Judy Reynolds (37) set another Irish international dressage record when placing seventh in the FEI World Cup Freestyle to Music qualifier in Amsterdam on Saturday, where Germany dominated the podium and reigning double-champions Isabell Werth and Weihegold came out on top.

Reynolds was riding her parents‘ 17-year-old gelding Vancouver K, with which she just missed out on the podium when finishing fourth at the World Cup Finals in Omaha in 2017. She posted a score of 80.290 to overtake the previous record of 79.70 she set in Doha, Qatar in 2016.

“I‘m really delighted to break 80pc,” said the German-based Kildare rider, who finished 18th at the Rio Olympics and is aiming for a strong result at this summer‘s European Championships in Rotterdam. “It‘s been coming for a while, and great to achieve it here in Amsterdam.”

Reynolds has created a huge spike of interest in dressage in Ireland in recent years, particularly amongst young riders, and she has a big following across Europe.

Her new, Irish-themed freestyle musical score and exciting new floorplan is helping to highlight her gelding‘s exceptional athleticism and talent.

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Irish Independent

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