Isabell Werth and her 10-year-old gelding El Santo won both the Grand Prix Special (77.50%) and the Grand Prix (76,17%) at the Signal Iduna Cup CDI4* in Dortmund. This was the more special as it was the first big international outing of Isabell and El Santo, nicknamed ‘Ernie’. Winning the Grand Prix Special was the goal at the Dortmund’ Meggle Cup Final, a so called ‘classical series’ of shows. The winner is decided over the Grand Prix Special and no Freestyle interferes. For the first time coached by Jonny Hilberath in their first international Grand Prix: Ernie and Isabell on their way to the win in Dortmund Isabell Werth saw during her test the score of 80% at the scoreboard, which made her smile. She rode as aggressively and precisely as she does with her experienced horses Warum Nicht FRH and Satchie and took the Cup. She said: “Ernie is sweet and uncomplicated and I am very proud on him. He is not reluctant to show its qualities! It feels very good to be able to present him at the highest level this fast.”
In Dortmund Isabell was helped by Jonny Hilberath, the German national trainer. After a successful partnership of nine years with Wolfram Wittig, for personal reasons for Wittig it’s not possible to visit Isabell regularly in Rheinberg anymore. Isabell Werth has now found Jonny Hilberath as the necessary help and eye from the ground. After Dr Schulten Baumer and Wolfram Wittig, Hilberath now is the third trainer of Isabell Werth in her long and successful career.
Austria’s Victoria Max-Theurer on her stallion Augustin became the runner up in Dortmund. The young talented Austrian pair became second in both the Special with 76.125 %, and the Grand Prix with 74.170 %.
Christoph Koschel on his World Equestrian Games German team mount Donnperignon was third in the Special with 74.542 %, while fellow German Ulla Salzgeber on her Herzruf’s Erbe was third in the Grand Prix on 72.766 %.