Aussies Win, Japan 2nd, Canada 3rd in International Prix St Georges Derby at Sydney CDI3*
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SYDNEY, Australia, May 9–With all 12 riders from six nations on horses chosen by random draw, the Australian team of Rozzie Ryan and Brett Parberry were victorious in the International Prix St Georges Derby at the Sydney CDI3* at the Sydney International Equestrian Center.Saturday.
The Australian pair posted a combined score of 128.526 over Japan’s Shingo Hayashi and Tomoko Nakamura who placed second with 124.105 and the Canadian team of Rochelle Kilberg and Simone Williams were third on 121.000 in the annual competition that has been one of the fun highlights since the inaugural invitational event 17 years ago. Quarantine requirements, transportation costs and distance make importing horses for the short period of Australia’s top dressage event unfeasible.
Riders from Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Singapore and New Zealand were invited this year for the small tour competition. Australian owners donate horses for the event which are assigned by random draw to give all combinations a fair shot at the title.
Great Britain finished fourth, Singapore fifth and New Zealand sixth.
Rozzie Ryan on Zest for Life was the top individual combination with a score of 64.842 per cent, Shingo Hayashi on Heatherton Park Tortilla was second with a score of 64.789 per cent and Brett Parberry on Austral Park Spellbound third with 63.684 per cent.