Reynolds Leads Western European League World Cup Ranking as 2016 Comes to a Close

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 09:39
2017 World Cup Finals

Irish Grand Prix rider Judy Reynolds is leading the Western European League World Cup as the year 2016 comes to a close. With four more World Cup qualifiers in Western Europe to go before the 2017 World Cup Finals in Omaha, Nebraska (USA), the die has not yet been cast for the definite entry field.

Judy Reynolds and her Ducth warmblood Vancouver K (by Jazz x Ferro) moved to the top of the Western European Dressage World Cup league table, after a fourth place finish in the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music at the 2016 CDI-W London International Horse Show at Olympia. Performing a test with a huge level of difficulty and fantastic Christmas themed music, Kildare-born Reynolds was a huge hit with the sell-out London audience, producing an excellent score of 78.269%. It was an incredible score for the Irish pair considering they only recently made the difficult transition to a new Freestyle routine and was just a fraction short of their Irish record of 79.70% set at Al Shaqab in Doha in March 2016.

Reynolds’ fourth place finish in London means she moves to the summit of the World Cup table on a total of 45 points after five of the nine rounds of the Western European league. Australian Kristy Oatley, who lives in Hamburg (GER), is competing her Olympic mount Du Soleil (by De Niro) on the European circuit and is currently standing in second place with 44 points. German Fabienne Lutkemeier and Swiss Marcela Krinke-Susmelj are tying in third place with 41 points. 

The next leg of series will take place in 2017 in Amsterdam (NED) on 28 January 2017 and will be followed by three more qualifiers, at Neumunster (GER) and Goteborg (SWE) in February and at ’s-Hertogenbosch (NED) in March.

The qualification period for the Central European League has ended with the 2016 CDI-W Moscow on 9 - 11 December. Russian Inessa Merkulova and Belarusian Hanna Karasiova will be the two Central European League representatives in Omaha.  

The Pacific League representative will be decided at the  2017 Pacific League World Cup Final will at Manfeild stadium in Feilding, New Zealand on 3 - 4 February 2017.

Photo © Jon Stroud

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