Madrid, Sep 10 (EFE) .- The German rider Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl and her mare ‘TSF Dalera BB’ are experiencing the best season of their sports career and the three golds of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, plus gold for teams in the European Dressage Championship, now adds the individual victory in the Special Grand Prix.
In the arena of Hagen (Germany), Von Bredow-Werndl competed in last place, which allowed him to know what all his rivals had done, especially his compatriot Isabell Werth, who together with ‘Weihegold Old’ had set a score of 81.702%.
Thus, the world number one needed to repeat a performance like the previous day in the team event and go above 80 percentage points; barrier that despite a couple of failures in the short step and in one of the diagonals exceeded to go up to 84.271%.
“When we entered the track, Dalera got even bigger, she raised her ears, she was very excited and when I did the jogging extensions I tried not to move because I could have unbalanced her because she was“ on fire ”. It was a great feeling, especially after the Olympics, he is so fit and happy again ”, explained the winner in statements to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI).
Werth, great dominator of the last two editions, obtained with this silver her medal number 26 in the European championships and, this time, she knew that gold was very difficult due to the state of form of Von Bredow-Werndl and because her mare Weihegold “He dominates freestyle more than the special program.”
In third position, the Danish rider Cathrine Dufour finished with the ‘Bohemiam’ binomial, who surprised another of the favorites, the British Charlotte Dujardin with ‘Gio’, to win the bronze by 81.079% to 79.787%, respectively.
Two other participants from Great Britain, Charlotte Fry and Carl Hester, and two Swedish riders, Juliette Ramel and Therese Nilshagen, completed the list of 8 athletes who will receive a financial award for their results.
In addition, the top 15 finishers in this individual program will participate this Saturday in the Freestyle Grand Prix with music, also known as Kür, one of the most anticipated events by the German public by combining recognized melodies with the movements of the pairs.
There will be no Spanish representation in this test, since José Antonio García Mena (72,842) with ‘Divina Royal’ at number 17 and Beatriz Ferrer-Salat (71,748) with ‘Elegance’ at number 20, did not reach the cut that he established the British Gareth Hughes (73,723).
Ferrer-Salat, Olympic medalist in Athens 2004 and with four metals in European championships, acknowledged to EFE that the medals are far away, “for now”, but that there is a generation of young horses that in a couple of years can raise the level of results.
The rider positively appreciated the demanding season “with great tournaments in a short time”, which she is enjoying after so many months without competition and because her horse has “a lot of energy” to respond in the rectangle.
Spain finished in seventh position in the Hagen European team event, the same position it reached last July in Tokyo 2020.
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