Jessica von Bredow-Werndl Wins World Cup Short Grand Prix on Personal Best Score

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Jessica von Bredow-Werndl clearly enjoying the ride on TSF Dalera posting personal best score to win World Cup short Grand Prix. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

LEIPZIG, Germany, April 7, 2022–Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB posted a personal best score to win the World Cup short Grand Prix Thursday night and set the stage for the German Olympic gold medal partnership to capture their first title in the annual championship that returned after a break of two years.

Jessica and the 15-year-old Trakehner mare scored 84.793% for the victory with Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour on Vamos Amigos also recording a personal best 80.019% for runner-up.

Defending champion Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD seeking an historic fourth straight title received a mark of 79.756% for third place.

Cathrine Dufour on Vamos Amigos in the World Cup short Grand Prix. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The lineup of 17 rider and horse combinations were from 12 countries–three from both Germany and Denmark, two from the United States–Ashley Holzer on Havanna and Anna Buffini on Davinia la Douce–one from Morocco, Yessin Rahmouni on All At Once and one from the Dominican Republic, Yvonne Losos de Muñiz on Aquamrijn, and the others from different European nations.

The previous high mark for Jessica and Dalera was 84.395% set last February while for Cathrine and the 10-year-old Vamos Amigos the previous best was 77.395% though she has scored as high as 83.435% on her top horse, Bohemian.

Jessica, who is pregnant with her second child and will miss the world championships in August, said she felt no pressure seeking to add a World Cup title to the double Olympic gold and a sweep of the European Championships gold medals last September.

“I’m just so happy to ride,” she said. “I’m super fit. From a sportive way, I’m a little bit sad, actually. This is the last competition, at least a big one before the (pregnancy) break.”

She plans to ride her popular La La Land Freestyle Saturday night that will decide the 2022 title for the championship that was canceled the past two years because of the Covid pandemic and an outbreak of the equine herpes virus in Europe last year.

Dalera, she said, continues to improve with probably another two years of top sport remaining. As the pair expect to perform many freestyles, she will use the time off for her pregnancy to create a new musical performance.

Isabell Werth riding Weihegold OLD on which she won three straight World Cup titles before the two-year break. The 17-year-old Oldenburg mare that she rode to lead Germany to team gold at the 2016 Olympics, is officially retiring at this championship. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Cathrine said, “I was super, super happy” with the performance of Vamos Amigos that she described as being “on fire.”

The indoor arena that attracted a large crowd with virtually no restrictions started clapping during their first extended trot.

“No, no,” she recalled thinking to herself but laughing, “don’t do that.”

She has competed the horse at Big Tour only since the fall of 2020 and only two Freestyles in that time.

Although only 30 years old, Cathrine is one of the most admired international competitors who also is highly respected as a trainer extending outside her homeland.

“I think the music suits really well and it tells a story about my life at the moment,” she said. “I feel like I’m living the dream back home and I just enjoy every day with the horses and I think the music sums it up really well. It’s a really powerful Freestyle and I’m just excited to ride it. He’s still young and it’s my first World Cup Final so I’m just here to enjoy it and have fun.”

Competitors in the World Cup Final. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Isabell who came back to win the World Cup in Paris in 2018 after placing second in the Grand Prix to America’s Laura Graves on Verdades, made no predictions about the Freestyle to come Saturday.

She praised Weihegold as “always trying to do her best” as she did in the Grand Prix.

“I hope we can show a very good test like she deserves, and it will be pleasure to be here with a loud crowd in a competition,” said the most successful equestrian in history.

“I think it’s just great to retire her not in an empty arena, she really deserves this atmosphere, so I’m really looking forward to it and I will try to enjoy it. And of course I have the pressure of showing her as best as possible, more than ever before because it is the last one.”

The depth of Denmark’s dressage capabilities were shown by the placings in the Grand Prix.

In addition to Cathrine and Vamos Amigos, Nanna Skodborg Merrald on Atterupgaards Orthilia placed fourth on 75.752% and Carina Cassøe Krüth on Heiline’s Danciera fifth on 75.094%.

Results:

World Cup Short Grand Prix

Judges: Kurt Christensen Clive Halsall Michael Osinski Isabelle Judet Eduard de Wolff van Westerrode Henning Lehrmann Annette Fransen Iacobaeus
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse K E H C M B F Spectators
1. 84.793 GER Jessica von Bredow-Werndl TSF Dalera BB 84.079 85.132 85.526 83.289 86.842 83.289 85.395 81.705 (1)
2. 80.019 DEN Cathrine Dufour Vamos Amigos 80.132 77.368 80.132 79.342 82.237 79.211 81.711 78.686 (3)
3. 79.756 GER Isabell Werth Weihegold OLD 80.395 78.026 79.737 78.289 81.053 80.658 80.132 78.720 (2)
4. 75.752 DEN Nanna Skodborg Merrald Atterupgaards Orthilia 75.658 77.105 74.737 76.184 74.868 76.842 74.868 74.000 (7)
5. 75.094 DEN Carina Cassøe Krüth Heiline’s Danciera 74.868 73.421 75.132 75.789 73.289 75.921 77.237 74.793 (5)
6. 75.019 GER Helen Langehanenberg Annabelle 110 73.816 76.053 73.947 76.184 75.263 74.342 75.526 75.528 (4)
7. 74.662 SWE Patrik Kittel Blue Hors Zepter 75.789 75.132 74.342 74.605 73.684 75.132 73.947 74.240 (6)
8. 73.365 GBR Charlotte Fry Dark Legend 73.816 73.816 73.947 71.447 73.421 72.895 74.211 73.197 (8)
9. 72.519 USA Ashley Holzer Havanna 145 71.974 73.026 71.316 71.974 73.816 71.579 73.947 72.214 (9)
10. 71.936 FRA Morgan Barbançon Sir Donnerhall II OLD 71.842 71.184 71.842 71.053 74.079 72.632 70.921 71.386 (12)
11. 71.617 DOM Yvonne Losos de Muñiz Aquamarijn 71.316 70.658 73.816 72.763 72.632 70.132 70 69.952 (15)
12. 70.977 POR Rodrigo Torres Fogoso Horsecampline 72.105 70.921 70.789 70.658 70.132 71.184 71.053 70.639 (14)
13. 70.808 ESP Juan Matute Guimón Quantico 71.711 71.184 72.632 68.026 70.132 71.316 70.658 71.467 (11)
14. 70.639 MDA Alisa Glinka Aachen 68.158 70 69.474 72.5 71.711 69.737 72.895 71.629 (10)
15. 70.583 NED Thamar Zweistra Hexagon’s Ich Weiss 68.684 71.316 71.316 70.921 70.526 69.737 71.579 71.065 (13)
16. 69.906 MAR Yessin Rahmouni All at Once 68.158 69.342 69.079 68.553 71.184 71.447 71.579 69.073 (17)
17. 69.342 USA Anna Buffini FRH Davinia la Douce 71.711 67.368 68.553 68.684 69.474 69.211 70.395 69.493 (16)