Brett Parbery & DP Weltmieser Win Boneo, Australia CDI3* Freestyle

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Brett Parbery and DP Weltmieser. © The Horse Magazine
Brett Parbery and DP Weltmieser. © The Horse Magazine

BONEO, Australia, Jan, 24, 2016–Brett Parbery and DP Weltmieser overcame a slow start in this CDI3* to capture the Grand Prix Freestyle on Australia Day weekend Sunday with a score near their best.

Brett and the 13-year-old Australian-bred Warmblood scored 74.375 per cent, the unanimous choice of the judges for the victory over the top New Zealand combination of Julie Brougham on Vom Feinsten, the only foreign rider in the show, on 71.625 per cent. The best Freestyle score for Brett and Weltmieser was 74.700 per cent posted at Sydney last October.

Maree Tomkinson on Diamantina IV, a 2014 Australian team World Games combination that took both the Grand Prix and the Special, placed third on 71.600 per cent.

Brett, who was the leading Australian at the 2010 World Games on Victory Salute, finished seventh in the Grand Prix this weekend and moved up to second in the Special.

Mary Hanna, the winner of the Pacific League World Cup Final on Umbro to earn an invitation to the global Final in Gothenburg, Sweden at the end of March, did not compete either Umbro or her Boogie Woogie in the Freestyle.

This show served a dual purpose:

–Provide an opportunity for Jule Brougham and Vom Feinsten to consolidate their lead in their geographic group to qualify for an individual start at the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. There are two CDIs remaining Down Under–both in New Zealand–before the Mar. 6 cutoff for individual qualifying., Any approved competitions in the world count, though, but she is unlikely to be overtaken.

–For Australians to earn a place in the squad that will compete in Europe for a place on their nation’s team. Combinations in Australia, Europe and the United States are vying to be on the Aussie Olympic team of four horses and riders that will be decided at a couple of European shows before heading to Rioi.

The calculations made unofficially by dressage-news.com of the Australian qualifying Grand Prix scores of the average of the best two results from Sept. 22, 2015 so far before the cutoff date of April 10, 2016 are:

1. Lyndal Oatley/Sandro Boy based in Germany – 72.270%
2. Brett Parbery/DP Weltmieser – 70.380%
3. Mary Hanna/Umbro – 69.820%
4. Maree Tomkinson/Diamantina – 69.620%
5. Katharine Farrell/Luxor – 68.090%
6. Suzanne Hearn/Remmington – 67.720%
7. Kristy Oatley/Du Soleil based in Germany – 67.270%
8. Heath Ryan/Utopian Cardinal – 67.130%
9. Kelly Layne/Udon P based in Wellington, Florida – 66.110%
10. Caroline Wagner/Tango – 65.840%

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: E- Virginia Creed (AUS) | H- Susanne Baarup (DEN) | C- Peter Holler (GER) | M- Ricky MacMillan (AUS) | B- Alison King (HKG)

Pl. Horse Rider E H C M B Total
1. Dp Weltmieser Brett Parbery 73.625% 74.000% 76.500% 74.375% 73.375% 74.375%
2. Vom Feinsten Julie Brougham 71.500% 70.125% 74.500% 72.375% 69.625% 71.625%
3. Diamantina Iv Maree Tomkinson 71.750% 71.375% 71.875% 73.125% 69.875% 71.600%
4. Remmington Sue Hearn 70.625% 71.000% 71.625% 71.000% 70.000% 70.850%
5. Utopian Cardinal Heath Ryan 69.625% 68.000% 70.375% 68.750% 69.375% 69.225%
6. Urestan Pauline Carnovale 67.875% 70.000% 66.625% 69.000% 68.125% 68.325%
7. Jarrah R Rozzie Ryan 66.250% 65.500% 67.500% 67.875% 67.500% 66.925%
8. Clive Kylie Riddell 66.375% 67.625% 66.125% 66.125% 66.250% 66.500%
9. Mayfield Pzazz Kerry Mack 67.250% 65.500% 63.625% 64.125% 70.250% 66.150%
10. Django Of Cacharel Jeremy Janjic 63.250% 62.750% 65.875% 60.875% 67.250% 64.000%
11. Luxor 118 Katharine Farrell 61.875% 61.375% 61.625% 60.250% 62.375% 61.500%