Everyone asked the question: Would Emilio do his job again or would he repeat the problems with the piaffes from Thursday?
Already yesterday evening Isabell Werth was optimistic. After changing the bit the Westphalian gelding felt good again, she had a good feeling. And she could rely on her feeling. The number one in the world won the Grand Prix Special of the O tour. “Since Thursday we thought it over a lot,” the rider said. “but I have to admit that I was not sensitive enough to listen to the horse. I am sorry for Emilio. I focused too much on Bella Rose and did not listen to him. He seemed to have been already offended, but I think now he is happy with me again. We were able to show a test without big mistakes.”
The pair again had mistakes in the flying changes, but the rest went well.
Second place, but really close, went to Helen Langehanenberg with Damsey FRH, her Hanoverian stallion by Dressage Royal-Ritual, who was rewarded for his great performance with 79,021 percent. Two judges even saw the pair in first place. After giving birth only weeks ago, Langehanenberg has proven her talent once more and that she is prepared for Tryon. “I thought Thurday was my best day, but that was not correct,” the mother of two children laughed. “Damsey felt very fresh, even though it was very hot today. He gave me a good feeling and everything felt easy.”
Third place went to US rider Kasey Perry-Glass with her Diamont Hit son Goerklintgaards Dublet (78,787 percent).
But where was Grand Prix winner Laura Graves with KWPN gelding Verdades? Way behind in place 11 with 74,085 percent. The 16-year-old saw a camera at the last possible moment and was frightened, so the rider had trouble to get him to the corner.
This meant that the German riders were able to perfect the victory in the Nations Cup. They won with 464,351 percent ahead of the USA with 459,371 percent and Denmark with 444,106 percent.
Also part of the German victory were Dorothee Schneider with Sammy Davis Jr. who were placed sixth directly ahead of Jessica von Bredow-Werndl with TSF Dalera BB (78,255 percent). Once more the Trakehner mare by Easy Game lost against the team colleagues and Jessica von Bredow-Werndly was annoyed that they would not show their potential in the Freestyle. “Our mistake in the piaffe was really really costly. It happened so fast I could not realise it.”
Dorothee Schneider again had mistakes in the one-time flying changes but was still content: “Ok, I also had the mistake without the rabbit in the arena, but he was in such a good mood and is such a charming horse. I’m super happy.”
It will be a tough task for the German committee to choose the right pairs especially if Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo should be back in time. “We know that we had some problems with the horses,” Chef d’Équipe Klaus Röser said,” But this was a strong team and we came back in the second half. Some will still have to prove themselves. We will take our time for the decision.”