Isabell Werth & Bella Rose Win Individual Gold, Dorothee Schneider & Showtime Silver, Catherine Dufour & Cassidy Bronze at European Championships

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Isabell Werth on Bella Rose in the final centerline to win European Championship individual gold. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 22, 2019–Isabell Werth and Bella Rose won European Championship individual gold with a personal best Grand Prix Special score Thursday night, with team mate Dorothee Schneider on Showtime FRH taking silver and Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy capturing bronze.

Isabell and the 15-year-old mare were awarded 86.520% that included 73 marks of 10 from the seven judges, including three across the board for the final centerline piaffe, transition and passage and then seven more for rider position.

The victory for Isabell on Bella Rose was the rider’s eighth European individual medal and for the combination the 20th straight win going back to November 2014 before 3 1/2 years out of competition with a hard-to-diagnose injury to the Westfalen mare now 15 years old.

Dorothee was emotional with the return to top form for Showtime to win silver on 85.456%, also a personal best. It was also the rider’s first individual medal in any international competition–though she won team gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016, team silver at London in 2012, team gold at Tryon World Equestrian Games last year and team gold at the 2017 Europeans.

Dorothee Schneider and Showtime in the European Championships Grand Prix Special on their way to individual silver medal. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Cathrine Dufour, the popular Danish rider and Cassidy, her 2017 European Championship double bronze medal partner, was having her groom take the braids from the horse and put him away when she found out they had won bronze on 81.337%, it, too, a personal best.

Ireland’s Judy Reynolds on Vancouver K, her 17-year-old partner at Olympics, World Equestrian Games and other championships and that she led her nation’s team in the Grand Prix Tuesday to earn a start at the 2020 Tokyo Games, joined the personal best group with 78.252% to place fifth.

European Championships individual gold medalists–Isabell Werth (gold), Dorothee Schneider (silver), Cathrine Dufour (bronze). © 2019 Lily Forado

The competition stretched from mid-afternoon late into the night with 30 starting combinationsthat qualified through the Grand Prix. The top 15 move on to the Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday night. However, as only three from a nation can go on, Isabell and Bella Rose, Dorothee and Showtime and Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB will ride musical performances while Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo–the Freestyle silver medal duo from the 2017 Europeans and one of only five combinations to ever score at least 90% in the Freestyle–will be absent Saturday.

Cathrine Dufour and Cassidy, riding to European Championship individual bronze, in the summer-like night competition, two days after she described a drenching downpour as a”little bt of rain” in the Grand Prix. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The final result was not a foregone conclusion.

As Isabell and Bella Rose rode after them, the scoreboards showed Dorothee and Showtime ahead until the final centerline and the number of 10s on the score sheet for the world’s No. 1 partnership was mind-boggling.

“I know that with Bella Rose everything is possible and it is up to me to make it happen,” Isabell said. She made it happen.

“The piaffe/passage could not be better than it was tonight, the feeling was outstanding  and the atmosphere was really special!”

And she joked about the ages of the gold and silver medalists–both Isabell and Dorothee are 50 years old.

“Back to the future: Now the two old women have won,” Isabell joked with Dorothee sitting beside her.

Dorothee described her result as “the greatest day of my life” in winning her first individual international competition medal on a horse she has been developing for the past 10 years, including on the German gold medal team at the 2016 Olympics as a team mate of Isabell and Weihegold. But Showtime has been on-again, off-again with injuries that kept them off the German team for the World Games in Tryon last year.

“It is very emotional after a long break that Showtime comes back in amazing form,” said the rider who is widely admired for her talent and humility.

Judy Reynolds on Vancouver K in the European Championships Grand Prix Special. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer-Salat and Delgado, the 2015 European Championship Freestyle bronze medal pair, were eliminated from the competition when the 18-year-old Westfalen gelding that is in his 10th year of Big Tour competition appeared uneven in the final extended trot. Beatriz and Delgado were held up for 10 minutes from their scheduled starting time when an awards ceremony for another discipline in the main dressage arena went too long.

It was the fifth elimination from the 69 combinations that started in these Europeans.

Results:

European Championships Grand Prix Special
Judges-K: Isabelle Judet-FRA E: Mariette Sanders-van Gansewinkel-NED H: Irina Maknami-RUS C: Susanne Baarup-DEN M: Clive Halsall-GBR B: Janet Foy-USA F: Evi Eisenhardt-GER
Rank HNR Competitor Nation K E H C M B F Total
1. 637 Bella Rose Isabell Werth ger 87.766 % 86.809 % 86.915 % 85.319 % 84.894 % 87.660 % 86.277 % 86.520 %
chest / 15y. / M / WESTF / Belissimo / Cacir Aa / 103CM31 / Winter-Schulze,Madeleine (2.) (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.) (2.) (1.)
2. 635 Showtime FRH Dorothee Schneider ger 88.511 % 83.830 % 86.702 % 84.362 % 84.681 % 88.085 % 82.021 % 85.456 %
dbay / 13y. / G / HANN / Sandro Hit / Rotspon / 103HX90 / Kippert,Gabriele (1.) (2.) (2.) (2.) (2.) (1.) (2.)
3. 613 Atterupgaards Cassidy Cathrine Dufour den 82.021 % 81.809 % 81.170 % 81.170 % 78.830 % 83.298 % 81.064 % 81.337 %
chest / 16y. / G / DWB / Caprimond / Donnerhall / DEN40739 / Dufour Family V,Peter Dufour (3.) (3.) (3.) (3.) (4.) (3.) (3.)
4. 636 TSF Dalera BB Jessica von Bredow-Werndl ger 79.362 % 79.149 % 77.553 % 76.915 % 79.787 % 78.830 % 78.191 % 78.541 %
dbay / 12y. / M / TRAK / Easy Game / Handryk / 105AH62 / Béatrice A. Buerchler-Keller (5.) (4.) (10.) (6.) (3.) (5.) (6.)
5. 642 Vancouver K Judy Reynolds irl 81.064 % 78.404 % 76.277 % 76.809 % 78.191 % 77.979 % 79.043 % 78.252 %
bay / 17y. / G / KWPN / Jazz / Ferro / IRL40808 / Joe & Kathleen Reynolds (4.) (6.) (13.) (8.) (6.) (9.) (4.)
6. 634 Cosmo Sönke Rothenberger ger 77.128 % 77.340 % 80.213 % 77.021 % 78.723 % 79.149 % 77.234 % 78.116 %
bay / 12y. / G / KWPN / van Gogh / Fruhling / Landjonker / 103LZ60 / Rothenberger im Gestüt Erlenhof Gmb (11.) (8.) (4.) (5.) (5.) (4.) (8.)
7. 632 Classic Briolinca Gareth Hughes gbr 78.830 % 78.298 % 79.043 % 76.702 % 78.191 % 78.511 % 77.021 % 78.085 %
13y. / M / KWPN / Trento B / Royal Dance / 104HK07 / Mr & Mrs Hughes,Mrs J Hornig (7.) (7.) (5.) (9.) (6.) (7.) (9.)
8. 648 Glock’s Zonik N.O.P. Edward Gal ned 78.723 % 78.830 % 78.617 % 76.064 % 77.340 % 78.511 % 77.872 % 77.994 %
dbay / 11y. / S / DWB / Blue Hors Zack / Romanov / 104AW69 / Glock HPC NL B.V. (9.) (5.) (6.) (11.) (9.) (7.) (7.)
9. 631 Hawtins Delicato Carl Hester gbr 78.830 % 75.957 % 78.298 % 76.915 % 77.553 % 78.830 % 76.170 % 77.508 %
bay / 11y. / G / BHHS / Diamond Hit / Regazzoni / 104ES67 / Carl Hester,Lady Anne Evans,Ann Cor (7.) (13.) (9.) (6.) (8.) (5.) (11.)
10. 611 Blue Hors Zack Daniel Bachmann Andersen den 78.936 % 76.915 % 77.234 % 77.234 % 74.362 % 77.553 % 78.404 % 77.234 %
bay / 15y. / S / KWPN / Rousseau / Jazz / 104KR71 / Blue Hors Aps (6.) (10.) (11.) (4.) (15.) (11.) (5.)
11. 666 Well Done de la Roche CMF Patrik Kittel swe 76.596 % 77.234 % 78.617 % 76.489 % 76.064 % 77.872 % 76.489 % 77.052 %
bay / 11y. / M / CH / Fürstentraum / Walt Disney / 104ZW30 / Françoise Trembley,Brigitte Bigar,M (14.) (9.) (6.) (10.) (11.) (10.) (10.)
12. 669 Buriel K.H. Juliette Ramel swe 76.809 % 75.000 % 78.511 % 74.362 % 77.021 % 74.362 % 75.957 % 76.003 %
13y. / G / KWPN / Osmium / Krack C / 104EF70 / La Pomme HB (13.) (14.) (8.) (15.) (10.) (16.) (12.)
13. 650 Glock’s Dream Boy N.O.P. Hans Peter Minderhoud ned 75.851 % 76.702 % 76.170 % 75.851 % 75.532 % 74.362 % 74.149 % 75.517 %
black / 11y. / S / KWPN / Vivaldi / Ferro / 104BI66 / Glock HPC NL B.V.,Palmar BV-J.T.M. (15.) (11.) (14.) (12.) (12.) (16.) (16.)
14. 667 Dante Weltino Old Therese Nilshagen swe 75.319 % 76.596 % 76.383 % 74.894 % 74.255 % 76.064 % 74.043 % 75.365 %
black / 12y. / S / OLDBG / Danone 4 / Welt Hit II / 104VX30 / Dressurpferde Leistungsz + T. Nilsh (16.) (12.) (12.) (13.) (16.) (12.) (17.)
15. 622 Rossetti Henri Ruoste fin 77.021 % 74.468 % 74.787 % 74.787 % 74.894 % 75.851 % 74.787 % 75.228 %
bay / 11y. / G / DWB / Romanov / Midt-West Ibi-Light / 104LO87 / Equeco GmbH,Henri Ruoste (12.) (15.) (15.) (14.) (13.) (13.) (13.)
16. 616 Alcaide Claudio Castilla Ruiz esp 77.340 % 74.255 % 74.468 % 74.255 % 73.191 % 73.298 % 74.043 % 74.407 %
chest / 14y. / S / LUS / Lobito / Novilheiro / 103DW31 / Claudio Castilla- Yeguada la Perla (10.) (18.) (16.) (16.) (18.) (19.) (17.)
17. 630 Dark Legend Charlotte Fry gbr 72.766 % 74.362 % 74.149 % 73.511 % 72.979 % 74.468 % 74.468 % 73.815 %
dbay / 11y. / G / KWPN / Zucchero / Tango / 105FU85 / van Olst Horses & Charlotte Fry (20.) (16.) (17.) (17.) (21.) (15.) (14.)
18. 649 MDH Avanti N.O.P. Anne Meulendijks ned 74.255 % 74.362 % 73.191 % 73.404 % 74.574 % 74.255 % 71.596 % 73.663 %
bay / 14y. / G / KWPN / United / Farrington / 103IA54 / MDH Sporthorses BV & A. Meulendijks (17.) (16.) (20.) (18.) (14.) (18.) (21.)
19. 668 Brother de Jeu Antonia Ramel swe 72.872 % 72.766 % 73.723 % 71.809 % 73.085 % 75.319 % 74.468 % 73.435 %
black / 13y. / G / KWPN / Voice / Jazz / 105EH24 / La Pomme HB (19.) (19.) (18.) (24.) (19.) (14.) (14.)
20. 658 Fuhur 6 Elena Sidneva rus 73.830 % 71.489 % 73.511 % 72.553 % 72.553 % 72.660 % 71.383 % 72.568 %
bay / 10y. / G / RUSS WB / Fürstenreich / Nagnat / 105PF93 / Elena Sidneva (18.) (22.) (19.) (20.) (22.) (20.) (22.)
21. 614 Jojo Az Agnete Kirk Thinggaard den 72.234 % 72.128 % 72.872 % 72.447 % 73.936 % 72.553 % 71.383 % 72.508 %
dbay / 16y. / G / HSH / Damhus Hoek’s Ginus / Justboy / 103KA01 / Julianelyst Aps & Claus Thinggaard (22.) (21.) (21.) (21.) (17.) (21.) (22.)
22. 612 Fidelio van het Bloemenhof Anders Dahl den 72.766 % 70.851 % 70.957 % 72.660 % 73.085 % 71.702 % 71.064 % 71.869 %
chest / 10y. / G / Fidertanz 2 / Jazz / 106IY53 / Anders Dahl,Fiona Bigwood (20.) (24.) (23.) (19.) (19.) (23.) (24.)
23. 652 Coroado Maria Caetano por 70.957 % 70.957 % 71.809 % 70.426 % 71.702 % 70.957 % 72.979 % 71.398 %
12y. / S / LUS / Rubi / Xaquiro / 103VQ51 / Juan Manuel Cordeiro (25.) (23.) (22.) (25.) (23.) (25.) (19.)
24. 655 Fogoso Rodrigo Torres por 69.894 % 68.511 % 70.426 % 72.447 % 70.532 % 72.340 % 72.553 % 70.957 %
grey / 9y. / S / LUS / Rico / Raja / 105NX97 / Rodrigo Torres (26.) (27.) (25.) (21.) (24.) (22.) (20.)
25. 608 Fil Rouge Laurence Roos bel 72.021 % 72.553 % 70.000 % 71.915 % 69.787 % 68.830 % 69.894 % 70.714 %
dbay / 14y. / G / BWP / Stedinger / Argentinus / 102NO69 / Laurence Roos (23.) (20.) (26.) (23.) (26.) (27.) (26.)
26. 664 Robinvale Birgit Wientzek Pläge sui 71.596 % 69.894 % 70.851 % 70.213 % 70.426 % 71.489 % 70.319 % 70.684 %
bay / 12y. / G / Rubinero 2 / Wittinger / 105ER06 / Livanos Theodora (24.) (25.) (24.) (26.) (25.) (24.) (25.)
27. 625 Sir Donnerhall II Old Morgan Barbançon fra 68.511 % 69.574 % 69.574 % 69.787 % 68.936 % 70.638 % 69.255 % 69.468 %
dbay / 13y. / S / OLDBG / Sandro Hit / Donnerhall 11 / 103RO36 / Nyreroed,Henrik & Kloy,Sabine (27.) (26.) (27.) (27.) (27.) (26.) (27.)
28. 602 Fidertraum Florian Bacher aut 66.170 % 67.979 % 67.447 % 68.936 % 68.511 % 67.553 % 66.915 % 67.644 %
bay / 10y. / G / OLDBG / Fidertanz / Rubinstein I / 105RK08 / Verena Bacher (28.) (28.) (28.) (28.) (28.) (28.) (28.)
29. 651 Desperado N.O.P. Emmelie Scholtens ned 65.426 % 66.702 % 65.106 % 66.277 % 64.787 % 65.106 % 64.149 % 65.365 %
black / 11y. / S / KWPN / Vivaldi / Havidoff / 104BD64 / Ad Valk Dressage Horses,Arwin Andew (29.) (29.) (29.) (29.) (29.) (29.) (29.)
30. 617 Delgado Beatriz Ferrer-Salat esp EL
chest / 18y. / G / WESTF / de Niro 6 / Weltmeyer / ESP40884 / Deliber S.L.