Kelly Layne Pulls Udon P From Australian Olympic Selection Event in Rotterdam

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Kelly Layne on Udon P. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kelly Layne on Udon P. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, June 21, 2016–Kelly Layne, the United States-based rider competing Udon P for a place on Australia’s Olympic team, pulled out of the deciding selection event when a minor injury to the horse recurred just days before this premier European event.

Lyndal Oatley who missed the first selection competition in Odense, Denmark told dressage-news.com she is set to compete her Sandro Boy on which she has been the leading Australian rider since the pair performed at the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2014 World Games in Normandy.

Kelly, a 2006 World Games team rider for Australia and now based in Wellington, Florida, was ranked third in the standings after Odense, the first of two selection competitions. She told dressage-news.com she made the decision to withdraw Udon P after an old splint injury became aggravation that caused swelling and was painful when touched.

“He was working on it without a problem but I could not in good conscience ride a competition.” she said. “I said to myself  if I was at home I certainly would  not compete him this week and this should not be any different.”

She hopes to compete Udon at the World Equestrian Festicval in Aachen, Germany in four weeks.

Lyndal Oatley who missed the first selection competition in Odense, Denmark told dressage-news.com she is set to compete her Sandro Boy on which she has been the leading Australian rider since the pair performed at the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2014 World Games in Normandy.

The combinations that the Australian federation announced Tuesday would compete in Rotterdam in order  of their standing after Odense:

–Kristy Oatley, 37, of Hamburg, Germany on Du Soleil, 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding–69.520 per cent. Kristy,

–Suzanne Hearn, 60, Bowral, Australia on Remmington, 14-year-old Australian gelding–68.820 per cent.

–Mary Hanna, 61, Bellarine, Australia on Boogie Woogie, 10-year-old KWPN gelding–67.540 per cent.

–Mary Hanna on Umbro, 15-year-old KWPN gelding–66.920 per cent.

–Maree Tomkinson, 47, Wallan, Australia on Diamantina 4, 14-year=old Oldenburg mare-66.100 per cent.

–Lyndal Oatley, 35, Nottuln, Germany on Sandro Boy, 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding–66.067 per cent (the average of the lowest scores from Odense under the selection criteria as the pair did not compete there).

–Brett Parbery, 44, Penrose, Australia on DP Weltmieser, 13-year-old Australian Warmblood gelding–65.180 per cent.

All of the Australian combinations will compete in CDI3* except for Mary Hanna and Umbro that are entered in the CDIO5 Nations Cup. The organizers of this event do not allow a rider to compete more than one horse in a division so Umbro could not be ridden in the CDI3^ where Boogie Woogie is scheduled.