Sönke Rothenberger & Cosmo Win Grand Prix Special for first German Championship Senior Gold Medal

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Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

BALVE, Germany, June 9, 2018–Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo performed a brilliant Grand Prix Special Saturday to claim their first senior German Championship gold medal with Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD reserve champion.

The Olympic and European Championship team gold medal partnership of Sönke and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding were awarded 83.706 per cent, the highest score for the pair for the second day in a row.

The ride was trending in the high 80s–above the world record of 87.460 per cent set by Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro in 2014–but a mistake penalized the pair by two points from each of the five judges on the all-German ground jury at the national competition.

The pair received 14 marks of 10 in the ride. The highest Big Tour Grand Prix Special score for the 23-year-old rider and Cosmo is 82.479 per cent, posted at the European Championships last August.

Sönke took silver in 2017, behind Isabell and Emilio. The pair also won gold as a Young Rider in 2014.

Isabell Werth and Weihegold, a 13-year-old Oldenburg mare, placed second on 82.804 per cent. Isabell claimed both the Grand Prix Special and Freestyle championships on Emilio in 2017.

Dorothee Schneider on Sammy Davis Jr. was third on 76.804 per cent.

Sönke credits a break of eight months after the 2017 Europeans as helping to move the pair to a new level of performance.

The German team for the World Equestrian Festival Nations Cup at Aachen, Germany next month is largely decided by these championships that in turn will lead to naming the team for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in September.

The Grand Prix Freestyle is scheduled for Sunday and will be streamed live by clipmyhorse.tv.

Results:

Grand Prix Special

# no horse rider E H C M B total
1. 722 Cosmo 59
G \ KWPN \ B \ 2007 \ Van Gogh x Landjonker (Fruhling) \ B: Serrarens,S. \ O: Westhoff,Ralph Uwe,Rothenberger im Gestüt Erlenhof OHG
GER
Sönke Rothenberger
RSG Fichtenhof Bad Homburg
5.500,00 EUR 84.216%
429.5
(1)
82.059%
418.5
(2)
84.020%
428.5
(1)
82.059%
418.5
(2)
86.176%
439.5
(1)
83.706%
2134.50
2. 655 Weihegold OLD
M \ Old \ R \ 2005 \ Don Schufro x Sandro Hit \ B: Bastian,Inge \ O: Arns-Krogmann,Christine
GER
Isabell Werth
RFV Graf von Schmettow Eversael
4.400,00 EUR 83.725%
427
(2)
82.451%
420.5
(1)
82.353%
420
(2)
82.157%
419
(1)
83.333%
425
(2)
82.804%
2111.50
3. 593 Sammy Davis jr.
S \ Bay \ R \ 2006 \ San Remo x Wenckstern \ B: Volkert,Hans \ O: Herbert,Matthias
GER
Dorothee Schneider
Frankf.Turnierst.Schw.Gelb e.V.
3.300,00 EUR 77.451%
395
(3)
76.667%
391
(3)
75.980%
387.5
(5)
76.667%
391
(3)
77.255%
394
(3)
76.804%
1958.50
4. 634 TSF Dalera BB
M \ Trak. \ Db \ 2007 \ Easy Game x Handryk \ B: Druckenmüller,Silke \ O: Bürchler-Keller,Beatrice A.
GER
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl
RFV Aubenhausen e.V.
2.200,00 EUR 76.373%
389.5
(4)
76.667%
391
(3)
76.373%
389.5
(3)
76.471%
390
(4)
76.863%
392
(4)
76.549%
1952.00
5. 658 Zaire-E
M \ KWPN \ B \ 2004 \ Son de Niro x Jazz \ B: Empelaer Stoeterij, \ O: Aubenhausen GbR Home of the Dress.H
GER
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl
RFV Aubenhausen e.V.
1.540,00 EUR 73.431%
374.5
(6)
75.000%
382.5
(6)
76.078%
388
(4)
72.451%
369.5
(6)
76.078%
388
(5)
74.608%
1902.50
6. 302 Daily mirror 9
G \ Westf \ R \ 2004 \ Damon Hill x Florestan I \ B: ZG Kellermann u. Platte, \ O: Keller,Flora
GER
Benjamin Werndl
RFV Aubenhausen e.V.
1.210,00 EUR 74.216%
378.5
(5)
75.098%
383
(5)
74.412%
379.5
(6)
71.961%
367
(7)
73.235%
373.5
(8)
73.784%
1881.50
7. 577 Real Dancer FRH
G \ Hann \ Db \ 2004 \ Rubin-Royal x De Niro \ B: Oppermann,Friedrich \ O: Gießelmann,Heinrich
GER
Jan-Dirk Gießelmann
RV Wagenfeld e. V.
880,00 EUR 72.647%
370.5
(9)
73.529%
375
(7)
74.216%
378.5
(7)
74.020%
377.5
(5)
74.412%
379.5
(6)
73.765%
1881.00
8. 394 Franziskus 15
S \ Hann \ Db \ 2008 \ Fidertanz x Alabaster \ B: Albers,Elisabeth \ O: Holkenbrink,Wilhelm
GER
Ingrid Klimke
RV St.Georg Münster e.V.
660,00 EUR 72.843%
371.5
(8)
73.431%
374.5
(8)
72.157%
368
(8)
71.275%
363.5
(9)
73.725%
376
(7)
72.686%
1853.50
9. 414 Heuberger TSF
S \ Trak. \ Schwb \ 2007 \ Imperio x Michelangelo \ B: Gestüt Webelsgrund Erdsiek KG, \ O: Gestüt Webelsgrund Erdsiek KG,
GER
Anabel Balkenhol
RV St.Georg Münster e.V.
660,00 EUR 72.255%
368.5
(10)
71.275%
363.5
(10)
70.784%
361
(9)
71.373%
364
(8)
71.765%
366
(9)
71.490%
1823.00
10. 735 San Royal 3
G \ Old \ Schwb \ 2007 \ San Remo x Grand Royal \ B: Rosemann,Martina \ O: Stall Keller GmbH&Co.KG,
GER
Kathleen Keller
HH-Schleppjagdverein e.V.
550,00 EUR 73.039%
372.5
(7)
71.765%
366
(9)
70.490%
359.5
(10)
70.490%
359.5
(10)
70.784%
361
(10)
71.314%
1818.50
11. 511 Novia 6
M \ Bay \ B \ 2006 \ Stedinger x Alabaster \ B: Neukirchinger,Erich \ O: Michalke,Susanne,Michalke,Victoria
GER
Victoria Michalke
RA München e.V.
550,00 EUR 70.392%
359
(11)
70.392%
359
(11)
70.490%
359.5
(10)
70.294%
358.5
(11)
67.647%
345
(11)
69.843%
1781.00
total = 21.450,00 EUR
prize money 21.450,00 EUR
judges E: Reinhard Richenhagen
H: Dr. Evi Eisenhardt
C: Henning Lehrmann
M: Ulrike Nivelle
B: Dr. Dietrich Plewa