem coach, said: “That was fantastic, a super outcome but nevertheless there is still room for slight improvement–things couldn’t be better after the first day.”

Dorothee Schneider and Showtime, one of the 3 Germans to score 80% in the Nations Cup Grand Prix. © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Dorothee Schneider and Showtime, one of the three Germans to score 80% in the Nations Cup Grand Prix. © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

Steffen Peters of the United States on Legolas placed fourth on 77.243 per cent, behind only the three German 80 per cent rides.

The American pair broke up a German team sweep of the top spots with the 21-year-old Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo placing fifth on 75.600 per cent. Sönke and the nine-year-old KWPN gelding were trending above 80 per cent until a big mistake in the two-tempi changes where the pair were awarded ones and twos followed shortly after by poorly executed five half-passes dropped the score dramatically.

The United States was standing second with the Grand Prix Special left to go to determine the trans-Atlantic series of six events and the Americans are contenders to take the title in the first official year of the series.

Steffen Peters on Legolas leading the USA to second place midway through the Nations Cup at Aachen, Germany. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters on Legolas leading the USA to second place midway through the Nations Cup at Aachen, Germany. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The Nations Cup standings after the Grand Prix: 1. Germany 246.285. 2. USA 218.414. 3. Denmark.214.242. 4. Spain 212.886. 5.  212.886 Sweden 212.657. 6. Great Britain 211.772. 7. Belgium 210.229. 8. Japan.  204.457. 9.  210.229. 10. Australia 204.214.

The Nations Cup was a major deciding events for Denmark and Spain that will announce their teams at the end of this event, as will Germany.

Seven judges–two more than at regular  CDIs–were assigned the Nations Cup Grand Prix, only one of them German.

The only major disparity in the scores of the 39 combinations that started was for Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy that was awarded scores from a high of 72.900 per cent from one judge while five others gave marks above 70 per cent but Stephen Clarke of Great Britain gave them 64.800 per cent.

Results:

CDIO5* Nations Cup Grand Prix

Judges: K: Maribel Alonso E: Peter Holler H: Gary Rockwell C: Stephen Clarke M: Susanne Baarup B: Thomas Lang F: Eduard de Wolff van Westerrode

RANK NR. RIDER

EUR PERCENTAGE
HORSE 

1 385
Isabell Werth
GER
83.271
Weihegold OLD 

2 319
Kristina Bröring-Sprehe
GER
5500 82.314
Desperados FRH 

3 370
Dorothee Schneider
GER
80.700
Showtime FRH 

4 352
Steffen Peters
USA
2200 77.243
Legolas 92 

5 312
Sönke Rothenberger
GER
75.600
Cosmo 59 

6 354
Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez
ESP
74.357
Lorenzo

7 359
Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén
SWE
74.086
Paridon Magi 

8 378
Jorinde Verwimp
BEL
73.071
Tiamo 

9 384
Emile Faurie
GBR
72.886
Weekend Fun 

10 383
Judy Reynolds
IRL
72.714
Vancouver K 

11 374
Marcela Krinke Susmelj
SUI
72.343
Smeyers Molberg 

12 323
Shelly Francis
USA
72.200
Doktor 

13 350
Agnete Kirk Thinggaard
DEN
72.171
Jojo AZ 

14 356
Michael Eilberg
GBR
72.000
Marakov

15 367
Lyndal Oatley
AUS
71.671
Sandro Boy 9 

16 333
Jeroen Devroe
BEL
71.329
Eres DL 

17 345
Michelle Hagman
SWE
71.214
Happiness 26 

18 306
Daniel Bachmann
DEN
71.071
Blue Hors Hotline 

19 303
Cathrine Dufour
DEN
Live
Atterupgaards Cassidy 

20 369
Anders Dahl
DEN
70.057
Selten HW 

21 373
Juan Matute Guimon
ESP
69.743
Don Diego Ymas 

22 304
Terhi Stegars
FIN
69.029
Axis TSF 

23 392
Arlène Page
USA
68.971
Woodstock 

24 389
José Manuel Lucena Estrada
ESP
68.786
Wolk 

25 326
Yuko Kitai
JPN
68.600
Don Lorean 

26 302
Sergio Martin Palos
ESP
68.586
Altaneiro

27 335
Masanao Takahashi
JPN
68.314
Fabriano 58 

28 331
Kiichi Harada
JPN
67.543
Egistar 

29 362
Suzanne Hearn
AUS
67.500
Remmington 

30 351
Kristian von Krusenstierna
SWE
67.357
Languedoc 

31 322
Daniel Watson
GBR
66.886
Amadeus 

32 301
Katherine Bateson Chandler
USA
66.314
Alcazar 

33 388
Delphine Meiresonne
BEL
65.829
Wipsy V. Heihof 

34 321
Paulinda Friberg
SWE
65.543
Di Lapponia T 

35 387
Mario van Orshaegen
BEL
65.343
Wilco V 

36 394
Maree Tomkinson
AUS
65.043
Diamantina 4 

37 347
Inna Logutenkova
UKR
64.971
Fleraro 

38 348
Sarah Millis
GBR
64.229
Hofjuwel 

39 379
Akane Kuroki
JPN
61.443
Toots 

Team results after Grand Prix 

RANK TEAM GRAND PRIX GRAND PRIX SPECIAL TOTAL
1 246.285 246.285
2 218.414 218.414
3 214.242 214.242
4 212.886 212.886
5 212.657 212.657
6 211.772 211.772
7 210.229 210.229
8 204.457 204.457
9 204.214 204.214