Jessica von Bredow-Werndl dominates European Dressage Championships with another dazzling individual gold

The 35-year-old German rider clinched her third gold medal of the week in Hagen by claiming a stunning win in the individual freestyle at the home championships.

By Courtney Hill
Picture by copyright of FEI / Liz Gregg

It has been yet another golden afternoon at the FEI 2021 European Dressage Championships for the formidable Jessica von Bredow-Werndl of Germany.

Two days ago (September 9), the 35-year-old German sensation added a grand prix special gold to her achievements, continuing her dominant display into the penultimate day of action.

And in the individual freestyle event, a stunning score of 91.021 saw her cruise to the top of the podium once again.

It was her third gold medal of the week, and fifth in six weeks following her double gold in Rio.

Bredow-Werndl and trusted 14-year-old mare TSF Dalera BB helped the German trio clinch Olympic gold in Tokyo, before replicating that form to anchor them once again to team dressage glory with another European title on home turf in Hagen, Germany.

Teammate and defending champion, Isabell Werth, couldn't quite edge her way onto the podium as a final result of 84.896 saw her narrowly miss out on another medal.

But it was Danish delight for Cathrine Dufour once again after leading Denmark to a bronze medal in the team event.

Dufour agonisingly missed out on the podium at Tokyo 2020 after finishing fourth in the individual freestyle, but made no mistakes this time round as her huge score of 88.436 was enough to see her join Bredow-Werndl on the podium in silver position; just two days on from a grand prix special bronze.

And after losing out on a medal 48 hours prior to the freestyle event, Charlotte Dujardin returned to action with steed Gio to take third and win bronze with a score of 87.246.

Dujardin's teammate and last rider to go on the day, Charlotte Fry, couldn't break into the top three and subsequently finished fifth behind Werth.

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