ON THIS DAY – March 31st 2017 – Irish Dressage star Judy Reynolds shines in World Cup Final Grand Prix with top five finish

  • 31 March 2020, 13:31

Three years ago on this day, Kildare’s Judy Reynolds produced an outstanding performance to take fifth place overall in the opening Grand Prix at the FEI World Cup Dressage Finals which were being held in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.

Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K leave the arena after a super performance in the 2017 FEI World Cup Grand Prix in Omaha (Photo: Erin Gilmore/NoelleFloyd.com)

Riding the then 15-year-old gelding Vancouver K, owned by Joe and Kathleen Reynolds, Judy finished with a score of 74.443% in a competition won by former World Cup champion Isabell Werth (GER) and Weihgold OLD on a score of 82.300%.

Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K leave the arena after a super World Cup Grand Prix performance in Omaha (Photo: Erin Gilmore/NoelleFloyd.com)
Reynolds had qualified for the FEI World Cup Dressage Final after finishing in third place in the Western European League

Speaking after the competition, which was held at the 17,000-seater Century Link Center in Omaha, a delighted Judy Reynolds said:

“I’m really happy. Today Vancouver K was very focused and the canter pirouettes were a highlight for me. He was with me all the way and the final passage/piaffe trot sequence down the centre line was a really strong finish to the test. I was delighted to receive a score of 76.70% from the president of the ground jury, Katrina Wüst from Germany. A top five finish in the Grand Prix is what I was aiming for as it gives me a great draw for the freestyle final on Saturday. It has been a wonderful experience to come here to Omaha, it is an amazing facility with good surfaces.”

Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K would go on to take a superb fourth place in the Dressage World Cup Final Freestyle Grand Prix two days later.

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