Judy Reynolds and the 17-year-old Jazz gelding Vancouver K, owned by her parents Joe and Kathleen, danced their way to a new Irish international record score of 82.750% when placing third in the Grand Prix Kür (Freestyle to Music) at the ninth leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup 2018/2019 Western European League in Neumünster, Germany today.
A dazzling performance of her new ‘Lord of the Dance’-themed freestyle to music programme, saw Reynolds break her own record Irish international Grand Prix Kür (Freestyle to Music) score of 80.29% set only last month in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Judy placed third in the FEI World Cup Grand Prix yesterday on a score of 75.109%, becoming the first Irish rider to finish on the podium in an FEI World Cup Grand Prix in the Western European League. Today Reynolds became the first Irish rider to finish in the top three in a FEI Western European League Grand Prix Kür (Freestyle to Music).
“JP [Vancouver K] was much more relaxed today, he was a little bit spooky in the Grand Prix yesterday” said Judy. “He is so experienced now and much more comfortable which means I can ride him more forward. However we can still do better. My aim is to qualify for the finals and I’m hoping to compete in the final qualifier in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands next month.”
Judy scored 17 points to move up nine places in the FEI Dressage World Cup 2018/2019 Western European League to twelfth place on a 40 point total after the penultimate leg today. The top nine combinations in the FEI Dressage World Cup 2018/2019 Western European League will qualify for the final in Gothenburg, Sweden in April. A maximum of three athlete/horse combinations per national federation (including the title-defender – Germany’s Isabell Werth will be allowed to participate in the final.
Germany’s Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD, the number one dressage combination in the world, won the qualifier on a score 86.810%.