Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K have broken the Irish record for the second time in the space of three weeks.
The Irish combination set a new Irish record of 80.2% at Amsterdam last month and today achieved an incredible 82.750% on their way to a third place finish on the podium in the FEI World Cup Freestyle to Music Grand Prix at Neumünster in Germany.
It was a second podium finish for the pair in the space of 24 hours after they finished third in Neumünster on Saturday – becoming the first Irish combination to finish on a World Cup podium in Europe – and they are now in the hunt for a place in April’s World Cup final in Gothenburg.
“JP [Vancouver K] was much more relaxed today, he was a little bit spooky in the Grand Prix yesterday” said Reynolds. “He is so experienced now and much more comfortable which means I can ride him more forward. However we can still do better. My aim is to qualify for the finals and I’m hoping to compete in the final qualifier in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands next month.”
The result has moved Kildare’s Reynolds a step closer to securing a place at the FEI World Cup Finals which take place in Gethenburg, Sweden, in April. She lies in 12th place on the league table with one more round remaining in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, with the top nine combinations in the FEI Dressage World Cup Western European League qualifying for the final.
Six-time Olympic gold medallist and World No.1, Werth took Sunday’s top prize in Neumünster with Weihegold OLD on a score 86.81%. Helen Langehanenberg (GER) finished as runner-up with Damsey FRH (83.825%), with Reynolds in third the only non German rider to finish in the top seven places.