Isabell Werth & Emilio Post Personal Best to Win Den Bosch Freestyle Ahead of Defending World Cup Title in Paris

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Isabell Werth and Emilio at the Dutch Masters World Cup. © 2018 DigiShots

‘s-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, Mar. 10, 2018–Isabell Werth, the reigning World Cup champion, posted a personal best Grand Prix Freestyle score on Emilio to win the Dutch Masters Sunday, a month before the Paris Final. Isabell led a parade of the top seven placed combinations all posting personal best scores in the last of the events around the globe to qualify for the World Cup Final.

Isabell and the 12-year-old Westfalen gelding, ranked No. 5 in the world, scored 87.405 per cent for the victory to wrap up qualifying events around the world for the 18 starting places at the annual championship.

“Emilio certainly showed an improvement today,” she said, “he was amazing, he felt like 90 per cent!”

Isabell intends to start in Paris with Weihegold OLD on which she is ranked No. 1 in the world and took the title at Omaha, Nebraska a ear ago as well as sweeping the 2017 European Championships and team gold at the 2016 Olympics. She will be seeking her fourth World Cup title.

Edward Gal on Glock’s Zonik also logged their best result with a score of 83.875 per cent second place and earning the maximum of 20 points that clinches the pair an invitation to the French capital.

“He’s improving so fast,” Edward said. “This was only his third World Cup. There are a few little things that need improving, but he keeps surprising me.”

Paris will be the first championship for Edward and the 10-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion that have been partnered at Grand Prix since June last year. Edward was World Cup champion on Totilas in 2010.

Holland’s Madeleine Witte-Vrees and Cennin also were in the parade of personal bests with a score of 82.555 per cent for third place to assure a ticket to Paris and their second final, having competed at Omaha last year.

German team rider Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Zaire-E also logged a personal best on Zaire-E of 80.525 per cent to place fourth. Jessica, who has had some of her best performances on Unee BB and Zaire since returning from a baby break five months ago, will get a start in Paris for the rider’s fourth Final, all on Unee BB placing third in both Las Vegas in 2015 and Gothenburg, Sweden in 2016.

The Netherlands’ Emmelie Scholtens on Apache also posted joined the personal best list with a score of 80.215 per cent for fifth place, the first result above 80 per cent for the pair. Emmelie and the 13-year-old KWPN stallion competed in only their second event since returning to the international arena at the end of January after a six-month absence.

Anne Meulendijks and MDH Avanti in only their second Big Tour Freestyle, scored 78.235 per cent for sixth. The partnership of Anne and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding won European Young Rider Championship team gold in 2013, team silver and individual and freestyle gold at the Europeans in 2014, team silver at the inaugural Under-25 European Championships in 2016 and repeated in 2017 as well as winning individual silver but the freestyle was canceled because of faulty equipment.

Although the No. 1 Under-25 combination in the world, the 24-year-old rider and Avanti moved up to the senior ranks last month, capturing both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle at Le Mans, France.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges E: Adriaan F. Hamoen-NED H: Andrew Ralph Gardner-GBR) C: Katrina Wuest-GER M: Monique Peutz-NED B: Christof Umbach-LUX
Pl. CNR HORSE – BREEDING
SEX\COLOUR\BORN\SIRE X SIREDAM\
NAT E H C M B TOTAL
RIDER
OWNER
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
1 207 Emilio 107 – WESTF
G \ Bay \ 2006 \ Ehrenpreis x Cacir Aa
GER
13750 82.75 82.75 83.50 79.25 83.00 87.405
Isabell  Werth
Winter-schulze, Madeleine & Werth, Isabell
90.40 92.40 94.60 91.00 94.40
2 209 Glock´s Zonik N.O.P. – DWB
S \ DarkBay \ 2008 \ Blue Hors Zack x Romanov
NED
10000 77.75 80.50 81.00 79.75 80.00 83.900
Edward  Gal
Glock Hpc Holding B.v.
85.60 86.60 87.60 88.60 91.60
3 216 Cennin – KWPN
S \ Chestnut \ 2007 \ Vivaldi x Donnerhall
NED
7500 79.75 77.00 78.25 78.00 81.75 82.555
Madeleine  Witte-vrees
N.f. Witte & J.e.j. Cuppen
84.60 84.20 84.80 87.20 90.00
4 206 Zaire-E – KWPN
M \ Bay \ 2004 \ Son de Niro x Jazz
GER
5625 75.25 79.00 75.50 76.00 76.50 80.525
Jessica  Von Bredow-werndl
Aubenhausen Gbr
81.40 84.20 84.60 85.80 87.00
5 213 Apache – KWPN
S \ Bay \ 2005 \ Ub-40 x Krack C
NED
3125 77.25 75.25 75.75 75.75 80.75 80.315
Emmelie  Scholtens
A. Valk
82.40 81.60 83.80 82.80 87.80
6 211 MDH Avanti N.O.P. – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2005 \ United x Farrington
NED
2500 75.25 76.00 77.25 75.75 75.50 78.235
Anne  Meulendijks
Mdh Sporthorses Bv & A. Meulendijks
79.60 80.40 81.60 81.60 79.40
7 215 Four Seasons 19 – WESTF
G \ Chestnut \ 2004 \ Fürst Piccolo x Mon Cheri
NED
1875 72.25 72.25 72.25 72.50 71.50 76.015
Diederik  Van Silfhout
S.d.o. Dressage & J.v.silfout & A.c. V. Silfout
79.40 80.80 79.60 80.40 79.20
8 205 Rubins Nite – Limbo
G \ Black \ 2004 \ Rubin Royal Old x Limbo
GBR
1250 71.75 71.00 68.50 70.25 71.25 75.595
Hayley  Watson-greaves
Hayley Watson – Greaves
81.00 78.60 81.80 81.40 80.40
9 203 Sir Donnerhall II OLD – OLDBG
S \ DarkBay \ 2006 \ Sandro Hit x Donnerhall 11
ESP
625 71.50 71.00 70.25 72.75 71.00 75.390
Morgan  Barbançon Mestre
Nyreroed, Henrik & Kloy, Sabine
78.20 79.40 78.80 81.40 79.60
10 208 Zephyr – Farmer
G \ Bay \ 2004 \ Jazz x Farmer
NED
625 70.50 73.75 71.00 71.25 70.50 74.920
Adelinde  Cornelissen
W.p.j. Cornelissen
76.60 78.80 80.00 78.40 78.40
11 202 Tiamo – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Lester x Hemmingway
BEL
625 69.25 71.50 74.25 72.25 71.00 74.665
Jorinde  Verwimp
Verwimp (dressuurstal)
74.00 77.60 78.80 79.40 78.60
12 212 Zanardi – KWPN
S \ Grey \ 2004 \ Rubels x Avignon
NED
625 69.00 69.50 67.25 69.75 70.50 73.980
Hans Peter  Minderhoud
H.p.f. Minderhoud & R.landa
80.60 76.60 82.20 77.20 77.20
13 214 Zippo – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 2004 \ Rousseau x Haarlem
NED
625 70.75 70.75 73.00 69.50 68.00 73.740
Patrick  Van Der Meer
Trainingsstal De Hoeve
78.00 78.00 79.20 76.40 73.80
14 210 Thriller – KWPN
G \ \ 2000 \ Gribaldi x Amor
NED
625 65.50 63.75 66.75 65.00 61.25 65.285
Katja  Gevers
Dhr. R. Gevers
68.80 63.60 67.60 69.80 60.80
204 Lollipop 126 – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2004 \ Lord Sinclair I x Welt Hit I O
GBR
625 0.000
Emile  Faurie
Elena Knyaginicheva