Jessica von Bredow-Werndl Rides Zaire-E to Win First World Cup European Event for 2021 Final
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MARIAKALNOK, Hungary, June 27, 2020–Jessica von Bredow-Werndl won the first European World Cup qualifier for the 2021 championship final when she rode Zaire-E to Grand Prix Freestyle victory Saturday night.
Jessica and the 16-year-old KWPN mare were scored 84.890% to complete a sweep of the first international dressage competition since mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic brought a halt to almost all sports worldwide. The German team rider captured the Grand Prix Friday on a personal best score of 77.891% at the start of her campaign for the World Cup Final of dressage and jumping at Gothenburg, Sweden in nine months.
Jessica’s win in the Central European qualifier allows her to take the maximum of 20 points back to the Western European League in which she competes but does not start its indoor season until October.
Jessica was the top ranked rider in the Western European World Cup lineup in which she rode both Zaire-E and TSF Dalera BB, her German team gold medal mount at both the 2018 World Equestrian Games and the 2019 European Championships. However, the 2020 Final scheduled for Las Vegas was canceled because of Covid-19.
Team mate Helen Langehanenberg on the 18-year-old American-owned stallion, Damsey FRH was second in the freestyle on 83.865%. The pair was runner-up in the Grand Prix.
And also as in the Grand Prix, the Netherlands’ Thamar Zweistra on Hexagon’s Double Dutch placed third, with a score of 78.750%.
The next Central European World Cup qualifier is in Budapest Aug. 4-8.