A brilliant start for Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Cathrine Dufour. With a wonderful opening Grand Prix test, Bredow-Werndl (GER) and TSF Dalera scored 84,379%. With that result she qualified for the Grand Prix Freestyle and noted down the highest score of today. Cathrine Dufour (DEN) and her Bohemian showed a lovely smooth, balanced and harmonic test in the opening qualifier, scoring an impressive 81,056%. With that result she did not only rank second of the day, but also topped the group B ranking and qualified for the Freestyle.
For The Netherlands Edward Gal scored an impressive 78,649% with the nine year old Total US (v. Totilas). “It was the test I had wished for”, Gal told the Dutch Federation KNHS after finishing his ride. “Total US did absolutely fantastic, although I know he can do even beter. He’s still young and green, and I’m sure he could do with even more suppleness. I hope I’ll be able to show even more of his qualities in the Grand Prix Special, but this first result is very promising already.” Compatriot Hans Peter Minderhoud scored 76,817% with Dream Boy.
The eight highest scoring teams in the GP will compete for the team medals in the Grand Prix Special on Tuesday the 27th of July. A total of 18 riders will ride for the individual medals in the Freestyle the following day on July 28th. The two highest scoring riders per group and the six highest scoring riders that didn’t place in the top two of their group will qualify for the individual finals.
Qualified for the individual Grand Prix Freestyle today already are Charlotte Fry (GBR) with Everdale scoring 77,096% as well as Therese Nilshagen (SWE) with Dante Weltino OLD scoring 75,140%. From group B Cathrine Dufour (DEN) and Bohemian and Edward Gal (NED) and Total US have been qualified and lastly, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (GER) with TSF Dalera and Sabine Schut-Kery (USA) with Sanceo qualified from group C. More results can be found here.
Tomorrow afternoon group D, E and F will ride their opening test, including Dutch rider Marlies van Baalen (NED) with Go Legend, Dorothee Schneider (GER) and Showtime FRH, Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) with Gio and world number one Isabell Werth (GER) with Bella Rose 2. You’ll be able to find the start lists here.