Dressage World Cup Final Complete Lineup of 18 Pairs from 11 Nations

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Isabell Werth celebrating victory on Weihegold OLD at the 2019 World Cup Final and qualified for Las Vegas to attempt an unprecedented fourth straight World Cup. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Mar. 11, 2021–The dressage World Cup complete lineup of 18 rider and horse combinations from 11 nations was announced Thursday with 13 from Europe, including the first from Israel, and five from the Western Hemisphere–3 USA, 1 Canada, 1 Dominican Republic. None from Australia or New Zealand.

Isabell Werth of Germany was listed with options on Weihegold OLD or Emilio. If she rides Weihegold, an Oldenburg mare on which she is ranked No. 2 in the world, she will be seeking an unprecedented fourth straight title, having won in 2017 in Omaha, 2018 in Paris and 2019 in Gothenburgs. The 2020 Final was canceled.

The nine places from Western Europe:
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl/TSF Dalera or Zaire-E of Germany
Helen Langehanenberg/Damsey FRH or Annabelle 110 of Germany
Patrik Kittel/Delaunay OLD of Sweden
Morgan Barbançon/Sir Donnerhall II OLD of France
Anna Merveldt/Esporim of Ireland
Thamar Zweistra/Double Dutch of The Netherlands
Christian Schumach/Donna Karacho of Austria
Carina Cassøe Krüth/Heiline’s Danciera of Denmark
Sahar Daniel Hirosh/Whitman of Israel

Two from Central Europe:
Regina Isachkina/Fyrca of Russia
Csaba Szokola/Enying of Hungary

Two from North America:
Olivia Lagoy-Weltz/Rassing’s Lonoir of USA
Charlotte Jorst/Kastel’s Nintendo of USA

From countries not part of any league:
Yvonne Losos de Muñiz/Aquamarijn of Dominican Republic

Extra places from FEI:
Antonia Ramel/Brother de Jeu of Sweden
Shelly Francis/Danilo of USA
Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu/All In of Canada

Simone Pearce, the top ranked Australian on Destano, was invited but said “it’s too risky” with the Equine Herpes Virus prevalent as she is based among many horses at a premier breeding and training barn in Germany that “I wouldn’t to put any of them at jeopardy.”

“I’m sure they are taking good precautions for the competition and everything will run in a safe and smooth way,” she told dressage-news.com, “but I just don’t want to risk anything with Destano. We are looking to the Olympics with great enthusiasm and are very hopeful that it will be able to go ahead!”