Germany, as Expected, Takes Lead at Midpoint in Aachen Nations Cup, Laura Graves Pulls USA Into 2nd

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Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD completing their CDIO5* Nations Cup at Aachen. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 20, 2017–A powerful German team took the lead midway through the CDIO5* Nations Cup Thursday but Laura Graves and Verdades pulled the United States into second place at a competition that has the feel of a world championship.

Isabell Werth on her Olympic team gold medal mount Weihegold OLD and on whch she is ranked No. 1 in the world, scored 83.171 per cent as the top individual in the Grand Prix while Laura and her Verdades ranked No. 4 in the world were awarded 79.514 per cent for second place individually.

(See separate report to come on Team USA and a photo gallery of the Grand Prix)

The standings after the Grand Prix with the Grand Prix Special on Saturday to decide the Nations Cup are: 1. Germany 236.457; 2. United States 222.842; 3. Denmark 218.457; 4. Sweden 216.400; 5. Spain 214.171; 6. Great Britain 209.228; 7. Netherlands 207.914, 8. Belgium 206.072.

Isabell and Weihegold, a 12-year-old Oldenburg mare that won the Omaha World Cup Final as well team gold and individual silver at the Rio Games, received 15 marks of the maximum of 10.

She described Weihegold, which she began competing regularly 18 months ago, as “really fantastic, really focused. She was in the right temperament, happy to present herself.”

Laura and Verdades, the KWPN gelding that she has nurtured from a foal to now at the age of 15, received two marks of 10, including one for the rein back from Great Britain’s Isobel Wessels at C who said it was her first ever for that movement.

However, Laura of Geneva, Florida and “Diddy,” as she calls Verdades, made a mistake in the two-tempi changes that dropped their score that at that point had been above 80 per cent and as high as 82 per cent.

She made it clear, however, she loved competing at Aachen–“it’s the kind of show that you just want to do this one every year.”

Even so, she said, she is “tired of being the bridesmaid” and is determined to fulfill the unparalleled scope that she knows Verdades is capable of.

Laura Graves and Verdades in the CDIO5* Nations Cup at Aachen, Germany. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Sönke Rothenberger, 22 years old, and Cosmo, the 10-year-old KWPN gelding with which he was a gold medal team mate of Isabell’s at Rio, placed third individually on 78.757 per cent. He admitted to three costly mistakes–in the rein back, the zig zag and a piaffe.

Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy, a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding that also has brought the horse from juniors, to young riders, Under-25 and the Olympics for Denmark last year, was fourth on 77.414 per cent.

Adrienne Lyle, drafted at the last minute to ride the the 10-year-old Salvino in only his third international competition and first Nations Cup, turned in a solid performance with a score of 71.814 per cent to be the second ranked American.

Adrienne, who rode Wizard, now retired, for the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics, said she thought about pushing for more but, “I decided to stick with the training and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.”

Results:

Team Standings After CDIO5* Grand Prix
RANK TEAM GRAND PRIX GRAND PRIX SPECIAL TOTAL
1 236.457 236.457
2
USA
222.842 222.842
3 218.457 218.457
4 216.400 216.400
5 214.171 214.171
6 209.228 209.228
7 207.914 207.914
8 206.072 206.072

Individual CDIO5* Grand Prix

Judges–K: Anne Gribbons E: Susan Hoevenaars H: Hans-Christian Matthiesen C: Isobel Wessels M: Francis Verbeek-van Rooy B: Evi Eisenhardt F: Annette Fransén-Iacobaeus

RANK NR. RIDER

&
HORSE

1 387
Isabell Werth
GER
7800 83.171
Weihegold OLD

2 385
Laura Graves
USA
5500 Live
Verdades

3 321
Sönke Rothenberger
GER
3600 78.757
Cosmo 59

4 307
Cathrine Dufour
DEN
2200 77.414
Atterupgaards Cassidy

5 384
Judy Reynolds
IRL
1400 75.257
Vancouver K

6 330
Patrik Kittel
SWE
500 74.686
Delaunay

7 374
Dorothee Schneider
GER
500 74.529
Sammy Davis Jr.

8 329
Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez
ESP
500 73.971
Deep Impact 3

9 301
Claudio Castilla Ruiz
ESP
500 72.557
Alcaide

10 381
Jorinde Verwimp
BEL
500 72.543
Tiamo

11 390
Patrick van der Meer
NED
500 72.414
Zippo

12 359
Agnete Kirk Thinggaard
DEN
500 72.157
Jojo AZ

13 373
Adrienne Lyle
USA
71.814
Salvino

14 361
Olivia Lagoy-Weltz
USA
71.514
Lonoir

15 358
Hubertus Schmidt
GER
71.371
Imperio 3

16 326
Therese Nilshagen
SWE
71.157
Dante Weltino OLD

17 360
Emile Faurie
GBR
71.114
Lollipop 126

18 366
Inessa Merkulova
RUS
71.100
Mister X

19 311
Malin Nilsson
SWE
70.557
Bon-Ami

20 372
Hayley Watson-Greaves
GBR
69.743
Rubins Nite

21 378
Marcela Krinke Susmelj
SUI
69.371
Smeyers Molberg

22 353
Kasey Perry-Glass
USA
68.929
Goerklintgaards Dublet

23 375
Anders Dahl
DEN
68.886
Selten HW

23 348
Laurence Roos
BEL
68.886
Fil Rouge

25 310
Daniel Bachmann Andersen
DEN
68.614
Blue Hors Don Olymbrio

26 302
Gillian Davison
GBR
68.371
Alfranco

27 356
Marieke van der Putten
NED
67.871
Zingaro Apple

28 363
Jordi Domingo Coll
ESP
67.643
Mango Statesman

29 323
Jeannette Haazen
NED
67.629
Dabanos d´O4

30 336
Cristobal Belmonte Roldán
ESP
67.314
Diavolo II de Laubry

31 316
Margo Timmermans
NED
65.529
Catch Me

32 371
David Engelen
BEL
64.643
Royal Rubinstein

33 314
Juliette Ramel
SWE
63.229
Buriel K.H.