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Dressage surprise, and a hot battle…

Benjamin Werndl riding Daily Mirror (Ph: FEI)

The 12-year-old chestnut stallion Dark Legend (Zucchero x Tango x Doruto, owned by Van Olst Horses) surprised Britain's Laura Fry in Gothenburg with an impressive score of 81.030% in the Freestyle after her runners-up place in the Grand Prix recorded a personal best. However, it wasn't this talented partnership, but the battle among German riders to reserve their berths for the FEI World Cup final in Las Vegas that stirred the most emotions. In the end it was Benjamin Werndl, brother of the rankings leader, Jessica, who claimed the second spot (86,170%) with Daily Mirror (Damon Hill x Florestan), being super happy with their well-rewarded piaffes. Fellow compatriot Frederic Wandres finished third with Duke of Britain (Dimaggio x Rubinstein) with 81.465%. As per World Cup regulations, German participation is limited to only two riders who will accompany title defender Isabell Werth, so the Dutch Masters in ’s-Hertogenbosch in two weeks (March 12-15) offers the decisive last chance for contenders such as Helen Langehanenberg to come out fighting and earn their place.

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