Australia Announces World Games Team, Briana Burgess & La Scala Not Included

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Briana Burgess and La Scala competing at Fritzens, Austria. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Briana Burgess and La Scala competing at Fritzens, Austria. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

SYDNEY, July 29, 2014–Australia’s team for the World Equestrian Games was announced Tuesday, naming the only four horse and rider combinations that completed the two European selection trials.

The team of four with the results from Fritzens, Austria and Deauville, France and the average is:

1. Mary Hanna, 59, based in Australia and Sancette, 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Sandro Hit x Contender) – 70.420 / 71.280 = 70.850
2. Lyndal Oatley, 34, based in Germany and Sandro Boy, 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Sandro Hit x Argentinus) – 68.420 / 72.680 = 70.550
3. Kristy Oatley, 36, based in Germany and Ronan, 14-year-old Oldenburg stallion (Riccione x Contender) – 69.300 / 68.220 = 68.760
4. Maree Tomkinson, 45, based in Australia and Diamantina 4, 12-year-old Oldenburg mare (Diamond Hit x Campari M) – 67.400 / 67.320 = 67.360

Equestrian Australia said selectors agreed to consider Briana Burgess on La Scala and Kristy Oatley on a second horse, Louisa, who did not participate in the Deauville event because of soundness issues with the horses.

As Australian selection procedures required announcement of the team July 29, the federation said, La Scala was not given a clean bill of health by team veterinarians by the deadline so could not be included.

The reserves will be announced on or before Aug. 14, the date for final entries for the World Games in Normandy, France. Dressage is scheduled to start Aug. 25 in Caen.

At, 26 , Briana, based in Germany, was the youngest rider on Australia’s WEG long list. La Scala is a 16-year-old Rhinelander gelding (Lancer II x Rembrandt) that was ranked third on 68.820 per cent heading into Deauville.

In five CDI Grand Prix in Europe this year, including the Fritzens selection trials, the pair have scored 68-plus per cent in each for an average of 68.448 per cent.

The initial start list for the two European trials began with seven combinations, the four that made it on to the team, Kristy and Louisa, Briana and La Scala and Germany-based Hayley Beresford and Jaybee Alabaster. Hayley and Basti, as the horse is nicknamed, was unfit for both trials.

Prior to the trials, two other Australian combinations in Europe did not meet minimum requirements and Kelly Layne, based in Wellington, Florida withdrew Udon P because she did not want to put the horse through the stress of transatlantic travel while still recovering from an injury.