Sönke Rothenberger & Cosmo Beat Isabell Werth & Emilio to Win Hagen CDI4* Grand Prix Special

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Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo in the German Olympic gold medal pair’s winning performance in the Horses & Dreams CDI4* Grand Prix Special.

HAGEN, Germany, April 29, 2018–Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo fully back on form after an eight-month competition break performed a near-best result to win the Horses & Dreams CDI4* Grand Prix Special Sunday, repeating a year-ago victory over Isabell Werth on Emilio.

In the repeat performance at this same start of the open air circuit, Sönke and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding that were 2016 Olympic and 2017 European Championship team gold medalists scored 82.255 per cent. The best result for the pair is 82.479 per cent set at the Europeans in Gothenburg, Sweden in August–the last competition for the pair before their ring break.

Sönke, 23 years old, and the horse that he has competed since Young Riders in 2014 and he is aiming for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in September, displayed a rusty first start since the break to place third in the Grand Prix Saturday but recovered for faultless performance in the Special.

“Cosmo felt more consistent today,” he said. “He got used to the atmosphere remarkably quickly. Although I decided to still stay on the cautious side in the extended canter. I’m still playing with fire.”

Isabell and Emilio were awarded 81.383 per cent for second place, the third time this year the world’s No. 2 combination–Isabell is ranked No. 1 on her Olympic and European Championship gold medal mount Weihegold OLD–has been beaten, twice by Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour and Cassidy in February.

Fellow German Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Zaire-E was third on 77.872 per cent.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix Special

Judges-E: Olivier Smeets-BEL H: Christof Umbach-LUX C: Evi Eisenhardt-GER M: Dietrich Plewa-GER B: Marietta Almasy-FRA

Rank Rider H.No Horse                   Sex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner E H C M B Total
1 535 Cosmo 59     Gelding / KWPN / Bay / 2007 / Van Gogh x Fruhling / Landjonker / S. Serrarens, Stramproy / Rothenberger Im Gestüt Erlenhof & Westhoff, Ralph Uwe 3600 79.894    1 84.787    1 80.426   1 83.617    1 82.553    2 82.255
2 215 Emilio 107   Gelding / WESTF / Bay / 2006 / Ehrenpreis x Cacir AA / Strunk, Heinrich & Wilhelm / Winter-Schulze, Madeleine & Werth, Isabell 2000 78.936  2 84.255   2 80.000  2 79.894   2 83.830   1 81.383
3 424 Zaire-E             Mare / KWPN / Bay / 2004 / Son de Niro x Jazz / Empelaer Stoeterij, Lage Mierde / Aubenhausen Gbr 1300 78.085   3 79.149   3 76.170   3 76.064   3 79.894   4 77.872
4 804 Dante Weltino Old                 Stallion / OLDBG / Black / 2007 / Danone 4 x Welt Hit II / Bahls, Olaf / Dressurpferde Leistungsz + T. Nilshagen 900 75.532   4 75.532    4 74.681    4 75.106    5 80.957   3 76.362
5 823 Well Done de La Roche Cmf       Mare / CH / Bay (Bai) / 2008 / Furstentraum (Bayerischt Warmb x Walt Disney / / Mmes Françoise Trembley -Brigitte Bigar -Muriel Perret 700 73.404   6 75.213    5 72.447   5 76.064   3 73.723   6 74.170
6 546 Daily Mirror 9   Gelding / WESTF / Black / 2004 / Damon Hill x Florestan I / Kellermann, Dieter / Keller, Flora 500 73.723   5 72.128   9 70.957  11 72.128   8 74.255   5 72.638
7 221 Fabregaz     Gelding / DSP / Brown Bay / 2007 / Florestano x Ragazzo / Hofbauer, Mariele & Karl / Capellmann-Lütkemeier, Gina 450 70.745  11 73.723   6 71.702   7 73.191    7 70.638  9 72.000
8 796 Arlando       Stallion / KWPN / Darkbay / 2005 / Paddox x Mytens XX / A.J. Van ‘t Klooster, Eemnes / Bregnerödgaard Aps 450 71.702   8 71.809  10 72.340  6 73.617    6 69.787  11 71.851
9 819 Selten HW   Gelding / / Black / 2004 / Sandro Hit x Hohenstein / I. Wiederhold, Fl / Anders Dahl, P Bigwood 350 72.979   7 73.191    7 71.170    9 70.319   11 71.277    7 71.787
10 820 Shadow 660         Gelding / MECKL / Bay / 2006 / Sancisco Old x Lagoheidor G / Kaehler, Rosemarie / Laus-Schneider, Pia 350 71.277  10 70.851  12 71.596   8 71.702    9 71.064   8 71.298
11 800 Blue Hors Zepter   Stallion / OLDBG / Chestnut / 2008 / Blue Hors Zack x Wolkentanz II / / Blue Hors 250 71.596    9 70.957  11 70.319 12 71.702    9 70.319 10 70.979
12 818 Rubicon Unitechno   Gelding / RHEIN / Bay / 2003 / Rubin Royal Old x Larome / Dresen, Heinrich, Mönchengladbach / Unitechno Inc 250 70.638 12 72.766  8 71.170   9 70.000  12 69.149 13 70.745
13 389 Spirit of the Age Old                 Stallion / OLDBG / Darkbay / 2004 / Stedinger x Donnerhall / Mehrtens, Michael / Brune, Bernadette 200 67.660  13 67.234  15 67.234  14 69.255  13 69.574  12 68.191
14 809 Doktor          Gelding / OLDBG / Brown / 2003 / Diamond Hit x Renoir I / Meinardus, Heiko Dr. / Patricia A. Stempel 200 67.553 14 67.766 14 68.723 13 66.064 15 68.298 14 67.681
15 620 Rovereto 4   Gelding / HANN / Bay / 2007 / Rousseau x Wolkenstein II / Dr. Malte E. Klar / Mag. Josef & Mag. Tamara Ahorner 200 65.426 15 69.149 13 65.745 15 68.617  14 67.340 15 67.255