Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy, 18 Years Old, Wins Herning World Cup Grand Prix

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Cathrine Dufour and Cassidy.

HERNING, Denmark, Oct. 22, 2021–Cathrine Dufour and 18-year-old Cassidy won the World Cup Grand Prix Friday in what may be the last international championship competition for the partnership that is one of the most popular around the world.

Cathrine, 29, and Cassidy at 18 years of age the oldest horse in the starting lineup scored 77.553% for the victory to kick off the World Cup Western European League winter circuit. It was the pair’s first competition since February, 2020 as Cathrine focused on Bohemian whose Olympic and other successes success have boosted the duo to No. 2 in the world.

Both Carina Cassøe Krüth and Heiline’s Danciera, Danish Olympic teammates, who scored 75.474% for runner-up and Netherlands’ Dinja van Liere on Hermes in third on 74.921% were ahead of Cathrine and Cassidy until mistakes reduced their scores. Both combinations had mistakes in the tempi changes as well as others.

Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg on Annabelle also scored 74.921% but were placed fourth by calculation.

Dinja and Hermes, the youngest horse in the field at the age of nine, began their Big Tour career in April this year but performed so well they were selected for Holland’s Olympic team. However, bureaucratic bungling led to the pair being disallowed.

The Freestyle that will count for points toward qualifying for the World Cup Final in Leipzig, Germany next April is scheduled for Saturday night.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix

Judges: Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel Maria Colliander Peter Storr Elke Ebert Hans-Christian Matthiesen
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 77.553 DEN Cathrine Dufour Atterupgaards Cassidy 79.079 74.868 77.895 77.632 78.289 76.564 (1)
2. 75.474 DEN Carina Cassøe Krüth Heiline’s Danciera 73.026 75.526 78.158 73.816 76.842 75.967 (2)
3. 74.921 NED Dinja van Liere Hermès 75.789 73.553 75 75.263 75 75.945 (3)
4. 74.921 GER Helen Langehanenberg Annabelle 110 74.342 73.289 76.711 75.658 74.605 73.457 (5)
5. 72.947 DEN Nanna Skodborg Merrald Blue Hors Zack 72.763 72.895 74.342 72.237 72.5 72.876 (7)
6. 72.763 DEN Charlotte Heering Bufranco 71.184 72.368 73.816 72.368 74.079 73.465 (4)
7. 71.737 NED Marlies van Baalen Go Legend 73.026 70.789 69.868 71.316 73.684 72.345 (8)
8. 71.395 DEN Lone Bang Larsen Thranegaardens Rostov 70.658 70.132 71.447 72.632 72.105 70.126 (12)
9. 71.263 DEN Anna Kasprzak Rock Star 13 72.763 70.658 70.526 72.105 70.263 70.243 (11)
9. 71.263 GER Ingrid Klimke Franziskus 15 72.5 69.474 72.368 69.079 72.895 72.892 (6)
11. 71.053 NED Thamar Zweistra Hexagon’s Double Dutch 69.868 70.658 71.316 71.711 71.711 71.235 (10)
12. 70.658 GER Frederic Wandres Bluetooth OLD 70.132 68.158 70.395 73.158 71.447 71.856 (9)
13. 68.684 NED Vincent van Gasselt Delacroix II 67.368 67.895 70.921 67.368 69.868 67.331 (13)
14. 68.026 SWE Jennie Larsson Zircoon Spring Flower 67.105 69.079 69.079 67.895 66.974 66.456 (14)