Charlotte Dujardin took third place in the grand prix, the Prize of Family Tesch, in Aachen today (Thursday, 18 July).
The British rider was delighted with Sonnar Murray Brown’s Erlentanz, who scored 79.152% for his mistake-free test, with the marks only dropping down a little in the collected walk. Charlotte received a nine from all five judges for her riding.
“I’m ecstatic — I felt so emotional finishing that test. It’s the biggest show the horse has done and my first season with him, but he’s been an absolute pro from day one here and not looked at anything,” said Charlotte. “He’s made my life very easy because he just gets on and does the job for me. It’s a joy to ride a horse like this here.”
Germany’s Isabell Werth took top spot on 82.783% with Madeleine Winter-Schulze’s Bella Rose 2, the chestnut mare with whom she took individual gold at last year’s World Equestrian Games. Her test was marred only by a mistake in the one-time changes and the pair pulled in a total of 26 10s from the five judges — all for the piaffe, passage, transitions between those movements and Isabell’s riding.
Isabell’s team-mate Dorothee Schneider landed second on Gabriele Kippert’s Showtime FRH. She too made a mistake in the one-time changes, but also received a smattering of 10s from the judges.
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