Isabell Werth & Emilio Win Salzburg World Cup Grand Prix in Campaign to Qualify 2 Mounts for Las Vegas Final

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Isabell Werth and Emilio. File photo © 2019 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

SALZBURG, Austria, Dec. 7, 2019–Isabell Werth and Emilio won the World Cup Grand Prix Saturday on the champion rider’s campaign to qualify two horses for the Final in Las Vegas in April.

Isabell, champion of the last three finals of the annual world championship, rode Emilio to a score of 78.957%. When the German rider completes the Freestyle Sunday Emilio, a 13-year-old Westfalen gelding on which Isabell is ranked No. 9 in the world, will have fulfilled the requirement of two events for the titleholder to go to the Final.

Isabell, as she did for the 2019 Final, is qualifying Emilio as backup to Weihegold OLD, the Olympic team gold medal mount on which she has won three straight World Cup titles. She rode Emilio at the World Cup event in Stuttgart, Germany a month ago.

Germany’s Benjamin Werndl on Daily Mirror posted a personal best score of 77.717% as runnerup in his campaign for a second World Cup Final. Benjamin and the 15-year-old Westfalen gelding, competed in their first Final, at Gothenburg, Sweden last April.

Morgan Barbançon of France on Sir Donnerhall II, partnered at the last two World Cup Finals, was third on 72.304%, also a personal best score.

Results:

CDI-W World Cup Grand Prix

Judges Hans-Christian Matthiesen Magnus Ringmark Katrina Wüst Raphael Saleh Thomas Lang
Place Score % Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 78.957 GER Isabell Werth Emilio 107 76.957 79.674 80.326 79.457 78.370 77.593 (1)
2. 77.717 GER Benjamin Werndl Daily Mirror 9 78.152 77.391 78.043 77.174 77.826 74.643 (2)
3. 72.304 FRA Morgan Barbancon Sir Donnerhall II OLD 72.717 73.043 71.087 73.261 71.413 68.433 (10)
4. 72.109 AUT Victoria Max-Theurer Benaglio 71.630 72.174 71.957 71.196 73.587 71.566 (3)
5. 70.478 NED Thamar Zweistra Hexagon’s Double Dutch 70.978 70.652 70.761 71.087 68.913 69.509 (5)
6. 69.370 GRE Theodora Livanos Robinvale 70.435 69.348 71.739 66.848 68.478 69.069 (6)
7. 68.587 AUT Belinda Weinbauer Fraeulein Auguste MJ 68.261 70.435 66.522 69.239 68.478 68.555 (9)
8. 68.326 GER Helen Langehanenberg Annabelle 110 69.348 67.717 68.696 67.283 68.587 70.105 (4)
8. 68.326 IRL Anna Merveldt Esporim 66.848 68.804 69.022 68.043 68.913 67.627 (13)
10. 68.304 ITA Francesco Zaza Wispering Romance 66.848 69.348 67.500 69.348 68.478 67.976 (12)
11. 68.217 SWE Patrik Kittel Eddieni 67.391 69.674 68.478 67.935 67.609 69.004 (7)
12. 67.565 AUT Stefan Lehfellner Fackeltanz OLD 66.522 66.196 70.761 67.935 66.413 68.927 (8)
13. 67.435 AUT Timna Zach Chico 32 64.457 69.783 67.826 68.696 66.413 68.123 (11)
14. 66.478 AUT Christian Schumach Donna Karacho 64.022 67.283 66.630 67.500 66.957 67.221 (14)
15. 62.804 VEN Patricia Ferrando Elvis 63.043 61.413 62.717 65.000 61.848 65.955 (15)