Ireland’s Judy Reynolds & Vancouver K Win Central Park $75,000 Freestyle In Back to Back Wins at New York CDI4*

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Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K on their way to winning the CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle in New York's Central Park. © 2016 SPORTFOT
Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K on their way to winning the CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle in New York’s Central Park. © 2016 SPORTFOT

NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2016–Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K won the $75,000 Central Park CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday night for the first back-to-back victories by Ireland’s Olympic pair.

Riding the wave of success, Judy said she will take the 14-year-old KWPN gelding to the World Cup Dressage at Devon on Philadelphia’s Main Line next week to earn points she can take back to the highly competitive Western European League that starts next month. The pair won the Grand Prix Friday.

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén, a seven-time Olympian for Sweden, and Paridon Magi were second on 76.650 per cent and Florida-based Danish rider Mikala Gundersen on My Lady were third on 72.400 per cent.

“It is kind of surreal, really,” the Germany-based Judy said after her victory. “I was probably a little bit more nervous tonight because I wanted to win again. I knew we had the capability of doing it, so I wanted to produce the performance of the night and I put more pressure on myself.

“I think it is fantastic. I certainly didn’t think this was going to happen when I came over here. For Ireland it is quite historic. I don’t think anybody has ever won two classes in one weekend at a CDI, so it’s nice to have done that.”

Judy said she will decided to make the most of competing here to go on to Dressage at Devon just 90 minutes south of New York.

“To be honest,” she said, “I felt a touch rusty this week, so I think next week will be better. I will be looking forward to that and then we will continue our World Cup campaign. Then, depending on how it goes, we might be back in America for the Final.”

The World Cup Finals of dressage and jumping will be in Omaha, Nebraska next March.

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