More Irish records for Judy Reynolds & Vancouver K with 5th place in Grand Prix Special in Rotterdam

Kildare's Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K. Credit: Joe Reynolds.

Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K produced another outstanding performance at the European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam on Thursday evening as the pair broke their own Irish record yet again on their way to a fifth place finish in the Grand Prix Special.

Reynolds and Vancouver K, who set a new Irish Grand Prix record in Tuesday’s Grand Prix competition, set a new Irish Grand Prix Special record of 78.252% to comfortably beat her own previous Irish Grand Prix Special best of 75.894% set at Aachen, Germany, earlier this year.

Reynolds’ fifth place finish is the highest ever achieved by an Irish competitor and breaks the 26-year record set by her fellow Olympian Anna Merveldt for the highest individual placing by an Irish rider at the FEI European Dressage Championships.

Anna Merveldt and Flashdancer were 11th in the Grand Prix and 9th in the Grand Prix Special at the 1993 FEI European Dressage Championships in Lipica, Slovenia.

The Grand Prix Special European Gold medal went to Germany’s Isabel Werth and Bella Rose, with her compatriot Dorothee Schneider and Showtime FRH taking the silver. Dane Cathrine Dufour with Afterupgaards Cassidy took the bronze.

Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K’s result means they qualify for Saturday’s Grand Prix Freestyle to Music in Rotterdam, where the Irish combination will perform to a special ‘Lord Of The Dance’ soundtrack.

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