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Queen Isabell reigns supreme in Dressage Grand Prix

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Queen Isabell reigns supreme in Dressage Grand Prix

By Louise Parkes

Isabell WERTH (GER) rides WEIHEGOLD OLD

She’s 47 and formidable, an exquisite horsewoman and a long-time legend as the most medalled athlete in her sport. Despite a few glitches in her performance with the fabulous mare Weihegold today, Germany’s Isabell Werth won the opening Grand Prix at the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in Omaha, Nebraska by a comfortable 2.5 mark margin when scoring 82.300..

“I’m completely happy, but I’ll have to calm my horse down before Saturday because she got so excited in the prizegiving!”

Werth includes five Olympic and three World team golds amongst the massive medal haul she has accumulated during her amazing career. She also has two FEI World Cup™ titles under her belt, the first collected 25 years ago in Gothenburg (SWE) and the next in Las Vegas (USA) in 2007, and she’s hungry for a third.

But it isn’t going to be a walk-in-the-park because the home side’s Laura Graves (29) was breathing right down her neck today when posting the runner-up score of 79.800 with Verdades, and is bidding to become only the third American ever to take this prestigious title.

Laura GRAVES (USA) rides VERDADES

Laura GRAVES (USA) rides VERDADES

“I think anything is possible!” Graves replied confidently when asked if she thought she could beat Werth in Saturday’s medal-deciding Freestyle to Music competition, and she has to be taken seriously after finishing fourth at the Rio Olympics with this horse who was so difficult as a youngster that she almost gave up on him.

Britain’s Carl Hester (49) finished third with Nip Tuck and will be another strong challenger on Saturday when just 14 of today’s 16 starters will line out. New Zealand’s Wendi Williamson and Dejavu MH were elminated when blood was found in the horse’s mouth post competition and Hanna Karasiova (BLR) and Arlekino failed to make the 60% cut-off mark.

Result:

  • Weihegold (Isabell Werth) GER, 82.300
  • Verdades (Laura Graves) USA, 79.800
  • Nip Tuck (Carl Hester) GBR, 76.671
Carl HESTER (GBR) rides NIP TUCK

Carl HESTER (GBR) rides NIP TUCK

Facts and Figures:
16 riders from 13 nations (Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Switzerland and USA).

A total of 194 human and 215 equine athletes have competed in the four FEI World Cup™ Dressage Leagues, aiming to qualify for the Omaha Final.

The winning rider, Isabell Werth, is a multiple champion and two-time FEI World Cup™ Dressage title-holder.

There will be 16 participants in the FEI World Cup™ Final 2017. Title holder Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED) is not competing in Omaha as his horse Glock’s Flirt was lame on the day of departure (25 March). Jessica Von Bredow Werndl (GER) also withdrew from the Final after her horse Unee B developed colic at the airport in Amsterdam prior to departure.

Isabell Werth GER – 1st

“I was well prepared but you never know what to expect! It was my fault we made mistakes in the two-tempis but I always felt safe. It wasn’t easy at the start of my test though because the crowd went crazy when they announced Laura’s score!”

Laura Graves USA – 2nd

“I came here to win, and to finish second to Isabell today feels a lot like winning! It’s my second World Cup Final, we competed in Las Vegas (in 2015) and this has proved how much my horse has developed over the last two years, he felt very honest and I’m very excited about competing on Saturday!”

Carl Hester GBR – 3rd

“I always give my horse an easy ride in the Grand Prix so that he’s perfectly rideable for Saturday. I don’t expect to be too far behind on Saturday.”

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Carl Hester talks about his GPS Test

Carl Hester analyses his GPS test – Michael at the Euros – Aachen – FEI European Championships 2015

Carl Hester is interviewed about his GPS test Nip Tuck while watching his 5th place ride.  He talks about what the judges are looking for and how the ride went.  Mr. Hester has owned Nip Tuck since he was a yearling and watched him grow from a awkward baby to an 18 hand Grand Prix horse.  Nip Tuck recently moved up to Grand Prix and Carl talks about the ten long years it took to properly train Nip Tuck to the Grand Prix level and how the careful planning and training set him up with a horse that will improve in the next ten years at the Grand Prix level.

To learn more about Carl Hester visit his website.

 

Michael Kurn meets Carl Hetser and together they make a detailed analysis of his GPS test.

The FEI European Championships take place from the 11/08/2015 – 23/08/2015 in Aachen, Germany.

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Carl Hester coaching Charlotte Dujardin

I just came across this video of Carl Hester coaching Charlotte Dujardin on basic techniques for improving your dressage test.

  • Riding down Center-line
  • Shoulder in
  • Halt
  • Transitions (from Trot to Canter and Canter to Trot)

This video was produced by Josie Le Grice

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