A Flying Start
Isabell Werth

31 March 2017

The legend does it again. 

The most medalled athlete in Dressage - Isabell Werth - got off to a flying start by winning the opening Grand Prix at the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in Omaha this afternoon.


Even through a few hiccups, Isabell on her Mare Weihegold, came through with the goods.



I was well prepared but you never know what to expect!



“I’m completely happy, but I’ll have to calm my horse down before Saturday because she got so excited in the prizegiving!” 


Werth’s medals includes five Olympic and three World team golds. 

She also has two FEI World Cup™ titles under her belt.


But it isn’t going to be a walk-in-the-park because the home side’s Laura Graves on Verdades, and is bidding to become only the third American ever to take this prestigious title. 


So how does Laura feel about her chances on beating Isabell in Saturday’s medal-deciding Freestyle to Music competition? 


“I think anything is possible!” she tells us, and as seriously after finishing fourth at the Rio Olympics with this horse, we have to take her seriously!


Britain’s Carl Hester finished third with Nip Tuck and will be another strong challenger on Saturday when just 14 of today’s 16 starters will line out.



I came here to win, and to finish second to Isabell today feels a lot like winning!



Results of Grand Prix:


1. Weihegold (Isabell Werth) GER

2. Verdades (Laura Graves) USA

3. Nip Tuck (Carl Hester) GBR


See the full results HERE


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Text by Louise Parkes & Paul Stretton/FEI



Images by Cara Grimshaw & Liz Gregg