Currently Isabell Werth is another league. She seems invincible and without real opponents. That is also how she feels. “Safe” she said. Because she knows that she has a horse that is able to do everything. Even mistakes in the two-times flying changes do not change it. When you get a 9,8 for transitions and a 10 for the piaffes then the trot must not be as good as that of the other horses. With 86,246 percent the number one in the world from Germany and her 14-year-old Westphalian mare Bella Rose by Belissimo showed everyone who has the say in the matter. “She just wants to present herself,” the rider who won her second gold medal in Tryon said after the Special full of emotions. “She has so much power. Already during the first extended trot I thought: wow. And then the halfpasses, the piaffes – you cannot do better.” That was also shown in the marks received – and that even though the level has never been higher at a championship. There were new horses who surprised everyone and will have a bright future, e.g. Patrik Kittel’s Well Done de la Roche CMF, a Swiss mare that finished in fifth place with 79,726 percent or Edward Gal’s 10-year-old stallioin Glock’s Zonik N.O.P by Blue Hors Zack/Romanov, who was placed seventh with 77,751 percent. Swiss Juliette Ramel once more had a strong result of 77,280 percent with her KWPN gelding Buriel K.H. by Osmium.
Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) was also in tears. She and only 9-year-old Hanoverian mare Mount St John Freestyle by Fidermark/Donnerhall had been named a secret favourite before the competition, but in the end nobody knows how such a young horse will present itself. But the mare was fantastic. She showed her potential, began with a great trot and did not relent. 81,489 percent meant bronze. “I had nothing to lose,” the British rider said. “I thought I would just go in and see what happens – and she has taken on the challenge.” She already told Isabell Werth that she would make up for the lost prize money next year.
Dujardin even came close to Laura Graves with Verdades (USA). The 16-year-old KWPN gelding by Florett As/Goya finished in second place with 81,717 percent. The result was appropriate because the pair had some mistakes in the changes and the walk tour, which were costly. “The challenge is always when he is spooked by something” Graves said. “But I am so proud. He always wants to perform. Even during the warm up he wants to go into the arena, he really wants it.”
Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo had to do with fourth place (81,277 percent). There was not missing much and both are in top shape; the 11-year-old gelding by van Gogh is strong and the picture the pair make is enormous but mistakes in the piaffes and the changes tours cost too many points. If it were not for the mistakes they would be right at the top.
Dorothee Schneider and 12-year-old Sammy Davis Jr. by San Remo will be the third German pair in the Freestyle – they finished in 11th place (75,608 percent). “Today my feeling was better than two days ago,” so the team world champion said. “He was a bit more awake, we had a good connection. Ok, the walk was not great and there were one-time flying changes before they were supposed to come. But I am happy that I will be allowed to dance once more.”
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl who will not be allowed to participate in the Freestyle was satisfied with TSF Dalera BB. The 11-year-old Trakehner mare by Easy Games received 73,875 percent and finished 16th. “I will leave with a laughing and a crying eye,” so the German said. “She did not have any power left but she is only 11 years old. We do not have any technical problems and no problem with the one-time flying changs. She gave everything but she needs more time and needs to develop more strength. But we delivered when we had to.”