Cassidy Entered by Cathrine Dufour for Herning to Open World Cup Western European Circuit–Entries Listed

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Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Oct. 14, 2021

Cathrine Dufour has entered Cassidy as her partner in the opening leg of the World Cup Western European League in Herning, Denmark next week to launch a bid by the Danish star for a start in the annual global championship back on schedule after canceled for the past two years because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cassidy, now 18 years old after an international career begun by Cathrine in 2010 earning medals at five European Championships–two juniors, two young riders and one senior as well as being on Denmark’s 2016 Olympic team–has not competed since February 2020. Cathrine focused on Bohemian, the 11-year-old Westfalen gelding for the Tokyo Olympics in July and European Championships Freestyle silver and Grand Prix Special and team bronze medals last month to become No. 2 in the world.

Cathrine and Cassidy, a Danish Warmblood gelding, are on the list of 15 definite entries for Herning, one of nine qualifying competitions in Western Europe for the Final in Leipzig, Germany next April 6-10. Qualifiers in Stuttgart, Germany and Salzburg, Austria have been canceled.

The lineup for the World Cup in Herning.:

DENMARK
Cathrine DUFOUR, 29, and CASSIDY, 18-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding
Charlotte HEERING, 35, and BUFRANCO, 15-year-old KWPN gelding
Anna KASPRZAK, 32, and ROCK STAR, 13-year-old Westfalen gelding
Carina Cassøe KRÜTH, 37, and HEILINE’S DANCIERA, 10year-old Danish Warmblood mare
Lone Bang LARSEN, 46, and THRANEGAARDENS ROSTOV, 11-year-old Hanoverian mare
Nanna Skodborg MERRALD, 28, and BLUE HORS ZACK, 17-year-old KWPN stallion

GERMANY
Ingrid KLIMKE, 53, and FRANZISKUS, 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion
Helen LANGEHANENBERG, 39, and ANNABELLE, 13-year-old Holsteiner mare
Frederic WANDRES, 34, and HOT HIT, 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding

NETHERLANDS
Marlies VAN BAALEN, 41, and GO LEGEND, 10-year-old KWPN gelding
Dinja VAN LIERE, 31, and HERMES, nine-year-old KWPN stallion
Thamar ZWEISTRA, 39, and HEXAGON’S DOUBLE DUTCH, 13-year-old KWPN stallion

SWEDEN
Jeanna HOGBERG, 39, and LORENZO, 15-year-old Bavarian gelding
Patrik KITTEL, 45, and FIONTINI, 11-year-old Danish Warmblood mare
Jacob Noerby SOERENSEN, 33, and SHEERAN, 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding

Several of the riders and horses have already earned World Cup points by competing in the Central European League that has already staged 17 shows with two more scheduled to qualify two riders for the Final.

The North American League has eight qualifiers to determine two places, with five in Florida, three in Wellington and two in Ocala, and two in Thermal, California and one already held.

The Pacific League for one Final place has not held a World Cup event for the past two years and none are scheduled in Australia or New Zealand, though several combinations based in Europe and the United States could seek to qualify.

Herning is also preparing for the world championships of dressage, jumping, para dressage and vaulting next August.