Of course, when defending champion Isabel Werth entered the ring, everyone knew that Zibrandtsen’s first place position was looking precarious. Werth opted to ride her 16 year old gelding Don Jonhson rather than the wonderful mare Weihegold, with whom she won the series last year, but even that wasn’t enough to hold her back as she delivered a predictably excellent test and took her place at the top of the leaderboard with 83.7%
Cathrine Dufour was last to go for the Danish riders and Atterupgaards Cassidy and throughout her whole test looked to be challenging Isabell Werth for the top spot.
The 25 year old rider got a standing ovation from the home crowd as she left the arena and the roar from the crowd signalled the score of 85.9 which was just enough to knock Isabell Werth off the top spot. With only Patrik Kittel to go and a win in the GP yesterday for Dufour, nothing seemed likely to displace her.
Despite a good test, he couldn’t quite reach the heights of Dufour and came in at 81% and took third place.
Clearly up for more, Victorious Cathrine told us;
"I didn’t plan to do the World Cup season, but of course I’m getting a bit hungry after this!"
Western European League, Leg 2/9 - LYON (Nov.1 - 5, 2017)
Text by Sophie Baker
Images by Everhorsephoto.com