Isabell Werth & Bella Rose WEG Individual Gold, Laura Graves & Verdades Silver, Charlotte Dujardin & Freestyle Bronze

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Isabell Werth on Bella Rose at the end of their World Equestrian Games Grand Prix Special to win individual gold. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

TRYON, North Carolina, Sept. 14, 2018–Isabell Werth of Germany and Bella Rose won the World Equestrian Games individual gold medal with 86.246%, Laura Graves of the United States and Verdades silver, 81.717%, and Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain bronze, 81.489%.

The second gold medal for superstar Isabell on Bella Rose at these Games was remarkable for the comback for the 14-year-old Westfalen mare who led Germany to team gold at the WEG in Normandy four years ago then a persistent injury kept the horse out of competition until two months ago.

For Laura, this was the first WEG individual silver for an American rider and goes with the team silver the United States won Thursday. Steffen Peters on Ravel won two individual bronze medals at the 2010 WEG in Kentucky.

Isabell Werth celebrating her World Equestrian Games individual gold medal with Laura Graves (left) with silver and Charlotte Dujardin (right) bronze. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Isabell and Bella Rose were the last of 29 combinations to start in the Grand Prix Special, and came after Laura and her 16-year-old KWPN gelding had gone to the top of the leaderboard with a score of 81.717 per cent, Charlotte Dujardin on the nine-year-old Mount St. John Freestyle and successor to Valegro on 81.489 per cent and team mate Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo on 81.277 per cent.

Laura Graves on Verdades at the end of her ride that vaulted the American pair to the top of the World Equestrian Games individual medal competition leaderboard with three rides following. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

At these world championships that so far have seen possibly two days of the greatest competitive dressage sport, Isabell said of her feelings when she rode into the arena, “You can imagine I had three other riders with 81 per cent already. I knew we had to do our best to get the gold medal.

“From start she was full of power when she started the first extended trot and I thought,” Isabell said, “‘Wow! She’s ready to go.”

“She goes so easy and that makes her so special. It makes a rider really happy to have such a horse.”

“I felt so safe on her and so happy the whole time. She had so much energy and was so patient and ready to present herself. The horse is so good it is up to you to see if you can ride her to show it.”

Even before the Grand Prix Special ride is completed, Isabell Werth on Bella Rose is grinning with enjoyment. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Isabell said that Madeleine Winter-Schulze, the owner of Bella Rose, was in the hospital in nearby Spartanburg, South Carolina where she underwent an operation on her leg which was injured in the stables Thursday.

“I told her I will try my best to bring her a gold medal and glass of Champagne,” she said. “I need to go down there to give her the medal and drink some Champagne.”

Laura Graves whose first international championship with Verdades was at the WEG four years ago said of her ride: “I think when you’re looking at scores this high you’re looking at a test that is pretty flawless. In this heat, it’s really a test of a horse’s character and my horse did this today.”

Riding Verdades was not the phyiscal effort because he knows his job, “for me it’s always a matter his mind. It’s always different.”

Verdades that she has brought up from a foal has trotted into the arena by himself for both competitions–“he knows he’s got a bunch of fans and is ready to show off.”

Laura Graves riding Verdades for World Equestrian Games individual silver medal. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mount St. John Freestyle that Charlotte rode to bronze lived up to the buzz that surrounded the nine-year-old Hanoverian mare that has competed in four shows and two Grand Prix Specials since starting Big Tour five months ago.
“Unbelievable,” she said, “I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
When she rode into the arena, she said, “I felt I was the jam in a sandwich between Sönke (Rothenberger) and Isabell so I have to come out a look like I know what I’m doing.”
Charlotte Dujardin on Mount St. John Freestyle in the Grand Prix Special for individual medals. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
“Yesterday we rode a little bit safe. It was an easy ride. I thought I’d go for a bit more today. Honestly, I felt I had nothing to lose.

“She upped her game, took the challege on. She is such a fighter, and just delivered.”

For me personally there were no lows. I cannot ask anything more from her.
“Next year when she’s stronger and confident we’re going to give Isabell a run for the money.”
Charlotte Dujardin wiping away tears as she rides Mount St. John Freestyle out of the arena after completing her World Equestrian Games Grand Prix Special in which the British pair captured the individual bronze medal. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

Grand Prix Special–Individual medals

Judges-K: Katrina Wuest-GER E: Anne Gribbons-USA H: Susan Hoevenaars-AUS C: Hans-Christian Matthiesen-DEN M: Annette Fransen Iacobaeus-SWE B: Mariette Sanders-van Gansewinkel-NED F: Andrew Gardner-GBR

Rank HNR Competitor Nation K E H C M B F Total

Placed competitors

610 Bella Rose Isabell Werth ger 85.745 % 85.957 % 85.213 % 86.277 % 85.213 % 86.277 % 89.043 % 86.246 %
28.500,00 USD
chest / 14y. / M / WESTF / Belissimo / Cacir Aa / 103CM31 / Madeleine Winter-Schulze (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.)
143 Verdades Laura Graves usa 81.915 % 81.809 % 82.872 % 81.489 % 77.021 % 82.340 % 84.574 % 81.717 %
17.000,00 USD
bay / 16y. / G / KWPN / Florett As / Goya / 103CK84 / Laura Graves,Curt Maes (2.) (3.) (3.) (3.) (6.) (3.) (2.)
608 Mount St John Freestyle Charlotte Dujardin gbr 80.213 % 83.085 % 83.511 % 81.489 % 78.830 % 80.426 % 82.872 % 81.489 %
12.500,00 USD
dbay / 9y. / M / HANN / Fidermark / Donnerhall / 105BZ34 / Emma Blundell,Jill Blundell (4.) (2.) (2.) (3.) (3.) (4.) (3.)
4. 120 Cosmo Sönke Rothenberger ger 80.319 % 81.702 % 82.872 % 82.553 % 77.128 % 82.660 % 81.702 % 81.277 %
9.000,00 USD
bay / 11y. / G / KWPN / van Gogh / Fruhling / Landjonker / 103LZ60 / Rothenberger im Gestüt Erlenhof Gmb (3.) (4.) (3.) (2.) (5.) (2.) (4.)
5. 803 Well Done de la Roche CMF Patrik Kittel swe 80.000 % 79.362 % 78.404 % 78.404 % 80.957 % 80.426 % 80.532 % 79.726 %
5.000,00 USD
bay / 10y. / M / CH / FURSTENTRAUM (Bayerischt warmb / Walt Disney / 104ZW30 / Françoise Trembley,Brigitte Bigar,M (5.) (5.) (10.) (5.) (2.) (4.) (5.)
6. 145 Goerklintgaards Dublet Kasey Perry-Glass usa 79.468 % 78.830 % 79.681 % 76.702 % 75.638 % 79.574 % 79.894 % 78.541 %
3.500,00 USD
bay / 15y. / G / DWB / Diamond Hit / Ferro / 103NW13 / Diane Perry (6.) (6.) (5.) (7.) (11.) (6.) (6.)
7. 613 Glock’s Zonik N.O.P. Edward Gal ned 77.447 % 78.723 % 79.362 % 76.489 % 76.489 % 77.979 % 77.766 % 77.751 %
2.500,00 USD
dbay / 10y. / S / DWB / Blue Hors Zack / Romanov / 104AW69 / Glock HPC Holding B.V. (7.) (7.) (7.) (8.) (7.) (7.) (7.)
8. 140 Buriel K.H. Juliette Ramel swe 77.340 % 74.255 % 78.723 % 77.447 % 78.085 % 77.872 % 77.234 % 77.280 %
2.000,00 USD
dbay / 12y. / G / KWPN / Osmium / Krack C / 104EF70 / La Pomme HB (8.) (12.) (8.) (6.) (4.) (8.) (8.)
9. 117 Hawtins Delicato Carl Hester gbr 77.340 % 77.872 % 79.574 % 75.745 % 75.745 % 77.128 % 77.128 % 77.219 %
1.500,00 USD
bay / 10y. / G / HANN / Diamond Hit / 104ES67 / Carl Hester,Lady Anne Evans,Ann Cor (8.) (9.) (6.) (9.) (10.) (9.) (9.)
10. 624 Dante Weltino OLD Therese Nilshagen swe 76.596 % 76.809 % 74.787 % 74.894 % 76.489 % 74.681 % 76.489 % 75.821 %
1.500,00 USD
black / 11y. / S / OLDBG / Danone 4 / Welt Hit II / 104VX30 / Dressurpferde Leistungsz,T. Nilshag (10.) (10.) (12.) (11.) (7.) (11.) (10.)
11. 121 Sammy Davis Jr. Dorothee Schneider ger 74.894 % 75.532 % 78.617 % 75.532 % 74.787 % 73.830 % 76.064 % 75.608 %
1.000,00 USD
black / 12y. / G / BAY / San Remo / Wenckstern / 105KW44 / Matthias Herbert (14.) (11.) (9.) (10.) (12.) (14.) (11.)
12. 102 Du Soleil Kristy Oatley aus 75.532 % 73.723 % 75.957 % 74.362 % 73.936 % 73.511 % 75.213 % 74.605 %
1.000,00 USD
chest / 14y. / G / HANN / de Niro 6 / Caprimond / 102ZI76 / Rosalind & Robert Oatley (12.) (13.) (11.) (15.) (15.) (15.) (12.)

Total: US$85,000

Other, non-placed competitors

13. 801 Alcaide Claudio Castilla Ruiz esp 73.936 % 73.617 % 73.936 % 73.936 % 75.957 % 73.298 % 74.043 % 74.103 %
chest / 13y. / S / LUS / Lobito / Novilheiro / 103DW31 / Claudio Castilla- Yeguada la Perla (18.) (14.) (15.) (17.) (9.) (18.) (17.)
13. 702 Delgado Beatriz Ferrer-Salat esp 74.574 % 78.085 % 73.830 % 72.234 % 72.979 % 74.362 % 72.660 % 74.103 %
chest / 17y. / G / WESTF / de Niro 6 / Weltmeyer / ESP40884 / Deliber S.L. (15.) (8.) (16.) (19.) (17.) (12.) (20.)
15. 122 Vancouver K Judy Reynolds irl 74.362 % 72.979 % 74.681 % 74.043 % 74.149 % 73.404 % 74.255 % 73.982 %
bay / 16y. / G / KWPN / Jazz / Ferro / IRL40808 / Joe & Kathleen Reynolds (16.) (16.) (13.) (16.) (14.) (16.) (16.)
16. 609 TSF Dalera BB Jessica von Bredow-Werndl ger 75.106 % 73.617 % 74.468 % 74.681 % 70.213 % 74.043 % 75.000 % 73.875 %
dbay / 11y. / M / TRAK / Easy Game / Handryk / 105AH62 / Beatrice A. Bürchler-Keller (13.) (14.) (14.) (13.) (25.) (13.) (14.)
17. 605 Blue Hors Zack Daniel Bachmann Andersen den 75.638 % 70.957 % 73.085 % 74.894 % 70.745 % 75.106 % 74.362 % 73.541 %
bay / 14y. / S / KWPN / Rousseau / Jazz / 104KR71 / Blue Hors APS (11.) (18.) (18.) (11.) (19.) (10.) (15.)
18. 113 Deep Impact 3 Severo Jurado Lopez esp 71.809 % 70.319 % 73.085 % 74.574 % 73.404 % 73.404 % 75.213 % 73.116 %
black / 15y. / G / HANN / De Niro / Rubinstein I / 104EJ06 / Helgstrand Dressage A/S (23.) (22.) (18.) (14.) (16.) (16.) (12.)
19. 134 Mister X Inessa Merkulova rus 74.255 % 72.447 % 71.915 % 71.277 % 72.447 % 72.021 % 73.298 % 72.523 %
bay / 14y. / G / TRAK / Egejus / Blank / 102YZ81 / Inessa Merkulova (17.) (17.) (23.) (25.) (18.) (20.) (18.)
20. 614 Glock’s Dream Boy N.O.P. Hans Peter Minderhoud ned 73.404 % 70.638 % 72.660 % 71.170 % 70.745 % 72.553 % 73.191 % 72.052 %
black / 10y. / S / KWPN / Vivaldi / Ferro / 104BI66 / GLOCK HPC Holding BV,Palmar BV,Stal (19.) (19.) (20.) (26.) (19.) (19.) (19.)
21. 703 Don Auriello Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén swe 72.043 % 70.553 % 73.106 % 70.128 % 74.277 % 69.915 % 71.404 % 71.632 %
bay / 16y. / G / HANN / Don Davidoff / White Star / GER43436 / Lövsta Stuteri,Antonia Ax:son Johns (21.) (20.) (17.) (28.) (13.) (27.) (24.)
22. 616 Cennin Madeleine Witte-Vrees ned 72.021 % 70.426 % 72.128 % 72.660 % 70.319 % 71.809 % 71.064 % 71.489 %
chest / 11y. / S / KWPN / Vivaldi / Donnerhall / 104MY84 / N.F. Witte,J.E.J. Cuppen (22.) (21.) (21.) (18.) (23.) (21.) (25.)
23. 617 Coroado Maria Caetano por 70.213 % 69.894 % 72.128 % 71.702 % 70.745 % 70.213 % 72.234 % 71.018 %
grey / 11y. / S / LUS / Rubi / Xaquiro / 103VQ51 / Juan Manuel Cordeiro (27.) (24.) (21.) (22.) (19.) (25.) (22.)
24. 607 Finckenstein TSF Rikke Svane den 72.234 % 68.085 % 70.319 % 71.489 % 70.319 % 70.106 % 72.447 % 70.714 %
black / 16y. / S / TRAK / Latimer / Kennedy / 103FA60 / Svane Rikke,Svane Rebecca (20.) (28.) (27.) (23.) (23.) (26.) (21.)
25. 615 Apache Emmelie Scholtens ned 71.277 % 67.979 % 70.638 % 72.021 % 70.213 % 70.745 % 71.064 % 70.562 %
bay / 13y. / S / KWPN / Ub-40 / Krack C / 103TQ51 / A. Valk (25.) (29.) (26.) (21.) (25.) (23.) (25.)
26. 150 Fil Rouge Laurence Roos bel 71.383 % 69.149 % 70.745 % 71.489 % 70.745 % 71.064 % 68.723 % 70.471 %
dbay / 13y. / G / BWP / Stedinger / Argentinus / 102NO69 / Laurence Roos (24.) (26.) (25.) (23.) (19.) (22.) (29.)
27. 116 Dono di Maggio Emile Faurie gbr 70.851 % 68.723 % 69.149 % 72.128 % 69.894 % 70.426 % 71.489 % 70.380 %
bay / 11y. / G / OLDBG / Dimaggio / Santander H / 104QJ17 / Hof Kasselmann KG (26.) (27.) (28.) (20.) (27.) (24.) (23.)
28. 146 Suppenkasper Steffen Peters usa 68.617 % 69.468 % 68.511 % 70.638 % 67.340 % 68.617 % 70.319 % 69.073 %
bay / 10y. / G / KWPN / Spielberg / Krack C / 105DN05 / Four Winds Farm,Akiko Yamazaki (29.) (25.) (29.) (27.) (29.) (28.) (27.)
29. 144 Salvino Adrienne Lyle usa 68.830 % 70.319 % 70.957 % 67.766 % 67.447 % 68.298 % 69.681 % 69.043 %
bay / 11y. / S / HANN / Sandro Hit / Donnerhall / 103LR77 / Betsy Juliano LLC (28.) (22.) (24.) (29.) (28.) (29.) (28.)