Hayley Beresford Loses Appeal Over Not Making Australian Olympic Team

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

SYDNEY. June 26–Hayley Beresford, based in Germany, has lost her appeal over not being selected for the Australian team to compete at the London Olympics opening a month from now.

Hayley rode the stallion Belissimo NRW in both the Grand Prix and Olympic Grand Prix Special at each of the Australian selection trials, both of which were held at Mannheim, Germany, and Compiègne, France, to select the team for the dressage competition at Greenwich Park starting on Aug. 2. She rode the Lusitano stallion Relãmpago do Retiro for Australia at the 2008 Oympics and the 2010 World Equestrian Games

Lyndal Oatley, also based in Germany, and Sandro Boy, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Sandro Hit x Utopia x Argentinus), won both selection events and the pair was automatically named to the team for her first Olympics.

Kristy Oatley, an Olympic and championship veteran, 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), were also named to the three-member team.

Hayley and Bellissimo, a 13-year-old Rhinelander stallion (Beltain x Roxa x Romadour II), was the top Australian combination in the Mannheim Special.

The scores for Hayley and Belissimo averaged 68.378, the second highest of the combinations vying for the team.

She is entered to compete at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, next week.