Isabell Werth & Weihegold Dominate Donaueshingen CDI4* Grand Prix, Sönke Rothenberger & Cosmo Disappoint With 3rd Place

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Isabell Werth. the world’s No. 1 rider on Weihegold OLD. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

DONAUESCHINGEN, Germany, Aug. 18, 2018–Isabell Werth rode Weihegold OLD to the highest Grand Prix score of any of the Olympic superstar’s Big tour horses in a year to totally dominate the CDI4* Saturday while the performance by team mate Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo left in doubt their selection for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon less than four weeks away.

Isabell and the world No. 1 Weihegold, 13-year-old Oldenburg mare, scored 82.652 per cent including four marks of 10 to win what is the last WEG selection event for Germany.

In a much-anticipated ride, Sönke and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding were awarded 76.196 per cent for third place in the horse’s return from an injury that kept the pair out of the show arena for two months. Difficulties in half-passes and the reinback dampened their results.

Fellow German Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Zaire-E placed second on 76.413 per cent.

The dramatic turn of events presented the German team selectors with two major issues with the European dressage horses scheduled to fly in two weeks time to Tryon for the start on Sept. 12 of two days of Grand Prix to decide the world championship team medals:

–Which of Isabell’s three prospective mounts to name to the team–Weihegold with a record of 2016 Olympic team gold and individual silver, 2017 European Championships team, individual and freestyle gold and double World Cup champion; Emilio or Bella Rose that is Isabell’s personal favorite that came back to competition in July after an injury-caused absence of almost four years following team gold at the 2014 World Games.

–Whether to include Sönke and Cosmo, team mate with Isabell at the 2016 Rio Games, second to Isabell in all three Grand Prix classes at the 2017 Europeans and German champion, a national show, two months ago.

Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The top three prospects for the German team–widely considered to be facing a serious challenge from the United States at home–are Isabell on one of her three mounts; Helen Langehanenberg on Damsey FRH and Dorothee Schneider on Sammy Davis Jr. Sönke and Cosmo hoped to fill the fourth spot, as does Jessica von Bredow-Werndl with one of her three Grand Prix horses–Zaire-E, TSF Dalera BB or Unee BB

The four marks of 10 for Isabell, 49 years old, and Weihegold were for piaffe and passage including two for passage-piaffe-passage transitions on the final centerline.

The previous highest Grand Prix score for Isabell on either Bella Rose, Don Johnson FRH, Emilio or Weihegold–was 83.743 per cent on Weihegold at the 2017 European Championships.

There, the pair won the Freestyle with their first ever score above 90 per cent, that was also achieved by Sönke and Cosmo, to become only the fourth and fifth riders in the world to attain that mark for a musical performance.

Sönke Rothenberger, 23 years old, and Cosmo were ranked as high as No. 2 in the world but a scant competition record in the past year have dropped the pair to 97th. This was their first competition since the German Championships in June and the first CDI since April, the only international event for the pair since the Europeans in August, 2017.

At the 2016 Olympics, Isabell added to her Olympic medal count with team gold and individual silver for a career total of 10 so far, more than any equestrian in more than a century of horse sports at the Games.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix

Judges-E: Adriaan F. Hamoen-NED H: Alice Schwab-AUT C: Gustaf Svalling-SWE M: Kerstin Holthaus-GER B: Dietrich Plewa-GER

Rank CNR HORSE – Breeding
sex\color\born\sire x siredam\
Nat. E H C M B Total
RIDER
owner
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 916 Weihegold Old – OLDBG
M \ Black \ 2005 \ Blue Hors Don Schufro x Sandro Hit
GER
2000 80.652 82.717 82.391 83.804 83.696 82.652
Isabell  Werth
Arns-Krogmann, Christine
( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 )
2 918 Zaire-E – KWPN
M \ Bay \ 2004 \ Son De Niro x Jazz
GER
1300 76.196 76.087 75.543 77.174 77.065 76.413
Jessica  Von Bredow-Werndl
Aubenhausen Gbr
( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 )
3 972 Cosmo 59 – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2007 \ Van Gogh x Fruhling / Landjonker
GER
900 75.109 77.174 76.957 75.870 75.870 76.196
Sönke  Rothenberger
Rothenberger Im Gestüt Erlenhof Gmbh & Westhoff, Ralph Uwe
( 3 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 )
4 827 Raffaelo Va Bene – DSP
S \ Grey \ 2001 \ Royal Diamond x Lanacar
SUI
700 71.630 71.957 72.609 73.370 74.457 72.804
Anna-Mengia  Aerne
Aerne-Caliezi Anna-Mengia
( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 5 )
5 572 Duke Of Britain – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 2007 \ Dimaggio x Rubinstein
GER
500 72.283 70.870 72.065 72.174 75.543 72.587
Frederic  Wandres
Hof Kasselmann Gmbh & Co.Kg
( 4 ) ( 7 ) ( 5 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 )
6 836 Romy Del Sol – WESTF
M \ Bay \ 2006 \ Romanov Blue Horse
GBR
400 70.543 71.196 68.587 70.109 70.870 70.261
Emma  Hindle
Emma Hindle
( 7 ) ( 6 ) ( 10 ) ( 7 ) ( 8 )
7 540 Birkhof’S Dave Fbw – DSP
G \ Bay \ 2003 \ Denaro x Rehberg
GER
300 69.130 66.957 69.565 70.761 71.630 69.609
Lisa  Müller
Müller, Lisa
( 13 ) ( 17 ) ( 7 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 )
8 775 Euclides Mor
M \ Other \ 2009 \ Riopele
ESP
300 70.543 71.957 67.826 68.587 68.478 69.478
Juan Antonio  Jimenez Cobo
Abelardo Morales Puron
( 7 ) ( 4 ) ( 13 ) ( 10 ) ( 12 )
9 549 C’Est La Vie 140 – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2007 \ Johnson Tn x El Corona
GER
300 70.761 69.565 70.543 66.957 69.457 69.457
Stefanie  Schatz-Weihermüller
Weihermüller, Dr. Michael
( 6 ) ( 10 ) ( 6 ) ( 15 ) ( 9 )
10 761 Despino 15 – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2003 \ De Niro 6 x Wolkentanz
KOR
300 70.435 70.870 67.065 69.674 66.957 69.000
Young-Shik  Hwang
Martin Schaudt
( 11 ) ( 7 ) ( 14 ) ( 8 ) ( 16 )
11 867 Wonder – HANN
M \ Chestnut \ 2002 \ Waterford x Regazzoni
ESP
70.543 68.913 68.043 67.283 69.239 68.804
Nicole  Vazquez Kremer
21St Century Horse S.L.
( 7 ) ( 11 ) ( 11 ) ( 14 ) ( 10 )
12 587 Lobenswert 2 – WESTF
G \ Grey \ 2004 \ Lissabon 29 x Athlet Z
GER
68.587 67.391 68.696 67.717 71.196 68.717
Christina  Boos
Boos, Ulrich
( 14 ) ( 16 ) ( 8 ) ( 12 ) ( 7 )
13 961 Riccoletto – DSP
G \ Chestnut \ 2002 \ Rivero Ii x Alcatraz
GER
70.543 67.500 66.304 67.391 68.043 67.957
Matthias  Kempkes
Kempkes, Matthias & Junker, Michael
( 7 ) ( 15 ) ( 17 ) ( 13 ) ( 13 )
14 830 Rebana W – HANN
M \ Other \ 2008 \ Rosario x Ravallo
AUS
69.783 69.674 67.935 63.152 67.391 67.587
Hayley  Beresford
Hb Equestrian International Pte.Ltd
( 12 ) ( 9 ) ( 12 ) ( 20 ) ( 15 )
15 384 Lukas 911 – DSP
G \ Bay \ 2005 \ Lagiator x Wenckstern
GER
67.935 68.478 66.957 68.696 64.674 67.348
Franziska  Stieglmaier
Stieglmaier, Walter
( 16 ) ( 13 ) ( 15 ) ( 9 ) ( 18 )
16 640 Dallas – DSP
G \ Other \ 2008 \ Don Diamond Fbw x Damon Hill
GER
67.065 65.435 68.696 68.478 66.196 67.174
Jill  De Ridder
Simons, Hans-Peter & Marlies & Simons De Ridder, Alexandra
( 17 ) ( 19 ) ( 8 ) ( 11 ) ( 17 )
17 547 Stevie Wonder M – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2006 \ Stedinger x White Star
GER
66.413 67.609 66.630 66.630 67.500 66.957
Ferdinand  Fisch
Sara Marburg Gmbh
( 18 ) ( 14 ) ( 16 ) ( 16 ) ( 14 )
18 790 Fuhur 6
G \ Bay \ 2009 \ Fürstenreich x Nagnat
RUS
68.152 66.304 65.326 64.130 69.239 66.630
Elena  Sidneva
Elena Sidneva
( 15 ) ( 18 ) ( 18 ) ( 18 ) ( 10 )
19 900 Siena 62 – OLDBG
M \ Black \ 2006 \ Sandro Hit x Lorentin
GER
64.457 68.696 65.000 64.891 64.239 65.457
Susann  Konrad
Susann Konrad
( 19 ) ( 12 ) ( 19 ) ( 17 ) ( 19 )
20 308 Hermes 134 – DSP
G \ Other \ 2008 \ Blue Hors Hotline x Lanciano
GER
63.587 64.783 63.587 63.478 63.043 63.696
Uwe  Schwanz
Riedmaier, Hildegard M.
( 20 ) ( 20 ) ( 20 ) ( 19 ) ( 20 )