Friday 07 December - 16h23 | Lucas Tracol in Geneva
Isabell Werth meets her match in Geneva
When Isabell Werth is taking part in a competition, it is a good bet that the queen of international dressage will finish on top of the final standings. But at the CHI Geneva Thursday afternoon, the double-gold medalist at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in September had to admit defeat in the Grand Prix. Riding Emilio, the German finished second behind her compatriot Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, on TSF Dalera BB.
Isabell Werth and Jessica von Bredow-Werndl are compatriots and teammates, but also rivals. After sharing the top step of the podium in the Team event at the WEG, the Germans faced off yesterday in the CHI Dressage Grand Prix in Geneva. And while spectators are used to seeing Isabell Werth at the top of the final results table, this time it was her fellow rider who claimed victory.
Starting in the middle of the pack, Isabell Werth not unexpectedly moved into first place with a very clean routine and score of 77.609%. For her part, riding last, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl nevertheless shook up the standings with TSF Dalera BB, making a return to competition after the WEG with a score of 79.217%. The 32-year-old, competing in Geneva for the first time, could not hide her joy after a lap of honour: “I feel great, like someone who just won! (laughs) Dalera was incredible, and I am happy to have been able to do the same movements in the arena as outside. I’ve always known that she is extraordinarily talented, and I was able to demonstrate that today. I hope I can keep this momentum going. That was the best Grand Prix she has done to date. I also have to say that it’s pretty nice to beat Isabell. (laughs) She is the queen of dressage and an idol for everyone, but was also my trainer for five years. Finishing in front of her is important on two levels: it is an honour and also means that I am going in the right direction.”
Also present for the first time on the competition grounds at the Palexpo venue in Geneva, Austrian Victoria Max Theurer rounded out the podium with Blind Date 25, her 16-year-old mare who helped earn a score of 71,391%. Results here.
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