Dressage Grand Prix Victory for Isabell Werth and Emilio in Fritzens, Austria

Isabell Werth (GER) and Emilio 107 Photo: © Mary Phelps 2016

Isabell Werth (GER) and Emilio 107 Photo: © Mary Phelps 2016

German victory in the Grand Prix Special Tour at 22. Manfred Swarovski tournament at Schindlhof with Isabell Werth and the the young Westphalen gelding Emilio (x Ehrenpreis/M.v. Cacir) topped a field of 26 entries in the Grand Prix where the in the top 5 placings, 4 German horse and rider combinations guided by national coach Monica Theodorescu showed the depth and talent of their country.

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and the KWPN Zaire-E (v.Son de Niro/M.v.Jazz ) were second with a 75,54.

The third spot Ireland Olympic rider Judy Reynolds with the lovely and talented Vancouver K a KWPN by Jazz/M.v.Ferro with a 71.5. Just the final pirouette affected a test that was rivaling the leaders.

Hostess Evelyn Haim-Swarovski and Dorina qualify 12th place in the top starting field for the Grand Prix Special on Sunday.

Isabell Werth who, with calm and steady nerves presented the uncomplicated 10-year-old gelding Emilio. "78.96 percent is an international best for Emilio, he has greatly improved, especially in the canter tour. His potential is great, but there is a thing or two to work on, " said Isabell Werth in ClipMyHorse.TV interview. Emilio along with Weihegold, the current top horse of the 5-time Olympic champion, is on the Olympic entry list of the German Association. "To come to Schindlhof, is always like a holiday for me, "said Werth. "It's a great place, especially when the sun shines so as today."

Hostess Evelyn Haim-Swarovski qualified for the Special with her own Dorina (Don Schufro/M.v.Ragtimeand) The safe presentation with beautiful highlights in the piaffe was the judge collegium (2 of 5 judges this Grand Prix are nominated for the Olympic Games in Rio) rated 66.1 percent. "Unfortunately, I gave away a few points, but my goal was to qualify in this great starting field for the top 15 in the Grand Prix Special, and that was achieved." Evelyn Haim-Swarovski said with a smile.

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