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TRYON 2018: Second Time’s a Charm for Germany’s Isabell Werth in Helgstrand Dressage FEI Grand Prix Special

The score board in U.S. Trust Arena was ablaze when Germany’s multi-medalist Isabell Werth captivated hearts again, winning her second Gold medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 aboard Bella Rose.

The duo bested US-stalwart Laura Graves and Verdades who captured Silver and defending champion Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) and Mount St John Freestyle to Bronze.
Isabell Werth and Bella Rose (photo © Sportfot).

 

Werth and fiery chestnut mare Bella Rose came out as the last rider of 30, presenting a flawless test. The pair scored 86.246%, including several 10’s from the judges’ panel of seven.
“Three were out with more than 80 already so I knew we had to give it our best. When Bella started to trot I felt she wanted to go and do it and the half passes could not have been better,” said Werth.
Laura Graves and Verdades (photo © Sportfot).
Graves had put everything into her ride, presenting the 16-year-old Verdades with utmost precision in each step, despite gusts of wind picking up during her ride.
“It feels amazing. Two days in a row we really delivered for our country. The heat is a test of a horses’ character.”
Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle (photo © Sportfot).
Equally sensational was Charlotte Dujardin’s ride to Bronze, piloting her mare Mount St John Freestyle to 81.489%. The nine-year young mare showed picture-perfect passage that is usually only acquired at a more advanced age.
“Her passage was incredible. We continue to work on it and will give Isabell a run for her money.”
Laura Graves, Isabell Werth, and Charlotte Dujardin with their medals following the Helgstrand Dressage FEI Grand Prix Special in U.S. Trust Arena. (photo © Sportfot).

 

Germany’s Sönke Rothenberger missed the podium by 0.44 points after mistakes in the one-tempi changes.
“I am disappointed. The horse would have deserved a medal because of its overall quality, but of course, we should not make mistakes.”