March 16, 2019|
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Daniel Bachmann Andersen on Blue Hors Zack. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

‘s-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, Mar. 16, 2019–Daniel Bachmann Andersen and Blue Hors Zack posted a personal best score Saturday to win the final World Cup qualifying event and beat Isabell Werth for the first time on one of the German superstar’s top ranked horses.

Helen Langehanenberg on the American-owned Damsey FRH also with a pertsonal best score was only slightly behind the Danish combination to also finish ahead of Isabell and Emilio. The German on her world No. 4 ranked mount was completing the required qualifying steps as a backup to Weihegold OLD on which she has won the last two World Cups.

The drama in the competition arena at the last of the global qualifiers to go to the Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in three weeks added to news of the withdrawal of Germany’s Dorothee Schneider on Sammy Davis Jr. because of an apparent infection that if not fixed by the time of the final would allow compatriot Benjamin Werndl on Daily Mirror to go to his first annual global championship.

Benjamin Werndl and Daily Mirror. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The victory by Daniel and the 15-year-old KWPN stallion that were on Denmark’s team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon last fall was awarded 84.890 per cent that beat their previous best of 83.375 per cent set last month. And it came a few hours after the 28-year-old Daniel rode Blue Hors Don Olymbrio to the win over Isabell on Don Johnson FRH for the second time at this show. Don Johnson is 18 years old and in his ninth year at Big Tour.

Isabell as the title defender needed only to compete in two events to go to the final, which she did on both Weihegold and Emilio, and earned no points for the order of finish.

Helen Langehanenberg had been leading the Western European League and clinched the top spot with Saturday second place and the 17 points it earned.

The Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Dream Boy placed fourth on 81.635 .

Benjamin Werndl and Daily Mirror slotted into fifth place that did not add to their total points, but if Dorothee and Sammy do not go to Gothenburg, as a German he would complete the limit of three combinations from one nation.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle

Source: Dressage News

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