Isabell Werth made a clean sweep at the 2019 CDI Dortmund in Germany on 8 - 10 March 2019. Bringing good-old Don Johnson as well as her fourth Grand Prix horse in the bar, Emilio, to the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Werth won all three big tour classes.
Aboard the 13-year old Westfalian bred Emilio (by Ehrenpreis x Cacir Aa) she won the Grand Prix with 76.804% and placed second while 17-year old Hanoverian Don Johnson (by Don Frederico x Warkant) she landed second place on 74.587%.
Emilio, whose last international outing was at the CDI Geneva at the beginning of December 2018, claimed the victory in the Grand Prix Special with 79.128%. They left Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on her 15-year old KWPN mare Zaire E (by Son de Niro x Jazz) far behind them as they placed second with 75.489%.
In the Kur to Music, Don Johnson rocked the house and took the trophy with a winning score of 81.595%. Ingrid Klimke and the 11-year old Hanoverian stallion Franziskus (by Fidertanz x Alabaster) were second with 76.840%.
"I thought it was good for Emilio to do one more show before he goes to 's Hertogenbosch," Werth told Dressursport Deutschland about her Dortmund weekend. "And I'm very happy I did this," she said as Emilio was switched on in the Grand Prix and didn't stand still. "I couldn't care if I would cash in a 3 for that. For me it was important to make him feel at ease."
Werndl was pleased with Zaire's performance. "Those who know Zaire, know that she's a nervous horse, looks at everything and can wind herself up," Werndl explained. "So that is why I am pleased that I was able to ride her more today (in the Special). She has matured."
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Scores: 2019 CDI Dortmund
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