Jessica von Bredow-Werndl & TSF Dalera BB Win World Cup to Complete Golden Sweep

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Jessica von Bredow- Werndl on TSF Dalera at the end of their World Cup Freestyle. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

LEIPZIG, Germany, April 9, 2022–Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB won the World Cup for the first time Saturday night with Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour taking silver on Vamos Amigos and Isabell Werth riding Weihegold OLD to a standing ovation for their last competition.

Jessica and the 15-year-old Trakehner mare were awarded 90.836%–just shy of her Olympic gold medal musical performance–for the victory in her fifth Final that returned this year after a two-year break.

In the same order of finish as the Grand Prix Thursday night, Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour on Vamos Amigos recorded a personal best 86.164%% for runner-up.

Defending champion Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD did not earn an historic fourth straight title in receiving a mark of 85.921% for third place.

But with the retirement of Weihegold, a 17-year-old Oldenburg mare immediately following presentation of the World Cup, the stadium packed with 8,000 spectators gave her an emotional standing ovation as the pair left the stadium after their last competition.

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl holding aloft World Cup after her victory on TSF Dalera BB in Leipzig, Germany, © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The competition ride on Dalera which Jessica said will be last before the rider has her second child, “felt better than Tokyo” where the pair won the freestyle gold as well as for team then went to the European Championships to capture all three gold. In all, since the end of 2019 the partnership has won 25 of 29 starts through this World Cup Final.

“This was the best,” she said “It’s not normal. She keeps improving. It’s pretty emotional for me.

“There are no words. She was phenomenal. She always leaves her heart for me in that square.

“It is not natural at all and at the same time she does it again and again and still evolves. I have the feeling even now that we are not yet at the end of our journey together.”

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl riding one-handed on the final centerline to win the World Cup. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Cathrine Dufour riding her first World Cup Final on Vamos Amigos described the the 10-year-old Westfalen gelding as “a bomb” and “really, really brave” to perform in only her third Freestyle in just 18 months at Big Tour.

She didn’t know whether the two would qualify for their first Final so used the music she rode to on Bohemian at the Tokyo Olympics–but “I hope he will get his own freestyle.”

Cathrine Dufour and Vamos Amigos posting a personal best score to claim reserve championship at the World Cup. Cathrine wore a Ukraine flag to display her support. 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

For Isabell Werth, the most decorated equestrian in history, the night competing Weihegold OLD then officially retire the horse was emotional.

The partnership won the World Cup Finals in 2017, 2018 and 2019 before the annual championship was canceled for two years.

Isabell said she was “so happy that Weihegold was in good shape. I feel really proud to retire a horse in this way.”

Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD acknowledging the standing ovation of the crowd as the pair leave the arena for the last time from a competition, at the World Cup Final in Leipzig. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Denmark which started three combinations, the maximum allowed from one country in the starting lineup that totaled 17 riders and horses, displayed the nation’s depth in addition to the runner-up placing by Cathrine and Vamos Amigos. Carina Cassøe Krüth on Heiline’s Danceria was fourth on 84.971% and Nanna Skodborg Merald on Orthilia fifth on 81.239%.

USA’s Ashley Holzer on Havanna in the World Final, the first championship as an American for the Olympian for Canada. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The United States had two combinations. Ashley Holzer of Wellington, Florida on Havanna was ninth on 75.532% in the first championship as an American.

Anna Buffini, who started first on Davinia la Douce as they did Thursday in the short Grand Prix, placed 12th on 74.011%. This was the first world championship start in the career of Anna, of Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Anna Buffini and Davinia la Douce. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: Clive Halsall Eduard de Wolff van Westerrode Isabelle Judet Henning Lehrmann Kurt Christensen Annette Fransen Iacobaeus Michael Osinski
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse K E H C M B F Spectators
1. 90.836 GER Jessica von Bredow-Werndl TSF Dalera BB 89.275 91.125 89.45 91.575 93 91.3 90.125 88.328 (1)
2. 86.164 DEN Cathrine Dufour Vamos Amigos 86.45 82.05 87.725 86.825 86.625 83.95 89.525 82.641 (4)
3. 85.921 GER Isabell Werth Weihegold OLD 85.175 86 85 85.675 88.7 85.05 85.85 83.227 (2)
4. 84.971 DEN Carina Cassøe Krüth Heiline’s Danciera 86.4 83.525 84.025 83.8 87.225 88.275 81.55 83.172 (3)
5. 81.239 DEN Nanna Skodborg Merrald Atterupgaards Orthilia 81.625 79.2 85.675 83.75 82 78.525 77.9 79.275 (5)
6. 78.839 GER Helen Langehanenberg Annabelle 110 80.4 78.375 79 79.625 77.225 79.275 77.975 77.599 (6)
7. 76.986 FRA Morgan Barbançon Sir Donnerhall II OLD 76.325 77.325 75.95 78.55 78.875 74.6 76.375 75.202 (8)
8. 76.725 SWE Patrik Kittel Blue Hors Zepter 74.975 76.325 77.375 78 78.625 75.525 76.25 76.703 (7)
9. 75.532 USA Ashley Holzer Havanna 145 78.7 76.325 71.9 75.775 78.7 72.65 74.675 74.683 (10)
10. 75.386 DOM Yvonne Losos de Muñiz Aquamarijn 76.3 76.275 78.025 74.575 74.575 72.25 75.7 73.358 (12)
11. 75.125 NED Thamar Zweistra Hexagon’s Ich Weiss 77 76.825 74.875 75.475 72.425 75.9 73.375 75.042 (9)
12. 74.011 USA Anna Buffini FRH Davinia la Douce 73.375 74.95 74.25 75.075 73.85 73.25 73.325 72.979 (15)
13. 73.679 MAR Yessin Rahmouni All at Once 72.9 73.85 75.55 74.15 73.925 71.5 73.875 72.999 (13)
14. 73.593 POR Rodrigo Torres Fogoso Horsecampline 73.625 71.375 71.875 75 76.725 75.125 71.425 72.542 (16)
15. 72.882 ESP Juan Matute Guimón Quantico 74.225 71.3 70.4 74.825 74.375 72.875 72.175 73.651 (11)
16. 71.389 MDA Alisa Glinka Aachen 70 70.85 74.025 73.025 69.6 71.425 70.8 72.982 (14)
17. 67.550 GBR Charlotte Fry Dark Legend 66.325 69.725 67.15 67.15 69 64.75 68.75 70.444 (17)