Germany’s Benjamin Werndl & Daily Mirror Win Gothenburg World Cup Grand Prix

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

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Feb. 21, 2020–Germany’s Benjamin Werndl and Daily Mirror won the World Cup Grand Friday, the first victory for the partnership in 15 months.

Benjamin and the 16-year-old Westfalen gelding he competed at the World Cup Final in Gothenburg lasr April, scored 77.587% .

Benjamin stands second behind his sister, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, in the World Cup Western European League and could earn a start at the Las Vegas Final in mid-April. The pair last won Salzburg, Austria in 2018.

Charlotte Fry and Dark Legend, her 2018 European Under-25 Championship freestyle gold medal mount and on Great Britain’s team at last year’s senior European Championships, posted a personal best 76.413% to place third.

Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour and Cassidy placed third on 76.348%, reduced by a mistake in the first extended trot that received scores of four 3s and one 4 from the panel of five judges and then an error f course after the extended canter requiring a deduction.

Cassidy, that Cathrine rode at the 2016 Olympics and medal-winning performances at two European Championships, is 17 years old.

The Freestyle in this 10th of 11 Western European qualifiers to decide points for the Las Vegas Final is scheduled for Saturday.

Results:

CDI-W World Cup Grand Prix

Judges: Lars Andersson Christoph Hess Andrew Gardner Annette Fransen Iacobaeus Hans-Christian Matthiesen
Place Score % Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 77.587 GER Benjamin Werndl Daily Mirror 9 76.848 78.587 78.043 76.413 78.043 76.658 (2)
2. 76.413 GBR Charlotte Fry Dark Legend 75.000 77.065 77.609 77.391 75.000 75.498 (3)
3. 76.348 DEN Cathrine Dufour Atterupgaards Cassidy 79.739 76.261 77.239 73.435 75.065 76.980 (1)
4. 74.761 GER Frederic Wandres Duke of Britain 74.674 74.891 75.543 73.261 75.435 74.577 (4)
5. 73.870 SWE Sandra Dahlin Ichi 72.609 76.630 75.109 72.500 72.500 72.146 (6)
6. 71.674 SWE Natalie Oldfors Mickey M 70.109 74.130 72.283 70.543 71.304 72.521 (5)
7. 69.478 SWE Paulinda Friberg Di Lapponia T 68.152 70.435 70.109 69.239 69.457 69.499 (7)
8. 68.391 NED Margo Timmermans Catch Me 67.500 71.304 69.891 66.522 66.739 69.056 (10)
9. 68.261 SWE Jeanna Hogberg Duendecillo P 67.935 69.348 67.935 67.500 68.587 69.108 (9)
10. 67.348 NED Nars Gottmer Figaro 66.630 70.000 66.630 64.130 69.348 69.421 (8)
11. 67.218 BEL Marc Peter Spahn Elias 494 65.109 66.957 67.500 68.152 68.370 68.369 (11)
12. 66.935 NED Saskia Maertens Legend of Loxley 67.391 67.826 69.022 65.326 65.109 67.761 (12)
13. 65.522 RSA Tanya Seymour Ramoneur 6 65.109 68.043 66.196 64.022 64.239 66.986 (13)
14. 58.718 UKR Inna Logutenkova Casalandro 62.609 59.565 56.957 54.457 60.000 60.211 (14)