Olympic Champion-Isabell Werth to Compete At Aachen Before She Bids Farewell To Bella Rose

Published 08/14/2021, 11:34 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – APRIL 14: Isabell Werth of Germany (riding Weihegold OLD) celebrates winning the FEI World Cup Dressage Final during the FEI World Cup Paris Finals 2018 at Accorhotels Arena on April 14, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)


The Tokyo Olympic champion, Isabell Werth, bids a farewell to her golden horse, Bella Rose, as she retires from the competition.

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Isabell Werth: Olympic legend

The German Olympian, Isabell Werth, was born on 21 July 1969. Undoubtedly, she is of the world’s most prolific dressage riders. The five-time Olympic medallist is celebrated as the most decorated equestrian. She also holds a record for the most Olympic medals won by any rider. What a stunner!

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Talking about her career feats, Isabell won team gold for Germany in Barcelona in the year 1992. Afterwards, she won another medal in Atlanta in the year 1996. Not only this, but her streak continued. She secured the first position on behalf of her nation in Sydney (2000), Hongkong (2008), Rio (2016) and finally Tokyo Olympics (2020).

Interestingly, she won a gold medal at every Olympic Games she has ridden at. Fascinating, isn’t it? Smoothly, she has clinched every individual gold in 1996 with Gigolo and individual silver in Tokyo with Bella Rose 2.

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TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 28: Silver medalist Isabell Werth of Team Germany poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle Final on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Equestrian Park on July 28, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Bella Rose’s final performance at Tokyo Olympics

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The German felt extremely grateful for winning the silver medal at Tokyo Olympics since it was Bella Rose‘s last ride. The 17-year-old house, as reported by Isabell, will retire now. Apparently, she calls it to be her “dream horse”.

While competing at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in 2014, Isabel participated in her competition with Bella Rose. The 10-year-old horse was indeed the best companion for the Olympian. They posed  81.53% in the Grand prix to finish second to Valegro in Normandy. However, the horse suffered from a major injury due to which; the mare had to be withdrawn from the rest of the competition.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 27: Isabell Werth of Team Germany riding Bella Rose 2 competes in the Dressage Team Grand Prix Special Team Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Equestrian Park on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Even though Werth has announced Bella Rose’s retirement, the duo will compete at CHIO Aachen one last time. “We want to demonstrate our abilities in our last appearance on the big, international circuit,” Isabell said.

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Let’s see how this last ride turns out to be!

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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