September 18, 2019
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Germany's Werth wins her 19th European equestrian title

 Isabell Werth (C) of Germany holds up her gold medal after winning the Grand Prix Special at the European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Thursday, Aug. 22. Werth's compatriot Dorothee Schneider (L) took the silver medal, and Danish rider Cathrine Dufour (R) won the bronze. EFE/EPA/KOEN VAN WEEL

Isabell Werth (C) of Germany holds up her gold medal after winning the Grand Prix Special at the European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Thursday, Aug. 22. Werth's compatriot Dorothee Schneider (L) took the silver medal, and Danish rider Cathrine Dufour (R) won the bronze. EFE/EPA/KOEN VAN WEEL

Rotterdam, Netherlands, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- Germany's Isabell Werth, winner of more Olympic medals than anyone else in the sport, took top honors again here Thursday in the dressage Grand Prix Special at the 2019 European Equestrian Championships.

The 50-year-old Werth, riding Bella Rose, amassed a score of 86.520 in the Rotterdam arena to win her 19th European title.

Another German, Dorothee Schneider earned the silver medal with a mark of 85.456 on Showtime FRH.

The bronze medal went to Denmark's Cathrine Dufour and Atterupgaard Cassidy, who posted a score of 81.337.

It was the second straight Grand Prix Special triumph for Werth, who won the event two years ago in Gothenburg, Sweden, and was also victorious at the 2018 world championships in North Carolina.

"It's been a fantastic evening. This feels amazing. After Dorothee scored 85 percent, I thought it would be difficult to beat, but I know that on Bella Rose anything is possible," Werth said.

Rounding out the top five were Germany's Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB, and Judy Reynolds of Ireland, who rode Vancouver K.

The 15 top finishers will be back in the arena on Saturday for the Grand Prix Freestyle. EFE

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