Australia’s WEG Team: Hayley & Relampago de Retiro, Lyndal & Potifar, Brett & Victory Salute, Rachael & Alabaster
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SYDNEY, Aug. 27–Australia’s dressage team for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky a month from now was named Friday, with all but one of the four members based in Europe.
The combinations are: Hayley Beresford and Relampago do Retiro, Lyndal Oatley and Potifar, Brett Parbery and Victory Salute and Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster.
Hayley Beresford, 32, was born in Kellerberrin, Western Australia but lives in Switzerland. She moved to Germany to train with Isabell Werth. She formed a strong partnership with the Brazilian bred horse, Relampago do Retiro. The pair represented Australia at the 2008 Olympic Games. She is married to Kian Bullock.
Lyndal Oatley, 30, lives: Nottuln, Germany. She is a newcomer to the team, but her cousin, Kristy Oatley, has represented Australia previously. Potifar is Lyndal’s first Grand Prix horse, and competed successfully this year at Aachen, Hagen, and Cappeln in Germany. She is engaged to marry Patrik Kittel who will be competing for the Swedish team, shortly after the WEG.
Brett Parbery, 38, lives in Penrose, New South Wales with his wife, Melinda, and four-month-old son, Jake, but has been based for most of this year at Harskamp in The Netherlands where he works with Edward Gal. e past year. Brett and Victory Salute’s major achievements include being the Australian record holders for highest Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle score, 2010 Australian Dressage Champions, 10th at the World Cup Final and Aachen Grand Prix and Kur this year and 2nd at the Exquis World Dressage Masters CDI 5* Grand Prix Special at Hickstead. Victory Salute as on experienced traveler will be berthed next to Moorlands Totilas on the Dutch horse’s first air trip next month.
Rachael Sanna, 38, lives in Glossodia, New South Wales. She is the most experienced international rider on the team. Rachael represented Australia at the 1999 World Cup Final, 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, 2002 World Equestrian Games, Jerez, Spain and 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.