CDI4* Geneva: Isabell Werth took great victory in opening test

Werth uncatchable on Emilio, signed the first test with a great victory

Isabell Werth (GER) and Emilio, winners of the VIAN WDM Grand Prix presented by Jiva Hill Stables. (photo: ©

Germany’s Isabell Werth started off well in Geneva in the beautiful and impressive Palexpo, by convincingly winning the VIAN WDM Grand Prix presented by Jiva Hill Stables today. She scored 77.580% with her 10-year-old Westphalian gelding Emilio (by Ehrenpreis x Cacir Aa). The judges unanimously placed Isabell in first place. Germany’s Gotthielf Riexinger, president of the jury, awarded her test with the highest score of 80.200%. Isabell Werth was very satisfied after her test: “It’s great to be back again here after 20 years. I especially can remember one time when I won here with Amaretto. Everything is nice in Geneva, all is in one big space, it’s not easy for the horses but it is a great challenge. And today Emilio was really calm and relaxed. He did a good job.”

Spain’s Olympic and European bronze medallist Beatriz Ferrer-Salat took second place with Sir Radjah, another Westphalian gelding by Sir Donnerhall x Radjah Z. The pair received 73.220% from the judges panel that consisted of Alain Francqueville (FRA), Maja stukelj (CZE), Gotthilf Riexinger (GER), Isabelle Judet (FRA) and Leif Törnblad (DEN).
Switzerland’s Marcela Krinke-Susmelj finished in third place with 72.760%. The rider, who was born in Czechoslovakia, but now lives in Lucerne rode her 15-year-old Danish-bred gelding Smeyers Molberg (Michellino x Rambo).

Tomorrow, Saturday 10 December, two WDM competitions are scheduled, the Grand Prix Special and the Grand Prix Freestyle.

CDI4* Geneva – Grand Prix – 09 December 2016
Jury: Francqueville – Stukelj – Riexinger – Judet – Törnblad

1° Isabell Werth (Germany) – Emilio – 77.58%
2° Beatriz Ferrer – Salat (Spain) – Sir Radjah – 73.22%
3° Marcela Krinke Susmelj (Switzerland) – Smeyers Molberg – 72.76%
4° Pierre Volla (France) – Badinda Altena – 71.16%
5° Bertrand Liegard (France) – Star Wars – 69.34%
6° Antonella Joannou (Switzerland) – Dandy De La Roche Cmf Ch – 68.82%
7° Margo Timmermans (The Netherlands) – Catch Me – 68.08%
8° Ulla Salzgeber (Germany) – Sir Simon – 67.6%
9° Marc Boblet (France) – Noble Dream Concept Sol Biolight – 67.28%
10° Alexandra Zurbrügg (Switzerland) – Get Time – 65.56%
11° Philine Von Bremen (Switzerland) – Artemis – 65.34%
12° Morgan Barbançon Mestre (Spain) – Sir Donnerhall Ii Old – 63.94%
13° Perrine Carlier (France) – Gracieux V. Lindenhof – 62.02%