Germany Recovers to Capture Aachen Nations Cup Over USA, Kasey Perry-Glass & Dublet May Have Lost Grand Prix Special Top Spot by Single Low Score

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Isabell Werth on Emilio taking the lead in the Nations Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2018 Ken Bradick/dressge-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 21, 2018–A powerful German team recovered from a shaky start to capture the World Equestrian Festival Nations Cup over the United States Saturday, while a single judge’s low score may have knocked America’s Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet from the top of the individual Grand Prix Special.

In a roller-coaster day of the second phase of the Nations Cup, the German superstar Isabell Werth celebrated her 49th birthday by restoring the old bit for Emilio and the horse showed his appreciation by posting the highest score of 79.128 per cent.

Team mate Helen Langehanenberg, admitted she’s still in a whirl for the success in her first competition and just weeks after the birth of her daughter, to ride Damsey FRH to a personal best 78.787 per cent for second place individually and cemented Germany’s victory before a sellout crowd of 6,000 spectators.

Kasey Perry-Glass and Dublet in the Nations Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“I feel very guilty and I am so sorry for Emilio that I didn’t listen to what he was trying to tell me!” Isabell said.

“Emilio was back to his normal self today and we are a team again!” After her subpar Grand Prix, Isabell had to ride early and was not expected to stay in front. “My colleagues lent me some support there. That was obviously their birthday present for me.”

Kasey Perry-Glass and Dublet, a 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, were awarded three scores above 80 per cent, one of 77.553 per cent and a low score from the Swedish judge of 74.681 per cent for a total of 78.787 per cent and third.

Andrew Gardner of Great Britain, the judge at C and one of those giving Kasey and Dublet 80 per cent and putting her second behind Isabell in his placings, described the ride as “polished and harmonious. I got to 80 with ease.”

“AMAZING!!,” Kasey texted dressage-news.com. “I am the luckiest girl in the world to have Dublet. All the honor and love goes to him for being who he is even when I’m not on him. The sky is the limit with this horse and deserves all the love and praise his team and I can give him.

“I’m enjoying the moment.”

America’s Laura Graves on Verdades, the world’s No. 2 combination but the horse provided the surprise of the day with a ride that was awarded a score of 74.085 per cent, the lowest for the pair in a Special in more than four years.

The result contrasted with their winning Grand Prix Thursday that put the United States in the lead for the Nations Cup and their success in the Special here a year ago to beat world No. 1 combination of Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD.

But as Laura, of Geneva, Florida, pointed out to dressage-news.com: “Poor Diddy! I thought he was exceptional. Best scores we have ever had in the piaffe. I was really pleased.

“He was so scared and it cost us in the things which are normally so easy for him. I think if it had not been for the spooking, it would have been his best GPS. That is horses!

“He is the best in the world, just not his day.”

Isabell, receiving birthday congratulations after the Special, was reminded jokingly that the Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday is on Laura’s 31st birthday. She won the Special in 2017 on her 30th birthday.

Helen Langehanenberg riding Damsey FRH to a personal best score in the Aachen Nations Cup Grand Prix Special. The horse is owned by America’s Louise Leatherdale and Susanne Meyer. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The Nations Cup final standings: 1. Germany 464.351; 2. USA 459.371; 3. Denmark 444.106; 4. Netherlands 439.215l 5. Spain 437.685; 6. Sweden 431.447.

Results:

CDIO5* Grand Prix Special

Rank Nr. Rider

Total
Horse

1 341
Isabell Werth
GER
11000 79.128
Emilio 107

2 323
Helen Langehanenberg
GER
7000 79.021
Damsey FRH

3 352
Kasey Perry-Glass
USA
5000 78.787
Goerklintgaards Dublet

4 305
Cathrine Dufour
DEN
3000 77.489
Atterupgaards Cassidy

5 326
Therese Nilshagen
SWE
2200 76.766
Dante Weltino OLD

6 371
Dorothee Schneider
GER
1800 76.404
Sammy Davis Jr.

7 385
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl
GER
1600 76.255
TSF Dalera BB

8 313
Daniel Bachmann Andersen
DEN
1100 75.000
Blue Hors Zack

9 329
Severo Jurado Lopez
ESP
800 74.872
Deep Impact 3

10 370
Adrienne Lyle
USA
500 74.511
Salvino

11 388
Laura Graves
USA
500 74.085
Verdades

12 302
Emmelie Scholtens
NED
500 74.043
Apache

13 330
Emile Faurie
GBR
73.660
Delatio

14 368
Lara Butler
GBR
72.936
Rubin al Asad

15 332
Beatriz Ferrer-Salat
ESP
72.787
Delgado

16 316
Madeleine Witte-Vrees
NED
72.404
Cennin

17 366
Steffen Peters
USA
72.362
Rosamunde

18 301
Claudio Castilla Ruiz
ESP
71.936
Alcaide

19 359
Anne Meulendijks
NED
71.681
MDH Avanti N.O.P.

20 387
Judy Reynolds
IRL
70.298
Vancouver K

21 362
Jeanna Hogberg
SWE
69.085
Duendecillo P

22 395
Riccardo Sanavio
ITA
68.553
Glock´s Federleicht

23 374
Anders Dahl
DEN
68.511
Selten HW

24 365
Anna-Mengia Aerne
SUI
68.489
Raffaelo v. Bene

25 394
Rose Mathisen
SWE
68.064
Zuidenwind 1187

26 311
José Antonio Garcia Mena
ESP
66.872
Benzi Landro

27 393
Hans Peter Minderhoud
NED
64.489
Zanardi

28 351
Alexandra Zurbrügg
SUI
60.106
Get Time

29 308
Kazuki Sado
JPN
RET
Barolo

30 303
Anna Zibrandtsen
DEN
WD
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