Germany's Jessica von Bredow-Werndl takes World Cup Title in Tense Freestyle Finale
Saturday, April 9, 2022
Posted by Louise Parkes
On a night filled with emotion and excitement, Olympic and European champion Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and her 15-year-old mare TSF Dalera BB claimed the title with a brilliant last-to-go Freestyle performance on home ground at the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2022 Final in Leipzig, Germany tonight.
Her compatriot and long-time legend Isabell Werth and the 17-year-old mare Weihegold OLD, winners at the last three Finals, threw down the first over-80% score when fifth-last to go of the 17 starters and brought the appreciative audience to their feet when putting 85.291 on the board.
But Danish riders were on fire tonight, and although Carina Cassøe Kruth and Heiline’s Danciera couldn’t oust Werth from pole position when posting 84.971, next Danish contender Cathrine Dufour swept into the lead with the 10-year-old Vamos Amigos when awarded 86.164 for a test full of passion and power.
Only von Bredow-Werndl was now left to go, and with the togetherness that has become this pair’s hallmark they pranced their way to a score of 90.836 to put the result beyond doubt and add the FEI Dressage World Cup™ title to the hoard of gold medals they have collected over the last ten months.
For Werth tonight is particularly poignant, as her great mare will shortly be officially retired.