Cathrine Dufour & Cassidy Win Herning World Cup Freestyle, Holding off Strong Challenge by Carina Cassøe Krüth & Heiline’s Danciera

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Cathrine Dufour and Cassidy in the Herning World Cup. © 2021 Zibrasport Equest

HERNING, Denmark, Oct. 23, 2021–Crowd favorite Cathrine Dufour and Cassidy won the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday night, holding off a challenge from Danish teammate Carina Cassøe Krüth on Heiline’s Danciera posting a personal best score for reserve champion.

Cathrine and the 18-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding received a standing ovation as they left the arena with a score of 87.115%, just 0.72 ahead of Carina and Danciera on 86.395%.

Cathrine and Cassidy received marks of 10 from single judges for music and choreography and two 10s for the right canter pirouette. Carina and Danciera also received 10s for choreography and music and a 10 for halts.

Cassidy who has been partnered for virtually his entire life with Cathrine was the oldest horse in the competition that kicked off the World Cup Western European League leadiong to the Final in Leipzig, Germany next April. The pair that has been a star since European Junior Championships in 2010, went to the 2016 Olympics and earned medals at the 2017 and 2019 Europeans had not competed since February 2020 as Cathrine focused on Bohemian for the Tokyo Games. She and Bohemian are ranked No. 2 in the world.

Carina Cassøe Krüth and Heiline’s Danciera. © Zibrasport Equest

The result for the Olympic combination of Carina and Danciera, a 10-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, surpassed their previous best of 84.455% posted a year ago.

Dinja van Liere of the Netherlands and the nine-year-old Hermes, the youngest horse competing, set the tone of the final group with a score of 84.360% that put them in third place in their first World Cup event. Dinja and Hermes, a KWPN stallion, were awarded a mark of 10 for piaffe but a mistake in the two times tempi changes reduced their score.

The next World Cup Western European qualifier is in Lyon, France next week.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: Elke Ebert Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel Hans-Christian Matthiesen Maria Colliander Peter Storr
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 87.115 DEN Cathrine Dufour Atterupgaards Cassidy 85.85 88.95 88.25 85.35 87.175 87.128 (1)
2. 86.395 DEN Carina Cassøe Krüth Heiline’s Danciera 86.3 87.2 86.4 84.05 88.025 84.157 (2)
3. 84.360 NED Dinja van Liere Hermès 85.1 86.5 84.1 82.125 83.975 80.682 (4)
4. 81.215 GER Helen Langehanenberg Annabelle 110 82.225 80.675 78.975 82.025 82.175 80.032 (5)
5. 80.880 DEN Nanna Skodborg Merrald Blue Hors Zack 78.15 82.475 82.1 82.025 79.65 82.406 (3)
6. 79.525 DEN Lone Bang Larsen Thranegaardens Rostov 77.975 80.025 81.225 79.05 79.35 77.657 (6)
7. 78.750 GER Ingrid Klimke Franziskus 15 80.475 79.325 77.825 79.5 76.625 77.187 (7)
8. 76.845 DEN Anna Kasprzak Rock Star 13 76.1 77.275 76.95 78.475 75.425 74.657 (9)
9. 76.315 DEN Charlotte Heering Bufranco 76.2 77.4 76.55 76.025 75.4 74.121 (11)
10. 75.715 GER Frederic Wandres Bluetooth OLD 78.575 74.575 75.075 74.875 75.475 75.404 (8)
11. 75.015 NED Vincent van Gasselt Delacroix II 74.35 75.4 75.6 75.225 74.5 74.067 (12)
12. 74.770 NED Marlies van Baalen Go Legend 73.6 76.575 73.875 75.3 74.5 74.469 (10)
13. 73.130 NED Thamar Zweistra Hexagon’s Double Dutch 76.35 73.5 72.675 74.125 69 72.591 (13)
14. 71.680 SWE Jennie Larsson Zircoon Spring Flower 71.7 69.55 71.025 75.1 71.025 71.054 (14)