Isabell Werth Wins 2nd Straight World Cup Qualifier
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LYON, France, Oct. 29–Isabell Werth claimed her second straight World Cup qualifier Friday by riding Warum Nicht FRH to a score of 80.150 per cent with fellow German Ulla Salzgeber on Herzruf’s Erbe taking second place on 78.850 per cent.
In her first World Cup event, Italy’s Valentina Truppa on Chablis finished third on 74.500 per cent.
The victory by Isabell and the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding was in the second of 10 qualifiers in the West European League leading to the Final in Leipzig, Germany next April.
In the Grand Prix Thursday, Isabell and Warum Nicht FRH scored 72.936 per cent to take the win over Ulla Salzgeber on Herzruf’s Erbe in second place on 72.085 per cent and Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer-Salat on Faberge in third place on 69.617 per cent.
Isabell and her Olympic gold medal mount Satchmo won the inaugural league event last week in Odense, Denmark.
Isabell said that Warum Nicht was more attentive in the freestyle.
“One little mistake, otherwise there is nothing to add,” Isabell said. She also received a 10 from Polish judge Wojciech Markowski for the extended trot.
Now that qualifying victories on Satchmo and Warum Nicht virtually guarantee her a place in the Final, she plans to move up both her nine-year-olds, El Santo NRW and Don Johnson, to World Cup events.
The next qualifier in the West European League that is sponsored by the New York fashion house Reem Acra is scheduled for Stockholm in four weeks followed by London and Frankfurt, Germany in mid-December, Mechelen, Belgium the last week of the year, then Amsterdam in January, Neumünster, Germany and Gothenburg, Sweden in February and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands in March.
Leipzig will be the finals for dressage, jumping and driving–the first time for a combined final of all three disciplines.
For complete results click here. To see the marks by all judges and for each movement click on the percentage result.