Isabell Werth in First International Event Since Coronavirus Lockdown Rides Emilio to Victory in Achleiten CDI4* Grand Prix
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ACHLEITEN, Austria, July 3, 2020–In her first international competition since the worldwide coronavirus lockdown in mid-March, Isabell Werth rode Emilio to victory in the CDI4* Grand Prix Friday.
Isabell and the 14-year-old Westfalen gelding that have partnered at Big Tour for almost five years and are ranked No. 9 in the world, scored 79.500% for the win. A total of 16 combinations were lined up to compete in both Grand Prix, deliberately kept small at this first CDI in Austria since Covid-19 as a precaution against infections.
Emilio was the German team rider’s backup to Weihegold OLD for a start at the World Cup Final that was to be held in Las Vegas in mid-April but canceled because of the virus pandemic. Isabell had been pursuing a fourth straight World Cup title that would have been the longest unbroken string since the annual championship was held 34 years ago.
Victoria Max-Theurer, competing at her family home, rode Rockabilly to a personal best score of 73.565% to place second. Vici, who is coached by Isabell, has been competing Rockabilly, a 10-year-old Westfalen stallion, at Big Tour for 14 months. Their previous Grand Prix high score was 70.435% posted six months ago.
Fellow Austrian Amanda Hartung on Dresscode Black was third on 68.935%,
CDI4* Grand Prix for Freestyle
|Judges||Thomas Lang||Dr. Evi Eisenhardt||Christof Umbach||Gabriela Valerianova||Claudia Thaler|
|1.||79.500||GER||Isabell Werth||Emilio 107||78.804||79.457||79.783||79.022||80.435|
|3.||68.935||AUT||Amanda Hartung||Dresscode Black||67.935||68.152||69.565||69.674||69.348|
|4.||68.630||AUT||Timna Zach||Chico 32||69.130||65.978||68.913||69.783||69.348|
|5.||67.152||GER||Alina Röhricht||Dinario 6||66.413||65.326||68.587||67.283||68.152|
|6.||66.783||AUT||Katharina Haas||Saint Tropez OLD||68.370||65.109||64.674||67.500||68.261|