“It was very satisfying,” Isabell Werth said about her performance in the Grand Prix Special of the World Dressage Masters at the Pfingstturnier Wiesbaden. Like in the Grand Prix she narrowly missed the 80 percent, in the end the result was 70,804. “It also was a very worthwhile Special just before Balve. I was able to check my line management and now I now that we will have to do some minor adjustments at home. All in all it was a very beautiful and elegant round.” The mistake in the extended canter before the change was the only shortcoming of her whole performance, “and I know that I can make her smaller in the pirouettes,” so Werth. The rider was enthusiastic about the fact that the Oldenburger mare doesn’t make mistakes. However, the Don Schufro daughter was awake, she snorted two times during the piaffe, but there were no rhythm disturbances. “But I noticed that it’s her first show outside,” so the rider from Rheinberg said.
That she now could attend the Olympic Games for the first time with a mare is no problem for Isabell Werth; on the contrary, “I prefer mares and geldings. I live the motto: A good stallion is a castrated stallion. And with the mares it’s like in real life: If a woman is on track then you have a flying start.”
Second place in the Special went to Hubertus Schmid and Trakehner stallion Imperio (74,510 percent). Schmid was annoyed that two or three small mistakes flawed their performance. “Being in second place behind Isabell Werth wouldn’t be a problem, but I’d have liked the distance between us to be a little bit smaller,” so the professional rider said. “I was a bit angry about the second pirouette, but that was a misunderstanding. I certainly have to take the blame for one or two mistakes.”
Third place went to Fabienne Lütkemeier with 17-year-old D’Agostino. Their Special, in which the chestnut Hanoverian once got scared during the passage tour and came to a halt, was awarded 72,902 percent. Lütkemeier also said that it was good for her to be able to ride one more Special before Balve.
Isabelle Kettner, responsible for the dressage competitions in Wiesbaden was satisfied with the show: “The premiere of the World Dressage Masters here went well.” The contract with the five-star series runs for two further years.”