Bella Rose Out of World Games Grand Prix Special With Hoof Problem

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Isabell Werth on Bella Rose, the horse she says is the best she's ever ridden, leaving the World Equestrian Games competition arena after scoring more than 80 per cent in the Grand Prix and later withdrawing from the Grand Prix Special when the mare displayed goof problems. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Isabell Werth on Bella Rose, the horse she says is the best she’s ever ridden, leaving the World Equestrian Games competition arena after scoring more than 80 per cent in the Grand Prix and later withdrawing from the Grand Prix Special when the mare displayed a hoof problem. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

CAEN, France, Aug. 26, 2014–Bella Rose, ridden by Isabell Werth to lead Germany to the team gold medal, on Tuesday night withdrew the 10-year-old mare from the Grand Prix Special when the horse displayed a hoof problem.

Bella Rose developed signs of acute inflammation of the hoof sole after the Grand Prix in which the German rider and horse scored a pesonal best of 81.529 per cent and placed second behind world No. 1 Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro.

“This hits us out of the blue,” said Isabell. “I am deeply disappointed.

“But obviously we don’t want to take any risks. The mare’s health has absolute priority. That’s why I have withdrawn her from the Special.”

Monica Theodorescu, the German coach, said she is disappointed and, “I am awfully sorry for the pair.”

Isabell found the Westfalen mare as a three-year-old and has slowly developed her, beginning Grand Prix last year with three international Grand Prix.

The duo rode in only three shows in Germany this year before the WEG. At one of the shows two months ago, Isabell scored the first Grand Prix 80 per cent in the 24 years of her career on the international circuit.