Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (GER) using TSF Dalera BB (© FEI/Stefan Lafrentz)
The rostrum seemed almost equivalent within the FEI Grand Prix and Grand Prix Particular as Germany, Denmark, and Nice Britain battled for prime honors within the FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ at Aachen (GER), and because the begin checklist reached its finish within the Particular, solely the highest two athletes within the FEI Dressage World Rating remained — Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (GER) and Charlotte Fry (GBR).
The reigning particular person Olympic and FEI Dressage World Cup™ Champions, von Bredow-Werndl and DSF Dalera BB took their second victory of the week Saturday on the World Equestrian Pageant, receiving 81.021% within the Particular to go together with a Grand Prix win Thursday (82.304%). These scores clinched a fourth Nations Cup victory of the 2023 season for Germany.
Led by von Bredow-Werndl, Isabell Werth (DSP Quantaz), Frederic Wandres (Bluetooth OLD), and Sönke Rothenberger (Fendi), Germany’s successful whole was 468.285 factors, the sum of the crew’s prime three scores in each checks. Denmark completed second with 460.097 factors, adopted by Nice Britain (459.756 factors).
“For me, it’s not as a lot about successful, however as a substitute in regards to the improvement. It nonetheless seems like there’s room for enchancment. [TSF Dalera BB] felt so, so good,” stated von Bredow-Werndl.
The Grand Prix Particular was significantly spectacular for Germany, who didn’t have a rider end outdoors of the highest 10. For Rothenberger, the take a look at was particularly significant, as he and his 9-year-old stallion Fendi improved their rating by almost 5 share factors after having some tense moments within the Grand Prix.
“In preparation for the [Grand Prix], I had a very good feeling. He was tremendous coaching in the principle area, and I underestimated the ambiance [during competition],” Rothenberger stated. “I don’t have a spooky horse, however I may really feel he was getting fairly tense, and I couldn’t assist him how I’d have appreciated to assist him.”
“It took two and a half days in between [the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special] to present him safety within the area. That was my predominant objective, and I’m actually proud of the boldness we may give him. This was the third Particular [Fendi] has ever executed, and I’m actually proud of how properly I may get him again on my facet. I’m actually pleased with him,” stated Rothenberger.
Finally, consistency was the deciding issue when it got here to separating the world’s prime combos. Nice Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin (Imhotep) and Charlotte Fry (Everdale) had been repeatedly on von Bredow-Werndl’s heels, however Wandres and Werth had been by no means far behind, both.
“It’s all the time a superb factor when you’ll be able to present consistency, particularly in crew competitors and particularly with Bluetooth OLD. Within the Grand Prix, he had a really harmonious and distinctive spherical,” Wandres stated. “The sensation we began with [in the Special] within the prolonged trot to passage, ahead and backward, he felt so wonderful. I’m pleased with him to shine in an area like that.”
Germany prolonged its lead within the FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ standings with 56 factors. Sweden sits second with 32 factors, adopted by Denmark with 28 factors.
The 2023 FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ season concludes at Falsterbo (SWE) on 16 July 2023.
by Catie Staszak