As we had possible all expected, the German meisterin Isabell Werth dominated the scoring sheets today at the Equestrian Olympic Park in Tokyo. Riding her already seventeen year old Bella Rose 2 the number one of the world closed the Grand Prix qualifier. With an amazingly harmonic and precise test she – scoring especially high on the piaffe and passage with quite a few 10’s – rode to a percentage of 82,500%, qualifying herself for the individual medals on Wednesday and guiding her team towards the fight for the team medals coming Tuesday.
Interesting enough Werth’s score did not exceed the extraordinary score of her team mate Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TDSF Dalera yesterday (84,379%), leaving quite a few points behind in the collected and extended walks, that were graded with 6,5’s and 7’s. These results promise us an exciting Grand Prix Special, where both riders will take the challenge towards the individual medals.
Werth wasn’t the only rider who rocked Tokyo grounds today. Charlotte Dujardin showed a lovely forward, accurate test with lots of expression in the piaffe and passage and stunning transitions. With her little powerhouse Gio she rode to an impressive 80,963%, scoring second highest of the day.
The only Dutch rider to enter the ring this Sunday, Marlies van Baalen, scored 71,615% with her Go Legend. “It wasn’t quite the test I’d hoped for: there was some good parts, but also a few mistakes. It’s time to analyse the test now, which will hopefully help me to go and pop in the Special on Tuesday”, Marlies told the KNHS.
Qualified teams and individuals
Qualified to compete for the team medals in the Grand Prix Special upcoming Tuesday are Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the United States of America.
Qualified for the individual medals in the Grand Prix Freestyle from group D are Carina Cassoe Kruth (DEN) with Heiline’s Danciera (76,677%) and Adrienne Lyle (USA) with Savlino (75,876%). Selected from group E are Dorothee Schneider (GER) with Showtime FRH (78,820%) and Juliette Ramel with Buriel K.H. (73,369%) and from group F are Isabell Werth (GER) with Bella Rose 2 (82,500%) and Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) with Gio (80,963%).
With all the GP scores in, we’re also able to announced the lucky six that didn’t finish top two in their groups. Selected for the individual Freestyle on Wednesday July 28th as well are Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED) with Dream Boy (76,817%), Steffen Peters (USA) on Suppenkasper (76,196%), Carl Hester (GBR) with En Vogue (75,124%), Nanna Skodborg Merrald (DEN) with Zack (73,168%), Rodrigo Torres (POR) with Fogoso (72,624%) and Beatriz Salat-Ferrer (ESP) with Elegance (72,096%).
With that we come to a complete list of:
- Charlotte Fry (GBR) – Everdale
- Therese Nilshagen (SWE) – Dante Weltino OLD
- Cathrine Dufour (DEN) – Bohemian
- Edward Gal (NED) – Total US
- Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (GER) – TSF Dalera
- Sabine Kery-Schut (USA) – Sanceo
- Carina Cassoe Kruth (DEN) – Heiline’s Danciera
- Adrienne Lyle (USA) – Salvino
- Dorothee Schneider (GER) – Showtime FRH
- Juliette Ramel (SWE) – Buriel K.H.
- Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) – Gio
- Isabell Werth (GER) – Bella Rose 2
- Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED) – Dream Boy
- Steffen Peters (USA) – Suppenkasper
- Carl Hester (GBR) – En Vogue
- Nanna Skodborg Merrald (DEN) – Zack
- Rodrigo Torres (POR) – Fogoso
- Beatriz Salat-Ferrer (ESP) – Elegance
You’ll be able to find the complete scores here. The Olympic equestrian athletes will enjoy a well deserved break over the Monday and appear back in the ring on Tuesday at 10:00 CET for the team Special, followed by the Freestyle on Wednesday at 10:30 CET.
Photos: Dirk Caremans – Hippo Foto