German A-team member Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Spanish team rider Borja Carrascosa collected the trophies in the three big tour classes at the 2017 CDI Oldenburg on 3 - 5 November 2017. In a modest field of 14 combinations, von Bredow-Werndl took charge of the Grand Prix ranking on her number one Grand Prix horse Unee BB.
Easily getting back into the swing of things after giving birth to her first baby in August, Von Bredow steered Beatrice Burchler-Keller's 16-year old Dutch warmblood stallion Unee BB (by Gribaldi x Dageraad) to victory in the Grand Prix. Judges Bernard Maurel, Monique Peutz, ReinhardRichenhagen, Isobel Wessels, Sharon Rhode rewarded the ride with 76.560% which ranked her first unanimously. Von Bredow went on to win the Grand Prix Special with 76.314%.
Werndl told Eurodressage that "riding" has been the magic trick to get her back in shape after the pregnancy. "As soon as I felt right to do, I started a little rebuilding workout," said Jessica. "I also continued doing little workouts during my pregnancy, so it was probably easier to come back in training. Her horse Unee BB was kept fit by the assistant trainers in Jessica's barn. "He did conditioning training on the galopping track and little hill climbing," she added.
In Oldenburg, Unee BB was on excellent form, Jessica confirmed. "Unee is extremely motivated and fit. He's in his best conditional shape ever. He gave me a very good feeling, especially in the Grand Prix." For 2018 Werndl is aiming at the World Cup Finals with either Unee BB or Zaire E and hopefully the 2018 World Equestrian Games. "It would be amazing to represent team Germany at the WEG," she said
British Lara Butler and the Bechtolsheimers' 15-year old Hanoverian gelding Rubin al Asad (by Rubin Royal) made their first trip back to the continent since the CDIO Rotterdam in June and twice finished second with personal best scores. In the Grand Prix she posted 74.060%and in the Special she got 74.294%.
Spanish Borja Carrascosa and Joanne Vaughan's 13-year old Hanoverian bred Al Martino (by Almoretto) scored a third place in the Grand Prix with 69.160% and went on to win the Kur to Music on Sunday with 72.670% ahead of Swedish duo Malin Rinne on the 14-year old stallion Scharmeur (by Schwadroneur x Napoleon).
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