Mary Hanna & Calanta Win Boneo World Cup Freestyle With Personal Best Score to Earn Start at Paris Final
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BONEO, Australia, Jan. 27, 2018–Mary Hanna rode Calanta to victory on a personal best score in the World Cup League Final Freestyle Saturday to earn a start at the Paris championship in April.
Mary and the 11-year-old KWPN mare scored 75.365 per cent in a dominating performance to claim the single place allocated to the Pacific League in the annual championship centered on the freestyle.
The Australian rider, 63 years old, and Calanta showed in Europe last summer, posting a victory in Deauville, France.
Mary will be competing in her fourth World Cup. She has competed in five Olympics and three World Equestrian Games and is expected to be a prospect for the Tryon, North Carolina world championships in September.
Alexis Hellyer on Bluefields Floreno placed second on 71.545 per and Brett Parbery on DP Weltmieser third on 71.150 per cent.
The Pacific League is the only one of four geographic areas that uses a league final to choose its representative among the 18 combinations at the World Cup Final.
Western Europe and Central Europe determine starting combinations by points awarded for placings at qualifying competitions. The North American League combinations are selected based on the highest average of scores earned in two freestyles.
CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle
Judges: E: Kristi Wysocki-USA H: Alison King-HKG C: Katrina Wüst-GER M: Jane Ventura-AUS B: Ricky MacMillan-AUS