Jessica von Bredow-Werndl & TSF Dalera BB Win Basel World Cup Freestyle for 20th Straight Victory

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Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and RSF Dalera BB at the Basel World Cup.

BASEL, Switzerland, Jan. 15, 2023–Jessica von Bredow-Werndl rode TSF Dalera BB to victory Sunday in the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle to remain unbeaten in 20 competitions and heading to the Final in Omaha as the hot favorite to repeat as champion.

Jessica and the 16-year-old Trakehner mare Dalera were awarded 90.795% for the win. As reigning World Cup champion, Jessica has fulfilled the requirements to get a start in Omaha in early April. She has maintained her unbroken record of wins despite a six-month baby break last year.

Isabell Werth and DSP Quantaz, a 13-year-old German Sport Horse stallion, scored 85.650% for runner-up that appeared to keep the most decorated equestrian in history still behind two other Germans for an invitation to the championships at this stage.

Nanna Skodborg Merrald in her international debut on Blue Horse Zepter was third on 84.130%. A new rule that competitors in the World Cup Western European League will require a minimum score of 65% in a CDI3* or higher raised some behind-the-scenes questions though apparently it was to come into effect after the current season ending in Omaha.

Benjamin Werndl, Jessica’s older brother, with a fourth place finish on Daily Mirror of 83.995% moved higher on the Western European standings. He has indicated this was the last competition for the 19-year-old Westfalen gelding. He has also competed Famoso, his European Championship mount, in qualifiers for the World Cup.

Ingrid Klimke also of Germany on Franziskus, who did not compete in this city’s first dressage World Cup qualifier, is one point ahead of Isabell at this stage.

Countries are limited to three riders in the Final, and the lineup for Germany is Jessica as the titleholder and Benjamin and Ingrid with four more qualifiers remaining on the Western European calendar.

Showtime FRH the Hanoverian gelding that has been ridden by Dorothee Schneider on two German Olympic gold medal teams but has suffered soundness issues in recent years was withdrawn after the Grand Prix Saturday. The Tokyo Olympics was the last successful outing for Showtime, now 17 years old.

The next event on the WEL circuit is Amsterdam Jan. 25-29.

(Correction: An earlier version incorrectly identified Dalera as KWPN. Dalera is a Trakehner mare)

Results:

World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: Magnus Ringmark Katrina Wüst Hans Voser Hans-Christian Matthiesen Raphaël Saleh
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 90.795 GER Jessica Bredow-Werndl TSF Dalera BB 91.000 90.925 91.000 91.500 89.550 86.203 (1)
2. 85.650 GER Isabell Werth DSP Quantaz 83.825 87.075 87.175 84.150 86.025 83.810 (2)
3. 84.130 DEN Nanna Skodborg Merrald Blue Hors Zepter 83.350 84.325 86.950 83.575 82.450 81.701 (5)
4. 83.995 GER Benjamin Werndl Daily Mirror 9 83.325 83.550 85.950 83.100 84.050 82.791 (3)
5. 82.805 NED Dinja Liere Hartsuijker 83.025 81.100 86.175 82.500 81.225 82.531 (4)
6. 81.220 SWE Patrik Kittel Forever Young HRH 82.625 80.850 82.150 80.500 79.975 79.307 (6)
7. 78.070 AUT Florian Bacher Fidertraum OLD 79.100 76.900 80.100 77.800 76.450 77.670 (7)
8. 77.770 NED Thamar Zweistra Hexagon’s Double Dutch 77.350 76.775 79.850 76.875 78.000 75.814 (8)
9. 76.775 FRA Corentin Pottier Gotilas du Feuillard 77.625 77.275 78.050 75.750 75.175 75.237 (10)
10. 75.440 SUI Gilles Ngovan Zigzag 77.225 74.825 76.525 74.950 73.675 75.084 (11)
11. 75.395 SUI Estelle Wettstein Quaterboy 76.150 75.800 76.550 75.300 73.175 73.180 (12)
12. 74.460 FRA Guillaume Lundy Cne Tempo IFCE 76.000 74.250 75.900 71.700 74.450 75.648 (9)
13. 73.510 BEL Jorinde Verwimp Charmer 75.300 72.325 74.925 72.850 72.150 72.981 (13)
SCR GER Dorothee Schneider Showtime FRH