Sönke Rothenberger & Cosmo Recover to Beat Isabell Werth & Weihegold in Donaueshingen CDI4* Grand Prix Special

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Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

DONAUESCHINGEN, Germany, Aug. 19, 2018–Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo recovered from a shaky Grand Prix to post a personal best score for a smashing victory over Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD in the CDI4* Grand Prix Special Sunday and pretty much assured the pair a start at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon next month.

Sönke and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding were awarded 84.632 per cent for their pair’s first ever Big Tour victory over the world’s No. 1 combination and Olympic and European Championship gold medal team mates.

Isabell and Weihegold were awarded 81.745 per cent with Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Zaire-E third on 77.383 per cent after the second place finish in Saturday’s Grand Prix.

“He was completely with me,” said a relieved Sönke, “that was a very good feeling.”

Isabell said that Weihegold “ran out of gas” in the Special after the winning the Grand Prix a day earlier that was the first competition for the the duo since repeating as World Cup champion in April.

The German dressage committee will decide in the next eight days on the team for Tryon, after Helen Langehanenberg rides Damsey in Münster next weekend.

The performances this weekend for Sönke and Cosmo were vital for selection to the German team for WEG in North Carolina next month. A minor injury to Cosmo had kept the 23-year-old rider and the horse he has competed since Young Riders from the Nations Cup at Aachen, Germany last month.

In the Grand Prix Saturday, the first competition since becoming German champions in June, Sönke and Cosmo scored 76.196 per cent for third place behind Isabell and Weihegold and Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Zaire-E.

The ride by Isabell and Weihegold was awarded the highest Grand Prix score of any of her Big tour horses–Bella Rose, Emilio and Don Johnson as well as Weihegold–in the past year.

Sunday’s results put the top prospects for the German team as Isabell on one of her three mounts; Helen Langehanenberg on Damsey FRH, Dorothee Schneider on Sammy Davis Jr. and Sönke and Cosmo. Helen wanted the extra competition, a national show, for more preparation after a baby break and their successful return at Aachen last month.

The Tryon World Games team competition will be decided by the Grand Prix over two days, Sept. 12 and 13. Individual medals will be awarded for the Grand Prix Special on Sept. 14 and for the Freestyle Sept. 16.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix Special

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

Rank CNR HORSE – Breeding
sex\colour\born\sire x siredam\
Nat. E H C M B Total
RIDER
owner
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 972 Cosmo 59 – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2007 \ Van Gogh x Fruhling / Landjonker
GER
3500 82.447 81.489 87.660 86.064 84.149 84.362
Sönke  Rothenberger
Rothenberger Im Gestüt Erlenhof Gmbh & Westhoff, Ralph Uwe
( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 )
2 916 Weihegold Old – OLDBG
M \ Black \ 2005 \ Blue Hors Don Schufro x Sandro Hit
GER
2100 80.638 81.170 82.447 80.532 83.936 81.745
Isabell  Werth
Arns-Krogmann, Christine
( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 )
3 918 Zaire-E – KWPN
M \ Bay \ 2004 \ Son De Niro x Jazz
GER
1300 76.596 77.128 77.660 76.702 78.830 77.383
Jessica  Von Bredow-Werndl
Aubenhausen Gbr
( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 )
4 572 Duke Of Britain – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 2007 \ Dimaggio x Rubinstein
GER
1000 71.383 70.532 77.660 73.936 73.617 73.426
Frederic  Wandres
Hof Kasselmann Gmbh & Co.Kg
( 5 ) ( 5 ) ( 3 ) ( 4 ) ( 4 )
5 827 Raffaelo Va Bene – DSP
S \ Grey \ 2001 \ Royal Diamond x Lanacar
SUI
900 70.532 72.660 73.830 72.979 70.851 72.170
Anna-Mengia  Aerne
Aerne-Caliezi Anna-Mengia
( 7 ) ( 4 ) ( 5 ) ( 5 ) ( 5 )
6 836 Romy Del Sol – WESTF
M \ Bay \ 2006 \ Romanov Blue Horse
GBR
650 71.702 70.213 69.894 70.426 68.617 70.170
Emma  Hindle
Emma Hindle
( 4 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 7 ) ( 8 )
7 540 Birkhof’S Dave Fbw – DSP
G \ Bay \ 2003 \ Denaro x Rehberg
GER
500 69.894 69.681 69.468 70.532 68.298 69.574
Lisa  Müller
Müller, Lisa
( 8 ) ( 7 ) ( 7 ) ( 6 ) ( 9 )
8 549 C’Est La Vie 140 – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2007 \ Johnson Tn x El Corona
GER
500 69.255 68.191 69.043 67.553 69.255 68.660
Stefanie  Schatz-Weihermüller
Weihermüller, Dr. Michael
( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 7 )
9 867 Wonder – HANN
M \ Chestnut \ 2002 \ Waterford x Regazzoni
ESP
400 71.064 67.979 68.723 66.809 67.979 68.511
Nicole  Vazquez Kremer
21St Century Horse S.L.
( 6 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 ) ( 11 ) ( 10 )
10 775 Euclides Mor
M \ Other \ 2009 \ Riopele
ESP
300 66.809 68.298 69.362 67.234 69.787 68.298
Juan Antonio  Jimenez Cobo
Abelardo Morales Puron
( 11 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 10 ) ( 6 )
11 587 Lobenswert 2 – WESTF
G \ Grey \ 2004 \ Lissabon 29 x Athlet Z
GER
250 66.064 67.128 66.809 65.213 67.340 66.511
Christina  Boos
Boos, Ulrich
( 14 ) ( 12 ) ( 11 ) ( 12 ) ( 11 )
12 384 Lukas 911 – DSP
G \ Bay \ 2005 \ Lagiator x Wenckstern
GER
200 67.979 67.766 65.213 67.766 62.979 66.340
Franziska  Stieglmaier
Stieglmaier, Walter
( 10 ) ( 11 ) ( 14 ) ( 8 ) ( 15 )
13 761 Despino 15 – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2003 \ De Niro 6 x Wolkentanz
KOR
66.596 66.277 66.383 64.574 65.213 65.809
Young-Shik  Hwang
Martin Schaudt
( 13 ) ( 13 ) ( 13 ) ( 13 ) ( 13 )
14 961 Riccoletto – DSP
G \ Chestnut \ 2002 \ Rivero Ii x Alcatraz
GER
65.213 63.830 66.596 63.191 66.489 65.064
Matthias  Kempkes
Kempkes, Matthias & Junker, Michael
( 15 ) ( 14 ) ( 12 ) ( 15 ) ( 12 )
15 830 Rebana W – HANN
M \ Other \ 2008 \ Rosario x Ravallo
AUS
66.809 61.702 65.106 64.043 63.404 64.213
Hayley  Beresford
Hb Equestrian International Pte.Ltd
( 11 ) ( 15 ) ( 15 ) ( 14 ) ( 14 )