Sunday 17 February - 09h37 | Kersten Media

Werth and Weihegold Fabulous In Larest World cup Win

Title holder Isabell Werth from Rheinberg has taken a huge first step forward in the ninth qualification station of the FEI World Cup Dressage. The rider from Rheinberge won the Grand Prix de Dressage – the Madeleine Winter-Schulze Prize – with her 14-year-old mare Weihegold OLD with a phenomenal score of 82.56 percent, and was utterly delighted with “Weihe”, as the smart, dark beauty is simply known. She gave it her absolute all, enthused the world’s most successful dressage rider, adding: “The test today, the atmosphere and the number of spectators really highlighted the fact that the Grand Prix in its traditional form is just right and needs no shortening.”  

The older, the better

The competition tried everything. Helen Langehanenberg from Billerbeck piloted her 17-year-old horse Damsey FRH into second place, and expressed how comfortable the horse felt in the Holstenhalle, and what a good feeling it was to have secured second place behind Isabell Werth and Weihegold: “It is almost like winning.” Irish rider Judy Reynolds, who lives in Dorsten in Westphalia, also had good reason to celebrate, coming third with her 17-year-old KWPN gelding Vancouver K and relegating team world champion Dorothee Schneider from Framersheim to fourth place. “It seems to be the case with Damsey”, emphasised Reynolds, “that the older and more mature he becomes, the more he grows and achieves.”

The top trio were also paying close attention to the draw for the starting order for the FEI Dressage World Cup in the Grand Prix Freestyle (the VR Bank Neumünster Prize) on Sunday from 10.00. Nars Gottmer from the Netherlands will open the race for World Cup points in the ninth of ten qualifying stations in Neumünster on Sunday. Helen Langehanenberg is 15th – the final competitor in the competition. The FEI Dressage World Cup will be broadcast in a live stream by the FEI at

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