Isabell Werth (born 21 July 1969 in Issum) is a German equestrian and world champion in dressage who competed in the Olympics five times (1992, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2016) winning ten medals, six of them gold. She holds the record for the most Olympic medals won by any equestrian athlete. In 2009, she was suspended from all tournaments by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) for six months for horse doping.
Werth rode Gigolo, owned by Uwe Schulten-Baumer, her coach from 1986 until 2001. On Gigolo, she won all her championships between 1992 and 2000, save for the 1999 European Championships in Arnheim, where she rode Anthony FRH. In 2006, she started riding Warum Nicht FRH at the international level and with him won the 2007 World Cup in Las Vegas. Warum Nicht retired in 2012. Werth competed at the Olympic Games with Satchmo, who subsequently retired in November 2011. In 2010, Werth started riding El Santo at the international level until the horse was transferred in 2016 to Spanish rider Jose Antonio Garcia Mena. In 2016, Werth secured the ride on Weihegold Old, with whom she won the team gold medal and a silver medal in the Individual Dressage at the Rio Olympics.
Isabell Werth worked alongside Bates Australia to develop the Isebell Dressage Saddle available in Bates and Wintec.
International championship results
|1991||European Championships||Gigolo FRH||Team|
|1992||Olympic Games||Gigolo FRH||Team|
|1993||European Championships||Gigolo FRH||Team|
|1996||Olympic Games||Gigolo FRH||Team|
|1998||World Equestrian Games||Gigolo FRH||Team|
|1999||European Championships||Antony FRH||Team|
|2000||World Cup Final||Antony FRH||4th|
|2000||Olympic Games||Gigolo FRH||Team|
|2001||World Cup Final||Antony FRH|
|2001||European Championships||Antony FRH||Team|
|2002||World Cup Final||Antony FRH||5th|
|2003||World Cup Final||Antony FRH||4th|
|2003||European Championships||Satchmo 78||17th||Individual|
|2004||World Cup Final||Apache OLD||9th|
|2006||World Cup Final||Warum Nicht FRH|
|2006||World Equestrian Games||Satchmo 78||Team|
|2007||World Cup Final||Warum Nicht FRH||84.250%|
|2007||European Championships||Satchmo 78||76.750%||Team|
|2008||World Cup Final||Warum Nicht FRH||82.600%|
|2008||Olympic Games||Satchmo 78||76.417%||Team|
|2009||World Cup Final||Satchmo 78||84.500%|
|2010||World Cup Final||Warum Nicht FRH||79.750%||4th|
|2010||World Equestrian Games||Warum Nicht FRH||75.404%||Team|
|2011||World Cup Final||Satchmo 78||77.143%||5th|
|2011||European Championships||El Santo NRW||75.213%||Team|
|2012||World Cup Final||El Santo NRW||79.964%||4th|
|2013||World Cup Final||Don Johnson FRH||80.429%||5th|
|2013||European Championships||Don Johnson FRH||75.213%||Team|
|2014||World Cup Final||El Santo NRW||79.089%||5th|
|2014||World Equestrian Games||Bella Rose 2||81.529%||Team|
|2015||World Cup Final||El Santo NRW||77.875%||6th|
|2015||European Championships||Don Johnson FRH||74.900%||Team|
|2016||Olympic Games||Weihegold OLD||80.463%||Team|
|2017||World Cup Final||Weihegold OLD||90.704%|
|2017||European Championships||Weihegold OLD||83.743%||Team|
|2018||World Cup Final||Weihegold OLD||90.658%|
|2018||World Equestrian Games||Bella Rose 2||84.824%||Team|
|2019||World Cup Final||Weihegold OLD||88.872%|
|2019||European Championships||Bella Rose 2||85.652%||Team|
- Weingart – 1984 Chestnut Hanoverian Mare (Weinstock x Winkel)
- 1989 European Championships – Team Gold Medal, Individual 13th Place
- Gigolo FRH – 1983 Chestnut Hanoverian Gelding (Graditz x Busoni XX)
- 1991 European Championships – Team Gold Medal, Individual Gold Medal
- 1992 Barcelona Olympics – Team Gold Medal, Individual Silver Medal
- 1993 European Championships – Team Gold Medal, Individual Gold Medal
- 1994 World Equestrian Games – Team Gold Medal, Individual Silver
- 1996 Atlanta Olympics – Team Gold Medal, Individual Gold Medal
- 1998 World Equestrian Games – Team Gold Medal, Individual Gold Medal
- 2000 Sydney Olympics – Team Gold Medal, Individual Silver Medal
- Antony FRH – 1986 Dark Bay Hanoverian Gelding (Argument x Wenzel I)
- 1999 European Championships – Team Gold Medal, Individual 16th Place
- 2000 FEI World Cup Final – Fourth Place
- 2001 FEI World Cup Final – Silver Medal
- 2001 European Championships – Team Gold Medal, Individual 16th Place
- 2002 FEI World Cup Final – Fifth Place
- 2003 FEI World Cup Final – Fourth Place
- Satchmo 78 – 1994 Dark Bay Hanoverian Gelding (Sao Paulo x Legat)
- 2003 European Championships – Team Gold Medal, Individual 17th Place
- 2006 World Equestrian Games – Team Gold Medal, Individual Gold Medal, Individual Bronze Medal Freestyle
- 2007 European Championships – Team Silver Medal, Individual Gold Medal, Individual Silver Medal Freestyle
- 2008 Beijing Olympics – Team Gold Medal, Individual Silver Medal
- 2009 FEI World Cup Final – Silver Medal
- 2011 FEI World Cup Final – Fifth Place
- Apache OLD – 1993 Bay Oldenburg Gelding (Alabaster x Grundstein I)
- 2004 FEI World Cup Final – Ninth Place
- Warum Nicht FRH – 1996 Chestnut Hanoverian Gelding (Weltmeyer x Wenzel I)
- 2006 FEI World Cup Final – Silver Medal
- 2007 FEI World Cup Final – Gold Medal
- 2008 FEI World Cup Final – Silver Medal
- 2010 FEI World Cup Final – Fourth Place
- 2010 World Equestrian Games – Team Bronze Medal, Individual Tenth Place, Individual Sixth Place Freestyle
- El Santo NRW – 2001 Bay Rheinlander Gelding (Ehrentusch x Rythmus)
- 2011 European Championships – Team Silver Medal, Individual Seventh Place, Individual Seventh Place Freestyle
- 2012 FEI World Cup Final – Fourth Place
- 2014 FEI World Cup Final – Fifth Place
- 2015 FEI World Cup Final – Sixth Place
- Don Johnson FRH – 2001 Bay Hanoverian Gelding (Don Frederico x Warkant)
- 2013 FEI World Cup Final – Fifth Place
- 2013 European Championships – Team Gold Medal, Individual 20th Place
- 2015 European Championships – Team Bronze Medal, Individual Seventh Place, Individual Fourth Place Freestyle
- Bella Rose 2 – 2004 Chestnut Westfalen Mare (Belissimo x Cacir AA)
- 2014 World Equestrian Games – Team Gold Medal
- 2018 World Equestrian Games – Team Gold Medal, Special Gold Medal
- 2019 European Championships – Team Gold Medal, Special Gold Medal, Freestyle Gold Medal
- Weihegold OLD – 2005 Black Oldenburg Mare (Don Schufro x Sandro Hit)
- 2016 Rio Olympics – Team Gold Medal, Individual Silver Medal
- 2017 FEI World Cup Final – Gold Medal
- 2017 European Championships – Team Gold Medal, Individual Gold Medal, Individual Gold Medal Freestyle
- 2018 FEI World Cup Final – Gold Medal
- 2019 FEI World Cup Final – Gold Medal
On 24 June 2009, the forbidden substance fluphenazine was found in the A-sample from Werth's horse Whisper at a Whitsun tournament at Wiesbaden. She was suspended from all tournaments by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI). On 2 September 2009, the suspension was set by the FEI to six months from 23 June.
Werth subsequently stated that the drug was given to the horse to treat equine shivers—mainly for the safety of the horse's handlers—and that she does not believe the drug influences a horse's ability to compete.
In 2007, a PC Game was released called "Isabell Werth – Reitsport". Made by French company Dancing Dots / German publisher Frogster Interactive, it is an Equestrian Simulation with 3-day Eventing, Show Jumping and Cross-Country Riding. Isabell Werth takes a part as an on-screen trainer, giving advice and pointers on how to ride and handle horses during training and eventing. Now out of print, the original websites can be seen at the Internet Archive Wabac machine, and the game itself is now available at Big Fish Games retitled – "Ride! Equestrian Simulation", with a french-man replacing Isabell as the trainer. Isabell's game character file is still in the data structure of the game, and using a patch still available, the game exe can be overwritten, converting it to the original German version, except for the German instructional audio which is missing.
- "Gigolo Passed Away". Eurodressage. September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
- "Warum Nicht Passed Away | eurodressage". www.eurodressage.com. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
- "Jose Antonio Garcia Mena Gets Ride on El Santo for 2016 Olympic Year | eurodressage". www.eurodressage.com. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
- Schock für Olympiasiegerin Werth Süddeutsche.de from 24 June katie 2009
- Werth kann in London für Deutschland reiten FAZ from 2 September 2009
- "Isabell Werth 'deeply regrets' horse doping incident". horsetalk.co.nz. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
'This illness is not painful and does not influence a horse's ability to compete, but it entails an increased risk for the persons working with the horse (farrier, groom, rider),' Werth said.
- "Isabell Werth – Reitsport". 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2018-09-03.
- "Frogster Interactive". 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2018-09-03.
- "Ride! at Big Fish Games". Retrieved 2018-09-03.
- "The Patches Scrolls – Ride! Equestrian Simulation patch 1.2". patches-scrolls.de. Retrieved 2018-09-03.
- Isabell Werth at FEI
- Isabell Werth at the International Olympic Committee
- Isabell Werth at the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (in German)
- Isabell Werth at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
- Isabell Werth official website (in German)
- 2000 Olympic Equestrian Results
- 2007 European Dressage Championship Results