A Duel of the Mares: Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB Win Their First German Championship Title, Isabell Werth Earns 16th National Title

Balve, Germany – Sept 21, 2020 – The German Grand Prix Championships, which recognizes two title winners, were held over the weekend in Balve. In the technical championship which is determined by the Grand Prix Special, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl won her first senior German championship title. The 34-year-old Bavarian won the Grand Prix Special at the Longines Balve Optimum with her 13-year-old Trakehner mare TSF Dalera BB with a new personal best of 83.549% and thus the first gold medal of the weekend. The silver went to the 15-time German champion Isabell Werth with Weihegold OLD, while defending champion Dorothee Schneider won bronze with the gelding Faustus.

Photo by Stefan Lafrentz. 

“I was very nervous this morning. Fortunately, I was distracted by my youngster, whom I have here, and my son. He always reminds me that there are also other things in life,” said Jessica von Bredow-Werndl after the award ceremony and medal presentation.

Like in the Grand Prix on Friday, von Bredow-Werndl and Werth were in a head-to-head race. Werth made a mistake in the canter changes with the 15-year-old Oldenburg mare Weihegold OLD (Don Schufro – Sandro Hit), which ultimately decided on gold and silver. For the couple, who won gold in the Grand Prix Special in 2016, this time it was silver with a result of 82.569%.

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl andTSF Dalera BB. Photo by Stefan Lafrentz. 

“C’est la vie! It was a nice fight with Jessi, compliments to her and to the organizers, who created a very dignified ambience here,” said Werth, who was once again very satisfied with the performance of Weihegold. With the Westfalen Emilio, Werth also took fifth place – the two achieved 78.078%.

After finishing second in the Grand Prix Special with Weihegold OLD on Saturday, Werth led the classification in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a world-class result of 90.825%. Von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB, who had become German champions in the special for the first time the day before, was hot on her heels, winning silver in the freestyle with 89.350%. Schneider and Faustus rode to bronze again with 81.6%.

Her win in the Freestyle marks Werth’s 16th title at the German Dressage Championships and Weihegold OLD’s second.

Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD. Photo by Stefan Lafrentz. 

“Weihe was fantastic, I am completely satisfied. It was one of her best chores. There was nothing where I can say: we left something behind. Weihe gave everything, from start to finish, ”said Werth, who defended her title in the freestyle, which she won in 2019 with Emilio. “Every title makes me happy and it’s emotional. Of course, defeats push me. But I could also live well with yesterday’s result in the Special.”

Von Bredow-Werndl, who celebrated her first senior title on Saturday, was just as happy about silver. “Dalera was super fresh today and made no mistakes. It could have worked again and of course I wanted to win again. But I am not disappointed, I am even more motivated to keep working on myself,” she said. “I am proud of Dalera’s development. She got even more strength and stamina. I couldn’t ask for more.”

Dorothee Schneider and Faustus. Photo by Stefan Lafrentz.

Schneider was equally satisfied with the first championship of her 12-year-old Faustus. This placed them just ahead of Ingrid Klimke and Franziskus, who came to 81.350%. Fifth was Helen Langehanenberg with Annabelle and a result of 79.850%. It is also the first German championship for the 12-year-old Holstein mare, just like for the DSP gelding of the same age, Santiano R, with whom Sönke Rothenberger finished sixth with a 79%.

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Due to a change in the Corona Protection Ordinance of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, 300 additional spectators were able to received short-term tickets for the Longines Balve Optimum.  Together with the guests in the tents on the long sides of the dressage arena, they created a more than worthy atmosphere at these special German championships.

“It was a wonderful atmosphere. The number of viewers didn’t feel that small. It was a very stylish and worthy championship that is unparalleled in view of the past few years,” Werth emphasized. “I did not see it as a substitute championship, on the contrary.”

Photo by Stefan Lafrentz.

Organizer Rosalie von Landsberg-Velen looked back with satisfaction on the past few days: “I’m sad that it’s over now. After many months of uncertainty, I’m glad we did it that way. The riders and horses rewarded us with their great performance. The bottom line is that we can be extremely grateful. This German championship will be remembered as something very special.”

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