Benjamin Werndl & Daily Mirror Lead German Sweep of Zakrzów World Cup

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

ZAKRZÓW, Poland, Oct. 24, 2020–Benjamin Werndl on Daily Mirror led a German sweep of the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday in his campaign for a start in the final of the annual championship next April.

Benjamin and the 16-year-old Westfalen gelding, ranked No. 12 in the world, scored 82.475% in the rider’s first show since breaking his collarbone in an accident at the German championships two months ago.

Frederic Wandres on Duke of Britain placed second on 80.575% also to earn his first points in the coronavirus-shortened Western European series for which riders here can take points to their home league.

Carina Scholz on Tarantino, only the second Big Tour musical performance for the pair, were third on 77.205%.

The highest placing Central European was Maria Klementieva on Doctor Wendell MF in fourth on 75.900%.

Fellow Russian Regina Isachkina placed fifth on Sun of May Life with 74.275% and extended her lead in the Central European league that gets to send two riders to the final in Gothenburg, Sweden next April.

Benjamin Werndl, the brother of Jessica von Bredow-Werndl who is atop the standings in Western Europe, went to his first World Cup Final in 2019 and likely would have been invited to the championships this year that was scheduled for Las Vegas but canceled because of the pandemic.

The next scheduled World Cup qualifier in Central Europe and the last for the region is scheduled for Motesice, Slovakia Nov. 11-15.

The next World Cup qualifier in Western European, that has been reduced to six events from 10, is set for Salzburg, Austria Dec. 3-5.

Results:

CDI-W World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges-E: Elisabeth Max-Theurer-AUT H:Annette Fransen Iacobaeus-SWE C: Ilja Vietor-SVK M: Peter Holler-GER B: Peter Hansaghy-HUN