Mary Hanna & Umbro 1st, Katharine Farrell & Luxor 2nd in Boneo World Cup Freestyle
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BONEO, Australia, Sept. 27, 2015–Mary Hanna and Umbro won their second World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle of the 2015/16 season while the 20-year-old Katharine Farrell on Luxor produced a personal best score for runner-up Sunday.
Mary Hanna, 60 years old with four Olympics and three World Games to her credit, rode the 14-year-old KWPN gelding to a score of 72.300 per cent in the third of four World Cup events to qualify for the Asia/Pacific League Final. Mary and Umbro won the first World Cup event of this year.
The pair won the league final last year but opted not become the region’s sole representative at the individual world championship in Las Vegas in April. This season’s final will be in Gothenburg, Sweden next March.
Katharine and the 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by her family, scored 71.175 per cent for second while the Astralian-based New Zealander John Thompson on Bates Antonello was third on 70.825 per cent.
Katharine and Luxor placed second in the Grand Prix Saturday behind Brett Parbery on DP Weltmieser that placed fifth in the Freestyle. She began competing international Grand Prix in mid-2014 after compiling a CDI Young Rider record of eight victories in eight starts in 2013.
The fourth Asia/Pacific League World Cup event will be staged in Sydney next month with the league final scheduled for December. The Pacific area is the only one of the four global leagues that holds a final–the Central and Western European Leagues are determined by points while North America uses an average of the two best World Cup scores.
Grand Prix Freestyle