Aussie Dressage HP Squad Selection Criteria Based on Scores Announced

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Lyndal Oatley on Sandro Boy, the highest placed Australian combination at the Olympic Games in London. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lyndal Oatley on Sandro Boy, the highest placed Australian combination at the Olympic Games in London. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

SYDNEY, July 3–Australia’s four dressage high performance squads will be selected based primarily on minimum scores in procedures announced by Equestrian Australia Wednesday after a lengthy review following the controversial appointment of the team at the Olympic Games in London last summer.

The criteria for the squads (for complete details click (Dressage Squad Selection Final):

National Elite Squad of confirmed Grand Prix horse and rider combinations seeking selection to the Australian team at the next major championship such as World Equestrian Games or Olympics should be achieving consistent average scores of a minimum of 67 per cent with an increasing trend at CDI3* and above, CDI-W and CDIO in Australia or internationally;

National A Squad of combinations with horses age 8-13 years with horses aged 8-10 years “ideally” competing at Prix St. Georges with minimum scors of 67 per cent and horses 10-13 years “ideally” competing at Intermediate II/Grand Prix with minimum scores of 66 per with “particular consideration” for horses demonstrating a talent for piaffe/passage;

National Futures Squad of horses aged 5-9 years, with horses aged 5-6 years expected to be competing at novice/elementary level or above with minimum scores of 70 per cent and at 7-9 years competing at Medium/Advanced level or above scoring regularly more than 69 per cent and demonstrating an ability for collection, and

National Youth Squad of riders aged 16-25 years “who show potential to develop the physical and emotional characteristics of an elite competitor.” For:
* Athletes aged 16-18 years required to have two scores above 63 per cent at Medium level of above;
* Athletes 18-21 years required to have two scores above 63 per cent at Prix St. Georges, and
* Athletes 21-25 years required to have two scores above 65 per cent at Prix St. Georges or Intermediaite I or at least two scores above 60 per cent at Intermediaite II/Grand Prix.

Since July 1, 2012, Australian combinations that have attained the criteria for the National A squad are the three German-based combinations of Hayley Beresford and both Belissimo NRW and Jaybee Alabaster, Kristy Oatley on both Clive and Ronan 2, and Lyndal Oatley on Sandro Boy; Mary Hanna and Sancette; Rozzie Ryan and GV Bullwinkle; Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi; Sheridyn Ashwood and Prestige VDL; David Shoobridge and 00-Seven and Maree Tomkinson and Diamantina..