Aussie Riders Can Create Own Selection Path to WEG

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SYDNEY, Mar. 3–Australia’s elite dressage competitors can create their own path to selection for the team to compete at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky at the end of September.

Within Australia, two opportunities remain to qualify.

The first is later this month in Werribee, Victoria at the Dressage and Jumping with the Stars March 18-20, featuring a World Cup qualifier class. The second is the Sydney CDI Apr. 29-May 1.

There are, however, no compulsory selection events. Each rider can create their own campaign with results from CDI Grand Prix anywhere in the world in 2009 and 2010 being considered by selectors, with particular attention to the most recent competitions. Selection policies can be seen on www.equestrian.org.au.

Europe-based Australian riders including 2008 Olympic competitors Hayley Beresford and Kristy Oatley are among riders bidding for selection overseas while 2009 Australian Dressage Champions Brett Parbery and Victory Salute have traveled to the Netherlands to represent Australia at the FEI World Cup Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch March 27-30. The pair will remain in Europe during their campaign for WEG team selection.

At home, Olympians Heath Ryan and Rachael Sanna will lead the charge.