Germany’s Isabell Werth picked up her second gold of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Equestrian Games today as she won the the Helgstrand Dressage Grand Prix Special title, a day after winning the top prize in the team dressage event.
With severe weather caused by Hurricane Florence set to disrupt the weekend schedule, atop Bella Rose today the most decorated rider in the history of equestrian sport triumphed again as American Laura Graves finished second and Great Britain’s defending champion Charlotte Dujardin settled for bronze.
Werth came out last at the US Trust Arena in Tryon in North Carolina and scored 86.246 percent, including several 10’s from the judges.
Afterwards the German said she knew her and Bella Rose “had to give our best” as three other riders had already scored over 80.
"When Bella started to trot I felt she wanted to go and do it and the half passes could not have been better,” she said.
Graves had to deal with strong gusts of wind during her performance, but a strong showing regardless won her the silver.
Dujardin scored 81.489 percent to take bronze on Mount St John, beating another German Sönke Rothenberger by just 0.44.
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Germany also performed strongly on the final day of dressage in the eventing competition and look set to secure gold.
German challenger Julia Krajewski not only held her overnight lead with Chipmunk FRH after the second day of dressage but her closest challenger emerged as team-mate and reigning European champion Ingrid Klimke.
Klimke delivered a strong performance on SAP Hale Bob OLD to score 23.3 penalties, meaning she trail’s Krajewski by just 3.4 penalties heading into tomorrow's cross-country phase.
Great Britain’s Ros Canter and Allstar B complete the top three on 24.6.
Severe weather caused by the remnants of Hurricane Florence is set to hit Tryon tomorrow afternoon, meaning the schedule for the weekend has significantly changed.
The eventing cross-country races will go ahead as originally planned at 11am local time, but there will be some minor changes to the course.
The individual reigning final has been brought forward to 3pm and as it stands, all of Sunday’s (September 16) events have been postponed until Monday, with heavy rain forecast throughout the day.