Australia & New Zealand Qualify Teams for 2012 Olympics

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Australian riders Lyndal Oatley on Potifar and Mary Hanna on Sancette celebrating their Olympic qualification. © 2011 Rinaldo de Craen/FEI

ERMELO, The Netherlands, Nov. 2–Australia and New Zealand qualified teams for the Olympic Games next year in an unusul procedure spanning the southern and northern hemispheres that ended at the Dutch equestrian federation headquarters Wednesday.

Australia was first and New Zealand second in the qualifying competitions–the first one was in Sydney last weekend–to squeeze out South Africa among the only three teams seeking two places in London reserved for Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia ands Oceania. Japan had signaled its intention to compete but dropped out.

The two Oceania nations join host Great Britain, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the USA which have already qualified in London next July.

In Ermelo, Lyndal Oatley on Potifar scored 69.957 per cent, the highest of all the Australians and a personal best, while three-time Olympian Mary Hanna on Sancette  scored 68.702 per cent. In Sydney, Rachel Sanna on Jaybee Alabaster scored 69.106 per cent. The score for Chantal Wigan and Ferero of 62.468 per cent was the lowest and thus discarded.

Lyndal and Rachel were team mates on the same horses at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, which is where Lyndal and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding (Jazz x Mierthe x Pion) posted their previous high of 65.574 per cent.

New Zealand fielded their full team in Sydney and finished with a total score of 194.77. Louisa Hill and Bates Antonello scored 66.13 per cent, Vanessa Way on KH Arvan 65.51 per cent,  Nicky Pope on Fabarchie 63.13 per cent and Shiwon Green on Gosh whose score of 61.36 was discarded.

For the South African team that competed at Ermelo, the top finisher was Nicole Smith on Victoria with 64.808 per cent, followed by Adriaan van Wijk on Othello 216 on 62.319 per cent, Zilla Pearse and Sarkozy on 61.872 per cent and Denise Halion on Bomond at 60.000 per cent.

The same panel judged at the two events–Great Britain’s  Stephen Clarke who has been named president of the ground jury in London, Germany’s Gotthilf Riexinger, Australia’s Susan Hoevenaars, Holland’s Mariëtte Sanders-van Gansewinkel and Raphaël Saleh of France.

Complete results of the combined qualifying competitions:

FEI Olympic Regional Qualifier groups F & G Sydney (AUS), Friday October 28th

Ermelo (NED), Wednesday Nov. 2 2011 RESULTS

FEI Grand Prix

Judge C: Gotthilf Riexinger (GER)
Judge H: Susan Hoeveaars (AUS)
Judge M: Raphel Saleh (FRA)
Judge B: Mariette Sanders-van Gansewinkel (NED)
Judge E: Stephen Clarke (GBR)

rank

name rider

horse

country

%

total

col/sex/birth/sire/studbook/passport

owner

1

Lyndal Oatley

Potifar

Bay/G/1997/Jazz/KWPN/NOR1879

AUS

Sandy and Carol Oatley

69.957%

207.765% 69.255%

Mary Hanna

Sancette

Bay/G/2001/Sandro Hit/Hann/USA41094

AUS

Rob and Mary Hanna

68.702%

Rachel Sanna

Jaybee Alabaster

chestnut/S/1999/Alabaster/Hann/

AUS

Bev Edwards

69.106%

Chantal Wigan

Ferero

Bay/G/1998/Ferro/KWPN/

AUS

Chantal Wigan

62.468%

*

2

Shiwon Green

Gosh

Bay/G/1993/Principle/NZ SH

NZL

Shiwon Green

61.362%

*

Nickey Pope

Fabarchie

Bay/G/1999/Eklat/Hann/

NZL

63.128%

194.767% 64.922%

Louisa Hill

Bates Antonello

Darkbay/G/2001/Anamour/Hann/

NZL

Anna Simson

66.128%

Vanessa Way

KH Arvan

Bay/G/1998/Anamour/Hann/

NZL

Vanessa Way

65.511%

3

Zilla Pearse

Sarkozy

Black/S/1999/Wellington/KWPN/GER43885

RSA

Zilla Pearse

61.872%

Nicole Smith

Victoria

RSA

64.808%

Bay/M/1998/Havidoff/KWPN/102OC46

Fam. Smith

Denise Hallion

Bomond

Bay/G/1999/Mavr/RWB/FIN01283

RSA

Denise Hallion

60.000%

*

188.999% 63.000%

Adriaan van Wijk

Othello 216

Bay/G/1996/Jetset D/KWPN/102UZ83

RSA

Adriaan van Wijk

62.319%