Daniel Bachmann Andersen on Blue Hors Zack Wins Den Bosch World Cup Freestyle to Beat Isabell Werth & Emilio

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

‘s-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, Mar. 16, 2019–Daniel Bachmann Andersen and Blue Hors Zack posted a personal best score Saturday to win the final World Cup qualifying event and beat Isabell Werth for the first time on one of the German superstar’s top ranked horses.

Helen Langehanenberg on the American-owned Damsey FRH also with a pertsonal best score was only slightly behind the Danish combination to also finish ahead of Isabell and Emilio. The German on her world No. 4 ranked mount was completing the required qualifying steps as a backup to Weihegold OLD on which she has won the last two World Cups.

The drama in the competition arena at the last of the global qualifiers to go to the Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in three weeks added to news of the withdrawal of Germany’s Dorothee Schneider on Sammy Davis Jr. because of an apparent infection that if not fixed by the time of the final would allow compatriot Benjamin Werndl on Daily Mirror to go to his first annual global championship.

Benjamin Werndl and Daily Mirror. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The victory by Daniel and the 15-year-old KWPN stallion that were on Denmark’s team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon last fall was awarded 84.890 per cent that beat their previous best of 83.375 per cent set last month. And it came a few hours after the 28-year-old Daniel rode Blue Hors Don Olymbrio to the win over Isabell on Don Johnson FRH for the second time at this show. Don Johnson is 18 years old and in his ninth year at Big Tour.

Daniel said he saw Helen’s score just before riding Zack into the arena, “and I decided I was just going to go for it–and I did.”

Zack, that lost an eye due to an injury when he was six years old, knows his job, Daniel said, “and he believes in me.”

“Today he just rocked it and it felt so good, he has so much power and now he can really absorb the degree of difficulty in this Freestyle. We finished very close Helen and I, and it’s amazing to ride against these great German and Dutch riders who are bringing out their ‘A’ game. This is another really important moment in my career.”

Isabell as the title defender needed only to compete in two events to go to the final, which she did on both Weihegold and Emilio, and earned no points for the order of finish.

Helen Langehanenberg had been leading the Western European League and clinched the top spot with Saturday second place and the 17 points it earned.

The 2013 World Cup champion on Damon Hill NRW punched the air at the end of her ride, and declared later: “This was the best test we’ve ever done!”

The Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Dream Boy placed fourth on 81.635 .

Benjamin Werndl and Daily Mirror slotted into fifth place that did not add to their total points, but if Dorothee and Sammy do not go to Gothenburg, as a German he would complete the limit of three combinations from one nation.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle