Isabell won in Lyon with Emilio, but this time she rode Bella Rose, with whom she also won double gold at the FEI World Equestrian Games two months ago in Tryon, North Carolina.
The talented 14-year-old mare had to take a break of four years because she was injured, but she came back into the competition with a bang.
“This show was her last one before she got injured four years ago, so it’s very special to be here today and win,” said Isabell.
It was a great day for the local audience as Germany dominated the podium. Dorothee Schneider, who garnered Olympic gold in Rio in 2016, finished second with Sammy Davis Jr (81.840) and Helen Langehanenberg, who became 2013 FEI World Champion, finished third with Damsey (81.470).
Isabell won the class with a sizable difference with 85,660, despite a mistake.
“She was a bit tense in the Kanter and I was behind the music, so I had to drive something, that was the reason for the mistake in the two-way change.” She explained. “But Bella Rose was awesome, she wanted to give everything, she was awesome!”
The Western European League series continues in Madrid.
Watch the World Cup Qualifier from Stuttgart on Horse & Country, first broadcast on November 21st at 8pm.