Germany’s Benjamin Werndl & Daily Mirror Win Zakrzów World Cup Grand Prix

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Benjamin Werndl and Daily Mirror. File photo. © 2020 Pelle Wedenmark/dressage-news.com

ZAKRZÓW, Poland, Oct. 23, 2020–Benjamin Werndl rode Daily Mirror to victory in the World Cup Grand Prix Friday in the first competition for the rider since breaking his collarbone in an accident at the German championships two months ago.

Benjamin and the 16-year-old Westfalen gelding, ranked No. 12 in the world, scored 76.761% for the win. The pair competed at the World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2019 and were likely to be invited to the final of the championships this year that was scheduled for Las Vegas but canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fellow German Frederic Wandres on Duke of Britain placed second on 75.714%.

Olga Safranova of Belarus on Sandro D Amour was third on 70.522% in their campaign to earn one of two places allocated to the Central European League at the final in Gothenburg next April.

The Grand Prix Freestyle to determine points is scheduled for Saturday.

Results:

World Cup Grand Prix

Judges-E: Annette Fransen Iacobaeus-SWE H: Alice Schwab-AUT C: Peter Holler-GER M: Elisabeth Max-Theurer-AUT B: Simona Fialova-CZE