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Isabell Werth: at one with victory

Isabell Werth: at one with victory

10/04/2019 at 00:13

The late Walter Zettl once said,“The goal of all dressage riding should be to bring the horse and rider together in harmony... a oneness of balance, purpose, and athletic expression.” And if there is one rider who has consistently achieved that more than any other, it is Isabell Werth. The German's fifth FEI World Cup title last weekend adds another line into her long entry in the history books.

Indeed, now that the 50-year-old ‘Dressage Queen’ has won everything there is to win in the sport, on multiple occasions – Olympics, World Championships, European Championships, the Dressage Top Ten and of course World Cups – the question of Werth’s motivation at the highest level of competition is an obvious one. And her answer is straightforward.

“I live what I do,” the World No.1 (with Weihegold Old), No.3 (Bella Rose 2) and No.4 (Emilio 107) explained after her latest victory in Sweden, “and this is what keeps me so competitive.” Moreover, that unwavering drive is paralleled by the total comfort Werth feels in the saddle: “My home is on the horse. A quiet ride makes me happy.”

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