Isabell Werth

Isabell Werth

Medal record
Representing  Germany
Olympic Games
1992 Barcelona Team dressage
1996 Atlanta Team dressage
1996 Atlanta Individual dressage
2000 Sydney Team dressage
2008 Beijing Team dressage
2016 Rio de Janeiro Team dressage
1992 Barcelona Individual dressage
2000 Sydney Individual dressage
2008 Beijing Individual dressage
2016 Rio de Janeiro Individual dressage
World Championships
1994 The Hague Team dressage
1994 The Hague Special dressage
1998 Rome Team dressage
1998 Rome Individual dressage
2006 Aachen Team dressage
2006 Aachen Special dressage
2014 Normandy Team dressage
2006 Aachen Freestyle dressage
2010 Kentucky Team dressage
European Championships
1991 Donaueschingen Special dressage
1993 Lipica Special dressage
1995 Mondorf Individual dressage
1997 Verden Individual dressage
1999 Arnhem Team dressage
2001 Verden Team dressage
2003 Hickstead Team dressage
2007 Mandria Special dressage
2013 Herning Team dressage
2007 La Mandria Freestyle dressage
2007 La Mandria Team dressage
2011 Rotterdam Team dressage
2015 Aachen Team dressage

Isabell Werth (born 21 July 1969 in Rheinberg) 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.


Werth has competed in the Olympics five times in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2016. In those five games, she won ten medals, six of them gold. Werth has also won seven Dressage World Championship medals, six of them gold.[1] She has competed multiple times at the European Dressage Championships, earning several gold, silver and bronze medals. At the 2008 Olympics, she won the team championship together with her colleagues Heike Kemmer and Nadine Capellmann.[1] At the 2016 Olympics, Isabell won the team championship once again, this time with Kristina Bröring-Sprehe, Dorothee Schneider and Sönke Rothenberger. A few days later she added an individual silver medal, her 4th individual Olympic silver.


Werth rode Gigolo, owned by Uwe Schulten-Baumer, her coach from 1986 until 2001.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.


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. On 2 September 2009, the suspension was set by the FEI to six months from 23 June.[5][6]

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.[7]

See also


  1. 1 2 "Equestrian", NBC Beijing 2008, Referenced August 11, 2008
  2. "Gigolo Passed Away". Eurodressage. September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
  3. "Warum Nicht Passed Away | eurodressage". Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  4. "Jose Antonio Garcia Mena Gets Ride on El Santo for 2016 Olympic Year | eurodressage". Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  5. Schock für Olympiasiegerin Werth Sü from 24 June katie 2009
  6. Werth kann in London für Deutschland reiten FAZ from 2 September 2009
  7. "Isabell Werth 'deeply regrets' horse doping incident". 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.
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