European Championships Freestyle-All German-Isabell Werth & Bella Rose Gold, Dorothee Schneider & Showtime Silver, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl & Dalera Bronze

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European Championships Grand Prix Freestyle medalists–Isabell Werth on Bella Rose (gold), Dorothee Schneider on Showtime (silver), Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB (bronze). © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 24, 2019–Isabell Werth and Bella Rose rode to a personal best score to win the European Championships Freestyle Sunday, holding off Dorothee Schneider and Showtime just a third of a percentage behind to take silver with Jessica von-Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB for bronze and a German sweep of the medals.

Isabell and Bella Rose were awarded 90.875% with Olympic team mate Dorothee Schneider on Showtime FRH second on 90.561%. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Dalera were awarded 89.107%.

The victory for Isabell extended to 20 straight victories for the world’s No. combination–18 of them since the 15-year-old Westfalen mared returned from an injury-caused absence from the sport of 3 1/2 years.

Isabell, 50 years old, is leaving Rotterdam with three more European golds medals to bring her European career tally to 11 golds, two silver and one bronze for teams and nine individual golds and one silver, that was already a record before the latest haul. She has done it on four different horses, Gigolo, Satchmo, Weihegold and Bella Rose. And she has 10 Olympic medals, the most of any equestrian in more than a century of horse sports at the Games.

Isabell Werth and Bellas Rose in the European Championships Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Bella Rose, Isabell said, gave her a “super feeling” in all three competitions, “she always wanted to do her best.”

And ,she said, she expected Dorothee and Showtime to be close in the championships that she descroibed as producing some exciting performances and for others was “really a roller coaster.”

When the number of medals she has won was pointed out, she replied: “I can’t ride on a statistic. I’m happy to have so many medals for a lot of years I have been competing. The horses are the most important thing… many different horses; that’s why I’m still motivated to ride. It’s a privelege to get to do what you love to do.”

For Dorothee and Showtime, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding, their previous best was 89.660% when the pair finished second to Isabell and Bella Rose at at Aachen in July. But their 90%+ result today made Dorothee only the sixth rider in history to achieve that mark–Isabell has done it on two horses, Bella Rose and Weihegold, while the other four are fellow Germans Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill and Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo, as well Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro, holder of all Grand Prix record scores, and Edward Gal on Totilas.

Dorothee, also 50, who won Olympic team gold in Rio in 2016 and the team gold here, now has her first two individual medals at any Olympics or championships–taking silver in the Grand Prix Special as well as silver for the musical performance.

A smiling Dorothee Schneider riding Showtime at the end of the European Championships Freestyle that was awarded silver and only the sixth combination in history to have broken the 90% mark. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Dorothee, one of the most popular riders among the top echelon for her talent and humility, described her performance: “We danced, absolutely together. We enjoyed it together. It’s very very emotional between Showtime and me. He has fun and I have fun. We want to enjoy this freestyle. I wanted to see him present himself.”

Sixty-nine horse and rider combinations from 24 nations started these championships, but five were eliminated during the competition including championship medal winning pairs Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin on Mount St. John Freestyle (team and individual bronze at 2018 World Equestrian Games) and Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer-Salat on Delgado (2015 European Freestyle bronze).

Denmark, Ireland and Portugal earned 2020 Tokyo Olympic berths, to join Germany, USA, Great Britain, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Canada, Brazil and Australia as well as Japan as host. It will be the first dressage Olympic team appearances for Ireland and Portugal.

Results:

European Championship Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges-K: Susanne Baarup-DEN E: Irina Maknami-RUS H: Isabelle Judet-FRA C: Mariette Sanders-van Gansewinkel-NED M: Evi Eisenhardt-GER B: Clive Halsall-GBR F: Janet Foy-USA

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

Placed competitors

637 Bella Rose Isabell Werth ger  Tech.:  84.500 84.750 82.500 84.250 86.000 82.500 85.750 90.875 %
(DETAILS)
40.000,00 EUR
chest / 15y. / M / WESTF / Belissimo / Cacir Aa / 103CM31 / Winter-Schulze,Madeleine  Art.:  97.200 97.800 98.200 96.000 95.600 97.600 99.600
 Total  90.850
(1)
91.275
(1)
90.350
(2)
90.125
(2)
90.800
(1)
90.050
(2)
92.675
(1)
635 Showtime FRH Dorothee Schneider ger  Tech.:  83.000 85.000 83.000 86.500 83.500 84.000 83.250 90.561 %
(DETAILS)
25.000,00 EUR
dbay / 13y. / G / HANN / Sandro Hit / Rotspon / 103HX90 / Kippert,Gabriele  Art.:  96.800 97.200 97.400 97.000 96.600 97.200 97.400
 Total  89.900
(2)
91.100
(2)
90.200
(3)
91.750
(1)
90.050
(3)
90.600
(1)
90.325
(2)
636 TSF Dalera BB Jessica von Bredow-Werndl ger  Tech.:  82.000 85.000 83.000 80.750 84.000 81.250 81.500 89.107 %
(DETAILS)
15.000,00 EUR
dbay / 12y. / M / TRAK / Easy Game / Handryk / 105AH62 / Béatrice A. Buerchler-Keller  Art.:  94.000 96.400 98.000 95.000 96.400 95.000 95.200
 Total  88.000
(4)
90.700
(3)
90.500
(1)
87.875
(4)
90.200
(2)
88.125
(3)
88.350
(3)
4. 613 Atterupgaards Cassidy Cathrine Dufour den  Tech.:  85.250 83.750 80.500 84.000 83.000 82.000 79.500 87.771 %
(DETAILS)
10.000,00 EUR
chest / 16y. / G / DWB / Caprimond / Donnerhall / DEN40739 / Dufour Family V,Peter Dufour  Art.:  93.600 94.000 92.000 93.000 91.200 93.000 94.000
 Total  89.425
(3)
88.875
(4)
86.250
(4)
88.500
(3)
87.100
(4)
87.500
(4)
86.750
(5)
5. 642 Vancouver K Judy Reynolds irl  Tech.:  80.000 77.750 79.500 80.500 82.250 80.500 81.750 85.589 %
(DETAILS)
7.000,00 EUR
bay / 17y. / G / KWPN / Jazz / Ferro / IRL40808 / Joe & Kathleen Reynolds  Art.:  93.600 91.000 88.800 88.200 90.200 91.200 93.000
 Total  86.800
(5)
84.375
(6)
84.150
(5)
84.350
(7)
86.225
(5)
85.850
(5)
87.375
(4)
6. 648 Glock’s Zonik N.O.P. Edward Gal ned  Tech.:  77.000 79.750 79.000 79.750 79.000 78.500 76.000 84.271 %
(DETAILS)
5.000,00 EUR
dbay / 11y. / S / DWB / Blue Hors Zack / Romanov / 104AW69 / Glock HPC NL B.V.  Art.:  87.800 91.800 88.600 91.000 87.800 90.800 93.000
 Total  82.400
(8)
85.775
(5)
83.800
(6)
85.375
(5)
83.400
(7)
84.650
(6)
84.500
(7)
7. 611 Blue Hors Zack Daniel Bachmann Andersen den  Tech.:  79.000 78.000 78.000 78.750 79.250 76.000 78.750 83.711 %
(DETAILS)
2.000,00 EUR
bay / 15y. / S / KWPN / Rousseau / Jazz / 104KR71 / Blue Hors Aps  Art.:  89.000 88.800 88.000 90.800 88.400 87.400 91.800
 Total  84.000
(6)
83.400
(8)
83.000
(7)
84.775
(6)
83.825
(6)
81.700
(9)
85.275
(6)
8. 666 Well Done de la Roche CMF Patrik Kittel swe  Tech.:  76.500 77.250 74.250 76.750 75.750 75.000 74.250 82.296 %
(DETAILS)
2.000,00 EUR
bay / 11y. / M / CH / Fürstentraum / Walt Disney / 104ZW30 / Françoise Trembley,Brigitte Bigar,M  Art.:  89.400 90.200 87.600 87.200 85.800 90.000 92.200
 Total  82.950
(7)
83.725
(7)
80.925
(9)
81.975
(9)
80.775
(8)
82.500
(7)
83.225
(8)
9. 650 Glock’s Dream Boy N.O.P. Hans Peter Minderhoud ned  Tech.:  75.750 78.000 77.250 78.750 75.500 76.500 74.500 81.546 %
(DETAILS)
2.000,00 EUR
black / 11y. / S / KWPN / Vivaldi / Ferro / 104BI66 / Glock HPC NL B.V.,Palmar BV-J.T.M.  Art.:  87.400 88.000 84.200 88.000 82.800 87.800 87.200
 Total  81.575
(9)
83.000
(10)
80.725
(10)
83.375
(8)
79.150
(9)
82.150
(8)
80.850
(10)
10. 632 Classic Briolinca Gareth Hughes gbr  Tech.:  74.000 77.000 76.250 76.500 72.500 76.000 75.500 80.125 %
(DETAILS)
2.000,00 EUR
13y. / M / KWPN / Trento B / Royal Dance / 104HK07 / Mr & Mrs Hughes,Mrs J Hornig  Art.:  85.800 89.400 86.400 84.200 77.200 83.800 87.200
 Total  79.900
(11)
83.200
(9)
81.325
(8)
80.350
(10)
74.850
(12)
79.900
(10)
81.350
(9)
11. 667 Dante Weltino Old Therese Nilshagen swe  Tech.:  76.750 75.500 73.750 73.750 73.500 74.250 73.750 78.946 %
(DETAILS)
2.000,00 EUR
black / 12y. / S / OLDBG / Danone 4 / Welt Hit II / 104VX30 / Dressurpferde Leistungsz + T. Nilsh  Art.:  86.400 86.200 79.000 82.600 82.200 84.400 83.200
 Total  81.575
(9)
80.850
(11)
76.375
(12)
78.175
(11)
77.850
(10)
79.325
(11)
78.475
(11)
12. 616 Alcaide Claudio Castilla Ruiz esp  Tech.:  73.500 74.000 74.000 73.250 73.250 72.750 71.500 77.861 %
(DETAILS)
2.000,00 EUR
chest / 14y. / S / LUS / Lobito / Novilheiro / 103DW31 / Claudio Castilla- Yeguada la Perla  Art.:  81.400 84.800 82.400 82.200 81.800 83.800 81.400
 Total  77.450
(12)
79.400
(12)
78.200
(11)
77.725
(12)
77.525
(11)
78.275
(12)
76.450
(12)
13. 669 Buriel K.H. Juliette Ramel swe  Tech.:  68.500 72.000 68.750 70.500 70.750 68.000 69.750 74.346 %
(DETAILS)
2.000,00 EUR
13y. / G / KWPN / Osmium / Krack C / 104EF70 / La Pomme HB  Art.:  79.400 81.800 76.200 77.800 78.400 79.400 79.600
 Total  73.950
(13)
76.900
(13)
72.475
(13)
74.150
(13)
74.575
(13)
73.700
(13)
74.675
(13)
14. 631 Hawtins Delicato Carl Hester gbr  Tech.:  63.750 67.500 62.500 66.250 66.500 65.500 65.250 70.732 %
(DETAILS)
2.000,00 EUR
bay / 11y. / G / BHHS / Diamond Hit / Regazzoni / 104ES67 / Carl Hester,Lady Anne Evans,Ann Cor  Art.:  77.200 79.200 74.000 79.000 72.800 74.400 76.400
 Total  70.475
(14)
73.350
(14)
68.250
(14)
72.625
(14)
69.650
(14)
69.950
(14)
70.825
(14)
15. 622 Rossetti Henri Ruoste fin  Tech.:  63.250 66.250 63.750 65.000 63.000 63.750 62.750 67.982 %
(DETAILS)
2.000,00 EUR
bay / 11y. / G / DWB / Romanov / Midt-West Ibi-Light / 104LO87 / Equeco GmbH,Henri Ruoste  Art.:  71.800 74.200 70.600 72.800 69.400 72.400 72.800
 Total  67.525
(15)
70.225
(15)
67.175
(15)
68.900
(15)
66.200
(15)
68.075
(15)
67.775
(15)

Total: 120,000.00 EUR