Isabell Werth on Weihegold Pulls Off Lyon World Cup Grand Prix Victory After Falling Behind, German Team Mate Frederic Wandres & Duke of Britain Runnerup

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Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD. File photo. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LYON, France, Oct. 28, 2021–Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD pulled off victory in the World Cup Grand Prix Thursday after mistakes dropped the three-time World Cup championship pair to fourth place before recovering on the last few movements.

Isabell and Weihegold, a 16-year-old Oldenburg mare ranked No. 4 in the world, scored 78.421% for the win. As the defending titleholder from 2019–2020 and 2021 were canceled because o coronavirus–when the pair won the annual world championship for the third straight year, Isabell needs only two competitions to be invited to the Final in Leipzig, Germany next April.

Isabell and Weihegold, 2016 German Olympic team gold and individual silver medalist, also earned three golds at the 2017 European Championships and team gold and individual silver at the 2019 Europeans. The only other rider to have been champion for three straight years since the World Cup was first staged in 1986 was Anky van Grunsven of the Netherlands who did it twice–1995 to 1997 on Bonfire and 2004 to 2006 on Salinero.

Isabell has not yet announced which of her four current Grand Prix horses–Bella Rose, Emilio and Quantaz are the other three–she will take to the Final.

German team mate Frederic Wandres on Duke of Britain, a14-year-old British-bred Hanoverian gelding who qualified for the Final in 2020 but missed his first appearance when the event was canceled, placed second on 75.947%.

Nanna Skodborg Merrald and Orthilia, 16-year-old Oldenburg mare, that were on Denmark’s bronze medal team at this year’s European Championships, were third on a personal best 75.342%.

The Freestyle to decide points in the Western European League is scheduled for Friday.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix

Judges: Isabelle Judet Katrina Wüst Francis Verbeek – van Rooij Jean-Michel Roudier Susanne Baarup
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 78.421 GER Isabell Werth Weihegold OLD 77.5 79.474 78.947 77.105 79.079 77.097 (1)
2. 75.947 GER Frederic Wandres Duke of Britain FRH 76.842 76.711 74.079 75.263 76.842 74.073 (3)
3. 75.342 DEN Nanna Skodborg Merrald Atterupgaards Orthilia 76.447 75.921 75.658 74.474 74.211 74.092 (2)
4. 75.079 GER Carina Scholz Tarantino 5 75.263 75 75.263 75.526 74.342 72.685 (7)
5. 75.026 ESP Beatriz Ferrer-Salat Elegance 76.447 75.395 75.132 74.605 73.553 73.028 (6)
6. 73.895 DEN Cathrine Dufour Vamos Amigos 75.658 73.553 73.684 72.105 74.474 73.440 (5)
7. 72.474 NED Thamar Zweistra Hexagon’s Double Dutch 73.421 71.053 70.789 74.211 72.895 71.804 (8)
8. 72.079 FRA Morgan Barbançon Sir Donnerhall II OLD 72.105 72.5 70.921 73.158 71.711 73.698 (4)
9. 71.842 ESP Juan Matute Guimón Quantico 72.237 71.842 69.474 72.5 73.158 70.580 (9)
10. 71.211 SWE Antonia Ramel Curiosity 69.737 71.842 70.395 71.974 72.105 70.005 (13)
11. 71.079 NED Denise Nekeman Boston STH 69.211 71.053 72.632 72.237 70.263 70.464 (11)
12. 70.395 BEL Domien Michiels Intermezzo van het Meerdaalhof 69.474 70.526 68.553 71.842 71.579 70.574 (10)
13. 69.605 FRA Anne Sophie Serre Actuelle de Massa 67.368 71.184 70.526 69.079 69.868 70.284 (12)
14. 69.526 MAR Yessin Rahmouni All at Once 67.237 71.053 70.263 68.684 70.395 67.723 (16)
15. 68.553 FRA Marie Emilie Bretenoux Quartz of Jazz 68.816 69.342 66.184 69.342 69.079 69.236 (14)
16. 68.184 FRA Pierre Volla Silvermoons Mariechen 67.895 66.974 67.895 68.553 69.605 68.653 (15)

 

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