Most of World’s Top Riders Compete in Aachen Nations Cup, Led by No. 1 Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Dalera & Unranked Charlotte Dujardin on Imhotep
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
AACHEN, Germany, June 25, 2023–Most of the world’s top riders compete in the CDIO5* Nations Cup this week, led by No. 1 Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB for Germany and an unranked Charlotte Dujardin on Imhotep back on a British team at the prestigious event for the first time in four years.
Jessica and the 16-year-old Trakehner mare Dalera, unbeaten in 22 starts beginning with the Tokyo Olympics and including the last two World Cup Finals and the 2021 European Championships, is on the German team with world No. 3 Isabell Werth on DSP Quantaz and ninth ranked Frederic Wandres on Bluetooth OLD. , No. 8 Ingrid Klimke on Franziskus was pulled out as they were at the World Cup Final in Omaha in April and replaced by the increasingly successful Sönke Rothenberger on Fendi.
Charlotte Dujardin, who like Jessica took time out for a baby in the past year, won on the 10-year-old Imhotep in both the Grand Prix and Freestyle at the CDI4* in Windsor, England last month, but is unranked by the International Equestrian Federation. Earlier this month, she joined the Grand Prix 80% club on Imhotep, joining Mount St. John Freestyle and Valegro to achieve that distinction.
World No. 2 Charlotte “Lottie” Fry on Everdale, her Tokyo Olympic and 2021 European Championship mount, is also on the British team as is Annabella Pidgley on Vamos Amigos and Laura Tomlinson on DSP Rose Of Bavaria.
Nanna Skodborg Merrald, ranked No. 4, on Blue Hors Zepter and Carina Cassøe Krüth, at 6th, on Heiline’s Danciera as well as 18th ranked Andreas Helgstrand on Jovian and Lone Bang Zindorff at 27th on Thranegaardens Rostov make up the team for Denmark.
The Netherlands’ team includes Dinja van Liere, ranked fifth, on Hartsuijker and Thamar Zweistra, ranked 17th, on Hexagon’s Ich Weiss.
Sweden’s Patrik Kittel, ranked No. 7, will ride Forever Young HRH with teammate Therese Nilshagen, ranked 21st, on Dante Weltino OLD.
Anna Buffini on FRH Davinia la Douce is the highest ranked on the American team at No. 25 followed at 26th by Sarah Tubman on First Apple.
Morgan Barbançon who led France to victory on Habana Libre A in last week’s Nations Cup in Rotterdam stands at 28th.
The CDI4* scheduled to start with the Grand Prix Wednesday and the CDIO5* Nations Cup Grand Prix Thursday, as other dressage competitions, will be streamed on clipmyhorse.tv.
The lineup for the CDIO5*:
Carina Cassøe Krüth/Heiline’s Danciera
Nanna Skodborg Merrald/Blue Hors Zepter
Lone Bang Zindorff/Thranegaardens Rostov
Morgan Barbançon/Habana Libre A
Pauline Basquin/Sertorius De Rima Z Ifce
Corentin Pottier/Gotilas Du Feuillard
Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl/TSF Dalera BB
Frederic Wandres/Bluetooth Old
Isabell Werth/DSP Quantaz
Annabella Pidgley/Vamos Amigos
Laura Tomlinson/DSP Rose Of Bavaria
Marlies Van Baalen/Habibi DVb
Dinja Van Liere/Hartsuijker
Thamar Zweistra/Hexagon’s Ich Weiss
José Antonio Garcia Mena/Sorento 15
Juan Antonio Jimenez Cobo/Euclides Mor
Jose Daniel Martin Dockx/Malagueno LXXXIII
Johanna Due Boje/Mazy Klovenhoj
Patrik Kittel/Forever Young HRH
Therese Nilshagen/Dante Weltino Old
Anna Buffini/FRH Davinia La Douce
Susan Dutta/Don Design DC
Alice Tarjan/Serenade MF
Sarah Tubman/First Apple