Isabell Werth led the German team to a 29th Nations Cup victory in Aachen, then won the grand prix special and freestyle on her World Champion Satchmo. She also picked up a grand prix CDI victory on her World Cup winner Warum Nicht.
Anky van Grunsven trailed Isabell in each competition apart from the CDI freestyle, which she won on Painted Black. Jan Brink was ecstatic to be third in the freestyle on Bjorsells Briar (77.55%). He led the third-placed Swedish team in the Nations Cup competition.
Switzerland’s Sylvia Iklé was third individually in the grand prix, third in the special (75%) and fourth in the kür (76.95%), on Salieri.
Emma Hindle was best Briton, qualifying Lancet for the kür, in which they were 13th, and finishing 13th in the special on 67.8%.
Laura Bechtolsheimer had a difficult time, finishing near the bottom of the pile, though by the grand prix special she had Mistral Hojris better anchored to finish 15th on 67.6%.
Britain finished a demoralising last, behind France, in the Nations Cup.
Read this report in full in tomorrow’s Horse & Hound (12 July, ’07)