Jessica von Bredow-Werndl & TSF Dalera BB Win Grand Prix at German Championships, Top 4 Pairs Above 80%

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Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

BALVE, Germany, June 3, 2021–Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB won the Grand Prix at the kickoff of the German Championships with the pair’s highest ever score of more than 85%. Team mates Isabell Werth on both Bella Rose and DSP Quantaz and Dorothee Schneider on Showtime FRH posted results above 80% with eight weeks to the Tokyo Olympics.

Jessica and the 14-year-old Trakehner mare ranked No. 3 in the world were awarded 85.040% from  the all-German ground jury of five judges to open the German Championships. Six percentage points separated the high score of 87.700% and a low score of 81.700%.

Isabell on Bella Rose, the world’s top ranked partnership, was second on 81.320% with world No. 4 Dorothee Schneider and Showtime third on 80.520%.

Isabell, the most decorated equestrian in Olympic history with 10 medals–six gold and four silver–from five Games, rode DSP Quantaz to fourth place on 80.280%.

Jessica said after the ride: “The feeling was indescribable, there wasn’t a millisecond during the whole test in which Dalera or I even had the slightest doubt. I’ve never felt anything like it in my whole life, what I felt today in this arena. It was just full of strength, full of trust and full of ease. I have not yet managed that in its entirety. Today there is nothing to criticize about the gut feeling or the riding feeling.”

A limited number of spectators with proof of vaccinations were permitted entry.

The Grand Prix was not a championship class–the Grand Prix Special Friday and the Freestyle Sunday are medal events.

The last German Olympic selection event is scheduled for June 24-27.

Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo, on the gold medal teams at the 2016 Olympics, the 2018 World Equestrian Games and the 2017 and 2019 European Championships, was missing from this event.

“Since the gelding is not at the level of performance of previous years,” the German federation said in a statement, “the Rothenberger family decided not to let Cosmo take part in the sighting route for this year’s championships.”

Results:

Grand Prix

Judges: Dr. Evi Eisenhardt Kerstin Holthaus Ulrike Nivelle Reinhard Richenhagen Elke Ebert
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 85.040 GER Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl TSF Dalera BB 81.7 87.7 84.6 85.9 85.3
2. 81.320 GER Isabell Werth Bella Rose 2 81.6 83.7 78.8 81.9 80.6
3. 80.520 GER Dorothee Schneider Showtime FRH 80.3 81.3 80.6 82.1 78.3
4. 80.280 GER Isabell Werth DSP Quantaz 80 82.3 79 78.6 81.5
5. 75.940 GER Benjamin Werndl Daily Mirror 9 77 75.7 75.9 75.4 75.7
5. 75.940 GER Helen Langehanenberg Annabelle 110 74.8 74.1 76.9 77.2 76.7
7. 75.820 GER Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl Zaire-E 73.8 74.8 76.7 76.7 77.1
8. 75.660 GER Dorothee Schneider Faustus 94 73.6 76.7 76.1 76.3 75.6
9. 75.580 GER Carina Scholz Tarantino 5 74.7 74.9 74.3 77.9 76.1
10. 75.480 GER Frederic Wandres Duke of Britain 74.4 77.3 73.9 75.2 76.6
11. 74.400 GER Hubertus Schmidt Escolar 74.1 72.4 76.4 73.6 75.5
12. 74.080 GER Lena Waldmann Fiderdance 73.7 73.1 74.5 75.3 73.8
13. 73.640 GER Matthias Bouten Meggle’s Boston 73.2 73.2 73.5 75.4 72.9
14. 72.920 GER Matthias Alexander Rath Foundation 2 73.5 71.1 73.2 74.5 72.3