It is not untypical to see a smiling Jessica von Bredow-Werndl. This Friday at the Frankfuter Festhallen Turnier, however, her smile was even bigger than usual. In the morning, the rider from Bavarian Aubenhausen and her KWPN mare Zaire-E were able to win the Grand Prix with 77,220 percent ahead of Hubertus Schmidt with Imperio (73,600 percent) and Fabienne Lütkemeier with D’Agostino (73,360 percent). And then she went one better with Dalera BB in the initial competition of the Louisdor Prize. She amazed the experts with 77,093 percent and won by a clear margin. Ingrid Klimke finished in second place with Hanoverian stallion Franziskus (74,233 percent) and third place with Rhinelander mare SAP Geraldine (73,372 percent).
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl was besides herself with joy: “Zaire flashed me today because the warm up was not easy with all the rain on the tent. But she completely focused on me and wanted to do everything correctly. Everyone who knows her knows that she is very sensitive and that that can just switch sometimes.” The result of 77,220 percent were the pair’s personal record and their first victory in an international Grand Prix since 2015. “Now it feels as if she was able to show everything she really can do.” the rider said.
Von Bredow-Werndl was also very impressed by her young mare Dalera BB. The Trakehner mare by Easy Game does not have much experience but had no problems with the atmosphere in the difficult Festhalle. “I had goosebumps all over my body during the ride,” so the winner said. “She projected so much calmness and superiority – that feels so impressive. Her piaffe passage tour is already a gait on its own. And think about when she will have more power. She is still at the beginning. She does not really have any weaknesses, has good nerves and is beautiful.”
However, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl’s life no longer only belongs to the horses. For four months now she has been a mother to Moritz, her little son. “In the morning I no longer wake up and think about what I am going to do concerning the World Cup. Instead I ask myself how I am going to do that with Moritz,” she laughed.
Still, horses take up a lot of space in the mind of the 31-year-old rider. The young mother has three horses at her disposal for next year’s World Equestrian Games. Unee BB is her backup, her sure choice, who is probable supposed to do the World Cup Final, while the two mares will be competed in the summer season. Two or three times the rider from Aubenhausen just missed the nomination for the team; in 2015 she was part of the EC team and next year she wants to be a part of the team again. A WhatsApp message of ther brother Benni Werndl, who had a cold and therefore only was able to watch her from home, fit: “It was about time for you to win again.”