Isabell Werth & Weihegold OLD Win Mannheim CDI4* Grand Prix Just Hours After Returning Bella Rose to Competition & Victory

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Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD at Mannheim. © 2021 Hansi Britsch/Foto Baumann

MANNHEIM, Germany, April 28, 2021–Isabell Werth rode Weihegold OLD to victory in the Maimarket Turnier CDI4* Grand Prix Wednesday just hours after the most decorated Olympian in history returned Bella Rose to Big Tour competition with a win.

Isabell and Weihegold, a 16-year-old Oldenburg mare, scored 81.674% for the win in the Grand Prix for the Freestyle, the highest score in 21 Big Tour events so far in 2021, now in the second year of the coronavirus pandemic and a recent equine herpes virus outbreak.

The duo led a German sweep of the top five places, with Matthias Bouten on Meggle’s Boston second on 72.022% and Anja Plönzke on Tannenhof’s Fahrenheit third on 71.130%.

Isabell and Weihegold, No. 2 in the world behind only Isabell on Bella Rose, competed twice since Covid-19 lockdowns, in July last year and January this year.

The duo won team gold at the 2016 Olympics, swept the 2017 European Championships and won three straight World Cup Finals, equal to the record. Opportunities to set a record at the World Cup have been stymied by coronavirus that led to the 2020 and 2021 Finals being canceled.

Results:

 CDI4* Grand Prix for Freestyle

Judges: Dr. Evi Eisenhardt Alice Schwab Thomas Kessler Hans-Christian Matthiesen Adriaan F. Hamoen
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 81.674 GER Isabell Werth Weihegold OLD 83.043 83.043 80.761 79.022 82.5
2. 72.022 GER Matthias Bouten Meggle’s Boston 71.63 72.391 72.935 73.587 69.565
3. 71.130 GER Anja Plönzke Tannenhof’s Fahrenheit 70.978 72.717 71.957 69.13 70.87
4. 70.913 GER Franz Trischberger James Bond 2 70.326 73.587 70 70.435 70.217
5. 70.826 GER Hubertus Schmidt Beryll 28 71.522 74.565 70.978 67.717 69.348
6. 70.500 NED Patrick van der Meer Chinook 71.413 73.043 67.717 69.457 70.87
7. 69.435 POR Maria Caetano Fenix de Tineo 68.37 71.848 69.239 70.217 67.5
8. 68.978 RUS Tatyana Kosterina Diavolessa VA 70.87 71.304 67.717 68.261 66.739
9. 64.500 RSA Tanya Seymour Ramoneur 6 61.957 66.413 64.239 66.413 63.478
10. 61.913 CYP Gabriele H.-Kiefer Cyprus Ophelia 61.957 63.043 59.565 62.391 62.609