Isabell Werth Rides Bella Rose to Victory at Cappeln CDI4* In First Grand Prix Freestyle in Four Years
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CAPPELN, Germany, Aug. 11, 2018–Isabell Werth rode Bella Rose to victory at the CDI4* Saturday in only the second Grand Prix Freestyle of the mare’s Big Tour career of more than five years to give the pair a shot at being selected for the German team for the World Equestrian Games opening in a month.
Isabell and the 14-year-old Westfalen mare were awarded 87.000 per cent for the win in only the third show since coming back from almost four years out of competition dealing with injury. Bella Rose’s only other Grand Prix musical performance was at Aachen, Germany in 2014, where the duo scored 85.150 per cent.
“I am just so happy!” said Isabell after theride. “Super happy!! Today was only Bella’s second freestyle ever and the first after her break of four years. A few pieces had been ‘borrowed’ from Emilio. But now Bella is taking back her position on the throne.”
Bella Rose’s only previous freestyle was a month before the the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. There, the pair led Germany to team gold by placing second individually in the Grand Prix to Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro.
The mare was withdrawn from the championships after the Grand Prix, came back for another competition three months later but then was out of the show arena for almost four years as Isabell and owner Madeleine Winter-Schulze dealt with the recurring injury.
Bella Rose is what Isabell calls the horse of a lifetime for the rider, 49 years old, who has 10 Olympic medals, more than any other equestrian in more than a century of horse sports at the Games.
Saturday was the 22nd start since the first Grand Prix for Bella Rose in May, 2013 and exactly one month to the opening of the world championships at Tryon, North Carolina. On Friday, the pair won the Grand Prix and with the freestyle victory remained undefeated in six starts since the mare’s comeback.
She was clear about her choice of three prospective mounts–Weihegold OLD, her Olympic team gold and double World Cup mount on which she is ranked No. 1 in the world; Emilio, No. 2 in the world, and Bella Rose.
“Of course the final decision is made by the dressage committee,” she grinned, “but I have already decided.”
The German team is still undecided with the comeback of Bella Rose as well as the absence of Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo and the withdrawal from Aachen of Showtime ridden by Dorothee Schneider, both on the 2016 Olympic gold medal team.
Great Britain’s Lara Butler on Rubin al Asad, named to the long list for her nations’ team at Tryon, placed second on 76.500 per cent with the Netherlands’ Marlies van Baalen on Ben Johnson in third on 75.200 per cent.
CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle
|1.||56||Bella Rose||Werth, Isabell||GER||€2530||346.0||349.0||347.0||353.0||345.0||1740.0 points|
|chest 14y.M /Belissimo M/Cacir AA/WESTF/103CM31/ Winter-Schulze,Madeleine||86.500 %||87.250 %||86.750 %||88.250 %||86.250 %||87.000 %|
|2.||4||Rubin al Asad||Butler, Lara||GBR||2030||307.5||305.5||306.5||302.0||308.5||1530.0 points|
|bay 16y.G /Rubin Royal Old/Wanderbursch II/HANN/102VC47/ Dr W & Mrs U Bechtolshei||76.875 %||76.375 %||76.625 %||75.500 %||77.125 %||76.500 %|
|3.||51||Ben Johnson||van Baalen, Marlies||NED||1530||297.5||304.0||301.0||301.5||300.0||1504.0 points|
|bay 12y.G /Johnson/Ferro/KWPN/103XG07/ Dressuurstal van Baalen||74.375 %||76.000 %||75.250 %||75.375 %||75.000 %||75.200 %|
|4.||15||Euclides Mor||Jimenez Cobo, Juan Antonio||ESP||1020||282.5||281.0||296.0||292.0||281.5||1433.0 points|
|9y.S /Riopele/104UN73/ Abelardo Morales Puron||70.625 %||70.250 %||74.000 %||73.000 %||70.375 %||71.650 %|
|5.||17||Dambacu Nl||Kanerva, Emma||FIN||620||286.0||284.0||287.5||283.5||285.0||1426.0 points|
|bay 11y.G /Danone II/Alantas XX/HANN/105WK40/ Gert Saborowski||71.500 %||71.000 %||71.875 %||70.875 %||71.250 %||71.300 %|
|6.||48||Catch Me||Timmermans, Margo||NED||520||283.5||288.5||279.0||284.0||282.5||1417.5 points|
|dbay 11y.G /Dreamcatcher/Goodtimes/KWPN/103OX62/ Mevr. M. Timmermans & Dhr. D. v.||70.875 %||72.125 %||69.750 %||71.000 %||70.625 %||70.875 %|
|7.||45||Dragao||Schulz, Sascha||LUX||420||280.5||289.0||274.0||291.5||277.5||1412.5 points|
|10y.S /Unico/Xaquiro/LUS/103VU23/ Dressage Grand-Ducal||70.125 %||72.250 %||68.500 %||72.875 %||69.375 %||70.625 %|
|8.||58||Kavalou||Weston, Peter John||AUS||420||271.0||273.0||276.5||269.5||268.0||1358.0 points|
|dchst 11y.M /Shavalou/Exclusiv/TRAK/105WQ48/ Harold Denton||67.750 %||68.250 %||69.125 %||67.375 %||67.000 %||67.900 %|
|9.||20||Chupa Chup A S||Kitai, Yuko||JPN||320||248.5||271.0||250.5||268.0||264.5||1302.5 points|
|chest 11y.G /Sorento/Fidermark/KWPN/104WZ71/ Masahiro KOSAKA||62.125 %||67.750 %||62.625 %||67.000 %||66.125 %||65.125 %|
|10.||25||Roosens Westpoint||Kordatzaki, Jiochanna-Androniki||GRE||320.00 EUR||255.5||259.5||258.5||261.0||261.5||1296.0 points|
|dbay 15y.G /Lancet 2/Forrest XX/KWPN/104NY82/ J.A. Kordatzaki||63.875 %||64.875 %||64.625 %||65.250 %||65.375 %||64.800 %|
|11.||5||Don Weltino K||Dittmann, Laurienne||RSA||270.00 EUR||244.0||253.5||255.0||263.0||256.0||1271.5 points|
|chest 12y.G /Don Frederico/Weltmeyer/HANN/104OT84/ Dittmann,Laurienne||61.000 %||63.375 %||63.750 %||65.750 %||64.000 %||63.575 %|
|Data of competition:|
|Judges:||(E)||A. Fransen Iacobaeus (SWE)|| Total prize money:
|(C)||Dr. D. Plewa (GER)|
|(B)||K. Christensen (DEN)|