Isabell Werth Rides Bella Rose to Victory at Cappeln CDI4* In First Grand Prix Freestyle in Four Years

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Bella Rose ridden by Isabell Werth. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

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The mare was withdrawn from the championships after the Grand Prix, came back for another competition three months later but then was out of the show arena for almost four years as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.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle

Placed competitors (E) (H) (C) (M) (B) Total
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 %
1. 1. 1. 1. 1.
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 %
2. 2. 2. 2. 2.
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 %
3. 3. 3. 3. 3.
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 %
6. 7. 4. 4. 6.
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 %
4. 6. 5. 7. 4.
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 %
5. 5. 6. 6. 5.
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 %
7. 4. 8. 5. 7.
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 %
8. 8. 7. 8. 8.
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. 9. 11. 9. 9.
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 %
9. 10. 9. 11. 10.
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 %
11. 11. 10. 10. 11.

 

Data of competition:
 Judges: (E)  A. Fransen Iacobaeus (SWE)  Total prize money:
€10000
(H)  A.Schwab (AUT)
(C)  Dr. D. Plewa (GER)
(M)  S.Hoevenaars (AUS)
(B)  K. Christensen (DEN)