Isabelle Werth's World Cup Win With Warum Nicht - Will She Be Riding Totilas?

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Equita Horse Show in Lyon, France
is underway featuring the FEI Dressage World Cup Grand Prix. In his first competition since the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games, Lexington 2010, Warum Nicht (nicknamed “Hannes” in his stables) won the class with Isabelle Werth although not with the same result as they has in Kentucky with a 72.963. In second was Ulla Salzgeber (GER) on Herzruf´s Erbe with a 72.085, and third was Beatriz Ferrer-Salat (ESP) Faberge with a 69.617. Reserve USEF Team rider American Catherine Haddad and Winyamaro were sixth is a field of 15 horses with a 66.936. Isabelle shares her thoughts on the recent transaction of Totilas and any possibility she would be riding him for Germany in the future.
“It’s his first go after the WEG and I haven’t really prepared him for this indoor event, where the indications are not the same as outdoor. I had to restrain him from jumping the fence and in the end, I am rather satisfied with this result.” After her stay in the United States, the German champion had indeed been concentrating on her other horse, Satchmo, with whom she won the Danish stage of this same World Cup in Odensee last week. She obviously takes the lead in the temporary ranking.

Isabel’s reaction to a question about the possibility of her riding the phenomenal Totilas – recently bought by the great “stallion holder” Paul Schockemöhle – shows little enthusiasm: “To ride a horse that was made by someone else is not really something I am looking for. The satisfaction of this sport is to reach a high level with a horse that you discovered, you worked with and shaped for a high level. I certainly felt sorrow for Edward. I couldn’t stand being separated from Gigolo, the horse of my best years and I am very lucky as something like that could not happen with Madeleine Winter-Schulze and Brigitte Werth, the owners of my horses. This selling of Totilas is part of our sport; for Paul Schockemöhle it’s a great advertisement for his stud and the offer of stallions. But riding Totilas is no warrant for a Gold Medal at the next Olympics. The comprehension between the rider and his horse has to be right – it’s very possible that the chemistry between them does not work, and our sport is a couple’s business. And, of course, many things can still happen on the way towards London: Just remember the misfortune of Adelinde Cornelissen in Lexington.”

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