Isabell Werth wows the Aachen crowd with an 89% freestyle test

  • Isabell Werth dominated the grand prix freestyle at Aachen today (Sunday, 23 July) with an outstanding 89.675%.

    Partnering the impressive 12-year-old mare Weihegold OLD, Isabell proved untouchable and posted a total of 12 tens, including for her piaffe and one-time changes.

    “She felt in great condition today and she knew how to deal with the pressure,” said Isabell.

    “Yesterday in the special, I felt like I had to be a bit careful and not push her too much, but today she was completely with me.

    “This is a great way to finish the show — we have some practice to do for the special ahead of the Europeans, but today I couldn’t be happier.”

    Fellow German Sönke Rothenberger took the runner-up spot with Cosmo 59, culminating a good show for the 22-year-old. He got the closest to Isabell with a score of 85.750%

    Talented young American rider Laura Graves — who was the only rider to prevent an Isabell Werth “whitewash” when winning Friday’s grand prix special — finished third with Verdades. They scored 82.550% despite a mistake in the two-time changes and an unlucky trip down the final centre line.

    “I had a double of mistakes today but I was glad that the judges rewarded us where they could,” added Laura, who had a brilliant show claiming a win, a second and a third from her three tests.

    How the Brits fared

    Brits Hayley Watson-Greaves and Emily Faurie qualified through to the freestyle following yesterday’s special and both hit just over the 70% mark.

    Hayley and Rubins Nite were best of the Brits scoring 72.7%. The 33-year-old rider was delighted with her 13-year-old’s consistency and added that it was a “great achievement” to get to ride in the Aachen finale.

    “He loved the atmosphere in there — he’s done that freestyle test quite a few times and really enjoys it,” said Hayley.

    “He was a little bit more tired today but mentally he was completely with me.”

    Emile posted 71.025% aboard the less-experienced Lollipop 126, who was having his first show in a “big atmosphere” and Emile was pleased with how he coped.

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