Isabell Werth is in tears as comeback queen Bella Rose helps Germany defend their Dressage Team title at Tryon 2018
Germany took gold at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Dressage Team event on Thursday evening, with the USA in second and Great Britain in third. Sweden were knocked into fourth by a mere 0.2%.
Isabell Werth and Bella Rose – selected over Weihegold – led the Germans to yet another title, adding to Sonke Rothenberger’s superb performance from earlier in the day. Germany had headed into the second day in the lead thanks to Wednesday’s heroics from Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Dorothee Schneider.
Laura Graves, Edward Gal, Isabell Werth, Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Patrik Kittel were some of the stars on show in Tryon during a thrilling day.
Bella Rose had been a rising star for Werth before suffering an injury in 2014 that put her out of action for more than three years. Werth burst into tears after posting 84.829 to put the result beyond doubt with the biggest score of the competition.
"Most people know that my heart is so close to this horse," Werth said. "She is a gift, I saw that when I first met her as a three-year-old and she has never lost it.
"Her lightness, her elegance, she never wants to make a mistake, she’s full of power and energy, it is the greatest pleasure to work with her!"