Gothenburg Horse show and the classic world cup venue Scandinavium acts as host to the dressage combinations aiming for the final in Las Vegas. In Gothenburg it is their penultimate qualifier, the combinations have one more chance to gather points to reach the final of FEI WORLD CUP™ DRESSAGE.

Between 15th and 19th of April 2020 the FEI WORLD CUP™ DRESSAGE in Las Vegas will crown a new champion.

Win for Werndl in the FEI Dressage World Cup Grand Prix

On Friday afternoon it was time for the FEI Dressage World Cup Grand Prix qualifier. A wonderful two hours of dressage where the result decides the starting order of the World Cup Freestyle on Saturday. Gothenburg Horse Show hosts the penultimate leg of the Western European League of the FEI World Cup Dressage, a chance for the athletes to gather valuable World Cup points and a place in the final in Las Vegas.

Benjamin Werndl from Germany took the lead after a fantastic performance on his horse Daily Mirror. Their score, 77.587%, was enough for a win in the Grand Prix today and gives them the chance to ride last on Saturday. After the ride, Werndl said he was overwhelmed at the result and that he will give his best in the freestyle. The young British talent Charlotte Fry entered the arena with Dark Legend and gave spectators a great show, ending on 76.413% and a second place. The big crowd favourite Catherine Dufour from Denmark and her 17-year-old star Atterupgaards Cassidy had an unfortunate stumble early on, but came back fighting and finished on 76.348%. The spectators supported them all the way to a third place.

The dressage riders will be back in action on Saturday when it is time for the final round of the FEI World Cup Dressage. In the freestyle, athletes will be riding their own tests to music in an exciting competition where important World Cup points are on the line.

Benjamin Werndl & Daily Mirror. Foto: Johan Lilja

A fantastic comeback for Catherine Dufour in Gothenburg

The crowd in Scandinavium enjoyed world class dressage on Saturday, a thrilling afternoon where top athletes and horses performed fantastic freestyle tests.

Gothenburg Horse Show hosts the 10th leg of the Western European League, the second to last chance to collect important World Cup points. A win is awarded 20 points, and for some riders this may decide whether they will reach the final in Las Vegas in April. Nine horse and rider combinations from the Western European League will join reigning champion Isabell Werth in a battle for the prestigious World Cup title.

Marc Peter Spahn and the beautiful stallion Elias 494 was a one of the crowd favourites and received a great reaction from the audience. The combination finished their freestyle on 70.125%. German Frederic Wandres entered the arena on Duke Of Britain, and also got to experience the amazing support from the Gothenburg audience. The spectators clapped along as he came to a halt after a wonderful freestyle and the judges gave them a score of 81.465%, enough to secure a third place.

The final was set to be intense from start to end. The excitement grew as the top placed dressage combinations from the Grand Prix on Friday were getting ready to battle it out in the second half of the competition.

Swedish rider Sandra Dahlin and her 14-year-old mare Ichi smashed out a personal best and finished in fifth place, scoring 79.845%. Young dressage star Charlotte Fry on Dark Legend from Great Britain, completed a superb test with a bright smile on her face and scoring 81.030% with just three riders to go.

Catherine Dufour, who opened her World Cup season with a win in Herning, had a couple of mistakes in the Grand Prix on Friday and was more than ready for a comeback in her freestyle. And she did! The Dane had a great day in the ring, and had the Swedish crowd supporting her all the way up the centre line. The brilliant performance was awarded an outstanding 87.860% and standing ovations.

Last to go was Benjamin Werndl from Germany on 16-year-old gelding Daily Mirror, who challenged Dufour for the win but ended up second with a score of 86.170%.

The top three in the FEI DRESSAGE WORLD CUP in Gothenburg are:

1. Catherine Dufour, Atterupgaards Cassidy, Denmark

2. Benjamin Werndl, Daily Mirror, Germany

3. Frederic Wandres, Duke Of Britain, Germany

Catherine Dufour & Atterupgaards Cassidy. Foto: Kim C Lundin