German Amateur Isabelle Hermann & Number One Make it Two in a Row at Vienna CDI4*
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
VIENNA, Nov. 10–Isabelle Hermann’s charmed performance with her Number One continued into Saturday night when the German amateur won the CDI4* Grand Prix Special at the Wiener Pferdefest capping their double victory show as “so unbelievable, so crazy, so awesome.”
The 32-year-old rider and the horse she bought five years ago to compete in national shows turned in a ride that she said was not as tense as the Grand Prix and gave the pair a score of 72.622 per cent for their second win and both times breaking the 70 per cent barrier.
Fellow German Matthis Kempkes on Riccolett was second on 69.600 per cent while Austria’s Karin Kosak and Lucy’s Day were third on 69.133 per cent.
Isabelle and the nine-year-old Westfalen gelding (Numero Uno x Kira x Ramiro) won the Grand Prix Friday posting their first result above 70 per cent in the five CDIs the pair have competed in over the past 18 months. That result had such an impact on her that she teared up talking about her horse that she described as “a good guy who has won my heart.”
Could she have imagined before competing in their first indoor show to get experience ahead of next week’s iconic German Masters in Stuttgart that is near her home home in Pforzheim that she and the youngest horse in the field of 16 that started in the Grand Prix would be so successful?
“No!” she exclaimed emphatically, shaking her head in disbelief. “Not at all. It is so unbelievable, so crazy, so awesome.”
Some of her family–she works in the office of their recycling business–came to watch her ride at this show that is also 5* jumping, amateur jumping and dressage and a big dose of entertainment from driving and kid’s pony races to dog tricks and guys in skivvies performing gymnastics over two-meter jumps.
Isabelle made it clear the sudden success is not changing her plans–one show at a time and keeping what is a light schedule because of Number One’s age and experience.
“I haven’t thought about the next step after Stuttgart and the developing Grand Prix in Frankfurt next month,” she said.
“For the moment we will just wait and see.”
The horse was not as spooky or tense Saturday as he was in the Grand Prix, she said, but “you could clearly see the horse is still green.”
Her scores today included a nine for the one-tempi changes and there were no major mistakes.
The emphasis now, she said, will be to improve consistency, go to more big shows to get more experience.
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