Germany’s Isabell Werth heads affairs at Olympia after the first day of international dressage competition on a score of 75.708%.

All five judges agreed that her performance with Warum Nicht FRH was the best of the evening in the FEI World Cup Dressage Qualifier Grand Prix, presented by the Berkley Group and supported by Horse & Hound.

The Netherlands held the next three places with Imke Schellekens-Bartels and Sunrise ahead of Laurens Van Lieren (Hexagon’s Ollright) and Edward Gal (Group 4 Securicor IPS Gribal).

British-based Finnish rider Kyra Kyrklund came fifth with Max on 70.125%, while Britain’s rising star on the international stage Spencer Wilton was the highest placed British rider in sixth on Dolendo. Laura Bechtolsheimer came eighth with Douglas Dorsey.

Olympia dressage FEI grand prix results

1. Warum Nicht FRH (Isabell Werth) GER 75.708%
2. Sunrise (Imke Schellekens-Bartels) NED 73.625%
3. Hexagon’s Ollright (Laurens Van Lieren) NED 71.208%
4. Group 4 Securior I.P.S. Gribal (Edward Gal) NED 70.458%
5. Max (Kyra Kyrklund) FIN 70.125%
6. Dolendo (Spencer Wilton) GBR 69.042%
7. I.P.S. Lucky Times (Anne Van Uytert) NED 68.333%
8. Douglas Dorsey (Laura Bechtolsheimer) GBR 68.125%

Other British competitors:
9. Mr. President IV (Stephanie Croxford) GBR 67.750%
11. Lorenzo CH (Wayne Channon) GBR 66.667%
17. St. Swithens (Nicola Jourdain) GBR 65.000%
18. Nicky (Jodie Lister) GBR 64.625%
20. Martinique II (Paul Hayler) GBR 63.042%
21. The Wily Earl (Dane Rawlins) GBR 61.208%