Schneider’s score of 83.42 became the one to beat as the final competitors entered the arena
Dorothee Schneider of Germany triumphed in the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle this weekend in Salzburg, Austria, combining challenging choreography set to tango music with beautiful artistic interpretation.
On her 11-year-old DSP gelding Sammy Davis, Jr., Schneider managed consistently high technical marks with difficult canter work and no joker line as a safety net in her programme to repeat any mistakes in her elements and raise her percentages.
Schneider’s score of 83.42 became the one to beat as the final competitors entered the arena. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, also of Germany, finished second in this leg of qualifying events heading towards the finals in Paris in 2018. Her score of 81.57 reflected her quick corrections during a bit of a difficult ride on distracted mount Unee Bb as well as a programme with a high degree of difficulty.
Rounding out the podium at third place was Daniel Bachmann-Andersen of Denmark, new to the World Cup level of international competition, but a competitor to watch in the future. Bachmann-Andersen turned in an elegant ride with superb collection, especially in his transitions, with a continuous sense of movement throughout his choreography for a score of 80.38.