Isabell Werth | Johnny sparkles in Neumünster
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Johnny sparkles in Neumünster

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(Photo: FEI/Lafrentz)

Because of its special atmosphere, Neumünster is anything but an easy show for the competing horses, but we riders love it anyway, and we’re especially happy that it keeps hosting a qualifier for the World Cup. Even if I’ve already assured my ticket to the final, I competed here again, this time with Don Johnson.
Now sixteen years of age, Johnny looks more athletic than ever, and his canter tours were exceptional fun in both tests. The judges saw it the same way, so we were able to win the Grand Prix as well as the Freestyle.
He was really super today, really happy and focused so I enjoyed it and could take a lot of risk … even though you never know exactly what’s going to happen – especially with Johnny. But he’s like a good red wine, he just keeps getting better.
Next week I’m heading to Gothenburg with Emilio for the penultimate qualifier, then with Don Johnson again to the last leg in s’Hertogenbosch ahead of the series Final in Omaha next month.
It’s incredible to have three horses in top form at the same time — I enjoy it every day, and being able to show it like this in competition really is the icing on the cake.