Mary Hanna & Boogie Woogie Post Personal Best Again to Win Werribee World Cup Freestyle
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WERRIBEE, Australia, Dec. 10, 2016–Mary Hanna and her Olympic partner, Boogie Woogie, posted a personal best score for the second consecutive competition to win the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday and qualify a second mount for the Pacific League final in New Zealand in two months to seek a start at the global championship in Omaha in March.
Mary and the 10-year-old KWPN gelding were awarded 72.125 per cent, again by a ground jury of four as the Australian judge Susan Hoevenaars was not well enough to be on the panel, the organizers reported, as occurred in the Grand Prix.
The pair won the Grand Prix Friday and with the Freestyle success logged their first back-to-back victories in 14 starts since beginning Grand Prix in January.
This was also the first competition in Australia since March when the duo went to Europe to win selection to the Australian team at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the fifth Games for Mary.
Mary placed second on Sancette on 70.125 per cent, as she did in the Grand Prix while Holly Cutler in Diva Royale was third on 67.125 per cent.
This was the last of seven World Cup events in the Pacific/Asia League ahead of the league final in Feilding, New Zealand in February to determine the single representative from Down Under for the championship final in Omaha, Nebraska March 27-April 2.
Although there were five World Cup events in Australia and two in New Zealand, it is the only league that provides for combinations successful in CDI3* Freestyles to also be invited to the league final. Julie Brougham on Vom Feinsten qualified at a CDI3* at home in New Zealand before leaving for the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Mary won two of the qualifiers, this show on Boogie Woogie and on Sancette in Melbourne last month.
Heath Ryan, a veteran Australian competitor in international dressage and eventing, also won two World Cups on Utopian Cardinal. Aussie Mary Warren, a newcomer to Big Tour at the age of 18, rode her family’s Ramadan to victory in one event.
John Thompson on Antonello and Wendi Williamson on Deja Vu MH each won New Zealand qualifiers.
CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle
Judges: E- H-Jane Ventura AUS C-Raphael Saleh FRA M-Sue Hobson NZL B-Lorraine Stubbs CAN