Final Update–Isabell Werth & Weihegold Sweep European Championships Gold With Freestyle Victory

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Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD clinching the European Championships Freestyle gold for a swep of the event, the first time a combinations has ever won three gold medals. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Aug. 26, 2017–Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD swept the European Championships with victory in the Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday to become the first rider to take the gold in all three competitions.

Isabell and the 12-year-old Oldenburg mare on which she is ranked No. 1 in the world with team gold and individual silver at last year’s Olympics and the World Cup title this year, scored  90.982 per cent, just 0.368 ahead of Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo taking silver on 90.614 per cent with Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy caputring bronze on 84.561 per cent.

Already the most decorated equestrian in history at the age of 48, Isabell was winning gold medals (the first at the Europeans in 1989) before Sönke, 22, and Cathrine, 25, were born.

Isabell captured team gold, individual gold and freestyle gold for the first time by any combination since the first time three medals were awarded in 2007, an accomplishment that brought the rider to tears standing on the medals podium.

 

Isabell Werth caught in a rare moment of tears after capturing the European Championships freestyle gold to add to the team and individual gold. Weihegold OLD is in the background. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The top three combinations posted personal best scores in the freestyle but the European Championship freestyle record score of 91.250 per cent belongs to Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro from 2013.

“Today was her best test because there were no mistakes so at the end that was the difference,” Isabell said of Weihegold. “Weihe from the first step was loose. I really felt today I could ask for what I wanted–all the transitions, the extensions, extended canter back to pirouettes, piaffe-passage… today it was really brilliant.”

Today was her best test because there were no mistakes so at the end that was the difference.

Sönke, like Cathrine in the first European championship, came so close to victory that he joked after the ride: “From so far away you can’t see (the medal), but if you look really close you’ll see it’s silver with a golden edge.”

The final centerline of spectatcular extended trot for Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo that still got the crowd clapping in unison at the European Championships Grand Prix Freestyle. The look on Sönke’s face says it all. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The ride by the young German and Cosmo came right after Cathrine Dufour who moved to the top of the leaderboard guaranteeing her at a least a bronze medal with only two more pairs to go.

From the very first note of their musical performance, expectations were high as Sönke and Cosmo had clinched team gold for Germany even before Isabell and Weihegold rode in the Grand Prix and then was awarded silver medal in the Grand Prix Special.

“I don’t go into a test thinking of what others can do and try to do better,” Sönke explained. “I’m just going into the test trying to show in the ring everything we practice outside. Today was really the day. Together with my trainers, (Monica Theodorescu and Jonny Hilberath) we made a plan before and we trained outside in the warmup.

“Today was the day where we went into the ring and he gave me back exactly what I was asking for, and that’s just what I do it for: to see the horse give back what we’re training for.”

The music clearly mesmerized and silenced the spectators until the final centerline when the pair wrapped up their performance with a spectacular extended trot that led the audience of thousands to break into clapping in time that previously had been to passage by all other riders.

The music was composed by Cees Slings, who created musical performances for Anky van Grunsven and Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén among others, that he described to dressage-news.com as an unfinished freestyle as “a kind of experiment… just wait until it’s completely finished the way I finish my productions.”

Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy earning the European Championships freestyle bronze medal. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Cathrine, the top fiishing Dane who was on the silver medal team and won individual bronze in the Grand Prix Special, admitted, “I didn’t expect to be sitting here, not at all. I hoped I could be in the fight if all went well. Cassidy was even better in the arena today, more calm. He really did evrything he could.

“I knew I had to be number one when I left the arena because these two were coming. I knew these two would really ride for their life so I’m so thrilled and super proud of Cassidy.

Honor round of European Championship freestyle medalists Isabell Werth on Weihegold (gold), Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo (silver) and Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy (bronze). © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

European Championships Grand Prix Freestyle

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

Placed competitors

1. 638 Weihegold OLD Isabell Werth GER  Tech.:  86.500 % 86.000 % 88.500 % 84.500 % 86.750 % 89.500 % 90.000 % 90.982 %
(DETAILS)
60.000,00 EUR
black / 12y. / M / OLDBG / Don Schufro / Sandro Hit / 102ZI90 / Arns-Krogmann,Christine  Art.:  95.000 % 93.000 % 94.000 % 94.000 % 94.000 % 95.000 % 97.000 %
 Total  90.750 %
(1)
89.500 %
(2)
91.250 %
(1)
89.250 %
(2)
90.375 %
(1)
92.250 %
(1)
93.500 %
(1)
2. 636 Cosmo Sönke Rothenberger GER  Tech.:  84.750 % 88.000 % 85.500 % 88.000 % 86.500 % 87.000 % 85.250 % 90.614 %
(DETAILS)
40.000,00 EUR
bay / 10y. / G / KWPN / van Gogh / Fruhling / Landjonker / 103LZ60 / Westenhoff / Rothenberger  Art.:  96.000 % 94.000 % 94.600 % 96.000 % 94.000 % 94.000 % 95.000 %
 Total  90.375 %
(2)
91.000 %
(1)
90.050 %
(2)
92.000 %
(1)
90.250 %
(2)
90.500 %
(2)
90.125 %
(2)
3. 612 Atterupgaards Cassidy Cathrine Dufour DEN  Tech.:  80.750 % 83.000 % 81.000 % 78.250 % 84.500 % 83.750 % 81.000 % 84.561 %
(DETAILS)
30.000,00 EUR
chest / 14y. / G / DWB / Caprimond / Donnerhall / DEN40739 / Dufour Family V/peter Dufour  Art.:  90.000 % 85.000 % 85.600 % 87.000 % 90.000 % 87.000 % 87.000 %
 Total  85.375 %
(3)
84.000 %
(3)
83.300 %
(3)
82.625 %
(3)
87.250 %
(3)
85.375 %
(3)
84.000 %
(3)
4. 631 Nip Tuck Carl Hester GBR  Tech.:  77.750 % 77.000 % 76.750 % 76.000 % 80.250 % 79.500 % 78.750 % 80.614 %
(DETAILS)
20.000,00 EUR
bay / 13y. / G / KWPN / Don Ruto / Animo / 102UB47 / Mr C Hester,Miss Jane De La Mare  Art.:  86.000 % 80.000 % 85.000 % 81.000 % 85.000 % 86.000 % 79.600 %
 Total  81.875 %
(4)
78.500 %
(7)
80.875 %
(4)
78.500 %
(5)
82.625 %
(4)
82.750 %
(4)
79.175 %
(5)
5. 664 Dante Weltino OLD Therese Nilshagen SWE  Tech.:  76.500 % 79.000 % 75.750 % 76.000 % 78.500 % 79.250 % 76.750 % 80.411 %
(DETAILS)
10.000,00 EUR
black / 10y. / S / OLDBG / Danone 4 / Welt Hit II / 104VX30 / Dressurpferde Leistungsz + T. Nilsh  Art.:  84.000 % 85.000 % 85.000 % 81.000 % 83.000 % 84.000 % 82.000 %
 Total  80.250 %
(5)
82.000 %
(4)
80.375 %
(5)
78.500 %
(5)
80.750 %
(5)
81.625 %
(5)
79.375 %
(4)
6. 615 Arlando Anna Zibrandtsen DEN  Tech.:  76.250 % 76.250 % 74.000 % 76.250 % 76.750 % 75.500 % 75.000 % 77.829 %
(DETAILS)
8.000,00 EUR
dbay / 12y. / S / KWPN / Paddox / Mytens XX / 103LG06 / Bregnerödgaard APS  Art.:  82.000 % 80.000 % 77.000 % 82.000 % 81.000 % 77.000 % 80.600 %
 Total  79.125 %
(6)
78.125 %
(8)
75.500 %
(11)
79.125 %
(4)
78.875 %
(7)
76.250 %
(7)
77.800 %
(6)
7. 613 Donnperignon Anna Kasprzak DEN  Tech.:  73.750 % 76.750 % 75.250 % 74.250 % 76.000 % 74.250 % 73.500 % 77.696 %
(DETAILS)
6.000,00 EUR
dchst / 18y. / G / FWB / Donnerhall / Mozart Ii79 / GER25410 / Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak  Art.:  82.000 % 81.000 % 84.000 % 78.000 % 82.000 % 78.000 % 79.000 %
 Total  77.875 %
(9)
78.875 %
(6)
79.625 %
(6)
76.125 %
(9)
79.000 %
(6)
76.125 %
(9)
76.250 %
(10)
8. 645 Cennin Madeleine Witte-Vrees NED  Tech.:  75.000 % 77.250 % 77.000 % 74.250 % 77.000 % 75.500 % 72.750 % 77.511 %
(DETAILS)
4.000,00 EUR
chest / 10y. / S / KWPN / Vivaldi / Donnerhall / 104MY84 / N.F. Witte & J.E.J. Cuppen  Art.:  81.000 % 82.000 % 82.000 % 77.000 % 80.000 % 76.000 % 78.400 %
 Total  78.000 %
(7)
79.625 %
(5)
79.500 %
(7)
75.625 %
(10)
78.500 %
(8)
75.750 %
(11)
75.575 %
(11)
9. 662 Delaunay Patrik Kittel SWE  Tech.:  73.000 % 75.750 % 74.750 % 76.250 % 74.250 % 76.500 % 76.000 % 77.350 %
(DETAILS)
3.150,00 EUR
bay / 11y. / G / OLDBG / Dr.Doolittle / Feinbrand / 103HO85 / Patrik Kittel & Carol u Andrew Oatl  Art.:  80.000 % 80.000 % 80.000 % 78.000 % 79.000 % 81.000 % 78.400 %
 Total  76.500 %
(13)
77.875 %
(9)
77.375 %
(9)
77.125 %
(8)
76.625 %
(10)
78.750 %
(6)
77.200 %
(8)
10. 665 Paridon Magi Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén
SWE  Tech.:  72.500 % 75.500 % 74.250 % 74.750 % 72.750 % 73.750 % 75.750 % 76.789 %
(DETAILS)
3.150,00 EUR
bay / 14y. / G / SWB / Don Primero / Napoleon 625 / 102QX23 / Lövsta Stuteri AB  Art.:  81.000 % 79.000 % 80.800 % 80.000 % 80.000 % 77.000 % 78.000 %
 Total  76.750 %
(12)
77.250 %
(10)
77.525 %
(8)
77.375 %
(7)
76.375 %
(11)
75.375 %
(13)
76.875 %
(9)
11. 637 Sammy Davis Jr. Dorothee Schneider GER  Tech.:  73.750 % 74.000 % 74.500 % 72.000 % 75.500 % 75.500 % 76.000 % 76.289 %
(DETAILS)
3.150,00 EUR
black / 11y. / G / BAY / San Remo / Wenckstern / 105KW44 / Herbert,Matthias  Art.:  81.000 % 77.000 % 77.800 % 76.000 % 79.000 % 77.000 % 79.000 %
 Total  77.375 %
(10)
75.500 %
(12)
76.150 %
(10)
74.000 %
(12)
77.250 %
(9)
76.250 %
(7)
77.500 %
(7)
12. 619 Deep Impact 3 Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez ESP  Tech.:  73.750 % 73.500 % 74.500 % 73.750 % 73.500 % 74.000 % 74.250 % 75.675 %
(DETAILS)
3.150,00 EUR
black / 14y. / G / HANN / de Niro / Rubinstein I / 104EJ06 / Robert Acs & Aniko Losonczy  Art.:  80.000 % 77.000 % 75.800 % 77.000 % 79.000 % 78.000 % 75.400 %
 Total  76.875 %
(11)
75.250 %
(13)
75.150 %
(12)
75.375 %
(11)
76.250 %
(13)
76.000 %
(10)
74.825 %
(14)
13. 633 Super Nova II Spencer Wilton GBR  Tech.:  75.000 % 74.750 % 72.250 % 71.000 % 74.750 % 73.000 % 73.250 % 75.443 %
(DETAILS)
3.150,00 EUR
bay / 14y. / G / HANN-GB / de Niro / 102UB50 / Jen Goodman & Spencer Wilton  Art.:  81.000 % 77.000 % 77.400 % 75.000 % 78.000 % 76.000 % 77.800 %
 Total  78.000 %
(7)
75.875 %
(11)
74.825 %
(13)
73.000 %
(14)
76.375 %
(11)
74.500 %
(14)
75.525 %
(12)
14. 604 Söhnlein Brilliant MJ Belinda Weinbauer AUT  Tech.:  72.000 % 69.750 % 72.500 % 72.750 % 74.000 % 72.000 % 73.250 % 74.232 %
(DETAILS)
3.150,00 EUR
bay / 15y. / S / HANN / Shakespeare In Love / Rabino / AUT40448 / Marianne Jerich  Art.:  76.000 % 73.000 % 76.000 % 74.000 % 78.000 % 79.000 % 77.000 %
 Total  74.000 %
(15)
71.375 %
(14)
74.250 %
(14)
73.375 %
(13)
76.000 %
(14)
75.500 %
(12)
75.125 %
(13)
15. 644 Four Seasons 19 Diederik Van Silfhout NED  Tech.:  72.000 % 69.500 % 71.750 % 70.000 % 74.000 % 70.000 % 69.750 % 72.657 %
(DETAILS)
3.150,00 EUR
chest / 13y. / G / WESTF / Fürst Piccolo / Mon Cheri / 104KH92 / S.D.O. Dressage & J.v.Silfout & A.  Art.:  77.000 % 73.000 % 75.000 % 73.000 % 77.000 % 70.000 % 75.200 %
 Total  74.500 %
(14)
71.250 %
(15)
73.375 %
(15)
71.500 %
(15)
75.500 %
(15)
70.000 %
(15)
72.475 %
(15)