Isabell Werth on 50th Birthday Rides Bella Rose to Aachen CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle Victory to Become Only 6th Combination in History to Score Above 90%

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Isabell Werth celebrating victory on Bella Rose in the World Equestrian Festival CDIO5* Grand Pix Freestyle at Aachen, Germany. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 21, 2019–Isabell Werth, on her 50th birthday, rode Bella Rose to a score of 90.450% to win the World Equestrian Festival CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday to become only the sixth horse and rider combination in history to be awarded at least 90%.

Isabell and the 15-year-old Westfalen mare that 13 months ago returned to competition after an inury-caused absence of 3 1/2 years led the German team to gold in the Nations Cup of the Grand Prix and the Special before Sunday’s musical performance.

She and Bella Rose join the elite group of herself on Weihegold OLD, Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro, Edward Gal on Totilas, Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill and Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo who have achieved at least 90% in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

The German superstar rider as the most decorated Olympic equestrian in history with 10 medals–six gold–is also the only rider to have ridden three different horses to scores of at least 80% in the Grand Prix–Weihegold and Emilio are her other two.

Isabell Werth on Bella Rose on the final centerline of the World Equestrian Festival CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle at Aachen. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Germans filled the top three places: Dorothee Schneider on Showtime second on a personal best 89.660% and Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB third on 87.595%.

Isabell said she got goosebumps at the end of the first performance of this freestyle for Bella Rose that led the German team to gold and claimed individual gold at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon last September.

Dorothee was emotional in explaining her joy at the top score so far for Showtime that also was bedevilled by injuries after the 2016 Olympics where they were on the German gold medal team but was not fit enough for the Tryon championships. The duo posted personal best scores in both the Grand Prix Special and the Freestyle here.

Dorothee Schneider’s smile says it all as she rides Showtime. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Cathrine Dufour who was a star for Denmark riding Cassidy at the 2017 European Championships moved up a whole new level on Bohemian, the nine-year-old Westfalen gelding she began competing at Big Tour 15 months ago.

Cathrine and Bohemian placed fourth with 85.390%, the first mark above 80% in the Freestyle and hopes to be selected for Denmark’s team for the European Championships in Rottedam next month. The Europeans are vital for Denmark which needs to take one of the last three spots available to qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

Cathrine Dufour of Denmark on Bohemian, the successor to Cassidy that she competed at the 2016 Olympics and the 2017 European Championships. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle
Judges-E: Clive Halsall H: Irina Maknami C: Evi Eisenhardt M: Janet Lee Foy B: Susanne Baarup

Rank Nr. Rider

EUR Total
Horse

1 306
Isabell Werth
GER
43000 90.450
2 359
Dorothee Schneider
GER
26000 89.660
3 363
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl
GER
20000 87.595
4 309
Cathrine Dufour
DEN
13000 85.390
5 326
Charlotte Dujardin
GBR
7000 83.995
6 357
Adrienne Lyle
USA
5000 83.560
7 318
Therese Nilshagen
SWE
3500 83.395
8 308
Daniel Bachmann Andersen
DEN
2000 80.250
9 311
Antonia Ramel
SWE
1500 79.595
10 301
Claudio Castilla Ruiz
ESP
1500 79.385
11 362
Steffen Peters
USA
1500 79.205
12 302
Katherine Bateson-Chandler
USA
1500 77.665
13 365
Judy Reynolds
IRL
1500 77.460
14 371
Rose Mathisen
SWE
1500 76.850
15 319
Charlotte Fry
GBR
1500 75.465