Germany is dominating the dressage

German riders fill out three of the top five individual slots, earning first, second and fourth, and the country easily topped the qualifying class with a combined score of 7911.5 over the British (7508.5) and Danish (7435.0) teams.

The two days of competition served only as a qualifier—the top eight teams will move on to the Grand Prix Special to contest team medals on Monday and Tuesday, while the top 18 individual riders will participate in the freestyle on July 28 to determine individual medals.

Six-time Olympic gold medalist Isabell Werth was the final rider in today’s class with Bella Rose 2, and she finished second individually (82.50%) behind her teammate Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera. (Von Bredow-Werndl rode Saturday and earned an 84.37%.)

“’Bella’ is my dream horse, and when Bella is in top shape, for me she’s the best,” Werth said. “With her you have the feeling there’s always something more possible.”

The pairs who qualified for the Grand Prix freestyle are:

• Isabell Werth and Bella Rose II (Germany)
• Dorothee Schneider and Showtime FRH (Germany)
• Charlotte Dujardin and Gio (Great Britain)
• Adrienne Lyle and Salvino (United States)
• Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper (United States)
• Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo (United States)
• Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera (Germany)
• Charlotte Fry and Everdale (Great Britain)
• Nanna Skodborg Merrald and Zack (Denmark)
• Therese Nilshagen and Dante Weltino OLD (Sweden)
• Edward Gal and Total US (the Netherlands)
• Cathrine Dufour and Bohemian (Denmark)
• Carina Cassoe Kruth and Heiline’s Danciera (Denmark)
• Juliette Ramel and Buriel K.H. (Sweden)
• Hans Peter Minderhoud with Dream Boy (the Netherlands)
• Carl Hester with En Vogue (Great Britain)
• Rodrigo Torres with Fogoso (Portugal)
• Beatriz Ferrer-Salat with Elegance (Spain)

Source The Chronicle of the Horse

Photo by Hippo Foto

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