Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour Rides Vamos Amigos to Grand Prix Freestyle Victory for Aachen CDIO5* Sweep
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
AACHEN, Germany, July 3, 2022–Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour was the Queen of Aachen dressage with a victory on Vamos Amigos in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday for a complete sweep of the Nations Cup and on world No. 2 Bohemian of the CDI4*.
The musical performance by Cathrine and the 10-year-old stallion Vamos Amigos before 6,300 spectators in the Deutsche Bank Stadium was awarded a personal best score of 88.375%. The 30-year-old rider was crowned CDIO champion on her 2016 Olympic mount in 2018.
Cathrine will lead a powerful Danish team that made history here by winning for the first time in 45 years of Nations Cup competitions just a month before the world championships in Herning, Denmark. She said she would not decide until a few days before the championships which horse to ride.
Frederic Wandres on Duke of Britain FRH also posted a personal best 83.880% for runner-up and the highest scoring German combination and likely to win selection to his first ever championship team.
Denmark’s Daniel Bachmann Andersen who lost the ride on Marshall-Bell when the horse was sold but then returned by new owners for a world championships bid placed third on 82.985%.
Both Cathrine and Daniel are coached by Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Kyra Kyrklund. Nathalie was dropped as the Danish coach in a situation that has been likened to Debbie McDonald who was the U.S. team coach until last year but coaches both Adrienne Lyle and Steffen Peters, America’s top dressage riders.
CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle
|Judges:||Anne Gribbons||Susanne Baarup||Elke Ebert||Mariette Sanders – Van Gansewinkel||Christof Umbach|
|1.||88.375||DEN||Cathrine Dufour||Vamos Amigos||88.275||90.025||88.975||88.325||86.275||85.541 (1)|
|2.||83.880||GER||Frederic Wandres||Duke of Britain FRH||82.675||82.400||86.050||82.825||85.450||82.088 (3)|
|3.||82.985||DEN||Daniel Bachmann Andersen||Marshall-Bell||84.075||81.850||83.500||82.025||83.475||80.775 (5)|
|4.||82.955||SWE||Patrik Kittel||Touchdown||81.825||83.100||85.325||83.175||81.350||80.026 (8)|
|5.||82.735||FIN||Henri Ruoste||Kontestro DB||82.925||80.875||84.375||84.175||81.325||80.500 (7)|
|6.||82.730||GER||Benjamin Werndl||Famoso OLD||81.750||82.950||85.275||81.100||82.575||83.301 (2)|
|7.||82.650||GBR||Charlotte Fry||Everdale||80.325||82.700||83.700||83.750||82.775||81.143 (4)|
|8.||80.985||SWE||Therese Nilshagen||Dante Weltino OLD||79.075||80.025||82.375||82.025||81.425||80.529 (6)|
|9.||80.635||DEN||Carina Cassøe Krüth||Heiline’s Danciera||80.225||81.175||80.300||81.450||80.025||78.940 (9)|
|10.||79.715||USA||Steffen Peters||Suppenkasper||80.200||77.275||79.575||79.325||82.200||77.383 (12)|
|11.||79.235||ESP||Jose Daniel Martin Dockx||Malagueño LXXXIII||78.000||77.450||83.000||78.100||79.625||77.221 (13)|
|12.||77.960||GER||Ingrid Klimke||Franziskus 15||76.950||75.300||79.500||78.625||79.425||78.171 (10)|
|13.||77.165||POR||Rodrigo Torres||Fogoso Horsecampline||76.100||77.625||78.350||75.700||78.050||77.561 (11)|
|14.||76.605||NED||Marieke van der Putten||Tørveslettens Titanium RS2||76.075||75.850||77.825||77.750||75.525||76.496 (14)|
|15.||74.920||AUS||Simone Pearce||Fiderdance||75.400||72.925||75.875||75.225||75.175||74.080 (15)|