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Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour won on home turf with a personal best score

A standing ovation followed Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour as she left the spectacular arena “Jyske Bank Boxen” together with Bohemian after… Artikel lesen

Jaqueline Weidlich
20.10.2019 3 min lesen
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A standing ovation followed Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour as she left the spectacular arena “Jyske Bank Boxen” together with Bohemian after posting a personal best Grand Prix-score of 83,022% in Herning, Denmark
Cathrine Dufour and Bohemian won the Blue Hors Grand Prix in Herning. Photo: Ridehesten.com

For the third consecutive year the horse show organizer, World Cup Herning has gathered some of the best dressage riders to compete for honor and points in the prestigious tournament: FEI Dressage World Cup. The opening leg of this popular tournament is held this weekend in MCH Messecenter Herning, Denmark where the dressage riders will compete to achieve points in the tournament which ends with a finale for the best in April 2020 in Las Vegas, USA.

The home crowd held their breath in anticipation as Cathrine Dufour and her 9-year old partner Bohemian (Bordeaux x Samarant) showed a spectacular test, scoring lots of 9.0 for their impressive and energetic piaffe and passage. Foot-perfect transmissions resulted in multiple 10s from the judges as did the rider’s position and seat.
The spectators followed Cathrine with enthusiasm as she entered the last centre line, a wonderful piaffe with beautiful transitions to passage released an impulsive clapping from the audience. Bohemian was spooked and lost his step, but Cathrine quickly brought him back on track to their final salute.
„The atmosphere is so cool in there and he has to learn it,“ Cathrine emphasized. “So thanks to the audience, it wasn’t their fault he reacted in that way. I’m glad the audience is so enthusiastic”, she continued.
A total of 83.022% and a personal best for the Danish pair made Cathrine cheer together with the national coach Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein.

The German riders Benjamin Werndl/Daily Mirror (77.239%) and Helen Langehanenberg/Damsey FRH (75,761%) both received 10 from the judges for their horse’s perfect walk, but Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour was out of reach.

The Spanish Olympic rider Severo Jurado Lopez made an impressive World Cup debut on the amazing 9-year old Danish Warmblood mare Fiontini (Fassbinder x Romanov). The beautiful mare is well known as she has secured the gold medal three times in a row at the World Championships for young horses together with Severo. Their partnership dates back to when she was only four years old. The pair opened today’s competition in Boxen with a score of 75.435%

Denmark’s Agnete Kirk Thinggaard rode her last Grand Prix on Jojo AZ. Photo: Ridehesten.com
A moving goodbye to Jojo
The crowd was clapping their hands whilst tears were falling, as Agnete Kirk Thinggaard and Jojo AZ rode up the last centre line. The 16-year old Hungarian warm-blooded gelding retires after a long and glorious career in international dressage sport.
“It was so wonderful to feel the love and support of the audience for JoJo. He deserves it”, states a moved Agnete Kirk Thinggaard after their ride and tribute in the Boxen arena.
The pair secured their spot among the 15 best riders in today’s Grand Prix with a score of 72.609%.
The FEI Dressage World Cup freestyle will start on Sunday 14.15.Result of Blue Hors Grand Prix
1        Cathrine Dufour, DEN                       Bohemian                 83.022%
2        Benjamin Werndl, GER                     Daily Mirror 9          77.239%
3        Helen Langehanenberg, GER            Damsey Frh             75.761%
4        Severo Jurado Lopez, ESP                 Fiontini                    75.435%
5        Daniel Bachmann Andersen, DEN    Blue Hors Zack        74.739%
6        Adelinde Cornelissen, NED               Zephyr                      72.935%
7        Hans Peter Minderhoud, NED           Zanardi                     72.804%
8        Agnete Kirk Thinggaard, DEN          Jojo AZ                    72.609%

World Cup Herning in numbers– 2 show arenas in Jyske Bank Boxen and Blue Hors Arena M

– 65 exhibitors
– 250 volunteers
– 400 riders expected
– 650 horses expected
– 720 seats in Blue Hors Arena M
– 4.225 seats in Jyske Bank Boxen
– 20.000 visitors in 2018
– 2,000,000 DKK of prize money

World Cup Herning takes place on 16 – 20 October in MCH Messecenter Herning and Jyske Bank Boxen.

To learn more about the event please visit www.worldcupherning.dk and find the list of participants here.

Photos: Photos can be used free of charge in connection to media coverage of FEI World Cup Herning. All photos must be credited Ridehesten.com.

About World Cup Herning
For the 13th consecutive year, Denmark hosts the first FEI Dressage World Cup qualifier in the Western European league. Since 2017 MCH Messecenter Herning and Jyske Bank Boxen have framed the international dressage and jumping show.