Isabell Werth & El Santo Repeat as Victors in Central Park Invitational Grand Prix

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Isabel Werth on El Santo NRW in New York's inaugral Central Park Horse Show in 2014. © Ken Braddick/ dressage-news.com
Isabel Werth on El Santo NRW in New York’s inaugral Central Park Horse Show in 2014. © Ken Braddick/ dressage-news.com

NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2015–Isabell Werth and El Santo NRW on Friday repeated as winners of the Central Park Horse Show Invitational Grand Prix having taken the inaugural event a year ago.

The five-time German Olympian and “Ernie” as she calls the 14-year-old Rhinelander gelding was awarded 75.100 per cent by the panel of three judges.

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén, a six-time Olympian for Sweden, rode Paridon Magi into second place on 73.167 per cent.

The 17-year-old Juan Matute, Jr. of Spain who won individual gold at the European Junior Championships in July, rode Don Diego Ymas into third place on 69.967 per cent. Juan lives with his family in Wellington, Florida and on Dhannie Ymas is the No. 2 Junior in the world.

Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain, No. 1 in the world on Valegro, will ride a demonstration Freestyle Saturday night and  give a master class on Sunday.

“It’s like last year–it’s so special to come here and compete in Central Park,” Isabell said after the ride. “To be part of this show is really amazing. Never have we had such an amazing skyline–when we came in here this morning and saw the horses it was really like–Wow!”