Isabell Werth & Bella Rose, Dorothee Schneider & Showtime, German Stars On Comeback Trail, Place 1-2 In Aachen CDI4* Grand Prix

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Isabell Werth riding Bella Rose in their second comeback show to win the Aachen, Germany World Equestrian Festival CDI4* Grand Prix. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 18, 2018–Two star German horse and rider combinations on the comeback trail after long breaks due to injuries took the top two places in the World Equestrian Festival CDI4* Grand Prix Wednesday.

Bella Rose, THE horse in Isabell’s lifetime of a string of top mounts, won the kickoff Grand Prix with a score of 77.587 per cent, only the second competion since returning three weeks ago after an absence of more than 3 1/2 years.

Showtime FRH, with only two competitions on record since the 2016 Olympic team gold medal performance, was ridden by Dorothee Schneider to second place on a 75.652 per cent.

Dorothee and the 12-year-old Hanoverian also had mistakes in both sets of tempi changes in the Deutsche Bank Stadium that is the center of dressage at this mini-World Equestrian Games of dressage, driving, eventing, jumping and vaulting.

Dorothee Schneider showing how happyshe is with the return to competition of Showtime FRH, her 2016 Olympic team gold medal mount. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Isabell, who holds the world’s No. 1, No. 3 and No. 7 spots on other horses, placed second individually on the then-10-year-old Westfalen mare in the 2014 World Equestrian Games then withdrew from the rest of the championships and did one other show later that year before tearing up their future competition schedule.

Now, as a 14-year-old, Bella Rose is back, though not without mistakes in both the one and two-tempi changes offset by one 10 and more than 20 marks of at least nine, most in piaffe, passage and transitions.

The two Olympic riders led a German sweep of the top four places, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Zaire-E filling third on 72.609 per cent and Fabienne Müller-Lütkemeier  on Fabregaz fourth on 71.935 per cent.

Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper, in the most intense competition for the 10-year-old KWPN gelding since the American took over the ride late last year, placed fifth on 71.870 per cent. Team mate Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir was sixth on the same score.

Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper in their roler-coaster CDI4* Grand Ptix at the Aachen, Germany World Equestrian Festival. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The final result for Steffen and Suppenkasper was remarkable in that the pair were cruising on a score of about 74 per cent when the astmosphere got to “Mopsi,” as the horse is nicknamed, and had costly problems in the half-reinback snf the pssage that came a couple of movements later then with the extended walk and the transition to the second passage. as well as a couple of other issues. Their score dropped drastically to about 68 per cent.

However, the four-time Olympic rider and Suppenkasper pair clawed back.

The Nations Cup begins Thursday with six teams in the trans-Atlantic series that has already been decided, Sweden assured of claiming the title for the second year.

Highly anticipated is the showdown between Germany’s Isabell Werth on Emilio, American Laura Graves on Verdades and Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy.
Laura and the 16-year-old KWPN gelding that she has developed from a foal to become No. 2 in the world; Isabell, winner of more Olympic medals than any other equestrian in the century-plus history of the Games and the 12-year-old Westfalen gelding ranked No. 3, and Cathrine Dufour and Cassidy of Denmark as the fourth ranked combination.

Ireland’s Judy Reynolds on Vancouver K is also returning to the show ring after a year away dealing with injuries to the 16-year-old KWPN gelding that has gone to the 2014 world championships, the 2016 Olympics, two World Cup Finals and a European Championship. The pair have already qualified for Tryon.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix

Judges-E: Christof Umbach-LUX H: Anne Gribbons-USA C: Mariette Sanders-van Gansewinkel-NED M: Andrew Ralph Gardner-GBR B: Katrina Wuest-GER

Rank Nr. Rider

EUR Total
Horse

1 389
Isabell Werth
GER
3200 77.587
Bella Rose 2

2 375
Dorothee Schneider
GER
2000 75.652
Showtime FRH

3 392
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl
GER
1400 72.609
Zaire-E

4 344
Fabienne Müller-Lütkemeier
GER
1000 71.935
Fabregaz

5 381
Steffen Peters
USA
700 71.870
Suppenkasper

6 356
Olivia Lagoy-Weltz
USA
600 71.870
Lonoir

7 321
Benjamin Werndl
GER
400 71.717
Daily Mirror 9

8 349
Ingrid Klimke
GER
300 71.609
Franziskus 15

9 354
Anabel Balkenhol
GER
200 71.283
Heuberger TSF

10 357
Victoria E. Vallentin
DEN
100 71.043
Ludwig der Sonnenkoenig 2

11 358
Betina Jæger
DEN
100 70.457
Mane Stream Belstaff

12 306
Danielle Heijkoop
NED
70.261
Badari

13 367
Masanao Takahashi
JPN
70.217
Rubicon Unitechno

14 363
Juan Matute Guimon
ESP
69.761
Quantico Ymas

15 325
Shelly Francis
USA
69.717
Danilo

16 391
Jill de Ridder
GER
69.239
Whitney 341

17 360
Victoria Michalke
GER
69.130
Novia 6

18 315
Denise Nekeman
NED
67.870
Boston STH

19 390
Ismail Jilaoui
MAR
67.304
What A Feeling

20 310
Ulrike Prunthaller
AUT
67.217
Bartlgut´s Quebec

21 317
Madeleine Witte-Vrees
NED
67.196
Charmeur

22 340
Borja Carrascosa
ESP
66.978
Ein Traum 2

23 353
Ashley Holzer
USA
66.152
Havanna 145

24 318
Maria Caetano
POR
WD
Coroado