Klaus Röser, Isabell Werth, Dorothee Schneider, Sönke Rothenberger, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl

12th WEG Gold Medal for the German Dressage Riders – Isabell Werth in Tears

Even after the third rider it had already been almost impossible for the German dressage riders to loose the gold medal – but Isabell Werth and Bella Rose even topped this.  The Westphalian mare by Bellissimo was not impresed by the heat and the humidity, showed incredibly good piaffes and passages, halfpasses that could not have been more perfect and the harmony between rider and horse was brilliant: 84,829 percent was the deserved result. Isabell Werth was in tears during the greeting, while on TV, in the mixed zone, during the awards ceremony and even during the press conference some time later. When it comes to Bella Rose Werth gets especially emotional. “It was the correct answer to the question why I brought Bella Rose here,” the rider said “When you know what this horse can do the answer is clear. It was a magical moment. When I came into the arena I thought: If she makes no mistake then you will have to work to beat us. It is an incredible feeling. We built up everything up to here – it was a very hones co-operation with Monica.”  The national coach herself was also content: “It was wonderful, something to be enjoyed. I love when a plan works out.” The team colleagues Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Dorothee Schneider were celebrating in the mixed zone: “Incredible, this goosebump-feeling.” while Sönke Rothenberger was missing (due to which reason we do not know) the congratulations and did not take part in the lap of honour. In the press conference, however, he said he was proud to be part of this team.
It was a clear victory with 242,950 percent ahead of the United States, who had wanted to win gold but were not able to give their best. They received silver with 233,136 percent ahead of Great Britain with 229,628 percent. However, the United States were fair loosers. Chef d’Équipe Robert Dover, who will give up his post after the championship, explained: “The Germans were incredible – but it is great, due to this competition we stay on our toes and we are constantly improving”. The British also celebrated their team medal. Carl Hester, who, just as Charlotte Dujardin with Mount St. John Freestyle, presented his new horse Hawtins Delicato for the first time in a championship said: ” For the last six or seven years we had Valegro. That was the best what could have happened for our country. But today we showed that we are also able to develop new good horses and that we are able to win medals without him.”
Tomorrow in the Special it will get exciting. Laura Graves wants to attack with Verdades. She was placed second behind Werth with 81,537 percent ahead of Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo. Unexpected: Patrik Kittel with Well Done de la Roche CMF finished in fourth place.