Hometown Favorite Daniel Bachmann Andersen & Blue Hors Zack Win Herning World Cup Freestyle

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Daniel Bachmann Andersen on Blue Hors Zack. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

HERNING, Denmark, Oct. 21, 2018–Hometown favorite Daniel Bachmann Andersen rode Blue Hors Zack to victory in  the opening round of the World Cup Western European League Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday, posting a personal best score for the biggest win for the Danish team partnership in 18 months at Big Tour.

Daniel and the 14-year-old KWPN stallion scored 83.375 per cent for the win over German Olympian and 2013 World Cup champion rider Helen Langehanenberg on Damsey FRH at 81.405 per cent in the first of 10 indoor competitions in Western Europe to qualify for the final in Gothenburg, Sweden next April.

Sweden’s seven-time Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén and Don Auriello, a partnership of two Olympics, two World Equestrian Games and World Cup reserve champion in 2016, placed third on 80.900 per cent.

Kristy Oatley on du Soleil was fourth on 78.130 per cent, a new Australian Grand Prix Freestyle record that broke the previous record of 77.650 per cent that the Germany-based rider set on Quando Quando in Braunschweig, Germany more than 10 years ago.

The win by Daniel and Zack was only the third for the Danish combination in 18 months at Big Tour and came after competing at the Tryon World Games last month.

“I felt I had a chance to win today but I knew I had to be humble,” he said. “Helen and Tinne could also do good so I had to ride really well–I took my chance and I rode my chance.”

Zack is also special because he’s blind in one eye.

“There were a few issues to work on and a lot of bumps along the way, and he was actually 12 years old when he made his debut at this level of of the sport but he just got better and better from show to show after that,” Daniel said.

“He’s also a breeding stallion and he’s not just my horse, he’s my friend and my partner, he’s everything to me. He was given up a bit by other riders who had him before, he wasn’t easy because he’s very sensitive, so I had to get into his heart and get him to trust me. Now what we have is very special.”

Daniel won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special on Blue Hors Don Olymbrio here on Saturday.

He is coached by Lars Petersen, the Florida-based Danish Olympian who became an American citizen and has opted to ride for the United States.

Nine Western European riders get to qualify for the annual championship based on the musical performance, plus the defending champion that is German superstar Isabell Werth who took the title on Weihegold OLD in 2017 and 2018.

North America and Central Europe each get to send two horses and riders, the Pacific Asia league one as well as three others .

Next in the western European lineup is Lyon, France Nov. 1-2.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle

Rank Rider H.No Horse                 Sex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner E H C M B Total
1 101 Blue Hors Zack  Stallion / KWPN / Bay / 2004 / Rousseau x Jazz / B. Wilschut, Bosschenhoofd / Blue Hors Aps 77.250                 87.600   82.425                             1 80.250                  87.800    84.025                               1 77.750              90.200                  83.975                               1 78.500             86.800                  82.650                               1 78.000             89.600                   83.800                              1 78.350          88.400                    83.375
2 105 Damsey Frh Stallion / HANN / Bay / 2002 / Dressage Royal x Ritual / Hengsthaltung Kothe / Leatherdale, Louise & Meyer, Susanne 76.500               88.600    82.550                            2 78.000          84.600                 81.300                              2 76.500     86.800                     81.650                             3 77.250        86.400                     81.825                              2 76.000                          85.400                  80.700                             2 76.850         85.960                      81.405
3 106 Don Auriello Gelding / HANN / Bay / 2002 / Don Davidoff x White Star / Poppe Joachim / Lövsta Stuteri / Antonia Ax:Son Johnson 74.500              86.600     80.550                            3 75.250           84.200                       79.725                               3 75.750            89.600                  82.675                              2 75.000           87.400               81.200                              3 75.500       85.200                      80.350                              3 75.200               86.600                      80.900
4 110 du Soleil    Gelding / HANN / Chestnut / 2004 / de Niro 6 x Caprimond / Kahrens, Sven / Oatley, Rosalind & Robert 73.750              81.400      77.575                              5 75.500                 83.400                    79.450                              4 75.750        83.600                     79.675                             4 74.750            81.400                    78.075                             4 72.750          79.000                      75.875                               5 74.500          81.760                   78.130
5 108 Daily Mirror 9 Gelding / WESTF / Black / 2004 / Damon Hill x Florestan I / Kellermann, Dieter / Keller, Flora 74.500             83.800      79.150                             4 75.500             80.200                      77.850                              5 73.000               82.400                  77.700                             5 70.500             79.400                   74.950                              6 73.750         82.200                   77.975                             4 73.450        81.600                       77.525
6 113 Rock Star 13 Gelding / WESTF / Bay / 2008 / Rockwell x Weinberg / / Stutteriet V/Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak 72.750              79.200      75.975                            6 73.250                   79.800                     76.525                               7 71.500           76.800                   74.150                              6 72.750               78.200                   75.475                              5 70.750              76.400                  73.575                             7 72.200                 78.080                  75.140
7 111 Bubblingh Gelding / KWPN / Bay / 2006 / Lingh x Picandt / R. Davison, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire / G Meyer, R Davison 71.000              80.200       75.600                            7 72.750               79.600                     76.175                               8 70.000             77.600                  73.800                              8 69.750            78.200                   73.975                              8 69.250           74.800                   72.025                             9 70.550        78.080                      74.315
8 104 Zuidenwind 1187           Stallion / KWPN / Bay / 2004 / Oo-Seven x Jazz / H. Van Helvoirt, Rosmalen / Gränsbo Stuteri & VDL Stud 70.000             77.400       73.700                           8 71.250                  81.000                    76.125                                 9 70.000       77.800                      73.900                            7 69.250             79.000                   74.125                               7 67.500                 74.800                    71.150                             12 69.600         78.000                     73.800
9 152 May-Day Graftebjerg Mare / DWB / Bay / 2003 / Dream Of Heidelberg / / Arne Bjerg-Nielsen 67.750              76.000        71.875                           10 70.000                            78.400                   74.200                            10 69.750              77.400                  73.575                              10 69.000               76.800                  72.900                             9 71.250             79.600                  75.425                               6 69.550         77.640                      73.595
10 151 Ludwig Der Sonnenkoenig 2Stallion / OLDBG / Chestnut / 2006 / London Swing x Liberator / Christian Richter / Helgstrand Dressage 69.750             76.600       73.175                             9 73.750          80.000                     76.875                                 6 70.750           76.600                   73.675                             9 69.750             74.200                  71.975                            13 70.250                74.200                  72.225                             8 70.850                      76.320                  73.585
11 103 Hexagon’s Double Dutch Stallion / KWPN / Chestnut / 2008 / Johnson TN x Rubiquil / Van Lieren / Stal Hexagon & L.F.L.V. Lieren 65.750          74.000       69.875                           11 69.250             79.000                     74.125                              11 67.750           75.600                    71.675                            11 68.500              75.600                  72.050                           12 69.250            74.800                  72.025                              9 68.100            75.800                     71.950
12 102 Legend Of Loxley   Gelding / WESTF / Bay / 2007 / Lord Loxley x Darwin / P. Crum / S. Maertens & V.H.J.L. Verberne 67.250          71.400                  69.325                           12 69.750              75.600                     72.675                             12 68.250        71.200                    69.725                            13 71.250            73.400                    72.325                              11 68.000            72.600                 70.300                             13 68.900                 72.840                 70.870
13 107 Ramoneur 6  Stallion / OLDBG / Dark Chestnut / 2002 / Rohdiamant x Alabaster / Bettin-Schulze-Schleppinghoff, Barbara / Tanya Seymour 64.250     71.600               67.925                          13 68.000                 73.200                  70.600                             13 68.250     74.400                  71.325                           12 69.750                                75.000                  72.375                              10 68.750        73.800                      71.275                             11 67.800            73.600         70.700