Bella Rose Still Recovering From Injury Pulled Out of Hagen Nations Cup

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Isabell Werth on Bella Rose led Germany to World Equestrian Games team gold medal in 2014. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Isabell Werth on Bella Rose led Germany to World Equestrian Games team gold medal in 2014. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

July 5, 2015

Bella Rose will not be competed by Isabell Werth at the Nations Cup event in Hagen, Germany next week that is a qualifier for the German team for the European Championships in August, the German Olympic Equestrian Committee reported Sunday.

The decision to withdraw the 11-year-old mare that has not been competed since last November was made by Isabell who said the horse is still recovering from a knee injury.

Charlott-Maria Schürmann and Burlington, winner of the prestigious Small Tour Nürnberger Burg-Pokal in 2012 and now competing at Grand Prix, moves up in consideration for the team.

There was no word on the status of Totilas that Matthias Alexander Rath rode at a small local show a week ago after an absence of almost a year from the competition arena with an injury.

Bella Rose and Isabell, who were a star pair at last year’s World Games, have dropped from No. 5 in the world down to 37th in the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rankings to the end of June.

The same rankings put Totilas, now 15 years old, and Matthias at 399th in the world.

Injuries to Bella Rose and Totilas and the end of the partnership of Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW late last year could seriously impact Germany’s championship prospects.

Kristina Sprehe on Desperados have emerged this year as the top German combination, undefeated in six starts with high scores. The Olympic, World Games and European Championship team duo are ranked No. 3 in the world, behind Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro and Edward Gal of the Netherlands and Glock’s Undercover.

The latest world rankings also placed Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfvén of Sweden on Don Auriello in the fifth spot, the highest ever.