Thursday, October 28, 2010

FEI: Dressage: Lyon: Results: CDI5*: Werth (GER) and Warum Nicht Take the Lyon Qualifier - By Nan Rawlins

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Isabelle Werth (GER) took another long stride towards the Reem Acra Dressage World Cup Final in Leipzig, Germany by winning today's Lyon France CDI5*.

Werth -- fresh from her win of the CDI5* in Odense Denmark on Satchmo -- and Warum Nicht FRH topped the leader board in Lyon, France CDI5* World Cup Qualifier with a score of 72.936.  Second place, by a hair's breath, went to fellow German Ulla Salzberger and Herzruf's Erbe. Erbe, newly returned to competition from an injury,  took Salzgerber to a score of 73.085 - the only other pair to break 70 percent. Beatriz Ferrer-Salut of Spain and her horse Faberge finished in third place on a score of 69.617.

Warum Nicht, fresh from his trip to the 2010 Alltech® FEI World Equestrian Games, was described by Werth as "... a little distracted." She went on... " It's his first go after the WEG and I haven't really prepared him for this indoor event, where the indications are not the same as outdoors.  ... I had to restrain him from jumping the fence in the end. I am rather satisfied with the result."

Addressing the rampant international speculation that she may have a new ride in the spectacular Totilas -- newly acquired by fellow German Paul Schockem√∂hle -- Werth said:  “To ride a horse that was made by someone else is not really something I am looking for. The satisfaction of this sport is to reach a high level with a horse that you discovered, worked with and shaped for a high level...I certainly felt sorrow for Edward. I couldn’t stand being separated from Gigolo, the horse of my best years and I am very lucky as something like that could not happen with Madeleine Winter-Schulze and Brigitte Werth, the owners of my horses."

Werth continued, “This selling of Totilas is part of our sport. For Paul Schockem√∂hle it’s a great advertisement for his stud and the offer of stallions. But riding Totilas is no warrant for a gold medal at the next Olympics. The understanding between the rider and his horse has to be right -- it’s very possible that the chemistry between them does not work, and our sport is a couple’s business. And, of course, many things can still happen on the way towards London. 

Catherine Haddad of the U.S., currently based in Germany, rode Winyamaro to a sixth place place score of 66.936 per cent on Thursday.  She is currently at the top of the early standings for the West European League after gaining points with her Devon, Pennsylvania win.

Fifteen riders from nine nations started in the qualifier for Friday night’s Grand Prix Freestyle.


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