Hayley Beresford Rides Jaybee Alabaster to Best non-Freestyle Result
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OLDENBURG, Germany, Nov. 11–Hayley Beresford rode Jaybee Alabaster to the highest ever non-Freestyle score for the Australian-bred horse with a second place finish on 72.467 per cent in the Grand Prix Special at the Oldenburg International CDI4*.
The result for Hayley came from her second international competition with the the 14-year-old Hanoverian (Alabaster x Gloria x Glorieux) since Rachel Sanna left the Beverly Edwards-owned horse with the Germany-based Australian rider.
The Aussie-born Jaybee Alabaster spent his Grand Prix career from the first CDI with Rachel in Sydney in May, 2008, until their first venture overseas when the pair competed for Australia at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky in 2010.
The pair returned to Australia and won the World Cup Pacific League Final that sent them to the final of the only annual global championship for dressage, the World Cup Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, last April. After a string of first place finishes in Australia, their placing at the tail end of the World Cup were disappointing.
Rachel, going through divorce, gave up her campaign to win a place on the Australia Olympic team after one of two selection trials in Europe when Jaybee Alabaster was not fit.
Hayley, herself the center of controversy when she was not selected for the Australian team for London and unsucessfully challenged the selection procedures, then took over the ride.
In Poland in September, her only previous CDI before Oldenburg, Hayley and Jaybee Alabaster posted a second place finish in the Grand Prix Special with a score of 67.689 per cent.
The CDI4* in Oldenburg was a step up in quality with Austrian superstar Victoria Max-Theurer, a two-time Olympian, capturing both the Grand Prix and the Special with Blind Date, a horse she is scheduked to compete against many of the best combinations in the world at the iconic German Masters in Stuttgart, Germany, this week.
Hayley and Jaybee Alabaster were the unanimous choice of the five judges for second place, with one judge awarding the pair a high of 74.334 per cent. All were well above 71 per cent.
The pair finished fifth with a score of 69.936 per cent out of 17 starting combinations in the Grand Prix on Friday.