Isabell Werth created quite a stir when winning the seventh leg of the World Cup™ Dressage 2015/2016 Western European League at the sold-out RAI Arena in Amsterdam (NED) on Saturday 30 January 2016 with Weihegold. The lovely mare was competing in her very first international Freestyle, but in the hands of the 46-year-old German athlete who includes six Olympic gold medals and two World Cup titles amongst her career highlights, the 11-year-old horse posted a spectacular score in the early stages of the competition and could not be beaten.
The pair’s success was all the more remarkable for the fact that today’s class was of an exceptionally high standard, with top riders really raising their game in the battle for points towards the World Cup Final in Gothenburg (SWE) in March. Werth admitted afterwards that her victory was unexpected.
“It was a surprise because the Freestyle is really difficult here in this atmosphere in Amsterdam, and there was an outstanding field of competitors. You know how it is in Freestyle, we did not have the best starting order so I was not expecting to win, but at the end of our test I felt really sure and safe – I’m so very, very happy!” she said.
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