Isabell Werth wins – despite she takes the wrong way…

Isabell Werth wins – despite she takes the wrong way…

Isabell Werth (GER) / Bella Rose. Foto (c) Michael Rzepa

Victories for favorites at the Dressage Cappeln International: Isabell Werth and with Bella Rose won the Grand Prix Freestyle qualification with 79.50% and the Swede, Patrik Kittel, won the qualification for the Special on Done de la Roche CMF with 75.04%.

It probably does not happen very often for Isabell Werth: during her first gallop pirouette the bell rung due to a mistake. “Better here than in Tyron” the number one of the World ranking list grinned. In her second attempt she started her zig-zag half-pass correctly, “I just was in a trance because riding Bella Rose is just a like a dream”, she explained afterwards with a glow in her eyes. The judges seemed to agree with her and the pair with an exemplary piaffe-passage tour and pirouettes received a total score of 79.50% – even after substracting two percentage points for the mistake. Fritzens/AUT, Aachen and now Cappeln – Isabell Werth is very satisfied with the development of her brilliant chestnut mare after her break from competitions: “She already is much more relaxed, has much more energy gives herself more time.” Isabell Werth also spoke highly of the conditions on the stud Vorwerk: “It couldn’t be any better – and that in all matters. Everything is just perfect.” The Brit Lara Butler with Rubin al Asad made second place (71.32%), followed by Marlies van Baalen with Ben Johnson (70.60%). Fourth place went to Emma Kanerva/FIN with Dambacu (68.50%).

Sweden’s number one, Patrik Kittel, joined Isabell Werth in her praise for the competition. He won the second main test of the day, the Grand Prix qualification for the Special on Sunday: “Perfect conditions, best organization.” he was  also enthusiastic about the performance of his ten-year-old Fürstentraum-daughter, Well Done de la Roche CMF. “Except for a few minor details today was a perfect round. She may have a few hp too many, but I took my time with her which is now paying off.” Accordingly he hasn’t been able to decide whether the “super consistent” Deja or the “up and coming star” Well Done will be his horse for the World Equestrian Games in Tyron. Second place went to the Irish Judy Reynolds with Vancouver K (73.63%), third place went to Juliette Ramel/SWE with Buriel K.H.

In the international dressage horse test for five-year-olds the grey horse, Caracciola MT under Melanie Tewes (8.35 points), who are both at home on the stud Vorwerk, had his nose right in front of his neighbor Duracau with Yvonne Henke (8.10 points). The Polish Anna Lukasik with her Dean Martin won in the test for seven-year-olds (7.38).

Full results HERE

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