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Werth Takes Her Second World Cup Dressage Title

Germany’s Isabell Werth and the eleven year-old Hannoverian gelding, Warum Nicht FRH, breezed past the rest of the field to steal the show in Vegas and become the convincing winner of the Rolex FEI World Cup Dressage Final at the Thomas & Mack center. The 1992 World Cup Champion scored 84.250% to be placed first by all five judges, which included two artistic scores over 90.000%, and a perfect 10 for music and interpretation; the only one in the competition to do so.

"It had to be one of the most passionate crowds in the history of the World Cup. I had such a great feeling," said Werth, winner of four gold and two silver Olympic medals. "Today was so easy. I didn’t expect him to be so relaxed and cool. It’s such a fantastic crowd and such a great atmosphere. He was really super today."

The capacity crowd of 11,925 was on its feet as Werth and Warum Nicht, aka ‘Hannes’, enjoyed every last minute of the victory parade.

Dutch rider, Imke Schellekens-Bartels and the 13 year-old Hannoverian mare, Sunrise, scored 77.950 to finish second, even though the mare was in season and surrounded by stallions!

The top U.S. contender on the night was Steffen Peters who once again showed his class and perfect preparation with Laurelyn & Stephen Browning’s 17 year-old Westfalian gelding, Floriano, to score 77.800 which earned them a deserved third place.

"I am extremely excited for this horse who at age 17 still puts so much effort into it," said Peters of his Olympic and World Championship bronze medal partner. "He was a little bit tired at the end but overall I am very happy with his performance. This was a great night for us and for dressage. That crowd was absolutely amazing."

Eleven horses came forward after the Grand Prix with four American riders taking on some of the best from Europe. U.S. team rookie, 29 year-old Michigan native, Courtney King with Christine McCarthy’s 17 year-old Dutch stallion, Idocus, produced a polished performance for a 6th place finish on 73.20 to prove why they earned their ticket to Vegas. Idocus also competed in the World Cup Final in 2003 and 2004 partnered with Dutch rider, Marlies van Baalen.

It’s not every day we see dressage riders from Belarus so it was a delight to watch their representative, Iryna Lis and the 17 year-old Trakhener gelding, Problesk, present a beautifully relaxed freestyle program set to classical music undaunted by the Vegas atmosphere on a World Cup stage. Their performance earned them a score of 68.85 to finish in 8th place.


1. Warum Nicht FRH (Isabell Werth) GER 84,25

2. Sunrise (Imke Schellekens-Bartels) NED 77,95

3. Floriano (Steffen Peters) USA 77,80

4. Max (Kyra Kyrklund) FIN 77,50

5. Briar (Jan Brink) SWE 76,45

6. Idocus (Courtney King) NED 73,20

7. Maximus JSS (Catherine Haddad) USA 69,65

8. Problesk (Iryna Lis) BEL 68,85

9. BMC Kigali (Marlies van Baalen) NED 68,05

10. Tip Top (Leslie Morse) USA 65,85

11. G4S IPS Gribaldi (Edward Gal) NED 64,90

Courtesy: The HorseTV Channel News, http://www.horsetv.com


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