Judy Reynolds Named Irish Field Dressage Rider of Year for 2017

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Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K at the 2017 World Cup Final in Omaha. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Feb. 12, 2018

Judy Reynolds has been named The Irish Field Dressage Rider of the Year for 2017, the fifth time the rider has been awarded the title.

Judy and Vancouver K, the KWPN gelding now 16 years old and owned by her parents Joe and Kathleen Reynolds, were the first Irish combination to qualify for the World Cup Dressage finals. The pair placed fourth in the Grand Prix Freestyle Final at Omaha last April.

Judy won the award for the first time in 2008 and then for four straight years from 2014 through 2017.

In 2017, Judy and Vancouver K scored a double win at the four-star show in Fritzens-Schindlhof, added the Irish international Grand Prix Special record score to their Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Irish records, when scoring 75.784 per cent at the five-star show in Aachen, Germany.

She ended the year as the highest ranked senior Irish rider at No. 17 in the world standings, across all three Olympic disciplines.

An injury to Vancouver ruled the duo out of the 2017 European Championships and the 2017/2018 World Cup season.

They have their sights set on returning to international competition in April with the aim of a start at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in September.