Isabell Werth/Bella Rose 1st, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl/Dalera 2nd, Dorothee Schneider/Showtime 3rd at Schafhof CDI4* Grand Prix Special, Likely German Olympic Team

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The likely German Olympic team for Tokyon  in four weeks–Dorothee Schneider on Showtime (left), Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB (center) and Isabell Werth on Bella Rose at the 2019 European Championships (top hats still legal). File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

June 27, 2021

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Isabell Werth on Bella Rose, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB and Dorothee Schneider on Showtime FRH were the top three finishers all with scores above 82% at the Schafhof CDI4* Grand Prix Special Sunday to almost certainly become the German team at the Olympics in four weeks.

Isabell and the 17-year-old Westfalen mare won the Special with a score of 85.596% at Kronberg, Germany that was the last event before selection of the team for the Tokyo Games.

It was the pair’s 24th straight victory for the world No. 1 ranked partnership, and the 31st win in 38 starts since the pair began Big Tour in 2013.

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, 35, on TSF Dalera BB, a 14-year-old Trakehner mare, was runner-up on a personal best 84.766%. Ranked third in the world, Jessica and Dalera beat their previous best of 84.702% set last month.

Dorothee Schneider, 52, on Showtime, a 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding that was on Germany’s 2016 Olympic gold medal team, placed third on 82.575%. The pair rank fourth in the world.

The three combinations that won team gold at the 2019 European Championships dominate the top of the world rankings–Bella Rose and Isabell No. 1, Jessica and Dalera No. 3 and Dorothee and Showtime No. 4 (Isabell and Wiehegold OLD are No. 2).

The performance of Bella Rose is remarkable.

Three months after leading Germany to team gold at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, Bella Rose then just 10 years old sustained an injury that took more than three years to diagnose and treat. Isabell returned Bella Rose to competition in June 2018–having missed the 2016 Olympics–to lead Germany to gold at the Tryon World Games three months later and then the European Championships in 2019. The duo became world No. 1 in July 2019 and have remained at the top of the standings over the two years since.

The Grand Prix Special that will be performed in  Tokyo to music will decide the team medals from the top eight of 15 nations advancing from the Grand Prix. Individual medals will be decided in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

The three combinations competed together to win team gold at the 2019 European Championships, and just months before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic that led to postponement of the Olympics by a year from 2020 to 2021.

Tokyo will be the sixth Olympics for Isabell, who has already won s10 medals–six gold and four silver medals–as the most successful equestrian in history going back to Barcelona in 1992. If she earns two medals, team and individual, at Tokyo she will move into the elite top 20 medal-earning athlete since creation of the modern Olympics in 1896.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: Evi Eisenhardt Raphael Saleh Christof Umbach Henning Lehrmann Lars Andersson
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 85.596 GER Isabell Werth Bella Rose 2 86.170 85.745 85.106 84.468 86.489 82.627 (3)
2. 84.766 GER Jessica von Bredow-Werndl TSF Dalera BB 85.000 85.213 85.000 85.319 83.298 84.041 (2)
3. 82.575 GER Dorothee Schneider Showtime FRH 83.298 81.809 82.660 84.468 80.638 84.522 (1)
4. 76.170 GER Helen Langehanenberg Annabelle 110 76.17 75.213 74.681 78.085 76.702 76.697 (6)
5. 75.830 GER Frederic Wandres Duke of Britain FRH 74.894 77.128 76.702 76.809 73.617 77.767 (4)
6. 75.532 GER Carina Scholz Tarantino 5 74.787 75.532 77.128 75.532 74.681 73.207 (7)
7. 74.617 GER Benjamin Werndl Daily Mirror 9 76.277 75.957 73.191 73.191 74.468 77.726 (5)
8. 72.255 DEN Anna Kasprzak Rock Star 13 72.34 71.596 72.021 74.681 70.638 70.382 (8)
9. 70.489 SUI Estelle Wettstein Quaterboy 71.17 71.596 70.213 69.255 70.213 69.978 (9)
10. 69.298 RUS Tatyana Kosterina Diavolessa VA 69.574 68.298 69.468 70.106 69.043 69.592 (10)
11. 66.276 RUS Maria Shuvalova Ilyumzhinov Famous Cross 67.34 65.745 64.787 68.723 64.787 67.335 (12)
12. 66.192 RUS Irina Zakhrabekova Armas Balago II 66.702 65.426 66.915 66.383 65.532 67.309 (13)
13. 65.723 RUS Marina Aframeeva Marcus 65.106 67.234 64.255 65.000 67.021 67.382