Isabell Werth & Bella Rose, Dorothee Schneider & Showtime Both Above 83% Lead Germany to Runaway Nations Cup Victory, Denmark Silver, USA Bronze

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Isabell Werth on Bella Rose completing their Nations Cup Grand Prix Special ride that led Germany to a runaway victory. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 20, 2019–With Isabell Werth on Bella Rose and Dorothee Schneider on Showtime FRH both scoring above 83% in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special Saturday, Germany had a runaway victory in the Nations Cup with Denmark taking silver and the United States bronze. Charlotte Dujardin on what may be the last of the catch rides on Erlentanz also scored above 80% for Great Britain.

Isabell and the 15-year-old Bella Rose, a Westfalen mare, scored 84.447% for first place individually while Dorothee and the 13-year-old Showtime, a Hanoverian gelding, was awarded a personal best 83.617% to place second. Charlotte and Erlentanz that she has been competing as the owner-rider has been injured scored 80.277%.

The final team standings after the Grand Prix and the Special was: 1. Germany 489.477; 2. Denmark 457.515; 3. USA 450.775; 4. Sweden 447.953; 5. Great Britain 447.886; 6. Ireland 428.104; 7. Spain 423.588.

This was the 38th Nations Cup victory for Germany on this home ground, while the only other nation to have won here was the Netherlands on three occasions.

The event was the seventh of eight Nations Cups in the trans-Atlantic series, but the results of one did not count as there were not enough teams entered and the final show for this year will be Hickstead, England next week.

After this competition, Sweden leads the series and could become the series champion for the third straight year, while Germany stands second and the United States third.

Dorothee Schneider riding Showtime FRH to a personal best score in the Nations Grand Prix Special. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Both Bella Rose and Showtime have had serious health issues. Bella Rose was out of competition from late 2014 until mid-2018 while Showtime was absent for several months from late 2016 after their Olympic team gold medal performance through to spring 2019, participating in only two events.

Dorothee was emotional after the ride, having been partnered with Showtime since the horse was 3 1/2 years old.

Both combinations are expected to be selected for the German team for the European Championships next month, along with Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo who was not chosen for the Nations Cup but dominated the CDI4* Grand Prix and Special here.

Charlotte Dujardin and Erlentanz that she competed in three English CDIs since April this year for Sonnar Murray Brown while he recovers from an injury scored 80.277% in what was their first and likely only ever Grand Prix Special. Charlotte will compete Mount St. John Freestyle at the Europeans.

Charlotte Dujardin on Erlentanz in the Nations Cup at Aachen. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Cathrine Dufour on Bohemian led Denmark to the silver medal with a personal best score of 78.809%.

Cathrine, a star with Cassidy, said that Bohemian’s first appearance in Aachen and coping with the atmosphere in the 6,500-seat Deutsche Bank Stadium showed her that the nine-year-old Westfalen gelding will be her future top mount.

Cathrine Dufour and Bohemian. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Adrienne Lyle on Salvino was the top placing American on the Dutta Corp. team, as she was in the Grand Prix.

Adrienne and the 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion, World Equestrian Games team silver medalist, scored 76.745% in the Special for seventh place. The pair return home now along with Harmony’s Duval that Adrienne debuted at Aachen in the CDI4*.

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino leading the USA to Aachen Nations Cup bronze medal. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDIO5* Nations Cup Grand Prix Special

Judges-E: Irina Maknami H: Evi Eisenhardt C: Susanne Baarup M: Clive Halsall B: Janet Lee Foy

Rank Rider

Total
Horse

1
Isabell Werth
GER
11000 84.447
2
Dorothee Schneider
GER
7000 83.617
3
Charlotte Dujardin
GBR

Erlentanz

5000 80.227
5
Cathrine Dufour
DEN
2200 78.809
6
Daniel Bachmann Andersen
DEN
1800 78.170
7
Adrienne Lyle
USA
1600 76.745
8
Therese Nilshagen
SWE
1100 76.596
9
Judy Reynolds
IRL
800 75.894
10
Charlotte Fry
GBR
500 75.128
11
Helen Langehanenberg
GER
500 75.043
12
Steffen Peters
USA
500 74.872
13
Antonia Ramel
SWE
74.702
14
Claudio Castilla Ruiz
ESP
74.255
15
Katherine Bateson-Chandler
USA
73.766
16
Rose Mathisen
SWE
72.872
17
Adelinde Cornelissen
NED
72.532
18
Agnete Kirk Thinggaard
DEN
72.362
19
Henri Ruoste
FIN
72.085
20
Morgan Barbançon
FRA
71.489
21
Maria Caetano
POR
71.362
22
Michelle Hagman Hassink
SWE
69.894
23
Heike Holstein
IRL
69.851
24
Anna Merveldt
IRL
69.468
25
Juan Antonio Jimenez Cobo
ESP
68.851
25
Louise Anne Bell
GBR
68.851
27
Borja Carrascosa
ESP
68.830
28
Shelly Francis
USA
65.532
29
Anders Dahl
DEN
ELM