Kildare’s Judy Reynolds has made history by becoming the first ever Irish rider to qualify for the World Cup Dressage Finals.
Reynolds received an invitation to compete at the 2016 World Cup finals and went on to finish in eighth place. However a sixth place finish in Saturday’s final qualifying round of the 2017 series at s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands, coupled with excellent results throughout the winter season, saw Reynolds finish on a 57 point total and in third place on the final league table to comfortably book her place in the world final.
Riding the Joe and Kathleen Reynolds-owned 15-year-old gelding Vancouver K, Judy finished with a score of 77.87% in Saturday’s competition, which was won by Dutch rider Hans Peter Minderhoud riding Glock’s Flirt on a score of 84.89%. German World No.1 Isabel Werth finished second with Emilio (83.30%), while another German rider, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, took third place on the podium with Zaire (80.265%).
The World Cup Finals take place at Omaha, USA, later this month.