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Werth takes Lyon by storm

She loves this stage of the FEI Dressage World Cup in Lyon and Lyon loves her.

Isabell Werth and Emilio triumphed in Lyon.  (photo © PSV_EQUITA_LONGINES).

Germany’s Isabell Werth won the Grand Prix Freestyle presented by FFE Generali tonight at the FEI Dressage World Cup.
For the fourth time (the third in a row), the German rider Isabell Werth won the FEI Dressage World Cup stage in Lyon. As the reigning champion having won the Final in Paris last April, Isabell Werth scored 84,410, riding her twelve-year-old gelding Emilio, clearly more relaxed than yesterday in the Grand Prix presented by CREARA.

“Emilio felt better today and was much calmer. Still, I was very careful and the result is as much as I could have hoped for.” When asked about the rest of the season, the most successful rider on the planet (all disciplines combined) remained guarded: “I don’t see myself as untouchable: for sure, with this victory, the season has started well, but the objective is to qualify two horses for the Final; there is still a long way to go.”

Patrik Kittel and Delatio  (photo © PSV_EQUITA_LONGINES).

In second place, with a score of 80.980, the Swedish rider Patrik Kittel (another regular at the Lyon stage of the FEI Dressage World Cup) was competing for the first time with Delatio, a 14-year-old stallion that he has been riding for just three weeks. “Before arriving in Lyon, I consulted Isabell (Werth, editor’s note) and asked her what she thought of our chances, entering a competition so quickly at such a level. She gave her thumbs-up (laughs) and I think she was right. The horse was perfect and I think I will be able to compete more with Isabel this season, and even with my students.”

In third place, the young Swedish rider Antonia Ramel, a student of Patrik Kittel, exceeded the 80% mark for the first time with a score of 80.060. She was surprised by her result, but particularly appreciated the warm welcome given to the riders and horses at this FEI dressage World Cup stage in Lyon.

Antonia Ramel and Brother de Jeu (photo © PSV_EQUITA_LONGINES).

As regards the three French riders involved in the competition, they managed to qualify for this Grand Prix Freestyle presented by FFE Generali. With a score of 69.955 (below their usual results), Marie-Emilie Bretenoux and Quartz of Jazz finished fourteenth in the class.
One place higher, with a score of 73.265, Ludovic Henry was more satisfied with his performance on After You, recording his second-best result with this horse. In ninth position, Morgan Barbançon Mestre came close to the 76% she was aiming for when she arrived in Lyon, with an average of 75.990. “By the end of the year, I will be competing in all the stages of the FEI Dressage World Cup, and my goal is to reach the final in Gothenburg. People had told me about the amazing atmosphere in Lyon when the French riders come into the arena and I can confirm it’s true. I also confirm that Lyon is myfavourite stage of the FEI Dressage World Cup,” said the Franco-Spanish rider, who
chose to wear the blue jacket in competition as of last April.