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The 2021 FEI World Cup Dressage Final has been cancelled due to the European outbreaks of equine herpes virus or EHV-1. The final was  scheduled to go ahead in Gothenburg, Sweden on 30 March-4 April 2021.

Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Final was to be held behind closed doors. The 2020 Final, due to have been held in Las Vegas, USA, was cancelled also cancelled. 

Only a handful of FEI World Cup Dressage qualifiers have been able to go ahead during the 2020-2021 season, with the majority of these being in the USA, and also several in central Europe. Only two qualifiers have taken place this season in the Western European League: in Aarhus, Denmark, in October 2020 and Salzburg, Austria, in January 2021.

Top riders all over the world compete for one of 18 coveted places at the final in regional leagues: the Western European League, the Central European League, the Pacific League, the North American League, with the highest ranking non-league rider offered a place and three additional starting places also allocated. The title defender is given an automatic place in the following year’s final.

At the final, each combination rides the grand prix, which determines the starting order for the grand prix freestyle to music, from which the final result is decided.

The reigning World Cup Dressage champion from 2019 is Germany’s Isabell Werth, who has now claimed the title three years in a row riding the Don Schufro mare Weihegold OLD, also a triple European gold medallist.

The last British winner of the World Cup dressage title was Charlotte Dujardin, who won back-to-back titles with Valegro in 2015 and 2015.