New Zealand’s Wendi Williamson & Don Amour Win Sydney World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

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Wendi Williamson and Don Amour MH competing at the Sydney World Cup.

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.

Results:
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)
1 76.180 77.175 73.825 76.600 77.250 76.050
2 73.915 73.475 73.125 75.500 74.825 72.650
3 72.880 70.850 71.925 75.600 73.875 72.150
4 71.645 72.775 70.600 70.900 72.775 71.175
5 71.565 71.475 69.875 72.700 72.425 71.350
6 71.110 71.125 69.625 72.400 71.125 71.275
7 70.945 72.450 67.500 71.900 72.250 70.625
8 70.185 68.975 67.350 72.175 72.050 70.375
9 69.920 69.525 69.575 71.900 71.600 67.000
10 69.825 69.075 67.425 69.175 73.025 70.425
11 67.695 68.125 65.975 68.050 67.825 68.500
12 67.610 68.750 65.375 67.750 70.625 65.550
13 64.945 65.525 63.375 64.750 67.025 64.050