Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour – profile
Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour (born 1992) is one of Denmark’s – and the world’s – best dressage riders. She represented Denmark at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and Tokyo, and has won medals at the European Championships, and holds multiple Danish Champion titles.
One of the world’s best
Despite her young age, Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour (formerly Dufour) has managed to make her mark on the international scene. With numerous victories at international Grand Prix level and top placings in the FEI World Ranking with Bohemian and Atterupgaard’s Cassidy, she belongs among the world elite.
Cathrine has even surpassed the magic 80% mark several times and is one of the few to have beaten Isabell Werth (Germany). At the 2016 Olympics, Cathrine Dufour and Atterupgaard’s Cassidy finished 13th in the individual competition and 6th in the team competition, and at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, she and Bohemian finished 4th individually and 4th in the team competition.
From riding club to Olympics
Cathrine Dufour started at the riding club at the age of 5, and already at the age of 12, she became part of the Danish pony dressage team. Also as a young rider (U21) Cathrine showed her great talent and has won the Danish championship in dressage an impressive number of times, and at the age of 24, she rode her first Olympic Games on Cassidy, where they finished in an individual 13th place and a 6th place for the team.
Denmark’s current most winning rider
In 2017 she took two individual bronze medals and team silver at the European Championships, while in 2018 she managed to qualify for the World Championships but unfortunately had to withdraw. In 2019, she again won individual bronze at the European Championships in Rotterdam, and in 2021 Cathrine was on the Danish Olympic dressage team in Tokyo, where she finished 4th both individually and as a team. In the same year, she won the European Team Bronze, the European Grand Prix Special Bronze, and the European Kür Silver on the horse Bohemian.
- 2021 Olympics: Individual 4th place and team 4th place
- 2016 Olympics: Individual 13th place and 6th place for teams
- European Championship 2021: Team bronze, individual bronze in GPS and Silver in Kür
- European Championship 2017: Team silver and individual bronze in GPS and Kür
- European Championships 2019: Individual bronze and 4th place for teams
- Winner of the World Cup qualification on Cassidy in 2021
- Winner of the World Cup qualification in Aarhus on Bohemian 2020
- Winner of the World Cup Qualification on Cassidy 2017
- Several times Danish Champion in dressage
Bohemian and Cassidy
Cathrine currently has three top horses – Bohemian, Atterupgaard’s Cassidy and Vamos Amigos with whom she has been at the top of the world rankings. In 2022 the pair won the Danish Championship in dressage. Of course, there are also new horses on the way, and their progress in the sport will be very interesting to follow.
Dufour Dressage and Helgstrand
Cathrine runs her own dressage stable, Dufour Dressage, on Zealand. From here she trains herself as well as teaches new promising talents. In addition, she is also a rider for Helgstrand Dressage and gets horses in for riding from the large talented selection at Helgstrand. Dufour Dressage thus functions as a sales stable for Helgstrand on Zealand.
In her private life, Cathrine is married to show jumper Rasmine Laudrup-Dufour. The couple got married in 2021, and they share their passion for horses and equestrian sports in videos and photos on Instagram and Facebook.
World Championships in Herning 2022
No less than three medals were brought home by the danish dressage darling at the ECCO FEI World Championships in Herning 2022. The Danish national dressage team made history and took home the gold in Sunday’s team final, where Cathrine scored a breathtaking 81.864&, and they could thereby call themselves world champions. But that wasn’t enough for Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour who also took home the silver medal in both Grand Prix Special(81.322 %) and Grand Prix Freestyle(89.411 %)
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