Olympic and European Champion Jessica von Bredow-Werndl made a winning come back to the international stage in the Grand Prix at the World Cup qualifier CDI-W in Lyon (FRA) on 27 October 2022.
The reigning champion has not lost any of its sparkle after her baby break, but for World Championship bronze medal winner Dinja van Liere (NED) Lyon was a disappointment as he had to withdraw her top ride Hermes after he turned up lame in the warm-up.
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Judges Isabelle Judet (FRA), Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA), Katrina Wüst (GER), Susanne Baarup (DEN), and Mariette Sanders-van Gansewinkel (NED) are on duty in Lyon and all five of them rewarded Von Bredow's ride with 80 plus scores. Jessica and Beatrice Burchler-Keller's 15-year old Trakehner mare Dalera (by Easy Game x Handryk) posted a winning score of 81.739% with 80.326% as low score and 83.587% as high score
Jessica's brother, Benjamin Werndl, is also continuing on strong form with his World Championship German team horse Famoso OLD (by Farewell III x Welt Hit II). Werndl and Flora Keller's 13-year old Oldenburg won team bronze in Herning and placed fourth individually as best performing German pair at the show.
In Lyon they were second in the short Grand Prix with 77.000% although Roudier had them at 73.152% and Wust at 79.022%.
Two Scandinavian riders were following the German dup with Patrik Kittel on the 10-year old Swedish bred Touchdown (by Quaterback x Sack) in third place on 75.261%.
Danish Nanna Merrald Rasmussen had Agnete Kirk Thinggaard's Oldenburg mare Atterupgaards Orthilia (by Gribaldi x Donnerschlag) back on call since the 2022 CDIO Aachen in July. The 17-year old mare posted 74.369% for fourth place. Her marks ranged from 71.196% to 75.978%, with the low and high score coming both from the judges on the long side of the arena.
German Isabell Werth rode Madeleine Winter-Schulze's 16-year old Westfalian gelding Emilio (by Ehrenpreis x Cacir AA) into the top five with 73.413%. The panel was also quite divided on this test with a 69.565% from French judge Judet and a 75.870% from German judge Wust.
Holland's new number one, Dinja van Liere, unfortunately had to withdraw Joop van Uytert and Jan Anker's 10-year old KWPN stallion Hermes (by Easy Game x Flemmingh) from competition. In the warm-up he was unlevel.
"Hermens went super well yesterday evening," said Dutch team trainer Alex van Silfhout. "This morning in the warm-up he was totally lame. We suspect a hoof abscess. It almost can't be anything else."
The World Cup qualifying Grand Prix Freestyle starts on Friday 28 October 2022 at 16h000