Olympic & European Champion Jessica von Bredow-Werndl Rides Ferdinand BB to Aachen Grand Prix Special Victory to Consolidate Germany’s Nations Cup Lead

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Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Ferdinand BB leading Australia’s Simone Pearce on Destano in the World Equestrian Festival Nations Cup Grand Prix Special lap of honor. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

AACHEN, Germany, Sept. 18, 2021–Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, Olympic and European champion, rode the late blooming Ferdinand BB to victory in the World Equestrian Festival Nations Cup Grand Prix Special Saturday, less than a point ahead of Australia’s Olympic combination of Simone Pearce on Destano.

Jessica and the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding were awarded 73.511%, just 0.085 in front of Simone and Destano on 73.426%. Spain’s Jose Daniel Martin Dockx on the P.R.E stallion Malagueno LXXXIII placed third on 72.787%, the highest placing for the rider in five appearances at Aachen, four of them on the American-owned Grandioso.

Jessica, the world No. 1 rider on TSF Dalera BB, has been developing Ferdinand since the horse was young and the competed in the world five-year-old championships. She described Ferdinand as having three “very good gaits” but needed to add strength and develop suppleness for top sport.

“It’s a question of time,” she said. “He really wants to do it. He’s a good partner but it took a little longer to come to Grand Prix.”

The runner-up place for the Germany-based Simone and Destano was a recovery from a disappointing Tokyo Games experience.

The USA’s Anna Buffini on Davinia la Douce posted a personal best 71.787% to tie for fourth with Vincent van Gasselt of the Netherlands on Delacroix.

Germany remained atop the Nations Cup standings with the Netherlands second, Great Britain third, the USA moving up to fourth, Spain fifth, Sweden sixth and Canada seventh.

The team competition will be decided by the Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday that also will determine the winner of this year’s trans-Atlantic series.

Results:

Nations Cup CDIO5* Grand Prix Special
Judges:E-Andrew Ralph Gardner H-Francis Verbeek-van Rooy C-Susan Hoevenaars M-Magnus Ringmark B-Katrina Wuest

Place Rider

Total
Horse

1
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl
GER
73.511
2
Simone Pearce
AUS
73.426
3
Jose Daniel Martin Dockx
ESP
72.787
4
Anna Buffini
USA
71.787
4
Vincent van Gasselt
NED
71.787
6
Jennifer Williams
USA
71.723
7
Thamar Zweistra
NED
71.447
8
Antonia Ramel
SWE
71.234
9
Malin Wahlkamp-Nilsson
SWE
71.043
10
Fiona Bigwood
GBR
70.894
11
Agusti Elias Lara
ESP
70.851
12
Susan Pape
GBR
70.723
13
Ryan Torkkeli
CAN
69.830
14
Naima Moreira Laliberte
CAN
69.702
15
Carina Scholz
GER
69.043
16
Shingo Hayashi
JPN
68.149