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Dressage’s Danish Dynamite!

Denmark could be just weeks away from making history as they prepare to host the upcoming FEI World Championships in Herning.

Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour og Bohemian. Dansk Varmblods Hingstekåring 2022. Foto: Kee Frandsen

The Danes have a real chance of glory in Dressage with an outstanding team of talented humans and horses, who recently triumphed over mighty Germany in Aachen.

They’ll have passionate fans behind them when they take to the ring in Herning from Saturday, August 6. The hearts and cheering voices will almost certainly push them on their way.

But as well as hearts, the mind also says they have a great chance. Their quartet is a stunning ensemble of talent, featuring not just experience but youth and ambition too.

All four of their athletes are in the World’s top 20 – indeed the top-ranked Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour is placed both 2nd and 6th with Bohemian and Vamos Amigos respectively.

We must wait until later this month to discover which of those fine Westphalian geldings she’ll be competing with in Herning.

Bohemian or Vamos Amigos?

It will be a huge decision for 30-year-old Dufour as well as the Danish team leaders. 12-year-old Bohemian helped her to European silver last year, while 10-year-old Vamos finished second in April’s FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final and recently scored a hat-trick of wins at CHIO Aachen.

Checking out the FEI Dressage Performance Dashboard we can see that Vamos is her top horse for Degree of Difficulty at 9.56, although Bohemian gets the top score in comparison between the two in other key indicators such as Choreography, Harmony, General Impression and Passage.

Bohemian has a best of 90.00% in Grand Prix Freestyle, just ahead of Vamos’ 88.38%. In Grand Prix Special, Bohemian has a best of 82.68% compared to 80.06%.

Of course, Vamos is undoubtedly on a stunning trajectory having only made his competitive debut in late 2020. Bohemian began his trot to the top back in 2016, and helped Dufour to fourth in the Team and Individual competitions at last year’s Olympics. What a decision!

Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour and Vamos Amigos – Danish Champions 2022

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