All 18 Dressage World Cup Horses Pass Veterinary Inspection at Gothenburg

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Isabell Werth with Weihegold OLD in Gothenburg, Sweden getting ready to defend the World Cup title the German pair won in both 2018 and 2017. Isabell looks serious here but had been mugging for the cameras. © 2019 Ken Braddick/


GOTHENBURG, Sweden, April 4, 2019–All 18 dressage horses passed the World Cup veterinary inspection Thursday, a day ahead of the Grand Prix where Laura Graves on Verdades will be trying to repeat the performance of a year ago when the American pair beat reigning champion Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD.

Rider and horse combinations from 12 countries will be competing at the Scandinavium arena hosting the annual championships based on the freestyle for the 10th time since the event was launched in 1986.

Isabell, 49, is aiming to ride the 14-year-old Oldenburg mare on which she is ranked No 1 in the world to her fifth title and the third in a row which has been achieved twice before–both times by Holland’s “Queen of the Freestyle” Anky van Grunsven on Bonfire 1995-1997 and Salinero 2004-2006.

The 31-year-old Laura and her KWPN gelding that she bought from a video 17 years ago is riding to become the third American to win the World Cup–Debbie McDonald, her coach who captured the title on Brentina at this same stadium in 2003, and Olympic and World Games team mate medalist Steffen Peters on Ravel at Las Vegas in 2009 are the first two.

Laura Graves and Verdades at the World Cup veterinary inspection, the fourth time she and her equestrian partner have performed the ritual–runner-up the past two years to Isabell Werth. © 2019 Ken Braddick/

Denmark’s Daniel Bachmann Andersen, 28, is coming into these championships on Blue Hors Zack and the coaching of Lars Petersen, reserve World Cup champion on Cavan in 2002 and an Olympic and World Games star for Denmark before becoming an American two years ago.

Daniel is ranked ninth in the world on Zack, 10th on Blue Hors Olymbrio and No. 26 on Blue Hors Zepter that has boosted him into the elite level of dressage and is given a shot at being on the podium after the Grand Prix Freestyle on Saturday.

Daniel Bachmann Andersen with Blue Hors Zack that passed veterinary inspection at the World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. © 2019 Ken Braddick/

Only Germany and the United States have the full complement of three horses allowed from any one nation.

Kasey Perry-Glass with Dublet and Adrienne Lyle with Salvino were team mates of Laura and Verdades at the 2018 World Equestrian Games where the United States won silver.

America’s Kasey Perry Glass and Dublet, ranked No. 5 in the world, at the World Cup veterinary inspection. © 2019 Ken Braddick/

Adrienne Lyle, who rode Wizard at the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Games, and Salvino at the 2018 world championships in Tryon has never before competed in a World Cup Final, the traditional finale of the indoor winter season.

Adrienne Lyle giving Salvino a reassuring pat after the World Cup veterinary insection in Gothenburg, Sweden. © 2019 Ken Braddick/
Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH. Helen won the title on Damon Hill at Gothenburg in 2013. © 2019 Ken Braddick/


Benjamin Werndl with Daily Mirror in his first World Cup Final, and the first senior championship. Benjamin was on German team that won silver at the 2004 European Young Rider Championship. © 2019 Ken Braddick/
Judy Reynolds of Ireland with Vancouver K that will be the first combination to go in the World Cup Grand Prix. Joe Reynolds, Judy’s father and chairman of Horse Sport Ireland in background (top left). Judy and the 17-year-old KWPN gelding owned by her parents are competing at their third World Cup Final as well as the 2016 Olympics and the 2014 and 2018 World Equestrian Games. © 2019 Ken Braddick/
A feisty Sir Donnerhall II OLD with rider Morgan Barbançon at the World Cup veterinary inspection. Morgan, the youngest rider in the Final at age 26, competed the 13-year-old Oldenburg stallion for Spain at the 2018 Final in Paris but then switched the nation she rides for and is here competing for France. © 2019 Ken Braddick/
Yvonne Losos de Muñiz of the Dominican Republic with Aquamarijn. Yvonne competed Foco Loco W at her debut World Cup in Paris in 2018, two years after the pair showed at the 2016 Olympics. © 2019 Ken Braddick/

The lineup for Friday’s Grand Prix:

13:00–Judy Reynolds, 37, IRL & Vancouver K, 17-year-old KWPN gelding (Jazz x Ferro), owned by Joe & Kathleen Reynolds – WR 24
13:09–Maria Caetano, 32, POR & Coroado, 12-year-old Lusitano stallion (Rubi x Xaquiro), owned by Juan Manuel Cordeiro – WR 44
13:18–Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén, 51, SWE & Don Auriello, 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Don Davidoff x White Star), owned by Lövsta Stuteri/Antonia Ax:son Johnson – WR 14
13:27–Tanya Seymour, 35, RSA & Ramoneur, 17-year-old Oldenburg stallion (Rohdiamant x Alabaster), owned by Tanya Seymour – WR 183
13:36–Olga Safronova, 27 years old, BLR & Sandro D Amour, 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (San Amur x Rubinstein I), owned by Olga Safronova – WR 196
13:45–Yvonne Losos de Muñiz, 51, DOM & Aquamarijn, 14-year-old KWPN mare (United x Gribaldi), owned by Yvonne Losos de Muñiz – WR 97
13:54–Hans Peter Minderhoud, 45, NED & Glock’s Dream Boy, 11-year-old KWPN stallion (Vivaldi x Ferro), owned by Glock HPC NL B.V./Palmar BV-J.T.M. Maree/Stal Brinkman V.O.F./TC Dutch Sport Horses-T.J.M. Coomans – WR 17
14:03–Morgan Barbançon, 26, FRA & Sir Donnerhall II OLD, 13-year-old Oldenburg stallion (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall II), owned by Henrik Nyreroed & Sabine Kloy – WR 44
14:12–Kasey Perry-Glass, 31, USA & Dublet, 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Diamond Hit x Ferro), owned by Diane Perry – WR 5


14.43–Helen Langehanenberg, 36, GER & Damsey FRH, 17-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Dressage Royal x Ritual), owned by Louise Leatherdale & Susanne Meyer – WR 6
14:52–Isabell Werth, 49, & Weihegold OLD, 14-year-old Oldenburg mare (Blue Hors Don Schufro x Sandro Hit), owned by Christine Arns-Krogmann – Defending Champion – WR 1
15:01–Regina Isachkina, 48, RUS & Sun of May Life, 10-year-old Rhinelander stallion (San Amour x Rubioso N), owned by Regina Isachkina – WR 75
15:10–Adrienne Lyle, 34, USA & Salvino, 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall), owned by Betsy Juliano LLC – WR 15
15:19–Daniel Bachmann Andersen, 28, DEN & Blue Hors Zack, 15-year-old KWPN stallion (Rousseau x Jazz), owned by Blue Hors Aps – WR 12
15:28–Laura Graves, 31, USA & Verdades, 17-year-old KWPN gelding (Florett AS x Goya), owned by Laura Graves & Curt Maes – WR 2
15:37–Benjamin Werndl, 34, GER & Daily Mirror, 15-year-old Westfalen gelding (Damon Hill x Florestan I), owned by Flora Keller – WR 22
15:46–Patrik Kittel, 42, SWE & Delaunay OLD, 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Dr. Doolittle 45 x Feinbrand), owned by Patrik Kittel, Carol and Andrew Oatley – WR 71
15:55–Emmelie Scholtens, 33, NED & Apache, 14-year-old KWPN stallion (UB-40 x Krack C), owned by A. Valk – WR 28