Jessica von Bredow-Werndl & Zaire-E Win Mariakalnok World Cup Grand Prix on Personal Best Score

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Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Zaire-E. File photo. © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

MARIAKALNOK, Hungary, June 26, 2020–Jessica von Bredow-Werndl rode Zaire-E to victory on a personal best score in the World Cup Grand Prix Friday, the first qualifying event anywhere in Europe for a start at the 2021 Final nine months from now.

Jessica and the 16-year-old KWPN mare were awarded 77.891%, bettering the pair’s previous best of 77.875% set in Budapest last September as the German team rider was on her way to becoming top ranked in Western Europe for the world championship final. The annual championship final was to be held in Las Vegas but canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Team mate Helen Langehanenberg on the 18-year-old American-owned stallion, Damsey FRH placed second on 76.022% in the first of the pandemic-delayed Central European World Cup qualifiers. The Western European circuit does not start until October.

The Netherlands’ Thamar Zweistra on Hexagon’s Double Dutch was third on 73.152%.

Both Zaire-E and TSF Dalera BB, a 13-year-old Trakehner mare on which she won team gold at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon and team gold and individual bronze at the 2019 European Championships, were competed by Jessica in her campaign for a start in Las Vegas. She was leaning toward taking Zaire-E for the Final, as Dalera did not have the same intense indoor experience of Las Vegas and at the time was her prime prospect for an Olympic team spot.

Points toward qualifying for the 2021 Final in Gothenberg, Sweden will be awarded in the Freestyle Saturday. Western European riders can take a complete set of points back to their rankings.

Results (click on class name)

CDI-W Grand Prix