Judy Reynolds claimed 5th place in today’s dressage Grand Prix Special in Aachen, setting a new Irish international record for the event of 75.784% with Vancouver K.

The Kildare rider’s score smashed the 22 year-old Irish record of 74.20% achieved by Anna Merveldt on Bossanova in Munich.

Her previous best international Grand Prix Special score had come at the Olympic Games in Rio where she came close to Merveldt’s record by scoring 74.09%.

Reynolds said afterwards: ““We are really happy. This was by far Vancouver K’s best Grand Prix Special test up to now. He was really confident and felt very secure in the ring. To finish fifth again here today in this company and ahead of two of the German team riders was really good and you couldn’t pick a better place than Aachen to break an Irish record.”

USA’s Laura Graves and Verdades won today’s event with 81.824%, ousting Germany’s Isabell Werth and Wiehegold OLD who scored 81.059%.

Sönke Rothenberger took third for Germany with 78.314% on Cosmo.

Judy Reynolds now hold the Irish international records for Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special, and Grand Prix Freestyle.

Mike Dunne