Isabell Werth & Weihegold Win World Cup Grand Prix, Laura Graves & Verdades 2nd

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Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD in the World Cup Gand Prix. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

OMAHA, Nebraska, Mar. 30, 2017–Isabell Werth and her Oympic team gold medal mount Weihegold OLD won the World Cup Grand Prix Thursday in the German rider’s quest for a third title. The pair scored 82.300 per cent.

Laura Graves of the United States on her Olympic bronze medal horse Verdades was second on 79.800 per cent.

“I came here to win,” said Laura of Geneva, Florida, “but coming second to Isabell feels a lot like winning.”

Laura Graves and Verdades in the World Cup Grand Prix. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Carl Hester of Great Britain on Nip Tuck, his Olympic team silver medal horse, placed third on 76.671 per cent.

The Grand Prix Freestyle to decide the World Cup is scheduled for Saturday but this event has already won plaudits for the competitive dressage lineup and some of the best facilities ever provided for the annual championship.

Isabell said that Weihegold, 12-year-old Oldenburg mare on which she is ranked No. 1 in the world, was in “super shape” after the flight from Europe to Omaha last Saturday.

“Here everything was really perfect,” said the 47-year-old mother who has won 10 Olympic medals, more than any other equestrian. “The facilities are great, nothing short in the venue. The horses, grooms and riders have found it really perfect.”

The warm up was good, but Weihegold was a “little tense coming into the arena” as the last of 16 horses as the crowd loudly applauded Laura Graves and Verdades who rode before her.

She started a little cautiously. She blamed a mistake in the two-tempi changes on herself as she “forgot to stay concentrated–stupid!”

Isabell Werth on Weihegold in the World Cup Grand Prix awards ceremony. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Laura Graves said she had not competed her 15-year-old KWPN gelding indoors since her first World Cup Final in Las Vegas in 2015.

However, she did not change anything.

A happy Laura Graves after the ride on Verdades in the World Cup Grand Prix. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressge-news.com

Asked whether she thought she could win on Saturday, Laura replied:

Anything is possible.”

 

 

Carl Hester and Nip Tuck. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Wendi Williamson and Dejavu MH the first combination from New Zealand in the 32-year history of the dressage World Cup was eliminated after the ride when blood was found in the horse’s mouth in the equipment check leaving the arena.

“It’s a real shame as the horse and rider had come such a long way to compete here,” said Katrina Wüst of Germany, president of the ground jury, “but the rule is in place to protect horses and there can be no gray areas when it comes to horse welfare.”

Results:

World Cup Grand Prix
Judges–K: Andrew Gardner (GBR) E: Maribel Alonso de Quinzanos (MEX) H: Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel (NED) C: Katrina Wuest (GER) M: Leif Törnblad (DEN) B: lAnne Gribbons (USA) F:Raphael Saleh (FRA)
RANK HNR COMPETITOR NAT. K E H C M B F TOTAL

Placed competitors

1. 0774 Weihegold OLD Isabell Werth GER 82.200 % 83.300 % 83.000 % 82.500 % 81.100 % 80.300 % 83.700 % 82.300 %
7.000,00 EUR
black / 12y. / M / OLDBG / Don Schufro / Sandro Hit / 102ZI90 / Arns-Krogmann, Christine (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.)
2. 0898 Verdades Laura Graves USA 79.000 % 79.200 % 78.700 % 81.200 % 80.000 % 80.200 % 80.300 % 79.800 %
5.500,00 EUR
bay / 15y. / G / KWPN / Florett As / Goya / 103CK84 / Laura Graves & Curt Maes (2.) (2.) (2.) (2.) (2.) (2.) (2.)
3. 0750 Nip Tuck Carl Hester GBR 78.000 % 75.400 % 76.400 % 77.300 % 76.300 % 75.500 % 77.800 % 76.671 %
4.250,00 EUR
bay / 13y. / G / KWPN / Don Ruto / Animo / 102UB47 / Mr C Hester, Miss Jane de la Mare (3.) (3.) (3.) (3.) (4.) (3.) (3.)
4. 0893 Glock’s Voice Edward Gal NED 74.300 % 73.000 % 76.400 % 74.400 % 76.500 % 72.800 % 74.000 % 74.486 %
3.250,00 EUR
black / 15y. / S / KWPN / De Niro / Rohdiamant / NED40937 / Glock Hpc Holding (5.) (6.) (3.) (6.) (3.) (6.) (5.)
5. 0892 Vancouver K Judy Reynolds IRL 73.100 % 74.400 % 73.600 % 76.700 % 75.900 % 73.800 % 73.600 % 74.443 %
2.000,00 EUR
bay / 15y. / G / KWPN / Jazz / Ferro / IRL40808 / Joe & Kathleen Reynolds (7.) (4.) (7.) (4.) (6.) (5.) (6.)
6. 0894 Cennin Madeleine Witte-Vrees NED 74.800 % 73.000 % 73.900 % 74.100 % 76.200 % 70.100 % 75.200 % 73.900 %
1.500,00 EUR
chest / 10y. / S / KWPN / Vivaldi / Donnerhall / 104MY84 / N.F. Witte & J.E.J. Cuppen (4.) (6.) (6.) (7.) (5.) (11.) (4.)
7. 0899 Goerklintgaards Dublet Kasey Perry-Glass USA 72.800 % 74.100 % 74.900 % 74.700 % 72.000 % 74.800 % 73.500 % 73.829 %
1.000,00 EUR
bay / 14y. / G / DWB / Diamond Hit / Ferro / 103NW13 / Diane Perry (9.) (5.) (5.) (5.) (8.) (4.) (7.)
8. 0900 Rosamunde Steffen Peters USA 73.300 % 71.100 % 72.200 % 70.400 % 73.900 % 72.100 % 72.800 % 72.257 %
500,00 EUR
bay / 10y. / M / RHLD / Rock Forever / Fidermark / 103MZ45 / Four Winds Farm (6.) (10.) (10.) (11.) (7.) (8.) (8.)

Total: 25,000.00 EUR

Other, non-placed competitors

9. 0896 Mister X Inessa Merkulova RUS 73.100 % 72.100 % 72.500 % 73.800 % 68.700 % 71.600 % 71.700 % 71.929 %
bay / 13y. / G / TRAK / Egeus / – / 102YZ81 / Merkulov, Inessa (7.) (9.) (9.) (8.) (12.) (9.) (10.)
10. 0649 Du Soleil Kristy Oatley AUS 72.700 % 72.400 % 70.600 % 72.800 % 72.000 % 72.300 % 70.000 % 71.829 %
chest / 13y. / G / HANN / De Niro / Caprimond / 102ZI76 / Oatley, Rosalind & Robert (10.) (8.) (11.) (9.) (8.) (7.) (12.)
11. 0897 Smeyers Molberg Marcela Krinke-Susmelj SUI 71.400 % 70.200 % 73.000 % 72.300 % 71.500 % 70.300 % 72.000 % 71.529 %
bay / 16y. / G / DWB / Michellino / Rambo / DEN40115 / Meyer Irene + Krinke Susmelj Marcel (11.) (11.) (8.) (10.) (10.) (10.) (9.)
12. 0749 Rustique Mai Tofte Olesen DEN 70.100 % 68.100 % 70.100 % 68.800 % 71.000 % 69.800 % 70.400 % 69.757 %
grey / 15y. / G / DWB / Heslegard’s Rubin / Midt-West Ibi-Light / 104EK15 / Birgit Meister, Mai & Henrik Tofte (12.) (13.) (12.) (12.) (11.) (12.) (11.)
13. 0748 Xama Dos Pinhais Joao Victor Marcari Oliva BRA 69.400 % 68.900 % 67.500 % 68.800 % 66.900 % 67.700 % 68.300 % 68.214 %
bay / 15y. / S / LUSIT / 102XF50 / José Victor Oliva Jr (13.) (12.) (13.) (12.) (14.) (13.) (13.)
14. 0648 Bandurria Kacero Maria Florencia Manfredi ARG 64.600 % 66.100 % 66.600 % 66.900 % 67.900 % 66.700 % 66.700 % 66.500 %
bay / 12y. / G / AAFE / Wonder Boy / – / 104FE18 / Sztyrle Enrique (14.) (14.) (14.) (14.) (13.) (14.) (14.)
15. 0650 Arlekino Hanna Karasiova BLR 61.500 % 58.400 % 59.700 % 56.300 % 59.300 % 57.100 % 59.900 % 58.886 %
bay / 11y. / G / LBHA / Aromats / Gudvils / 103AO02 / Ooo Tehstroiresurs (15.) (15.) (15.) (15.) (15.) (15.) (15.)
16. 0895 Dejavu MH Wendi Williamson NZL  Elim.
black / 12y. / G / HANN / De Niro / Anamour / 104NU09 / Wendi Williamson