Heath Ryan & Regardez Moi Win Sydney Equitana World Cup Freestyle

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Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi in the Sydney Equitana Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2013 Nicole Bartleet
Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi in the Sydney Equitana Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2013 Nicole Bartleet

 

SYDNEY, Nov. 9–Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi captured the Equitana World Cup Freestyle Saturday night in an upset win over the newly crowned Australian championship pair of Sheridyn Ashwood and Prestige VDL.

Heath and the 17-year-old black stallion scored 72.600 per cent for the victory in the last of four World Cup qualifying events to win an invitation to the Pacific League Final next month that will determine the combination to compete in the global Final at Lyon, France in April, 2014.

Sheridyn and Prestige, who won the Australian championship two weeks ago and a World Cup event in July, were second on 72.250 per cent while Jayden Brown and Furst Friedrich were third on 67.725 per cent.

The victory by Heath and Regardez Moi (Rubinstein x Consul) also won the pair the Be the Influence Equestrian Grand Final for the third straight year.

“Sheridyn pushed us to the wire,” Heath said later. “I knew she was coming. We threw everything we had at it.

“The crowd is fantastic to come to watch us all perform. We love this, so we’re going to keep going and going.”

The winning pair have been competing at Grand Prix more than 7 1/2 years and their 72 starts in the Big Tour includes the World Cup Final n Las Vegas in 2009.

Sheridyn and the 16-year-old KWPN stallion (Silvano N x Goodtimes) won the Grand Prix a day earlier with a score of 68.234 per cent while Heath and Regardez Moi were in second on 67.596 per cent and Rozzie Ryan and GV Bullwinkle third on 67.340 per cent.

Sheridyn and Prestige won the World Cup Freestyle in Brisbane in July and the Grand Prix at Sydney two weeks ago to become the only partnership to win more than one event in either the Grand Prix or the Freestyle in the four World Class competitions.

The Pacific League is the only one of four World Cup geographic divisions in the 2013/2014 season to hold a league final to decide the sole spot for the global competition. The two European divisions will be decided by points standings while the North American League’s two position will be based on the average of the two highest results.

Results:

Equitana CDI-W GP