Highest Scores Ever by Lyndal Oatley for Australia in Winning Kaposvár World Cup Kür, GP on Sandro Boy

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Lyndal Oatley and Sandro Boy. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Lyndal Oatley and Sandro Boy claimed the first ever double victory at an international CDI for Australia outside their homeland, earning the highest ever scores at a CDI for an Aussie combination in both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle.

The success for Lyndal and her Oympic mount performing to a new freestyle came at the Kaposvár World Cup event in Hungary–the Freestyle Sunday and the Grand Prix Saturday. The freestyle can be seen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXHbzSVQNLE&feature=youtu.be

Lyndal and her family’s 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Sandro Hit x Utopia x Argentinus) gave a debut performance to music from the movie Moulin Rouge produced by Australian Baz Luhrmann that earned the pair 76.525 per cent.

Poland’s Katarzyna Milczarek and Ekwador, who also competed in the London Olympics, were second on 75.500 per cent with European-based Canadian Pia Fortmuller and Orion third on 72.750 per cent.

Three of the five judges placed Lyndal first, two with scores above 78 per cent and two with 76 per cent, while Hungary’s Orsolya Hillier placed her third with 73.500 per cent.

The freestyle replaced a hand-me-down kür used with her Toy Story, and Sunday’s ride and its 20 points that the German-based rider can transfer to the Western European League put the pair on the path to qualifying for their first World Cup Final, which next April will be in Göteborg, Sweden.

Lyndal said she “enjoyed the feeling of the freestyle created by Michael Erdman of Germany, one of the world’s top kür producers, for its “fun with power” that highlighted Sandro Boy’s strengths–half-passes in the trot and canter.

Although the freestyle was completed before Lyndal and Sandro Boy competed in their first Olympics where they led the Australian team at the London summer Games, she had no chance to try it out because she was focused on Grand Prix team preparation.

Playing of the Australian natioal anthem once at a European show is a rarity and twice at the same competition even more so.

Saturday’s Grand Prix victory by Lyndal and Sandro Boy was their first ever at a CDI and the score of 72.277 per cent appears to be a record Grand Prix score for Australia in international competition.

Lyndal shed what she described as a “waterworks” of tears in the awards ceremony after all five judges placed the pair first, all scoring the German-based pair above 71 per cent, including 73.298 per cent from Germany’s Peter Holler.

A search by dressage-news.com of International Equestrian Federation records going back more than six years did not find scores for an Australian combination above 72 per cent in an international Grand Prix, with the previous highest being 71.702 per cent by Maree Tomkinson on Diamantina in Sydney in May this year.

The mark of 76.525 per cent surpassed the previous high for an Australian of 76.350 per cent posted by Brett Parbery and Victory Salute at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010, according to the records.

And the double victory at the same competition also appeared to be a first outside Australia.

“I never thought I would hear the Australian national anthem and my name in the same phrase,” said the 32-year-old rider whose husband, Patrik Kittel of Sweden, withdrew Toy Story from the Grand Prix.

“I was totally overwhelmed and cried waterworks!”

She said it was great to get back in the saddle for the first competition with her family’s 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Sandro Hit x Utopia x Argentinus) since finishing with the highest score of the three members on the Australian team at the London Games that were Lyndal’s first Olympics. She rode Potifar for Australia at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010.

In the Olympic Grand Prix Special on Sunday, Germany’s Heike Kemmer on Quantico was first on 68.156 per cent, Inna Logutenkova of Ukaraine on Don Gregorius second on 67.667 per cent and Martin Hauptmann of Austria on Frechdachs H third on 65.556 per cent.

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Grand Prix Fresstyle

Grand Prix Special