Wednesday 19 June 2019

Reynolds takes 11th position at World Cup final


Judy Reynolds. Photo: Sportsfile
Judy Reynolds. Photo: Sportsfile

Kildare-born Judy Reynolds (37) produced a spectacular performance to finish 11th at the FEI Dressage World Cup final in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Saturday.

Riding her 17-year-old gelding Vancouver K she wowed the crowd with her Irish-themed Freestyle to post a score of 79.30, while Germany's Isabell Werth, the most decorated athlete in the history of equestrian sport, reigned supreme with her mare, Weihegold, for the third consecutive time.

The Irish record at World Cup finals is impressive, having finished eighth in Gothenburg in 2016 and fourth in Omaha, USA in 2017.

But Reynolds was disadvantaged by her starting position on Saturday, her horse taking fright before Friday's Grand Prix in which they had to settle for 14th place.

However, the Dutch gelding sparkled on Saturday, dancing his way to his Freestyle music.

The pair now head for this summer's European Championships in the Netherlands in their bid to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games.

There were no Irish contenders in yesterday's Longines World Cup Jumping Final, won by Swiss star Steve Guerdat, riding Alamo.

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