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Australia and New Zealand qualify for 2012 Olympic Dressage

Posted in Dressage @ Nov 4th 2011 9:55am - By Equestrian Australia

Australia and New Zealand have qualified for the team Dressage competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Lyndal Oatley on Potifar and Mary Hanna on Sancette, both representing Australia


Olympic Team Qualifier, Dressage. Ermelo (NED)
Photograph:Rinaldo de Craen_FEI

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Australia and New Zealand have qualified for the team Dressage competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games as a result of their performance at the two-part regional qualifier held in Sydney (AUS) on 28 October and in Ermelo (NED) today, 2 November.

 

 Overnight the Australian Dressage Team secured a start at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The qualification was a two-part process, the first leg was held in Sydney (AUS) on 28 October and the final leg in Ermelo (NED) last night, 2 November. Three teams, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa competed for the two slots available to nations from the FEI Olympic Groups F (Africa and Middle East) and G (South East Asia and Oceania).The Australian Team, consisting of Rachael Sanna on Jaybee Alabaster; Chantal Wigan and Ferero, Lyndal Oatley on Potifar and Mary Hanna aboard Sancette scored an average result of 69.255% (team total 207.765%) which put them in first place. The New Zealand team, as well as Australia’s Sanna and Wigan, competed in the Sydney leg whilst the South African team and the two remaining Australians, Oatley and Hanna, competed in the Ermelo event last night.Whilst it was a tense wait for the Australian’s back home, both Hanna and Oatley excelled each scoring over 68.00% to put Australia in the top spot. Oatley (scring 69.957% and Hanna 68.702%.Recently crowned National Grand Prix Champion Rachael Sanna, was thrilled with her team-mates performances. “It is absolutely awesome that we have qualified and that Australia now has a place in the Olympic Games. “Lyndal and Mary did an amazing job to help secure our place at London. It is peace of mind that we have a team place and now all the Aussie combinations will be fighting out to earn their selection on that team.” she said.Brett Mace, Equestrian Australia’s High Performance Manager said the performances from the athletes in the last week demonstrates the Dressage Olympic campaign is on track. “It is the result that we had been hoping for. The team performed extremely well and it is a confidence boost ahead of the tough selection process our athletes will now face leading into the Games next year.” Team New Zealand, which was composed of Louisa Hill on Bates Antonello; Vanessa Way on KH Arvan; Nicky Pope on Fabarchie; and Shiwon Green riding Gosh finished second on an average team score of 64.922% (team total 194.767%). Team South Africa, consisting of Zilla Pearse on Sarkozy; Nicole Smith on Victoria; Denise Hallion on Bomond and Adriaan van Wijk riding Othello 216, were a close third with an average score of 63.00% (team total 188.999%).The complete results are available at thislink. This event completes the direct team qualification process for Dressage at the 2012 Olympic Games and brings the number of teams to 11, as follows: Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden and the USA. The total number of teams competing in Dressage at the 2012 Olympic Games may exceed 11 since additional composite teams made up of three individuals from the same nation can qualify through the FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings. The updated Olympic qualification system is available at thislinkAbout the Australia Team *Note:The riders who competed in the qualifier are not necessarily the riders who may represent the Australia at the London Olympic Games. A selection process will now take place.Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster, owned by Mrs. Bev Edwards & Mr. John Edwards - SydneyChantal Wigan and Ferero, owned by Ms. Chantal Wigan & Mr. G. Fairman - Sydney Mary Hanna and Sancette, owned by Mrs. Mary Hanna & Mr. Rob Hanna – ErmeloLyndal Oatley and Potifar, owned by Mr. Andrew Oatley & Mrs. Carol Oatley – Ermelo Rachael Sanna - Age:38 Hometown: Glossodia, NSWSanna has been competing in dressage professionally since the age of 19. She is one of Australia’s most accomplished and experienced competitors, having competed in 1999 World Cup Final, Sydney 2000 Olympics, 2002 World Championships, 2006 World Championships, 2010 World Championships. Sanna is married Olympic Showjumper, George Sanna in 2001 and together they have two children. They run Sanna Equestrian Bloodstock, riding, training, competing, mentoring and selling showjumpers and dressage horses.Jaybee Alabaster - 1999 Chestnut gelding Owners: Bev and John Edwards of Jaybee Farm Breed: Hanoverian Sire: Alabaster Dam: Gloria (imp) Performances: 2011 World Equestrian Games GPS 27th, 2011 Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle 1st, 2011 Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix Special 1st, 2010 Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix 2nd Chantal Wigan – Age: 37 Hometown:Cleveland, QueenslandWigan was born outside Brisbane where her family owned and operated a state of the art equestrian centre. She holds several degrees from the British Horse Society. Wigan is no stranger to the international circuit as she lived and trained in Europe throughout her career. Wigan’s returned from her most recent training and competition tour of Europe in 2010 after winning the Vierzon CDI3* in France. Also in 2010 she and Ferero won the World Cup Pacific League Final. This year they won three consecutive Pacific League World Cup qualifier events. Ferero - 1998 Dark bay gelding Owners: Mr. G. Fairman & C Wigan Breed: KWPN Sire: Ferro Dam: Lou Lou Performances: 2010 CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Vierzon FRA 1st, 2010 FEI World Cup Pacific League Final 1st, 2010 CDI-W Grand Prix Equitana 1st, 2011 CDI3* Grand Prix Boneo Park AUS 1st, 2011 CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Boneo Park 1st, 2011 CDI-W Grand Prix Melbourne1st, 2011 CDI-W GP Freestyle Melbourne1st Mary Hanna – Age: 55 Hometown: Bellarine, Victoria A three-time Olympian, three-time World Equestrian Games representative and three-time competitor at the FEI World Cup Finals Hanna is no stranger to the international stage. Hanna was born into a very horsey family in the Western District of Victoria and rode from an early age. She now lives with husband and business partner Rob at their beautiful equestrian property Statene Park on the Bellarine Peninsula in Drysdale. Hanna works as a full time equestrian coach and dressage trainer. She holds a bachelor of teaching and gives much of her time in the sport as an NCAS Level III dressage instructor and is currently the coach for the Victorian Dressage Team. Hanna was originally a jumping and eventing rider, converting to dressage in her 20’s. Hanna has been the Australian National Grand Prix Champion on six occasions. She is currently based in Europe training towards London 2012.Sancette – 2001Bay gelding Owners: Mary and Rob Hanna Breed: Hanoverian Sire: Sandro Hit Dam: Cascade Performances: 2011 CDI3* Grand Prix Biarritz (FRA) 4th and Grand Prix Special 2nd, 2011 CDI3* Saumur (FRA) Grand Prix Freestyle 7th, 2011 CDI3* Leudelange (LUX) Grand Prix 9th, 2011 CDI5* Hickstead (UK) Grand Prix Special 5th, 2011 CDI3* Compiègne 5th, 2011 CDI3* Sydney 3rd, 2010 CDI-W Freestyle Werribee 2nd.Lyndal Oatley – Age: 31 Hometown: Nottuln, Germany. Formerly from Galston, SydneyOatley is following in her family’s tradition of representing Australia in dressage as her cousin Kristy Oatley has so successfully done in years past. Whilst watching the 2000 Olympics she decided that dressage would be her new focus. Until this, Oatley competed show horses, twice becoming Australian Champion and was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year in sports for her achievements in the sport. Potifar is Oatley’s first Grand Prix horse, and together have grown as a pair reaching the Australian team for the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA. Oatley has a degree in Business, majoring in Marketing with a minor in Business Management. She is based in Germany with and husband and trainer Patrik Kittel.Potifar - 1997 16.3hh Bay gelding Owner: Mr. Andrew Oatley & Mrs. Carol Oatley Breed: KWPN Sire: Jazz Performances: 2011 CDIO5* Aachen Grand Prix 31st, 2011 CDI3* München-Riem Grand Prix 13th, 2011 CDI4* Lingen Grand Prix 15th, 2010 World Equestrian Games Grand Prix 46th, 2010 Aachen team 7thAbout the Australia Team *Note:The riders who competed in the qualifier are not necessarily the riders who may represent the Australia at the London Olympic Games. A selection process will now take place.Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster, owned by Mrs. Bev Edwards & Mr. John Edwards - SydneyChantal Wigan and Ferero, owned by Ms. Chantal Wigan & Mr. G. Fairman - Sydney Mary Hanna and Sancette, owned by Mrs. Mary Hanna & Mr. Rob Hanna – ErmeloLyndal Oatley and Potifar, owned by Mr. Andrew Oatley & Mrs. Carol Oatley – Ermelo Rachael Sanna - Age:38 Hometown: Glossodia, NSWSanna has been competing in dressage professionally since the age of 19. She is one of Australia’s most accomplished and experienced competitors, having competed in 1999 World Cup Final, Sydney 2000 Olympics, 2002 World Championships, 2006 World Championships, 2010 World Championships. Sanna is married Olympic Showjumper, George Sanna in 2001 and together they have two children. They run Sanna Equestrian Bloodstock, riding, training, competing, mentoring and selling showjumpers and dressage horses.Jaybee Alabaster - 1999 Chestnut gelding Owners: Bev and John Edwards of Jaybee Farm Breed: Hanoverian Sire: Alabaster Dam: Gloria (imp) Performances: 2011 World Equestrian Games GPS 27th, 2011 Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle 1st, 2011 Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix Special 1st, 2010 Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix 2nd Chantal Wigan – Age: 37 Hometown:Cleveland, QueenslandWigan was born outside Brisbane where her family owned and operated a state of the art equestrian centre. She holds several degrees from the British Horse Society. Wigan is no stranger to the international circuit as she lived and trained in Europe throughout her career. Wigan’s returned from her most recent training and competition tour of Europe in 2010 after winning the Vierzon CDI3* in France. Also in 2010 she and Ferero won the World Cup Pacific League Final. This year they won three consecutive Pacific League World Cup qualifier events. Ferero - 1998 Dark bay gelding Owners: Mr. G. Fairman & C Wigan Breed: KWPN Sire: Ferro Dam: Lou Lou Performances: 2010 CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Vierzon FRA 1st, 2010 FEI World Cup Pacific League Final 1st, 2010 CDI-W Grand Prix Equitana 1st, 2011 CDI3* Grand Prix Boneo Park AUS 1st, 2011 CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Boneo Park 1st, 2011 CDI-W Grand Prix Melbourne1st, 2011 CDI-W GP Freestyle Melbourne1st Mary Hanna – Age: 55 Hometown: Bellarine, Victoria A three-time Olympian, three-time World Equestrian Games representative and three-time competitor at the FEI World Cup Finals Hanna is no stranger to the international stage. Hanna was born into a very horsey family in the Western District of Victoria and rode from an early age. She now lives with husband and business partner Rob at their beautiful equestrian property Statene Park on the Bellarine Peninsula in Drysdale. Hanna works as a full time equestrian coach and dressage trainer. She holds a bachelor of teaching and gives much of her time in the sport as an NCAS Level III dressage instructor and is currently the coach for the Victorian Dressage Team. Hanna was originally a jumping and eventing rider, converting to dressage in her 20’s. Hanna has been the Australian National Grand Prix Champion on six occasions. She is currently based in Europe training towards London 2012.Sancette – 2001Bay gelding Owners: Mary and Rob Hanna Breed: Hanoverian Sire: Sandro Hit Dam: Cascade Performances: 2011 CDI3* Grand Prix Biarritz (FRA) 4th and Grand Prix Special 2nd, 2011 CDI3* Saumur (FRA) Grand Prix Freestyle 7th, 2011 CDI3* Leudelange (LUX) Grand Prix 9th, 2011 CDI5* Hickstead (UK) Grand Prix Special 5th, 2011 CDI3* Compiègne 5th, 2011 CDI3* Sydney 3rd, 2010 CDI-W Freestyle Werribee 2nd.Lyndal Oatley – Age: 31 Hometown: Nottuln, Germany. Formerly from Galston, SydneyOatley is following in her family’s tradition of representing Australia in dressage as her cousin Kristy Oatley has so successfully done in years past. Whilst watching the 2000 Olympics she decided that dressage would be her new focus. Until this, Oatley competed show horses, twice becoming Australian Champion and was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year in sports for her achievements in the sport. Potifar is Oatley’s first Grand Prix horse, and together have grown as a pair reaching the Australian team for the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA. Oatley has a degree in Business, majoring in Marketing with a minor in Business Management. She is based in Germany with and husband and trainer Patrik Kittel.Potifar - 1997 16.3hh Bay gelding Owner: Mr. Andrew Oatley & Mrs. Carol Oatley Breed: KWPN Sire: Jazz Performances: 2011 CDIO5* Aachen Grand Prix 31st, 2011 CDI3* München-Riem Grand Prix 13th, 2011 CDI4* Lingen Grand Prix 15th, 2010 World Equestrian Games Grand Prix 46th, 2010 Aachen team 7th.Friday 28 Oct , Sydney Olympic Regional Dressage Team qualifier gets underwayNew Zealand and Australia contested the first leg of the Regional Olympic Qualifier for Dressage held today at the Australian Dressage Championships, Sydney Australia presented two riders with the remaining two to compete at the second leg of the qualifier in Ermelo (NED) 2 November. A South African team will also compete in Ermelo. New Zealand fielded their full team today in Sydney. Two of the three teams will qualify for the 2012 Games.The New Zealand Team finished with a total score of 194.77. Louisa Hill and Bates Antonello posted the highest percentage for the Kiwis (66.13%) followed by Vanessa Way on KH Arvan then Nicky Pope on Fabarchie The discard score was Shiwon Green on Gosh.First out for the Australia was Chantal Wigan (Qld) and Ferero. They performed a solid test but had a mistake in the tempi changes and also a glitch in the first pirouette. The horse looked magnificent and worked solidly throughout the test.“Overall I was pleased with the test, obviously the errors were costly and I am disappointed that the score wasn’t a little better,” commented Wigan. “I lost a little power in the changes, I was trying some new things and that was the result but I felt he was working really well.”This is the lowest Grand Prix score for the pair in a long time, however on a positive note they received their best marks from Stephen Clarke (GBR) who will be the Head of the Ground Jury at the London Games. Clarke rewarded the pair with 64.04%The second and final team rider for Australia was Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster. It was a very shaky start as Alabaster broke dramatically in first extended trot and required a very strong reminder from Sanna that he was supposed to be listening to her. To his credit Alabaster recovered very well to perform a lovely test scoring 69.09%. Sanna received 72.13% from Clarke.Alabaster was in a mood according to Sanna, “He was on edge and it wasn’t going to take much, the cameras were enough to set him off,” she said. “But he recovered really well which I am very pleased about. He did some of his best work and I am really happy with him.”This leaves Australia on a score of 131.58 after two riders. In order to qualify for London Australia must beat either New Zealand; requiring a score of 63.20% or better from either of our remaining riders (Mary Hanna and Sancette or Lyndal Oatley on Potifar) at Ermelo, or beat South Africa who will field their whole team at Ermelo.Australia Rachael Sanna Jaybee Alabaster 69.11%Chantal Wigan Ferero 62.47%New ZealandLouisa Hill and Bates Antonello 66.13%Vanessa Way on KH Arvan 65.51%Nicky Pope on Fabarchie 63.13%Shiwon Green Gosh 61.36% (discard score)Team total 194.77 Friday will be an important day in the road to the 2012 London Olympic Games for the Australian Dressage Team with the start of the Olympic Regional Team Qualifier at the Bates Australian Dressage Championships to be held at Sydney International Equestrian Centre, Horsley Park.The national selectors have named the team to contest the Group F/G Group Team qualifier. Due to quarantine restrictions it is necessary to hold the qualifier in two parts, one in each hemisphere as riders and their horses are based in both Australasia and Europe. The first leg, held in Sydney on 28 October in the Grand Prix CDI-W at the Bates Australian Dressage Championships, will commence at 1:30pm and conclude at 5:40pm. The second leg of the Olympic qualifier will take place in Ermelo, Netherlands, on 2 November. Australia will field two riders at each competition.

The two best placed teams from the Olympic Group F/G qualify to send a team of three horses and riders to the 2012 Games. Each nation will name four riders to compete at either Sydney or Ermelo, with the best three scores to count toward the team score.

Australia will be competing against New Zealand and South Africa, Japan which is also in our group has withdrawn. Australia and New Zealand will be fielding team members at the Sydney qualifier, whilst South Africa and remaining Australian team members will compete in Ermelo.Judging at each leg of the qualifier will be FEI 5* judges Stephen Clarke (GBR) who will also be the President of the Ground Jury at The London Olympic Games in 2012, Gotthilf Riexinger (GER), Susan Hoevenaars (AUS) as well as FEI 4* judge Mariëtte Sanders-van Gansewinkel (NED) and Raphaël Saleh (FRA). The Australian team will be as follows:Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster, owned by Mrs. Bev Edwards & Mr. John Edwards - SydneyChantal Wigan and Ferero, owned by Ms. Chantal Wigan & Mr. G. Fairman - SydneyMary Hanna and either Sancette, owned by Mrs. Mary Hanna & Mr. Rob Hanna – ErmeloLyndal Oatley and Potifar, owned by Mr. Andrew Oatley & Mrs. Carol Oatley - ErmeloRiders who are part of a team successful in the team qualifying event are not necessarily the riders who may represent the Australia at the London Olympic Games.The New Zealand team to compete in Sydney will be as follows: Shiwon Green - Gosh (Cambridge) Louisa Hill - Bates Antonello (Clevedon) Nicki Pope - Fabarchie (Whitford)Vanessa Way - KH Arvan (Oakura) About the Australia TeamRachael Sanna - Age:38 Hometown: Glossodia, NSWSanna has been competing in dressage professionally since the age of 19. She is one of Australia’s most accomplished and experienced competitors, having competed in 1999 World Cup Final, Sydney 2000 Olympics, 2002 World Championships, 2006 World Championships, 2010 World Championships. Sanna is married Olympic Showjumper, George Sanna in 2001 and together they have two children. They run Sanna Equestrian Bloodstock, riding, training, competing, mentoring and selling showjumpers and dressage horses.Jaybee Alabaster - 1999 Chestnut gelding Owners: Bev and John Edwards of Jaybee Farm Breed: Hanoverian Sire: Alabaster Dam: Gloria (imp) Performances: 2011 World Equestrian Games GPS 27th, 2011 Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle 1st, 2011 Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix Special 1st, 2010 Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix 2nd Chantal Wigan – Age: 37 Hometown:Cleveland, QueenslandWigan was born outside Brisbane where her family owned and operated a state of the art equestrian centre. She holds several degrees from the British Horse Society. Wigan is no stranger to the international circuit as she lived and trained in Europe throughout her career. Wigan’s returned from her most recent training and competition tour of Europe in 2010 after winning the Vierzon CDI3* in France. Also in 2010 she and Ferero won the World Cup Pacific League Final. This year they won three consecutive Pacific League World Cup qualifier events. Ferero - 1998 Dark bay gelding Owners: Mr. G. Fairman & C Wigan Breed: KWPN Sire: Ferro Dam: Lou Lou Performances: 2010 CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Vierzon FRA 1st, 2010 FEI World Cup Pacific League Final 1st, 2010 CDI-W Grand Prix Equitana 1st, 2011 CDI3* Grand Prix Boneo Park AUS 1st, 2011 CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Boneo Park 1st, 2011 CDI-W Grand Prix Melbourne1st, 2011 CDI-W GP Freestyle Melbourne1st Mary Hanna – Age: 55 Hometown: Bellarine, Victoria A three-time Olympian, three-time World Equestrian Games representative and three-time competitor at the FEI World Cup Finals Hanna is no stranger to the international stage. Hanna was born into a very horsey family in the Western District of Victoria and rode from an early age. She now lives with husband and business partner Rob at their beautiful equestrian property Statene Park on the Bellarine Peninsula in Drysdale. Hanna works as a full time equestrian coach and dressage trainer. She holds a bachelor of teaching and gives much of her time in the sport as an NCAS Level III dressage instructor and is currently the coach for the Victorian Dressage Team. Hanna was originally a jumping and eventing rider, converting to dressage in her 20’s. Hanna has been the Australian National Grand Prix Champion on six occasions. She is currently based in Europe training towards London 2012.Sancette – 2001Bay gelding Owners: Mary and Rob Hanna Breed: Hanoverian Sire: Sandro Hit Dam: Cascade Performances: 2011 CDI3* Grand Prix Biarritz (FRA) 4th and Grand Prix Special 2nd, 2011 CDI3* Saumur (FRA) Grand Prix Freestyle 7th, 2011 CDI3* Leudelange (LUX) Grand Prix 9th, 2011 CDI5* Hickstead (UK) Grand Prix Special 5th, 2011 CDI3* Compiègne 5th, 2011 CDI3* Sydney 3rd, 2010 CDI-W Freestyle Werribee 2nd.Lyndal Oatley – Age: 31 Hometown: Nottuln, Germany. formerly from Galston, SydneyOatley is following in her family’s tradition of representing Australia in dressage as her cousin Kristy Oatley has so successfully done in years past. Whilst watching the 2000 Olympics she decided that dressage would be her new focus. Until this, Oatley competed show horses, twice becoming Australian Champion and was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year in sports for her achievements in the sport. Potifar is Oatley’s first Grand Prix horse, and together have grown as a pair reaching the Australian team for the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA. Oatley has a degree in Business, majoring in Marketing with a minor in Business Management. She is based in Germany with and husband and trainer Patrik Kittel.Potifar - 1997 16.3hh Bay gelding Owner: Mr. Andrew Oatley & Mrs. Carol Oatley Breed: KWPN Sire: Jazz Performances: 2011 CDIO5* Aachen Grand Prix 31st, 2011 CDI3* München-Riem Grand Prix 13th, 2011 CDI4* Lingen Grand Prix 15th, 2010 World Equestrian Games Grand Prix 46th, 2010 Aachen team 7th. Spectators are welcome so come along to support the Australian team. 

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