FEI World Equestrian Games™, Tryon (USA)
With their brilliant performances, Team Germany heard the national anthem resonate across the US Trust arena as they secured their 12th victory in the 52-year history of the FEI World Dressage Championships, and the seventh in the eight editions of FEI World Equestrian Games™. Host nation USA won silver and Great Britain took home the bronze.
The battle for individual honours already witnessed in Paris between Isabell Werth (GER) and Laura Graves (USA) continued in Tryon. Werth was under maximum pressure when last into the arena, with America’s Laura Graves (31) and Verdades holding on to gold ahead of Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle, as Werth and Bella Rose set off down the centre line. Once again she demonstrated exactly why she is the most medalled athlete in the history of equestrian sport, and took the World Champion title together with her unbelievable mare, back at the top-level after a lengthy lay-off. Unfortunately, due to the extreme rainfall due to the impact of Hurricane Florence, the Grand Prix Freestyle had to be cancelled.