Isabell Werth & Don Johnson Win Mannheim CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle, 51st Victory in Combination’s Big Tour Career So Far
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MANNHEIM, Germany, May 5, 2019–Isabell Werth rode Don Johnson FRH to victory in the Maimarkt CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday to log the 51st Big Tour win in the eighth year of the top sport partnership.
Isabell and the 18-year-old Don Johnson Don Frederico x Warkant) scored 82.800% for the win and a double victory here, the same show as the pair’s first double in 2011. This was the third victory in six starts so far this year.
Matthias Bouten, also of Germany, on Meggle’s Boston was second on 77.300%, the best result in the third Grand Prix Freestyle for the pair.
Austria’s multi-Olympian Victoria Max-Theurer in the fourth Big Tour start and first musical performamance on Benaglio, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding, were third on 75.475%.
Isabell and Don Johnson won the Grand Prix Friday and the rider piloted, Quantaz, a nine-year-old German Sport Horse stallion, to victory in the Grand Prix Special Saturday in the duo’s first CDI competition.
The duo is ranked No. 18 in the world, behind Isabell’s other horses–Olympic team gold and three-time World Cup champion Weihegold OLD at No. 1; two-time World Equestrian Games team as well as individual gold Bella Rose, second in the world, and Emilio at No. 6.
Isabell, the most decorated Olympic equestrian in history with 10 medals, made their Big Tour debut on Mar. 3, 2011 and at the end the first month were ranked No. 206. That same month she was ranked No. 4 on Warum Nicht, on which she won the 2007 World Cup in Las Vegas; No. 5 on Satchmo, her 2008 Olympic team gold medal horse, and No. 9 on El Santo. The top ranked pair that month was Edward Gal and Totilas.
The combination competed in the 2012 World Cup Final and on German teams for gold at the 2013 European Championships and bronze at the 2015 Europeans. The longest string of victories was 16 from Dec. 12, 2016 to ept. 16, 2017.
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