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Queen of Dressage Isabell Werth Retains Her Crown at the 2019 FEI Dressage World Cup™ Finals Gothenburg

To say the pressure was on as the last six riders of the 2019 FEI Dressage World Cup™ Finals Gothenburg prepared for the Freestyle would be inaccurate. It was intense. It was everything a World Cup Championship should be. Each movement shuffled the leaderboard. Each centerline was energized by the crowds applause pushing horse and rider to perform their very best until the final salute.

In the end, it was the multiple Olympic, World Cup, and World Equestrian Games (WEG) champion Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD from Germany who would be crown the victor. The duo looked determined as they performed their freestyle, attempting perfection to replace USA’s Laura Graves from the top. A bobble in Werth’s one-tempi changes in a very technical test cost them a final mark in the 90% range. However, their test was enough to move them into first with 88.871%. This was Werth’s fifth World Cup and third consecutive World Cup win with Weihegold OLD, the 14-year-old Oldenburg owned by Christine Arns-Krogmann.

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Isabell Werth 📸 Credit: FEI Christophe Taniere

“I could take all the risks at extended canter and the pirouettes were great. We could not have been better,” said Werth. Noting the slight miscommunication in the one-tempi changes Werth remarked “I was arrogant there, so that was my fault! I love what I do, and this is what keeps me so competitive!”

Entering the centerline to the theme of Rudy, USA’s Olympic and WEG veteran Laura Graves with her own and Curt Maes’ 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood Verdades, threw down the gauntlet for Werth to chase. As the second U.S. rider to go, the pair earned the first 10 of the day on their half-pass movement. “Diddy” and Graves were picture and foot-perfect earning a final score of 87.179 % to take the lead. In the end, a slightly more technical ride from Werth separated first and second place by only 1.692 percentage points moving Graves into second.

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Laura Graves 📸 Credit: FEI Liz Gregg

“My horse (Verdades) likes his job and never puts a foot wrong when I ride him, although at the barn he knows he’s the boss,” said Graves. “He was so rideable today; the crowd was amazing, and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as me!”

Sweeping the third podium spot in a dramatic way, Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg aboard Damsey FRH, the 17-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Louise Leatherdale & Susanne Meyer, were the last combination to go in the Scandinavium Arena. Producing a forward test, the pair quickly ticked off each box climbing the leaderboard. During their test, it was evident Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH were feeling the atmosphere and decided to go all in on their last centerline. Damsey FRH’s final movement, the extended trot, was so bold and powerful traveling to the judges booth at “C”, their final halt was within centimeters of the boards earning an 86.571%.

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Helen Langehanenberg 📸 Credit: Charlie Crowhurst Getty Images

“I am thankful and really proud of him,” said Langehanenberg. “The clapping motivated him at the end of the test, and I think he would have been quite happy to start all over again!”

Friday’s Grand Prix podium finisher, WEG veteran Daniel Bachmann Andersen and Blue Hors Zack, the 15-year-old Stallion owned by the Blue Hors Aps from Denmark, were a favorite in the Freestyle. After producing an efficient and lovely test, the pair earned an 85.468 % to place them in third with four riders left to go. It wasn’t until Langehanenberg concluded her test that Andersen and “Zack” moved in to fourth.

The Olympic and World Cup veteran contingent representing the U.S. of Laura Grave’s with Verdades, Adrienne Lye with Salvino and Kasey Perry-Glass with Goerklintgaards Dublet were a force throughout the competition. Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet, the 16-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding, produced a brilliant freestyle earning fifth place with an 84.975%. Lyle and Salvino, the 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Betsy Julian LLC, beautifully danced with Lyle to a personal best of 81.832% for seventh at the 2019 FEI Dressage World Cup™ Finals Gothenburg.

Full Results: https://www.longinestiming.com/#!/equestrian/2019/1638/html/en/longinestiming/resultlist_D02.html

Guerdat Sets the Tone at the LONGINES FEI World Cup™ Finals Gothenburg

It was a day of speed, accuracy and luck in the in the Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg during the first phase of the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals. The 13-fence course designed by Spanish course designer Santiago Varela left little room for error as riders and their charges raced the clock in their journey to victory. It was the current world ranking number one show jumper, Steve Guerdat, who bested the field after day one.

Steve-Guerdat-2Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat and Alamo, the black 11-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Patricio Pasquel Quintana rode to the top of the leaderboard as the third-last to go out of the field of 33 starters with 61.28 seconds. Guerdat, the 2012 Olympic champion and FEI Jumping World Cup champion (2015 in Las Vegas and 2016 in Gothenburg), bested Belgium’s Pieter Devos time of 61.31 seconds sending Devo and Apart, the 14-year-old chestnut KWPN gelding owned by Devos Stables, to a second place position. Fellow Belgian Olivier Philippaerts and H&M Legend of Love, the striking 13-year-old grey DSP owned by Team Philippaerts settle for third with a time of 61.43 seconds.

“I’m very happy, he (Alamo) jumped well. I had a fast round without taking too much out of the horse. I know that this horse does not go as fast as my other horses, but I know he is quite quick, “said Guerdat. “I just tried to stay focused on my plan and what I wanted to do. I didn’t think too much about what the others (riders) were doing.”

Defending World Cup champions, U.S. Olympic veteran Beezie Madden and her 13-year-old stallion Breitling LS, were making efficient work of the course when an unlucky rail dropped at the very last fence. The unfortunate rail added three seconds to their fast and efficient time of 60.74 seconds. The duo now sits in tenth place heading into Friday’s competition.

The action began with a dramatic dismount for Guerdat’s good friend and Swiss team-mate Beat Mandli who attempted a very difficult turn inside the first fence on the approach to the planks at fence 11. His 11-year-old mare Dsarie just couldn’t make it and stopped, resulting in an elimination.

“We can expect a lot of places to move around, it always changes a lot on the second day,” said Guerdat. “I think a mistake is much more important tomorrow than today. Everything looks good today, but everything can look much different tomorrow!”.

This is Guerdat’s 13th Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals appearance.

Friday’s Start Order https://results.hippodata.de/2019/1638/docs/s08.pdf

Standings after Competition 1 here https://results.hippodata.de/2019/1638/docs/jwcf_got_2019_-_standings_after_wcf_i.pdf