Patricia Salem looks back on 12 months of Dressage action...
2018 was another superb year for Isabell Werth, but the German wasn’t the only athlete to wow Dressage fans around the world during a scintillating 12 months.
From the FEI World Cup™ Finals in Paris to the FEI Nations Cup™ series and the FEI World Equestrian Games™, take a look at these high points, as the world’s best Dressage riders piaffed and passaged their way to the podium.
FEI Dressage World Cup™
The year was off to a flying start with the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Finals in Paris in April. After several days of superb displays of equitation to a packed audience at the AccorHotels Arena, it all came down to the Freestyle event.
Germany’s Isabell Werth took first place with the appropriately named Weihegold OLD, but it wasn’t without a battle. The veteran Dressage rider received a stiff challenge from silver medalist Laura Graves of the USA, who had won the Grand Prix the day before and scored a Freestyle personal best of 89.082 percent.
Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl of Germany rounded out the podium in third place, tearfully thrilled that her 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood Unee Bb still had the stuff after four FEI World Cup finals.