Isabell Werth & Bella Rose Lead Germany to Dominate Aachen Nations Cup 1st Phase, Denmark Lying 2nd, USA 3rd

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Isabell Werth and Bella Rose leading Germany to the Nations Cup lead at Aachen. © 2019 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 18, 2019–Isabell Werth and Bella Rose led a powerful German team to dominate the CDIO5* Nations Cup Grand Prix Thursday, with riders from the home country filling three of the top four individual places. Denmark was standing second and USA third with the deciding Special scheduled in two days.

Isabell and the World Equestrian Games gold medal mount, a 15-year-old Westfalen mare, were awarded 82.783%. Team mate Dorothee Schneider and Showtime FRH placed second individually with a score of 80.609% that was the highest Grand Prix mark for the pair since the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Dorothee Schneider happy as she completes the CDIO5* Nations Cup Grand Prix on Showtime FRH. © 2019 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain on Erlentanz that she is riding while her owner is recovering from an accident was third on 79.125% that prevented a German sweep of the top three places, as Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB was fourth on 79.000%.

Charlotte Dujardin on Erlentanz, the horse she is competing whle the owner-rider is recovering from an accident. Charlotte placed third in the Nations Cup Grand Prix. © 2019 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

Cathrine Dufour on Bohemian was the leading rider for Denmark with 78.413% fifth place with fellow Dane Daniel Bachmann Andersen on Blue Hors Don Olymbrio a fraction back on 78.348%.

Cathrine Dufour and Bohemian in the Aachen Nations Cup Grand Prix. © 2019 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

Adrienne Lyle on Salvino was the top placing American partnership with 76.870% for the eighth spot with Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper next on 75.848%.

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino, the leading American team combination in the CDIO5* Nations Cup. © 2019 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper in the CDIO5* Nations Cup. © 2019 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

The team results after the first of two phases of the Nations Cup: 1. Germany 242.392; 2. Denmark 228.174; 3. USA 225.392; 4. Sweden 223.783; 5. Great Britain 223.630; 6. Ireland 212.891; 7. Spain 211.652.

The event was emotional for Katherine Bateson-Chandler of the United States who was competing Alcazar at Aachen for the first time since 2016 when the KWPN gelding suffered a colic so badly after the Nations Cup Grand Prix that there were fears for the horse’s life. Carl Hester, with whom Katherine works during summers, was at Aachen to coach her as well as Charlotte on Erlentanz.

An emotional Katherine Bateson-Chandler on Alcazar after competing in the Nations Cup three years after the horse sustained a serious colic during the Aachen Nations Cup. © 2019 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDIO5* Nations Cup Grand Prix

Rank Nr. Rider

Total
Horse

1 306
Isabell Werth
GER
7800 82.783
2 359
Dorothee Schneider
GER
5500 80.609
3 326
Charlotte Dujardin
GBR
3600 79.152
4 363
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl
GER
2200 79.000
5 309
Cathrine Dufour
DEN
1400 78.413
6 308
Daniel Bachmann Andersen
DEN
500 78.348
7 318
Therese Nilshagen
SWE
500 76.957
8 357
Adrienne Lyle
USA
500 76.870
9 362
Steffen Peters
USA
500 75.848
10 311
Antonia Ramel
SWE
500 74.848
11 319
Charlotte Fry
GBR
500 74.435
12 365
Judy Reynolds
IRL
500 74.043
13 370
Adelinde Cornelissen
NED
73.565
14 301
Claudio Castilla Ruiz
ESP
72.696
15 302
Katherine Bateson-Chandler
USA
72.674
16 371
Rose Mathisen
SWE
71.978
17 344
Agnete Kirk Thinggaard
DEN
71.413
18 316
Helen Langehanenberg
GER
71.239
19 313
Maria Caetano
POR
71.152
20 360
Morgan Barbançon
FRA
71.130
21 332
Anders Dahl
DEN
71.043
22 317
Shelly Francis
USA
70.826
23 343
Louise Anne Bell
GBR
70.043
24 312
Michelle Hagman Hassink
SWE
69.848
25 356
Henri Ruoste
FIN
69.630
26 358
Heike Holstein
IRL
69.565
27 324
Borja Carrascosa
ESP
69.543
28 329
Juan Antonio Jimenez Cobo
ESP
69.413
29 328
Anna Merveldt
IRL
69.283
30 307
Marlies van Baalen
NED
67.500
31 303
Inessa Merkulova
RUS
65.674