Maree Tomkinson & Diamantina Win Melbourne World Cup Grand Prix
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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