Catherine Haddad To Compete at World Cup Dressage Final

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Catherine Haddad and Winyamaro. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Catherine Haddad, the German-based American rider, and her Winyamaro have been invited to the World Cup Final based on their their fifth place standing at the conclusion on Saturday of the highly competitive 10-event Western European League to qualify for the only annual global dressage championship.

Catherine, who is based in Vechta, Germany, finished in eighth place in the event at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, to bring her total number of points to 58 and place her behind only Adelinde Cornelissen, Isabell Werth, Ulla Salzgeber and Hans Peter Minderhound on the final standings.

The Final for dressage will be held in conjunction with the World Cup Finals for Jumping and Driving as well as other competitions at Leipzig, Germany from April 27 to May 1.

Catherine accumulated her points with a first place finish at Dressage at Devon in Pennsylvania when she was in the United States last fall where she won selection as a reserve for the U.S. team for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, and high finishes at four of the Western European qualifiers in which the pair competed. At ‘s-Hertogenbosch last weekend, Catherine  and the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored 74.100 per cent for eighth place in the Freestyle.

Catherine, who celebrated her 47th birthday on Saturday, competed Maximus JSS in the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in 2007. She also was reserve on the same horse for the U.S. team at the 2006 WEG in Aachen, Germany.

The last of the seven North American League qualifiers to select two riders for the Final will be held at Burbank, California this weekend.