Hayley Beresford Becomes Partner in Jaybee Alabaster She Competes in Europe

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Hayley Beresford and Jaybee Alabaster at Oldenburg, Germany. © 2012 Göran K. Josefsson/Craftstud

Hayley Beresford, the Germany-based Australian trainer and competitor, confirmed Sunday that she has become a partner in the ownership of Jaybee Alabaster, the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding that was trained and competed by Rachel Downs.

Hayley took over the ride on the chestnut “Basti” (Alabaster x Gloria x Glorieux) after the horse stayed in Europe when a minor injury stymied Rachel’s hopes of pursuing a place on the Australian team for last summer’s Olympic Games in London.

In two shows late last year, Hayley’s results included 72.467 per cent that earned them second place in the Grand Prix Special at Oldenburg, Germany, a standout result for an Australian combination.

Rachel, who was divorced from George Sanna last year and reverted to her maiden name, Downs, was successful with the horse since they began their Grand Prix career almost five years ago. The pair made the Australian team at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 then made their second venture outside Australia when they qualified for the World Cup Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, last April. They competed in one of the two Olympic selection events in Europe.