Maree Tomkinson & Diamantina Win Melbourne World Cup Grand Prix

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Maree Tomkinson and Diamantina IV. © 2013 Ilse Schwarz/
Maree Tomkinson and Diamantina IV. © 2013 Ilse Schwarz/

MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 29, 2013–Maree Tomkinson and Diamantina won the World Cup Pacific League Final Grand Prix Friday, posting the highest score in the eight CDI Grand Prix held in Australia this year of 69.894 per cent.

Maree and the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare (Diamond Hit x Campari M) were awarded three scores above 70 per cent in only their second CDI of the year and their second best ever Grand Prix result, the highest being 71.702 per cent in Sydney in May, 2012.

Rozzie Ryan and GV Bullwinkle placed second on Friday with 68.383 per cent and Caroline Wagner and Tango V third on 67.298 per cent. The veteran combination of Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi were fourth on 66.915 per cent and Mary Hanna and Sancette fifth on 66.021 per cent.

The Freestyle scheduled for Saturday night will decide the sole representative from Australia to be invited to the World Cup Final in Lyon, France next April.

The nine combinations in this league final were invited after four qualifying World Cup events. One Freestyle was won by David Shoobridge and 00 Seven that has since been retired; one by Sheridyn Ashwood and Pretige VDL who opted out of the league final; one by the 2012 London Olympic team combination of Mary Hanna and Sancette and the other by Heath and Regardez Moi who represented Australia in the 2009 Wold Cup Final in Las Vegas.

The Pacific League is the only one of the four leagues to be decided this year by a head-to-head final to determine the horse and rider to be invited to the annual global championship for dressage. Standings based on points accumulated in shows decide the Central European and Western European leagues while in North America it is the average of the two best results.



Judges: E- Sue Hobson (NZ) | H- Mary Seefried | C- Susie Hoevenaars | M- Stephen Clarke (GBR) | B- Anne Prain

Place Horse Rider E H C M B Total
 1. Diamantina Maree Tomkinson  72.979  70.426  67.234  68.617  70.213  69.894%
 2. GV Bullwinkle Rozzie Ryan  66.170  68.617  69.681  68.723  68.723  68.383%
 3. Tango V Caroline Wagner  65.745  67.447  67.128  66.702  69.468  67.298%
 4. Regardez Moi Heath Ryan  66.170  65.638  66.277  68.085  68.404  66.915%
 5. Sancette Mary Hanna  64.574  66.915  67.234  68.404  62.979  66.021%
 6. Ferrero Chantal Wigan  61.383  65.000  65.851  65.426  65.957  64.723%
 7. Mayfield Pzazz Kerry Mack  63.723  65.213  63.617  63.617  62.447  63.723%
 8. Carlyle Nadia Coghlan  64.149  61.596  63.830  63.191  62.660  63.085%
 9. Django of Cacharel Jeremy Janjic  60.957  60.745  60.213  60.851  62.234  61.000%