Cathrine Dufour on Bohemian Dominates Herning World Cup Freestyle

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Cathrine Dufour and Bohemian at Herning. © 2019 Ridehesten.com

HERNING, Denmark, Oct. 20, 2019–Cathrine Dufour and Bohemian captured the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle with a personal best score Sunday to dominate the opening of the Western European circuit leading to the Final in Las Vegas next April.

Cathrine and the nine-year-old Westfalen gelding were awarded 88.190% that was within a hair of the rider’s career Big Tour best of 88.200% on her Olympic partner Cassidy.

Germany’s Benjamin Werndl on Daily Mirror placed second 84.545%, also a career Big Tour high and a day after posting a personal best 77.239% to place second in the Grand Prix. Benjamin and the 15-year-old Westfalen gelding competed at the rider’s first World Cup Final, in Gothenburg, Sweden last April.

Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH, 17-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Louise Leatherdale of Long Lake, Minnesota and Susanne Meyer, were third on 83.360%. Helen was the 2013 World Cup champion on Damon Hill.

Severo Jurado Lopez on Fiontini, the Danish Warmblood mare that the Spaniard rode to world champion at five, six and seven years old, placed fourth on 83.320%.

Daniel Bachmann Andersen and Blue Hors Zack, team mates of Cathrine and Cassidy at the European Championships in Rotterdam two months ago that earned Denmark a start at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, was fifth on 80.485%

The result for the 27-year-old Cathrine who has never competed at a Final of the annual championship came a day after scoring 83.022% in the Grand Prix, only the fourth rider ever to breach 80% on more than one horse, the other being Cassidy. The three other riders are Isabell Werth on three horses–Bella Rose, Weihegold OLD and Emilio, all she is currently competing–Edward Gal on Totilas and Undercover and Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro and Mount St. John Freestyle.

“I am very, very happy and yesterday was truly amazing,” Cathrine said after the freestyle. “I have only done this freestyle three times, so I am just over the moon, and I think the sky is the limit for this horse.”

Cathrine Dufour and Bohemian in the Herning World Cup Freestyle. © 2019 Ridehesten.com

As for the future for Bohemian, “Of course, the marks are very nice, but I am very proud of the way he is developing. I am looking for him to stay in the same frame and be more secure in the arena. He felt way more safe and secure in the arena today.”

This was the first of 11 qualifiers in Western Europe that will allocate nine places of the total of 18 in the Final in Las Vegas. There will be a 10th, as Isabell Werth of Germany will be defending the title she has won the past three years.

The next West European qualifier is in Lyon, France later this week where Isabell is scheduled to compete. As the titleholder she needs only to compete twice on the horse for the Final where she will be looking to win her sixth championship in the 33rd year of the annual World Cup for individual honors.

The crowd at Herning gave an emotional farewell to Jojo AZ, the 16-year old Hungarian gelding that Agnete Kirk Thinggaard rode on the Danish team at the 2016 Olympics, the 2013, 2017 and 2019 European Championships as well as the 2015 and 2016 World Cup Finals. The pair were awarded 77.630% in the freestyle and 72.609% in the Grand Prix Saturday.

Agnete, who works with Florida-based Lars Petersen, a Danish Olympian who now rides under the United States flag, will compete several horses at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington over the winter.

Agnete Kirk Thinggaard and Jojo AZ at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Although Cathrine claimed the 20 points for the victory, several West European riders competed in Central Europe ahead of time to earn points and get a head start in the campaign for Las Vegas.

Results:

CDI-W World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges-E: Eduard De Wolff Van Westerrode-NED H: Mariette Sanders-Van Gansewinkel-NED C: Susanne Baarup-DEN  M: Magnus Ringmark-SWE B: Alice Schwab-AUT

Pl. Rider Horse  Sex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner E H C M B Total
1 Bohemian Gelding/ WESTF / Dark Chestnut / 2010 / Bordeaux x Samarant / / Abildgaard Equestrian Aps 84.500    90.000               87.250                              1 83.000        94.600                    88.800                             1 84.000            96.000                 90.000                             1 81.250              91.800                 86.525                               1 83.750           93.000                  88.375                            1 83.300           93.080                   88.190
2 Daily Mirror 9 Gelding/ WESTF / Black / 2004 / Damon Hill x Florestan I / Kellermann, Dieter / Flora Keller, Benjamin Werndl 80.500              90.400                 85.450                             2 79.250              92.200                85.725                             2 78.500          90.200                    84.350                              2 78.000              90.200                 84.100                              3 80.000           86.200                  83.100                            3 79.250             89.840                    84.545
3 Damsey Frh Stallion/ HANN / Bay / 2002 / Dressage Royal x Ritual / Hengsthaltung Kothe / Leatherdale, Louise & Meyer, Susanne 78.750            87.200                   82.975                            3 79.750             88.000                  83.875                             4 78.000              89.200                  83.600                            3 79.500              89.200                  84.350                              2 77.000              87.000                 82.000                           4 78.600            88.120                  83.360
4 Fiontini Mare/ DWB / Bay / 2010 / Fassbinder x Romanov / Hanne Lund Og Henrik Hansen, Solrod Strand / Stutteri Evo og Helgstrand Dressage Aps 77.250          84.600                   80.925                             5 81.250             88.800                 85.025                             3 78.750               87.600                    83.175                              4 78.000              88.600                83.300                               4 80.750            87.600                   84.175                              2 79.200          87.440                     83.320
5 Blue Hors Zack Stallion/ KWPN / Bay / 2004 / Rousseau x Jazz / B. Wilschut, Bosschenhoofd / Blue Hors Aps 78.250         87.400                  82.825                             4 75.750            85.000                80.375                             6 75.000           83.600                   79.300                             6 76.250           89.200                   82.725                              5 73.000          81.400                  77.200                            9 75.650            85.320                    80.485
6 Glock’s Zanardi Stallion/ KWPN / Grey / 2004 / Rubels x Avignon / A. Spronk-Franken, Oldebroek / H.P.F. Minderhoud & R.Landa 73.250            82.600                    77.925                             7 75.750          86.000                  80.875                             5 74.750             85.600                    80.175                              5 74.750             83.800                   79.275                              6 76.250            84.000                  80.125                             5 74.950            84.400                       79.675
7 Jojo AZ Gelding/ HSH / Darkbay / 2003 / Damhus Hoek’s Ginus x Justboy / Enyingi Agrár Rt. / Julianelyst Aps & Claus Thinggaard 73.250       84.800                    79.025                            6 72.000            82.600                 77.300                           10 73.500              83.200                   78.350                             7 72.500         83.400                    77.950                             8 72.250           78.800                  75.525                           11 72.700            82.560                  77.630
8 Zephyr Gelding/ KWPN / Bay / 2004 / Jazz x Farmer / W.P.J. Cornelissen, Beilen / W.P.J. Cornelissen 73.000            81.400               77.200                            9 73.750                 83.400                78.575                             8 72.750             81.800                   77.275                              9 73.500           80.600                  77.050                             9 74.500           81.400                  77.950                            6 73.500           81.720                   77.610
9 Boston Sth Stallion/ KWPN / Darkbay / 2006 / Johnson TN x Quattro / J.W. Temmink, Vorden / B. Nekeman, L.F. Nekeman 73.250            78.600                 75.925                            12 75.750               80.200                 77.975                              9 72.750            80.200                 76.475                            10 75.000             81.400                   78.200                             7 74.000            81.200                  77.600                             7 74.150             80.320                     77.235
10 Isac Gelding/ SWB / Bay / 2005 / Hip Hop x Master / Per-Crister Bengtsson / Ekeslund Holding Ab 69.500           78.000                  73.750                            14 73.500            84.000                   78.750                             7 72.000               84.000                78.000                            8 72.500           81.600                   77.050                             9 70.750               79.200                 74.975                           12 71.650             81.360                     76.505
11 Chinook Stallion/ KWPN / Black / 2007 / Vivaldi x Havidoff / A. Valk / Rpa Kruininger Holding 72.250            82.200               77.225                             8 71.250             81.800                  76.525                            12 72.000           80.600                  76.300                           11 71.750           76.800                   74.275                            13 74.000             80.400                77.200                             9 72.250                80.360                 76.305
12 Benaglio Gelding/ OLDBG / Chestnut / 2008 / Breitling W x Partout / Beatrice Baumguertel / Victoria Max-Theurer 73.750          80.000                 76.875                           10 71.500           80.000                  75.750                            13 71.250             79.600                  75.425                            13 72.250            78.800                  75.525                            12 73.750           80.800                   77.275                            8 72.500             79.840                      76.170
13 Zuidenwind 1187 Stallion/ KWPN / Bay / 2004 / Oo-Seven x Jazz / H. Van Helvoirt, Rosmalen / Gränsbo Stuteri, Rose Mathisen 70.500         79.200                  74.850                           13 72.000           82.200                77.100                            11 70.500             81.000                 75.750                            12 71.250            81.800                   76.525                             11 71.000           77.600                74.300                           13 71.050           80.360                  75.705
14 Ramoneur 6 Stallion/ OLDBG / Dark Chestnut / 2002 / Rohdiamant x Alabaster / Bettin-Schulze-Schleppinghoff, Barbara / Tanya Seymour 72.500          80.600                76.550                            11 69.000         76.200                  72.600                           14 69.500              76.200              72.850                           14 69.250           77.800                  73.525                             14 68.750             76.600              72.675                          14 69.800           77.480                     73.640
15 For President Gelding/ AWÖ / Bay / 2008 / Fontane x Brentano II / Eva Buchar / Eva Buchar 66.250           71.200                 68.725                           15 67.000                 72.200                69.600                          15 65.000            70.800                67.900                          15 66.500          73.600                 70.050                           15 67.250       73.000                  70.125                            15 66.400        72.160           69.280