Oatley Cousins Lyndal & Kristy and Mary Hanna Named for Australian Olympic Team

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Lyndal Oatley and Sandro Boy competing at the Horses & Dreams meets Great Britain in Hagen, Germany.

SYDNEY, June 13–Lyndal and Kristy Oatley, cousins who are both based in Germany, and veteran Mary Hanna were named Wednesday to the Australian team for the Olympics in London next month, but the selections are likely to be challenged.

Lyndal, the clear leader in two so-called observation trials held in Germany and France over a month, has been nominated on Sandro Boy to the Australian Olympic Committee, while Kristy has been named on Clive and Mary Hanna on Sancette.

Hayly Beresford and Belissimo NRW, who with Lyndal and Sandro Boy was the only pair to compete in both the Grand Prix and Olympic Grand Prix Special at both trials and had the highest average behind Lyndal, were not named to the squad for the dressage competition at Greenwich Park in London beginning Aug. 2.

The Nations Cup competition at this year’s Olympics will, for the first time, include both the Grand Prix and the Olympic Grand Prix Special. The Grand Prix is over two days, Aug. 2-3, with the Special that will decide the placings on Aug. 7.

The selection criteria are so lengthy and contain so many contingencies that, say many people who have read them, the selectors are not bound by results or performances because they include numerous intangibles such as ability to work with a team and the nature of competitions among others.

The horse and rider combinations named are:

Lyndal Oatley and Sandro Boy, 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Sandro Hit x Utopia x Argentinus);

Kristy Oatley and Clive, 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Caletto I x Brasilia 1 x Landgraf I), and

Mary Hanna and Sancette, 11-year-old Hanvoerian gelding (Sandro Hit x Cascade x Contender).

Riders have 48 hours to lodge an appeal against the nominated team which would be heard by an independent tribunal.

The Australian selecion process centered around two competitions in Europe, at Mannheim, Germany, in early May and at Compiègne, France, a month later.

Lyndal, whose first Australian team appearance was at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, competed in both Grand Prix and the Specials at both shows and produced the highest average score of 69.765 that automatically placed her on the team.

Hayley and Bellissimo, a 13-year-old Rhinelander stallion (Beltain x Roxa x Romadour II) also rode in the Grand Prix and Specials at both shows and was the top Australian in the Mannheim Special with a score of 69.333 that was the highest for any Australians in any of the classes behind Lyndal and Sandro Boy.

The scores for Hayley and Belissimo averaged 68.378, the second highest. Hayley rode for Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 WEG.

Hayley Beresford and Belissimo NRW. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Mary Hanna and Sancette rode in one class at Mannheim and both in Compiègne with an average score of 67.644 per cent.

Kristy, who along with Mary Hanna is one of the most experienced Australian elite riders, competed two horses, Ronan II in both shows and finished with an average score of 67.399 for three classes and rode Clive only at Compiègne, in both classes for an average of 67.125.

Rozzie Ryan on GV Bullwinkle rode in both competitions and her average of three classes was 67.268.