A high quality field has been assembled for the start of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Dressage World Cup season in Vilhelmsborg in Denmark.
The event was originally due to take place in Herning but owing to the coronavirus pandemic it has been relocated to Vilhelmsborg, which last hosted the FEI Dressage World Cup Final in 2001.
Isabell Werth finished second that day behind Ulla Salzgeber and the German returns to the scene of her success that day chasing her sixth FEI Dressage World Cup title.
She will be partnering Emilio, with the German contingent for the event also featuring world number three Jessica von Bredow-Werndl partnering Zaire-E, world number eight Helen Langehanenberg teaming up with Damsey FRH and Jessica Süss partnering Duisenberg.
Host nation Denmark are sending a strong team to this event on home soil with Cathrine Dufour fancied to do well on 10-year-old gelding Bohemian.
"He'll be a rockstar, definitely!" 🐴🎸— The FEI (@FEI_Global) October 16, 2020
A @CathrineDufour & Bohemian show is one we can't wait to see. With their stage on home soil & eyes on the prize, the FEI Dressage World Cup will set off with a bang! 🎉
They're a pair to watch. Find out why! 👉https://t.co/zIATYoQBpA pic.twitter.com/q8fm6Ht3rk
The pair teamed up successfully during the Danish legs of last year's Dressage World Cup season in both the Grand Prix and Freestyle competitions.
Dufour will be joined by compatriots Andreas Helgstrand (Fiontini), Lone Bang Larsen (Bakkely’s Onandt), Charlotte Heering (Bufranco), Carina Cassoe (Heiline’s Danciera) and Helene Melsen (Aston Martin).
Three other nations will be competing at the event with Finland being represented by Emma Kanerva and Dambacu NL.
Nars Gottmer (Dicaprio Swing), Margo Timmermans (Catch Me) and Thamar Zweistra (Hexagon’s Doublt Dutch), are the three-strong team from the Netherlands.
Sweden complete the line-up with the nation's team featuring crowd favourite Patrik Kittel on Delaunay OLD, plus Therese Nilshagen (Dante Weltino OLD) and Antonia Ramel (Brother de Jeu).
Dressage training took place at the venue yesterday (Friday) with the first stage of the FEI Dressage World Cup, the Grand Prix taking place today before competition concludes tomorrow with the Grand Prix stage.