The season started already in April 2018 and will now finally come to an end. The best dressage rider will dance their way through the weekend and the winner will be presented after Saturday’s freestyle final. However, first they have to exceed the 60% limit in today’s Grand Prix which will determine their starting position in tomorrow’s big final.
One of the Swedish favorites, Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfvén, which is riding her seventh world cup final, started as number three with her horse Don Auriello and immediately took the lead with a score of 73,882%. She managed to keep her position until the Dutch rider and 2016’s world cup winner, Hans Peter Minderhoud with his horse Glock’s Dream Boy N.O.P, entered the ring and scored 75,326% after a beautiful performance. However, both riders lost their positions as the competition continued. The second Swedish rider, Patrik Kittel with the horse Delaunay OLD, entered the arena to the applauds of the audience and scored a total of 76,304% and landed on a sixth place. World number two, the American Laura Graves with her gelding Verdades, scored 80,109% and ended on second place. World number one and world cup winner 2017 and 2018, Isabelle Werth, did an amazing performance together with her horse Weihegold OLD and won the first leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup final™with an astonishing 81,755%.
All riders from today’s grand prix reached the 60% limit and will therefore be able to continue the competition in tomorrow’s freestyle final. The top three from the first round were:
1.Isabelle Werth – Weihegold OLD
2.Laura Graves – Verdades
3.Daniel Bachmann Andersen – Blue Hors Zack
For more information about the FEI Dressage World Cup final and the results click here.