Aachen, Germany — July 23, 2017 — On the final day of competition at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen, dressage riders headed down centerline for the CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle. 2017 World Cup Champion and world-ranked #1 combination, Isabelle Werth and Weihegold OLD rode to the top of the Freestyle class with a ride that earned a standing ovation. The pair won with an 89.657 percent.
“I had a super feeling today,” Werth said. “She was with me from the first to the last moment, we were in perfect harmony. I wanted to carry on where we left off at Omaha today and I think we succeeded in doing so.”
Werth’s fellow German teammate Sönke Rothenberger rode Cosmo 59, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding to second place with an 85.75 percent.
“I am delighted!” he said. “Today, Cosmo demonstrated the extent of his potential for piaffe and passage!”
American anchor, Laura Graves and her 15-year-old KWPN gelding, Verdades, were determined for another win in Germany, but mistakes in the canter tour pushed the score down to 82.55 percent. The pair finished in third place behind Werth and Rothenberger.
Laura Graves wasn’t able to hide her disappointment, which was understandable! “I just hope that I will be invited back,” she joked during the press conference.
American Kasey Perry-Glass and her 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, Goerklintgaards Dublet, finished in ninth place with a 75.5 percent. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, scored a 74.425 percent and finished in twelfth place.
“We wanted Kasey to keep showing the continued evolution of how this horse is coming on — I am thrilled with her,” Robert Dover explained. “Olivia is another incredibly gifted rider. She is as tough about wanting perfection and being determined — it shows another great talent for the future.”
CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle
1. Isabell Werth/GER/Weihegold OLD/89.675
2. Sönke Rothenberger/GER/Cosmo 59/85.75
3. Laura Graves/USA/Verdades/82.55
4. Cathrine Dufour/DEN/Atterupgaards Cassidy/81.625
5. Therese Nilshagen/SWE/Dante Weltino OLD/79.975
6. Patrik Kittel/SWE/Delaunay/77.65
7. Judy Reynolds/IRL/Vancouver K/76.525
8. Claudio Castilla Ruiz/ESP/Alcaide/75.8
9. Kasey Perry-Glass/USA/Goerklintgaards Dublet/75.5
10. Patrick van der Meer/NED/Zippo/75.3
11. Dorothee Schneider/GER/Sammy Davis Jr./75.075
12. Olivia Lagoy-Weltz/USA/Lonoir/74.425
13. Marcela Krinke Susmelj/SWE/Smeyers Molberg/73.2
14. Agnete Kirk Thinggaard/DEN/Jojo AZ/72.775
15. Hayley Watson-Greaves/GBR/Rubins Nite/72.7
16. Malin Nilsson/SWE/Bon-Ami/72.45
17. Emile Faurie/GBR/Lollipop 126/71.025