Sydney CDI3*** In Full Swing

Brett Parbery on Victory Salute won with a great score (Picture Franz Venhaus)
Brett Parbery on Victory Salute won with a great score (Picture Franz Venhaus)

The Grand Prix CDI 3*, supported by the Australian Sports Commission, was always going to be the one to watch. This competition was the first time that both Brett Parbery and Rachael Sanna would have competed since representing Australia at the 2010 Kentucky World Equestrian Games. Since then a number of riders have been proving they are the ones to beat. Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi won the Bates Australian National Dressage Championships in 2010. Since then, Chantal Wigan and her horse Ferero have won nearly all the Grand Prix competitions they have entered. Australian Olympian, Mary Hanna and her horses Umbro and Sancette have also been doing very well.

 

The Grand Prix CDI 3* was held outdoors and within half an hour of the competition starting, the heavens opened and this kept repeating itself throughout the competition. By the end of the class, Brett Parbery on Victory Salute won with a great score of 71.306 which is a new record for the Sydney CDI 3* Grand Prix competition (and possibly a record score in Australia). Second was Rachael Sanna on Jaybee Alabaster with 70.106. This was an amazing ride as Rachael had a back injury only weeks ago and has been in a lot of pain. Third place went to Mary Hanna on Sancette with a score of 66.766.


Rachael Sanna with the big chestnut, Jaybee Alabaster. This combination was solid as a rock (Picture Franz Venhaus)
Rachael Sanna with the big chestnut, Jaybee Alabaster. This combination was solid as a rock (Picture Franz Venhaus)

Victory for Rachael Senna and Jaybee Alabaster in Special

The Grand Prix Special CDI 3* commenced at 12:30 pm and so far the rain had stayed away which put a smile on all riders and judges. Due to better conditions, the horses’ energy levels were higher and the movements more exuberant. Mary Hanna and her very talented Sancette did their first Grand Prix Special together. Though there were a few mistakes but the test was electric and exciting to watch. Mary was pleased with his effort. “He’s a great horse, he’s always trying”. This ride placed her sixth with a score of 65.080.

In fifth place was Chantal Wigan and Ferero with 65.300. Fourth place went to the tried and true Heath Ryan and his very experienced stallion Regardez Moi with a score of 65.420. Third place went to New Zealand rider Penny Castle on her magnificent horse Gymstar One with 66.100. After a couple of mistakes in the one time changes, Brett Parbery and Victory Salute came second with a score of 68.960. Rachael Sanna ended up the winner with the big chestnut, Jaybee Alabaster. This combination was solid as a rock – correct, relaxed, accurate and extremely easy on the eye. They scored 69.860.




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