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Cappeln: Bella Rose first choice for Isabell Werth
Sunday 12. August 2018
As if in disbelief Isabell Werth shook her head after the final salute – beyond happy about the performance of her Bella Rose in the freestyle at Dressage Cappeln International.

The 14-year-old Westphalian mare from Belissimo M NRW basically danced to the music and charmed the judges, the audience and her rider. “I am just so happy! Super happy!! Today was only Bella’s second freestyle ever and the first after her break of four years. A few pieces had been ‘borrowed’ by Emilio. But now Bella is taking back her position on the thrown,” Isabell Werth says, smiling from ear to ear. “This mare is growing from show to show, is becoming much more relaxed and can show off more than her vast potential”, the chief judge, Dr. Dietrich Plewa, praises the mare, who was placed on rank one by all five judges and received a total of 87.00%. The Olympic winner, World and European Champion Isabell Werth does not leave a doubt when it comes to her preference considering which of her four potential horses she wants to present at the World Equestrian Games in Tyron/USA next month. “Of course the final decision is made by the dressage committee but I have already decided” she grins as she points towards Bella Rose. The second place of the freestyle went to Lara Butler and her Rubin Royal OLD offspring, Rubin al Asad. The two are on the shortlist (76.50%) for the WEG team Great Britain. Marlies van Baalen and her Ben Johnson, who is a Grand Prix novice, secured the third place (75.20 %).

The Inter A, the kickoff for the medium tour, was won by the Swede Patrik Kittel on his international debutant, the nine-year-old KWPN mare Elvive. Austria’s number one, Victoria Max Theurer, made the second place with her young horse Benaglio (72.08 %).

A Dutch double victory was in the St. Georges: Veronique Roerink and her Flanell received 73.73 %. Right behind the pair at second place was Marlies van Baalen with the full-brother to Ben Johnson, Dion Johnson (72.82 %). Representing the stud Vorwerk, Yvonne Henke and San Francisco OLD took the third place (72.79 %) in the lap of honor.