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%