Isabell Werth & Weihegold Win European Championships Individual Gold, Sönke Rothenberger & Cosmo Silver, Cathrine Dufour & Cassidy Bronze

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Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD on the final centerline to win the European Championships Grand Prix Special for individual gold. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Aug. 25, 2017–Isabell Werth on Weihegold won the European Championships individual gold medal Friday with Germany’s Olympic gold medal team mates Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo capturing the silver and Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy the bronze.

For Isabell and Weihegold, the No. 1 ranked pair in the world, the score of 83.613 per cent for the victory in the Grand Prix Special that decided the individual medals was less than 0.10 per cent from their personal best.

Both other medalists posted personal bests–Sönke and the 10-year-old Cosmo on 82.479 per cent and Cathrine on Cassidy on 79.761 per cent. And it was also the first senior Europeans for Sönke and Cathrine.

European Championship individual medalists on the podium–Isabell Werth gold (center), Sönke Rothenberger silver (left) and Cathrine Dufour bronze (right). © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Isabell took in stride jokes about the fact the combined ages of Sönke, 22, and Cathrine, 25, at 47 is lower than her 48 years. She won the first ever Grand Prix Special at a Europeans, in 1991 on Gigolo.

Her two gold medals so far here brought Isabell’s total since her first Europeans in 1989 to 18, plus three silver and one bronze. Her last victory in the Grand Prix Special was 10 years ago.

Isabell is also a six-time Olympic and seven-time world champion and is in the top 10 of the world rankings on three different horses.

The competition following the Grand Prix in this stadium–famous for having to be reinforced after an enthusiastic crowd at a Bruce Springsteen concert weakened the structure–where the German team won gold, Denmark silver and Sweden bronze was closer at the top of the leaderboard of 30 starting combinations and than a total of 66 rides over two days in the Grand Prix.

The crowd clapping in time that was directed exclusively at Isabell and Weihegold, a 12-year-old Oldenburg mare, in the last half of the final centerline in the Grand Prix was enlivened to extend the same salute to the entire last group of horses and riders and the Swedish riders on Friday

The score of 82.479 per cent for Sönke and the 10-year-old KWPN gelding whose movements he described as being “like a spring” and converted him to dressage from jumping was within 1.134 per cent of the result for Isabell and on some movements threatened to take the lead.

However, her score sheet included 26 marks of 10, the maximum, especially for the final centerline of piaffe and passage and for rider’s position and effectiveness of aids.

“Weihe is in the best form ever,” Isabell declared after her ride. “It was a clear test without mistakes and with a lot of precision, so I’m completely happy. For me the challenge was to take enough risk but not too much because I knew the rest behind me want to make me angry. It worked.”

“For me it was the best feeling in the trot and passage that I’ve ever had with her. It was like a metronome in passage.”

Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo in their individual silver medal performance at the European Championships. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

One of those behind her was Sönke on Cosmo who was awarded 12 10s by the ground jury of seven judges, including two 10s in both the one and two-tempi lines of changes.

“I know my horse (Cosmo) can do it, and I never doubted from the first day I sat on him that he could beat anybody if things work out the way I would want,” he said. “But it’s always a different story to bring it on the day, which is what Isabell is so good at….doing it on the day, on the spot when you need it and that’s what we try to work on, and that’s what we train for every day. We are getting closer and closer, but we are not quite there yet.”

On his family’s equestrian successes–both parents were Olympic medalists and two sisters are highly competitive–he said: “We can’t think of a life without horses. I always thought when you have a jumping horse and you jump a 1.60-meter obstacle you get goosebumps and the feeling of being on a roller-coaster that you can’t have that on a dressage horse–until I sat on Cosmo, and then I realized he gives me that feeling as well.”

Cathrine Dufour looked ready to burst into tears with happiness and mentioned the journey of her riding career on Cassidy, a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding that she has ridden through juniors seven years ago, to young riders, under-25 then the Olympics in 2016 and her first Europeans here.

Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy in their European Championships individual bronze medal ride, a day after the team took silver. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Therese Nilshagen gave the home crowd a reason to celebrate when she placed fourth on Dante Weltino OLD on a score of 78.585 per cent, that was a personal best for her and the 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare and was the highest placed Swedish duo.

Therese Nilshagen on Dante Weltino OLD posting a personal best score to be the highest finishing Swedish combination in the Grand Prix Special. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-ndews.com,

Results:

European Championships Grand Prix Special

Judges–K: Isobel Wessels GBR E: Anne Gribbons USA H: Annette Fransen Iacobaeus SWE C: Francis Verbeek van Rooy NED M: Hans Christian Mattiesen DEN B: Susie Hovenaars AUS F: Evi Eisenhardt GER
RANK HNR COMPETITOR NAT. K E H C M B F TOTAL

Placed competitors

1. 638 Weihegold OLD Isabell Werth GER 82.353 % 84.118 % 83.725 % 84.216 % 83.137 % 83.431 % 84.314 % 83.613 %
(DETAILS)
21.000,00 EUR
black / 12y. / M / OLDBG / Don Schufro / Sandro Hit / 102ZI90 / Arns-Krogmann,Christine (1.) (1.) (1.) (2.) (1.) (1.) (1.)
2. 636 Cosmo Sönke Rothenberger GER 81.667 % 80.588 % 83.333 % 85.588 % 80.784 % 83.137 % 82.255 % 82.479 %
(DETAILS)
16.000,00 EUR
bay / 10y. / G / KWPN / van Gogh / Fruhling / Landjonker / 103LZ60 / Westenhoff / Rothenberger (2.) (2.) (2.) (1.) (2.) (2.) (2.)
3. 612 Atterupgaards Cassidy Cathrine Dufour DEN 78.333 % 80.490 % 79.216 % 80.686 % 79.902 % 79.608 % 80.098 % 79.762 %
(DETAILS)
11.000,00 EUR
chest / 14y. / G / DWB / Caprimond / Donnerhall / DEN40739 / Dufour Family V/peter Dufour (5.) (3.) (4.) (3.) (3.) (3.) (3.)
4. 664 Dante Weltino OLD Therese Nilshagen SWE 78.725 % 78.039 % 81.765 % 77.059 % 77.941 % 78.235 % 78.333 % 78.585 %
(DETAILS)
8.000,00 EUR
black / 10y. / S / OLDBG / Danone 4 / Welt Hit II / 104VX30 / Dressurpferde Leistungsz + T. Nilsh (4.) (5.) (3.) (5.) (4.) (4.) (5.)
5. 631 Nip Tuck Carl Hester GBR 76.471 % 78.431 % 76.078 % 77.745 % 73.235 % 75.294 % 79.804 % 76.723 %
(DETAILS)
6.000,00 EUR
bay / 13y. / G / KWPN / Don Ruto / Animo / 102UB47 / Mr C Hester,Miss Jane De La Mare (7.) (4.) (7.) (4.) (13.) (7.) (4.)
6. 633 Super Nova II Spencer Wilton GBR 80.196 % 74.412 % 75.196 % 75.980 % 76.275 % 75.196 % 75.294 % 76.078 %
(DETAILS)
4.000,00 EUR
bay / 14y. / G / HANN-GB / de Niro / 102UB50 / Jen Goodman & Spencer Wilton (3.) (7.) (8.) (6.) (5.) (8.) (10.)
7. 662 Delaunay Patrik Kittel SWE 74.608 % 75.196 % 76.765 % 74.706 % 74.314 % 75.000 % 77.843 % 75.490 %
(DETAILS)
2.500,00 EUR
bay / 11y. / G / OLDBG / Dr.Doolittle / Feinbrand / 103HO85 / Patrik Kittel & Carol u Andrew Oatl (10.) (6.) (5.) (8.) (7.) (9.) (6.)
8. 613 Donnperignon Anna Kasprzak DEN 75.784 % 73.529 % 74.902 % 75.980 % 73.922 % 75.784 % 75.000 % 74.986 %
(DETAILS)
1.500,00 EUR
dchst / 18y. / G / FWB / Donnerhall / Mozart Ii79 / GER25410 / Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak (8.) (8.) (9.) (6.) (8.) (5.) (11.)

Total: 70,000.00 EUR

Other, non-placed competitors

9. 645 Cennin Madeleine Witte-Vrees NED 77.745 % 72.843 % 74.314 % 74.412 % 74.902 % 74.412 % 73.824 % 74.636 %
(DETAILS)
chest / 10y. / S / KWPN / Vivaldi / Donnerhall / 104MY84 / N.F. Witte & J.E.J. Cuppen (6.) (11.) (11.) (9.) (6.) (11.) (13.)
10. 665 Paridon Magi Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén SWE 74.902 % 73.235 % 76.176 % 71.863 % 73.725 % 74.118 % 75.588 % 74.230 %
(DETAILS)
bay / 14y. / G / SWB / Don Primero / Napoleon 625 / 102QX23 / Lövsta Stuteri AB (9.) (9.) (6.) (14.) (9.) (12.) (9.)
11. 615 Arlando Anna Zibrandtsen DEN 72.647 % 72.353 % 73.333 % 72.941 % 73.039 % 72.549 % 76.471 % 73.333 %
(DETAILS)
dbay / 12y. / S / KWPN / Paddox / Mytens XX / 103LG06 / Bregnerödgaard APS (17.) (12.) (13.) (11.) (14.) (16.) (7.)
12. 637 Sammy Davis Jr. Dorothee Schneider GER 73.039 % 71.863 % 70.686 % 72.451 % 73.431 % 75.392 % 75.882 % 73.249 %
(DETAILS)
black / 11y. / G / BAY / San Remo / Wenckstern / 105KW44 / Herbert,Matthias (15.) (13.) (22.) (12.) (11.) (6.) (8.)
13. 614 Jojo AZ Agnete Kirk Thinggaard DEN 73.235 % 70.686 % 74.706 % 71.275 % 73.725 % 73.039 % 73.922 % 72.941 %
(DETAILS)
dbay / 14y. / G / HSH / Ginus / Justboy / 103KA01 / Julianelyst Aps & Claus Thinggaard (13.) (16.) (10.) (18.) (9.) (14.) (12.)
14. 644 Four Seasons 19 Diederik Van Silfhout NED 73.333 % 71.863 % 70.784 % 72.353 % 70.882 % 74.510 % 73.039 % 72.395 %
(DETAILS)
chest / 13y. / G / WESTF / Fürst Piccolo / Mon Cheri / 104KH92 / S.D.O. Dressage & J.v.Silfout & A. (12.) (13.) (21.) (13.) (21.) (10.) (15.)
15. 663 Zuidenwind 1187 Rose Mathisen SWE 73.235 % 73.039 % 74.216 % 71.667 % 73.333 % 70.098 % 71.078 % 72.381 %
(DETAILS)
bay / 13y. / S / KWPN / Oo Seven / Jazz / 104RQ40 / Gränsbo Stuteri & VDL Stud (13.) (10.) (12.) (16.) (12.) (21.) (20.)
16. 619 Deep Impact 3 Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez ESP 72.941 % 69.314 % 72.353 % 74.216 % 71.275 % 71.667 % 73.627 % 72.199 %
(DETAILS)
black / 14y. / G / HANN / de Niro / Rubinstein I / 104EJ06 / Robert Acs & Aniko Losonczy (16.) (22.) (17.) (10.) (17.) (17.) (14.)
17. 604 Söhnlein Brilliant MJ Belinda Weinbauer AUT 72.255 % 71.275 % 72.451 % 70.392 % 69.804 % 73.529 % 72.157 % 71.695 %
(DETAILS)
bay / 15y. / S / HANN / Shakespeare In Love / Rabino / AUT40448 / Marianne Jerich (19.) (15.) (15.) (21.) (24.) (13.) (16.)
18. 655 Diavolessa V. Tatyana Kosterina RUS 73.627 % 70.392 % 71.961 % 70.882 % 72.255 % 70.196 % 70.294 % 71.373 %
(DETAILS)
9y. / M / HANN / Don Frederico / Londonderry / 105AQ96 / Josef Scheele von Alven (11.) (18.) (19.) (20.) (15.) (20.) (24.)
19. 643 Zippo Patrick van der Meer NED 71.275 % 69.412 % 72.843 % 71.765 % 71.765 % 70.098 % 71.961 % 71.303 %
(DETAILS)
chest / 13y. / G / KWPN / Rousseau / Haarlem / 103NA98 / Trainingsstal De Hoeve (22.) (19.) (14.) (15.) (16.) (21.) (17.)
20. 630 Lollipop 126 Emile Faurie GBR 71.863 % 67.745 % 72.451 % 71.569 % 71.078 % 70.490 % 70.686 % 70.840 %
(DETAILS)
bay / 13y. / G / HANN / Lord Sinclair I / Welt Hit I O / 105DY76 / Knyaginicheva,Elena (20.) (26.) (15.) (17.) (20.) (18.) (23.)
21. 635 Damsey FRH Helen Langehanenberg GER 68.235 % 70.686 % 71.078 % 70.294 % 71.275 % 72.941 % 70.784 % 70.756 %
(DETAILS)
bay / 15y. / S / HANN / Dressage Royal / Ritual / GER45558 / Leatherdale,Louise & Meyer,Susanne (28.) (16.) (20.) (23.) (17.) (15.) (22.)
22. 650 Coroado Maria Caetano POR 71.863 % 68.922 % 72.059 % 69.118 % 70.588 % 70.392 % 70.980 % 70.560 %
(DETAILS)
10y. / S / LUS / Rubi / 103VQ51 / Juan Manuel Cordeiro (20.) (23.) (18.) (24.) (22.) (19.) (21.)
23. 653 Santurion de Massa Daniel Pinto POR 72.314 % 69.373 % 70.255 % 71.137 % 71.235 % 68.588 % 69.863 % 70.395 %
(DETAILS)
bay / 11y. / S / POR / Munchhausen / Estoiro / 103YD95 / Syndicat Santurion (18.) (21.) (23.) (19.) (19.) (23.) (25.)
24. 642 Glock’s Voice Edward Gal NED 70.980 % 68.922 % 69.902 % 68.725 % 68.235 % 68.039 % 71.471 % 69.468 %
(DETAILS)
black / 15y. / S / KWPN / de Niro / Rohdiamant / NED40937 / Glock HPC Holding (23.) (23.) (24.) (26.) (27.) (26.) (18.)
25. 607 Tiamo Jorinde Verwimp BEL 70.000 % 69.412 % 69.412 % 68.529 % 68.922 % 68.431 % 71.176 % 69.412 %
(DETAILS)
bay / 17y. / G / KWPN / Lester / Hemmingway / 103CA97 / Verwimp (dressuurstal) (25.) (19.) (26.) (28.) (26.) (24.) (19.)
26. 660 Smeyers Molberg Marcela Krinke Susmelj SUI 69.176 % 67.608 % 69.863 % 68.882 % 70.059 % 68.294 % 68.294 % 68.882 %
(DETAILS)
bay / 16y. / G / DWB / Michellino / Rambo / DEN40115 / Meyer Irene + Krinke Susmelj Marcel (26.) (28.) (25.) (25.) (23.) (25.) (26.)
27. 605 Fil Rouge Laurence Roos BEL 70.294 % 67.745 % 68.824 % 70.392 % 68.039 % 67.353 % 66.765 % 68.487 %
(DETAILS)
dbay / 12y. / S / BWP / Stedinger / Argentinus / 102NO69 / Laurence Roos (24.) (26.) (28.) (21.) (28.) (27.) (28.)
28. 628 Ultrablue de Massa Arnaud Serre FRA 68.627 % 68.333 % 68.431 % 67.353 % 69.608 % 66.863 % 68.137 % 68.193 %
(DETAILS)
black / 9y. / G / POR / Rubin Royal, Old / Almonda Mac / 103ZU68 / Mme Anne Sophie Bernard de la Gatin (27.) (25.) (29.) (29.) (25.) (29.) (27.)
29. 618 Mango Statesman Jordi Domingo Coll ESP 67.941 % 66.176 % 69.216 % 68.725 % 66.471 % 67.059 % 65.294 % 67.269 %
(DETAILS)
bay / 10y. / S / Sandro Hit / 103XJ43 / Jordi Domingo Coll (29.) (29.) (27.) (26.) (29.) (28.) (29.)
30. 658 Raffaelo v. Bene Anna-Mengia Aerne SUI EL
grey / 16y. / S / Royal Diamond / Lanacar / 104NB08 / Aerne-Caliezi Anna-Mengia