Werth wins at Dutch Masters, Britain’s Faurie grabs spot in 2018 World Cup Dressage Final
After Dressage star Isabell Werth’s victory on Emilio at this weekend’s last Western European qualifier in ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, the nine riders (plus Werth) from the region heading to next month’s 2018 FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Paris are now known, including one from Great Britain who has mounted a major comeback recently.
Even before the European competition circuit started a few months ago, Werth, the much-decorated Olympian from Germany, was automatically qualified for Paris after winning the World Cup title last year in Omaha, Nebraska on Weihegold OLD. And while Weihegold, a 13-year-old black mare, is expected to be back as Werth’s partner at the French capital’s AccorHotels Arena, the World No.1 in the sport was thrilled with the performance of Emilio at the Dutch Masters competition.
“He certainly showed an improvement today, he was amazing, he felt like 90%!”, Werth said, referring to her and the 12-year-old bay gelding’s second place to Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour & Cassidy two weeks ago in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Alongside Werth, nine riders from six nations – Austria, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden – have qualified for the Dressage Final, from April 11-15:
1. Patrik Kittel SWE – 74
2. Dorothee Schneider GER – 72
3. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl GER – 62
4. Madeleine Witte-Vrees NED – 56
5. Edward Gal NED – 55
6. Daniel Bachmann Andersen DEN – 54
6. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven SWE – 54
8. Belinda Weinbauer AUT – 53
8. Emile Faurie GBR – 53
British rider Faurie and his 14-year-old bay gelding Lollipop earned a ticket to France after finishing in a tie for eighth place in the standings, despite having had to withdraw from the final qualifier in the Netherlands.
Also taking place at the competition in ’s-Hertogenbosch this weekend was the prestigious Grand Slam Show Jumping class on Sunday, with Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels and mare Gancia de Muze coming out on top of a close jump-off ahead of German veteran Marcus Ehning on Cornado NRW and Dutchman Harrie Smolders on Emerald.