Dufour Withdraws Bohemian from 2022 CDI-W Vilhelmsborg, CDI Debut on Vividus QRE

Wed, 10/19/2022 - 15:07
Cathrine Dufour and Bohemian at the 2022 CDIO Aachen :: Photo © Astrid Appels

Cathrine Dufour, the team gold and double silver World Championship medalist, will not be competing Bohemian in the 2022 CDI-W Vilhemsborg this weekend, 20 - 23 October 2022. 

Dufour last competed the Zinglersen family's Westfalian Bohemian (by Bordeaux x Samarant) at the 2022 CDIO Aachen in July but then chose to ride the Westfalian Vamos Amigos (by Vitalis x Hotline) at the World Championships in Herning in August. 

Cathrine had scheduled Bohemian's come back for Aarhus, but decided to withdraw last minute. 

“In the final stage of preparation I found I couldn’t present Bohemian in the form he deserves," she said. "As I am not going to compete for a spot in the World Cup final, I decided to withdraw him. I am very much looking forward to riding my young horse.”

Dufour will still be present at the competition as she will be making her international debut at small tour level with her new rising star, 7-year Swedish warmblood Vividus QRE (by Zaladin MI x Don Charly).

Vilhelmsborg, First Leg of 2022 - 2023 Western European World Cup League 

Athletes from eight nations - Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden - will line out as the Dressage World Cup 2022/2023 Western European League gets underway in Vilhelmsborg (DEN). They will compete in the Short Grand Prix on Saturday 22 October from which the top 15 will qualify for Sunday’s points-deciding Freestyle.

Vilhelmsborg is the first stop in the 12-leg Western European League that continues at Lyon (FRA) the following weekend before moving on to Stuttgart (GER) and Madrid (ESP) in November and then Salzburg (AUT), London (GBR) and Mechelen (BEL) in December.

The action will resume at Basel, St Jakobshalle (SUI) and Amsterdam (NED) in January 2023, and following legs in Neumünster (GER) and Gothenburg (SWE) in February the twelfth and final qualifier will take place in ’s-Hertogenbosch (NED) in March. 

The top 9 finishers in the League will qualify for the 2023 Final along with the defending champion, Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, who is automatically qualified provided she competes twice during the season. 

The Final returns to Omaha (USA) from 4 to 8 April, where her compatriot and five-time champion - the legendary Isabell Werth - reigned supreme on the only other occasion it was staged there in 2017. 

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