Diederik van Silfhout & Arlando N.O.P.

Diederik van Silfhout: The Netherlands draw closer – Germany angry and disappointed

After the first dressage day in the Aachen Soers one can say that the championship will get more exciting than anticipated. Isabell Werth and Don Johnson FRH were supposed to further the German team significantly as second pair after Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB, but this plan did not work out. The “team mom” finished in fourth place with 74,900 percent. The lead took instead Dutch Diederik van Silfhout with Arlando N.O.P with 75,814 percent ahead of British Fiona Bigwood with Atterupgaards Orthilia and Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (75,200). “To be honest, I just can’t understand it,” Isabell Werth said. “Jonny was very stable in the acceptance of the bridle. Of course I botched the one-time changes,  but the others also had flaws in their performance. I see that as a tactical means of the judges.” Clear words as one is used to hear by the multiple olympic champion. “It is clear that we don’t only have friends here, that’s just the way it is.” Now Isabell Werth hopes to be the German result that is to be deleted. “Otherwise gold will not happen for us.” After her round the rider from Rheinberg “frankly” had calculated with 76 percent, so Werth. The judges rewarded her performance with scores betweeen 72 and 77 percent – that is not the way it should be. Tomorrow the second day of dressage will be very exciting. Werth also knows that: “Even though I’m mathematically ignorant I can tell that it’s going to be a close call.”
Today the Netherlands first pair Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Johnson will start at 14:50, the second pair Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover at 18:50. Brititsh Carl Hester and Nip Tuck will perform at 15:00, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro at 19:00. The last two riders for Germany – Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas and Kristina Bröring Sprehe with Desperados FRH- will start at 15:30 and 19:30. Germany leads with 150,100 points ahead of the Netherlands (148,214 points) and Great Britain (145,743 points).