The World Cup’s coronavirus-shortened Western European League series launches in Aarhus, Denmark Saturday with five of the top 20 ranked rider and horse combinations in the lineup including the 2019 winning partnership of home nation stars Cathrine Dufour and Bohemian.
Four of the pairs to start at Aarhus have a head start in campaigning for a start at the Final next April in which Western Europe gets at least nine of the 18 starting places, having already earned points in Central Europe.
Isabell Werth on world No. 7 Emilio, whose campaign for an unprecedented fourth straight World Cup title on her second ranked Weihegold OLD was delayed by cancellation of the 2020 Final in Las Vegas, will begin fulfillment of the requirement of at least two starts for the title defender, but doesn’t earn points.
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Article written by: KENNETH J. BRADDICK