Caroline Wagner & Tango V Win Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix
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SYDNEY, May 1, 2014–Caroline Wagner rode Tango V to their first ever international Grand Prix victory with a win at the Sydney CDI3* Thursday for a partnership that began at this same event three years ago while the veteran Heath Ryan rode a stallion and his son to take second and third places.
Caroline and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding (Jazz x Blanc Rivage) scored 68.100 per cent for the win over Heath and his 18-year-old Regardez Moi on 67.700 and on Utopian Cardinal in third place with 66.980 per cent.
“I’m very excited and I still can’t quite believe it,’ said Caroline whose first CDI competition was at this show grounds in 2011 after the Olympian Mary Hanna competed Tango at Grand Prix from 2008 through 2010. “I’m very proud of Tango, he coped really well indoors today.
“I actually came out of the arena disappointed thinking I could have done certain bits better, but there were some definite improvements.”
Heath and Regardez Moi have been performing Grand Prix at Australian CDIs since 2007 and oompeted at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in 2009 for their sole sojourn out of the country.
The black Oldenburg stallion was bred to Wynella Lantarna to produce Utopian Cardinal who is now nine years old and Heath began competing at CDI Grand Prix last year.
Judith Dierks and Diamond Star led a trio of horses all making their international debut to win the Prix St. Georges earlier Thursday.
Judith and the eight-year-old Bavarian gelding scored 70.974 per cent for the win over Brett Parbery and Good as Gold on 69.684 per cent and Rodney Martin and SS Sonata Hit 68.763 per cent.