New Zealand’s Wendi Williamson & Don Amour Win Sydney World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle
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SYDNEY, Oct. 19, 2019–New Zealand’s Wendi Williamson rode Don Amour MH to a personal best score to win the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday and to earn an invitation to the Pacific League final that will decide the single rider for the championship in Las Vegas next April.
Wendi and the 12-year-old New Zealand-bred Hanoverian gelding scored 76.180%, smashing the pair’s previous high mark of 74.450% posted at home in March.
Wendi is campaigning for an invitation to the annual World Cup Final after her previous effort ended in disappointment in Omaha in 2017 when Dejavu MH was eliminated.
Lone Jörgensen, the two-time Olympian for Denmark, riding in her first international event under the Australian flag, placed second on Corinna on 73.915%.
It was the first international musical performance for the 57-year-old rider since she competed FBW De Vito at the World Cup Final in the Netherlands in 2012 that was her third appearance at the final of the annual championship centered on the freestyle.
Maree Tomkinson, who rode for Australia at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, was third on Donna Elena on 72.880%. The result was also a personal best for Maree and the nine-year-old Hanoverian mare in only the pair’s third Freestyle since beginning Big Tour in March.
This event was the last of three qualifiers in the Pacific League–Australia and New Zealand–ahead of the final at Boneo Dec. 12-15 that will decide the sole representative for the championship in Las Vegas in mid-April. Finalists are not restricted to qualifiers, though, as invitations can be extended to competitors in events at CDI3* or above. Australians competing in other parts of the world can qualify through leagues in those areas.
CDI-W World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle
|Pl.||Rider/Horse||Total||Jeanne McDonald (E)||Helen Hughes-Keen (H)||Jane Ventura (C)||Maria Colliander (M)||Maria Schwennesen (B)|