French Grand Prix team rider Ludovic Henry has received the FEI extra starting place for a rider from the host nation for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Paris, France, on 13 - 14 April 2018.
Eighteen dressage riders qualify for the 2018 World Cup Finals: the title defender, 9 from the Western European League, 2 from the Central European League, 1 from the Pacific League, 2 from the North American League, 1 from a non-league NF, and 2 extra starting places.
One of the starting places is allocated to an athlete from the host NF, if no host NF athlete is already qualified.
The French Ludovic Henry has now received that starting place from the FEI as he is the highest ranked French rider on the 2018 Western European League World Cup Ranking.
Henry and his 15-year old Bavarian bred After You (by Abanos x Ragazzo) are placed 16th with 36 points. French Marie Emilie Bretenoux follows in 22nd place with 22 points.
"The French Equestrian Federation had told us at the beginning that it (the starting place) would be (for) the highest in the ranking. We did everything possible and now this is another dream come true," said Georgia Henry, Ludovic's wife and co-owner of After You. "We are so happy and proud to represent France in Paris."
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