Aachen, Germany – July 18, 2019 – All eyes were on the Deutsche Bank stadium for the first stage of the Lambertz Nations’ Cup at the CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival. Seven teams competed in the CDIO5* Grand Prix where German anchor rider Isabell Werth paved the way to victory for Team Germany and an overall score of 242.392 percent.
After a second place finish in day one of dressage competition in the CDI4* Grand Prix, Werth redeemed herself with a win, returning to the show ring with her 15-year-old Westphalian mare Bella Rose 2. Bella Rose 2 was Werth’s World Equestrian Games partner in 2018 after returning from an injury in 2014 that left the mare unable to compete. Their score of 82.783 percent gave them the individual lead ahead of the 31 horse and athlete combinations to compete. Werth’s win sets her up nicely to win the Dressage Grand Prix of Aachen for her third year in a row.
German teammate Dorothee Schneider took the individual second place position despite an unfortunate spook during their half-passes and a mistake in the one-tempi flying changes, solidifying Germany’s top team finish. Judges gave Schneider and her 13-year-old Hannoverian gelding a total score of 80.809 percent individually.
Also contributing to Germany’s team score, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB, a 12-year-old Trakehner mare, finished their test with a score of 79.000 percent and Helen Langehanenberg rode Louise Leatherdale and Susanne Meyer’s Damsey FRH, a 17-year-old Hannoverian stallion, to a score of 71.239 percent.
Team Denmark will be heading into Friday’s continued Nations Cup competition in the second place position with a 228.174 percent. Cathrine Dufour rode Bohemian to a score of 78.413, contributing the highest score for the team and earning herself fifth individually. Fellow teammate Daniel Bachmann Andersen and Blue Hors Don Olymbrio followed closely behind riding to a score of 78.348 percent. Scoring out of the top twelve individually, Agnete Kirk Thinggaard and Jojo AZ scored a 71.413 percent while Anders Dahl and Fidelio van het Bloemenhof scored a 71.043 percent.
The 2018 winners of the Nations Cup CDIO5* Grand Prix, Team USA, rounded out the top three with a 225.392 percent overall. Leading the team with an individual score of 76.870 percent was Adrienne Lyle and Salvino. In addition, Steffen Peters rode Suppenkasper to a 75.848 percent, Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar received a 72.674 percent and Shelly Francis and Danilo scored a 70.826 percent.
Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and the 12-year-old Trakehner gelding Erlentanz concluded their ride with a 79.152 percent, completing the podium in the third place position.
Dressage competition at Aachen will continue with the CDI4* Grand Prix Special on Friday, July 19. The CDIO5* Aachen Nations Cup will resume at 9:30 CEST on Saturday, July 20, with the Grand Prix Special.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE:
Isabelle Werth – individual leader
“Our mistake in the one-tempis was completely unnecessary, but overall it was a great test! The mare was extremely concentrated. I am totally happy!”
Dorothee Schneider – individual second place
“Showtime has grown up, he is much more self-confident. Showtime listened today much better than last year and he was very concentrated.”
Charlotte Dujardin – individual third place
“I knew the Germans would be competing with their best horses. Erlentanz is a super horse, but I really hadn’t expected to achieve this result. I simply wanted to enjoy this wonderful show and have fun.”
Jessica von Bredow-Werndly – individual fourth place
“The mare is incredible! She is a machine in the positive sense of the word!”
Results: CDIO5* Nations Cup Team Day 1 Standings
- Team Germany: 242.392
Isabell Werth / Bella Rose 2 / 82.783
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl / TSF Dalera BB / 79.000
Dorothee Schneider / Showtime FRH / 80.609
Helen Langehanenberg / Damsey FRH / 71.239
- Team Denmark: 228.174
Cathrine Dufour / Bohemian / 78.413
Daniel Bachmann Andersen / Blue Hors Don Olymbrio / 78.348
Agnete Kirk Thinggaard / Jojo AZ / 71.413
Anders Dahl / Fidelio van het Bloemenhof / 71.043
- Team USA: 225.392
Adrienne Lyle / Salvino / 76.870
Steffen Peters / Suppenkasper / 75.848
Katherine Bateson-Chandler / Alcazar / 72.674
Shelly Francis / Danilo / 70.826
- Team Sweden: 223.783
Rose Mathisen / Zuidenwind 1187 / 71.978
Antonia Ramel / Brother de Jeu / 74.848
Therese Nilshagen / Dante Weltino OLD / 76.957
Michelle Hagman Hassink / Chagall H / 69.848
- Team Great Britain: 223.630
Louise Anne Bell / Into The Blue / 70.043
Charlotte Fry / Dark Legend / 74.435
Charlotte Dujardin / Erlentanz / 79.152
- Team Ireland: 212.891
Anna Merveldt / Esporim / 69.283
Heike Holstein / Sambuca / 69.565
Judy Reynolds / Vancouver K / 74.043
Results: CDIO5* Grand Prix
1. Isabelle Werth / GER / Bella Rose 2 / 82.783
2. Dorothee Schneider / GER / Showtime FRH / 80.609
3. Charlotte Dujardin / GBR / Erlentanz / 79.152
4. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl / GER / TSF Dalera BB / 79.000
5. Cathrine Dufour / DEN / Bohemian / 78.413
6. Daniel Bachmann Andersen / DEN / Blue Hors Don Olymbrio / 78.348
7. Therese Nilshagen / SWE / Dante Weltino OLD / 79.957
8. Adrienne Lyle / USA / Salvino / 76.870
9. Steffen Peters / USA / Suppenkasper / 75.848
10. Antonia Ramel / SWE / Brother de Jeu / 74.848
11. Charlotte Fry / GBR / Dark Legend / 74.435
12. Judy Reynolds / IRL / Vancouver K / 74.043