Isabell Werth & Warum Nicht Win Exquis World Dressage Masters Grand Prix in Cannes

Isabell Werth on Warum Nicht. © 2010 Ken Braddick

CANNES, France, June 10 – Isabell Werth on Warum Nicht led a German sweep of the top three places in the Exquis World Dressage Masters Grand Prix presented by Massa Stud Thursday, but was disappointed the horse was distracted by flowers blowing in the wind.

Riding in her third WDM this year – she came third in Palm Beach in February and at Munich last month – and her first ever competition in Cannes, Isabell and her 2007 World Cup champion mount scored 71.489 per cent, a fraction ahead of Anja Plönzke on Le Mont d’Or with 71.447 per cent and Matthias Alexander Rath on Triviant UNICEF with 70.851 per cent.

This French Riviera resort was the launching pad in 2008 for the world’s richest lineup of dressage competitions that has grown to five premier CDI5* competitions this year, each one with prize money of €100,000 (US$120,000). Falsterbo, Sweden has been added to the calendar this year and followed by the 2010 finale at Hickstead, England.

The €30,000 (US$35,800) Grand Prix Special presented by Moorlands and Massa Autopneu is scheduled for Friday and the €60,000 ($71,600) Grand Prix Freestyle presented by Exquis World Dressage Masters and Groupe Massa on Saturday, both at night under lights.

Highlights of the event will be broadcast by Sport1 on Saturday, June 19 at 11:45 AM and will be streamed live on the Internet at

Cannes also kicks off the second year of the €25,000 (US$29,840) WDM Rider Award sponsored by Nürnburger Versicherungsgruppe that goes to the combination with the most points won at Cannes, Falsterbo, Sweden, and Hickstead, England in 2010 and Palm Beach, USA, and Munich, Germany in 2011.

Isabell said she was disappointed with the score because it was below the 14-year-old gelding’s capabilities as at Munich last month Warum Nicht scored more than 76 per cent in the Grand Prix.

“But I don’t mean to be critical of the judges,” she said, “I was just deceived by some mistakes the horse made because he was distracted by the flower decoration that was moving in the wind. That made me mess up the piaffe and change of leg. This morning Warum Nicht was more relaxed, but the flower decorations had not been hung up then.

“We won, though, and that’s the most important thing.

“For me it will have been a good lesson as well, because I had no idea how scared my horse was of flowerpots. I will ask the organizers of the event to put some on the arena for the training tomorrow, so his problem should be sorted out by Saturday.

“I already told my groom that it was necessary to spangle our own arena at home with flowers so they won’t ever be a problem again.”

Isabell said that the World Dressage Masters is “a great circuit for us and not only because of the prize money, but rather because it adds a new vibe to the discipline.”

Grand Prix Results:
1.    Warum Nicht                             Isabell WERTH              GER      71.489

2.    Le Mont D’Or                            Anja PLÖNZKE              GER      71.447

3.    Triviant UNICEF                         Mathias ALEXANDER       GER      70.851

4.    Appolo Van Het Vijverhof          Jeroen DEVROE             BEL       69.915

5.    Eremo del Castegno                  Valentina TRUPPA         ITA       69.234

6.    Withney Van’T Genthof             Stefan VAN INGELGEM   BEL       68.298

Read the diary of Isabell on the road to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at Isabell Werth Interview for &

About WDM
The World Dressage Masters is a sports and marketing initiative of equestrian innovator Exquis and international sports marketing agency SportBizz. WDM utilizes marketing strategies and innovation to enhance the sport of dressage worldwide.

WDM is sponsored by Exquis, Moorland Stables and Moorland Investments, Nürnberger Versicherungsgruppe, Jerich International and Axel Johnson AB group.

Schedule of WDM events in 2010:
Palm Beach, Florida – Feb. 4-6
Munich, Germany – May 13-15
Cannes, France – June 10-13
Falsterbo, Sweden – July 8-11
Hickstead, England – July 29-Aug. 1

Total prize money in 2010: €525.000 (US$627,000)

For further information contact:
WDM News Service
Ken Braddick
Telephone    +1 5612142672

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