Germany’s Isabell Werth and Weihegold showed exactly why they are the no. 1 partnership in the world rankings, when they took their second consecutive victory in the FEI World Cup Dressage 2016/2017 Western European League in Stuttgart. Germany completely dominated the podium, with world no. 2 Kristina Broring-Sprehe slotting into runner-up spot with Desperados FRH ahead of Fabienne Lutkemeier and D’Agostino in third.
Isabell Werth produced a personal best Freestyle score of 90.09 last month in Lyon, but in Stuttgart her score was just short of this at 89.416, even though she felt that her performance in Stuttgart was better.
It was the German Olympic reserve partnership of Hubertus Schmidt and Imperio who led at the halfway stage with a score of 77.645 before The Netherlands’ Madeleine Witte-Vrees went out in front with a nice test from Cennin, posting 78.415. Isabell Werth was next into the ring and the winning result never looked in doubt after her score went up on the board. “There was just one little thing when I stopped in the one-tempis and she gave me one more jump, but the rest was really super!” said Isabell Werth.
Isabell Werth now lies second on the Western European League leaderboard, just one point behind Switzerland’s Marcela Krinke-Susmelj, going into the next leg in Salzburg, Austria on 11 December.
1, Weihegold OLD (Isabell Werth) GER 89.418
2, Desperados FRH (Kristina Broring-Sprehe) GER 86.306
3, D’Agostino FRH (Fabienne Lutkemeier) GER 78.886
4, Cennin (Madeleine Witte-Vrees) NED 78.145
5, Imperio TSF (Hubertus Schmidt) GER 77.645
6, Smeyers Molberg (Marcela Krinke Susmelj) SUI 75.265
7, Vancouver K (Judy Reynolds) IRL 74.870
8, Ricardo (KarenTebar) FRA 74.857
9, Badina Altena (Pierre Voila) FRA 73.648
10, Foco Loco W (Borja Carrasposa) ESP 73.627
11, Loverboy (Jenny Lang-Nobbe) GER 72.613
12, DSP Rodriguez (Astrid Neumayer) AUT 72.486
13, After You (Ludovic Henry) FRA 70.251
14, Badari (Danielle Heijkoop) NED 68.427
15, Super Nova ll (Spencer Wilton) GBR 67.933