Cathrine Dufour won both the Grand Prix and freestyle disciplines at the Dressage World Cup event in Herning ©Getty Images

Cathrine Dufour delighted the home crowd at the first leg of the Dressage World Cup Western European League in Herning, as she triumphed with her horse Atterupgaards Cassidy.

The defending champion, who triumphed in last year’s Grand Prix and freestyle disciplines, delivered the goods at the Jyske Bank Boxen Arena onboard the 18-year-old chestnut gelding, scoring 87.115 to win today’s freestyle dressage.

Compatriot Carina Cassøe Krüth took second place on her mare Heiline’s Danciera, with the pair scoring a personal best of 86.395.

The podium was completed by Dinja Van Liere of the Netherlands and her nine-year-old stallion Hermes, scoring 84.360.

Fourth place went to Helen Langehanenberg of Germany and her mare Annabelle 110, with a score of 81.215.

In fifth place was Denmark’s Nanna Skodborg Merrald and her stallion Blue Hors Zack with a score of 80.880.

Dufour was also victorious in yesterday’s Grand Prix discipline, scoring 77.553 with Atterupgaards Cassidy.

Cassøe Krüth and Heiline’s Danciera were second with a score of 75.474 with the podium completed by Van Liere and Hermes with 74.921.

Van Liere, in third, finished with the same score as fourth-placed Langehanenberg and Annabelle 110, in the Grand Prix event.

The next round of the Dressage World Cup series is scheduled to take place in Lyon, France from October 27 to 31.