Maree Tomkinson & Donna Elena Win Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix Special, 2nd Victory In Duo’s Only Fourth Big Tour Competition

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SYDNEY, May 3, 2019–Maree Tomkinson and DMJ Donna Elena won the Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix Special Friday in the first Special and the second victory in only the fourth Big Tour competition for the Australian team rider and the nine-year-old mare.

Maree and the Hanoverian mare (Don Schufro x Bolero) scored 68.830% for the win with all five judges placing the duo first. The pair made their CDI debut six weeks ago with a victory in the Grand Prix.

Lesley-Ann Taylor on Amicelli Gold placed second on 66.894% and Rozzie Ryan on Adonie placing third and New Zealand’s Wendi Williamson on Don Amour MH fourth, both on 66.489%.

Maree four Donna Elena when she competed her longtime top mount Diamantina, now retired, on the Australian team at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

“She flew home with us and then after winning the five-year-old and six-year-old at Dressage With the Stars with the record highest score so far, we went back to Europe for the 2016 Rio Olympic campaign with Diamantina and the World Young horse championships with Donna.”

Donna Elena is the youngest of six Grand Prix horses Maree works, and has “great hopes” for the mare’s future.

“My feeling is that she will be a super horse for the future of the sport,” Maree said. “She really has no weakness, she has super gaits, a wonderful character and outstanding rideability and trainability.

“She is almost nine years old now, so still very young. With more balance and competition experience she will be a force to be reckoned with.

“I believe in Donna like no other horse I have ever trained. She is destined for greatness, a seriously international horse. We are very excited about what the future holds for Donna and looking forward to being part of her amazing journey.”

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special
Judges: Vittorio Barba Kerrie Swan-Bates Mary Seefried Gabriel Armando Sandra Hotz
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 68.830 AUS Maree Tomkinson DMJ Donna Elena – 2198 69.149 69.787 68.298 67.340 69.574 68.974 (2)
2. 66.894 AUS Lesley-Anne Taylor Amicelli Gold – 934 65.851 69.149 66.596 65.532 67.340 67.488 (4)
3. 66.489 AUS Rozzie Ryan Adonie – 9241 68.085 66.489 66.064 66.383 65.426 68.109 (3)
4. 66.489 NZL Wendi Williamson Don Amour MH – 232752 67.447 65.957 66.064 67.340 65.638 72.953 (1)
5. 66.043 AUS Robert-Harrisson Schmerglatt Brumali – 3053 65.745 66.277 65.957 65.000 67.234 64.667 (6)
6. 65.511 AUS Alycia Targa CP Dresden – 580 66.064 65.426 66.170 64.362 65.532 65.872 (5)
7. 63.319 AUS Gary Lung GB Winchester – 3788 63.723 65.957 59.787 63.723 63.404 64.532 (7)
8. 63.000 AUS Mary Warren Mindarah Park Raphael – 6358 62.234 64.149 62.021 61.383 65.213 64.171 (8)
9. 62.766 AUS Suzanne Hearn Jude – 120 63.085 62.766 62.234 62.234 63.511 63.000 (10)
10. 60.851 NZL Victoria Wall Letty Lei Edh – 236267 60.128 61.936 59.596 60.979 61.617 63.793 (9)
11. 57.915 AUS Louise Curran Cil Dara Gandalf – 1167 59.064 59.489 55.234 56.830 58.957 60.878 (11)