With German World Games Team Undecided, Isabell Werth To Compete Bella Rose at Cappeln CDI4* Friday

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An emotional Isabell Werth riding Bella Rose out of the competition arena at Aachen, Germany two weeks ago. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

CAPPELN, Germany, Aug. 9, 2018–With the German team undecided for the World Equestrian Games just a month away, Isabell Werth is scheduled to compete Bella Rose at the CDI4* Friday, in the third competition since returning from a break of almost four years in a bid to earn a start in Tryon.

Isabell and the 14-year-old Westfalen mare are competing in the Grand Prix to qualify for the Freestyle Saturday. As of Thursday evening, the event was not scheduled to be live streamed.

Isabell competed both Bella Rose and Emilio, on which she is ranked No. 2 in the world, at the Aachen, Germany World Equestrian Festival two weeks ago. On Emilio, she led the German team to Nations Cup gold.

She rode Bella Rose in the Aachen CDI4* following the horse’s comeback at Fritzens, Austria three weeks earlier–winning all four starts.

Bella Rose, that Isabell describes as THE horse of her career that includes 10 Olympic medals, more than any other equestrian in history, was top placed for her team at the World Games in Normandy in 2014. The mare was pulled from the championship after the Grand Prix and after one other competition three months later did not show again until a month ago.

Isabell made it plain at Aachen, Bella Rose was her personal choice for the World Games starting at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina Sept. 11.

Germany put off its usual practise of naming its team at the end of Aachen because of the absence of Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo that was on an injury timeout and the return and then withdrawal of Showtime ridden by Dorothee Schneider.