Judy Reynolds qualifies for Olympic Dressage Final
- 12 August 2016, 20:24
A tremendous performance from Ireland’s Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K in today’s (Friday) second dressage qualifier at Rio means they qualify for the Olympic Final and set a new Irish record. Setting a personal best for Grand Prix Special when returning a score of 74.090%, Judy had a long wait to see if she had done enough to qualify for Monday’s Individual Dressage Final.
Today’s result from Rio is the best result ever achieved by an Irish dressage rider in Grand Prix Special dressage. Speaking from Rio after learning she had qualified, Judy said; “JP (Vancouver K) was absolutely brilliant today! He was a little tired but still he gave me everything he had and we scored a Personal Best in that test (Grand Prix Special). He’s such a good boy! I can’t wait for the final now!!”
After finishing in 17th place in today’s second qualifier, where the top 18 qualified, Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K will now compete in Monday’s Individual Final, which runs as a Grand Prix Freestyle set to music. Scores from today do not carry forward so all riders start on zero.
The Grand Prix Freestyle sees riders perform a routine to their individual music track. The event promises to be an amazing spectacle with the world’s top 18 riders and their horses set to put on a real show for the spectators and those watching on TV. The Final kicks off at 14.00 Irish time.
Judy’s fellow Team Ireland Equestrian rider, Greg Broderick, starts his campaign this weekend in the discipline of showjumping. The first individual qualifier class will take place at 14.00 Irish time on Sunday.