One of Germany’s best individual medal hopes, Isabell Werth’s Bella Rose, has been withdrawn from the grand prix special and will not compete further at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy.
After finishing second behind Charlotte Dujardin individually and helping hand team gold to Germany, the 10-year-old mare has been withdrawn from all further competition at WEG.
In an official statement, details were released stating that the chestnut daughter of Belissimo M developed signs of an acute inflammation in the sole of her hoof.
Isabell Werth said: “This hits us out of the blue. I am deeply disappointed. But obviously we don’t want to take any risks. The mare’s health has absolute priority. That’s why I have withdrawn her for the special.”
The German national coach Monica Theodorescu also expressed her disappointment: “I am awfully sorry for the pair.”
The super gifted mare was the talk of the Games, but her contribution has now come to an end, souring a day on which she posted 81.529% — breaking the 81% barrier for the first time in the grand prix test.