Mary Hanna & Sancette Capture World Cup Pacific League Final

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Mary Hanna and Sancette. © 2013 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Mary Hanna and Sancette. © 2013 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

 

MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 30, 2013–On the night before her 59th birthday, four-time Australian Olympian Mary Hanna and her London Games partner Sancette captured the World Cup Pacific League Final Saturday to earn a start at the annual globsl championship in Lyon, France next April.

The victory by Mary and the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Sandro Hit x Contender) in the Grand Prix Freestyle for a score of 71.825 per cent qualiied her for her fourth World Cup Final and the first since an appearance on her 1996 Olympic mount, Mosaic.

It was only the second win for Mary and Sancette in 37 outings, mostly in Europe, over the past 3 1/2 years. The only other previous victory was at the Australian championships last month.

The husband and wife combinations of Rozzie Ryan and GV Bullwinkle amd Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi placed second and third, respectively, on 71.450 per cent and 71.375 per cent.

Maree Tomkinson and Diamantina, who had won the Grand Prix a day earlier on the hghest score at that level in Australia this year was well out of it with several mistakes to finish fourth on 69.600 per cent.

The triumph for Mary and Sancette came 3 1/2 years after buying the Hanoverian gelding (Sandro Hit x Contender) which was owned by Gwen Blake of the United States and had been finished to Grand Prix by Steffen Peters.

RESULTS:

Grand Prix Freestyle

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

Place Horse Rider E H C M B Total
1. Sancette Mary Hanna   71.375   68.875   75.250   70.125   73.500   71.825%
2. GV Bullwinkle Rozzie Ryan   72.500   70.125   73.250   72.500   68.875   71.450%
3. Regardez Moi Heath Ryan   71.375  72.750   73.125   69.875   69.750   71.375%
4. Diamantina Maree Tomkinson   70.000   68.750   72.250   67.750   69.250   69.600%
5. Ferrero Chantal Wigan   70.875   69.125   70.500   69.125   67.500   69.425%
6. Tango V Caroline Wagner   68.625   65.875   68.125   69.500   69.750   68.375%
7. Mayfield Pzazz Kerry Mack   64.750   68.125   70.875   67.250   67.125   67.625%
8. Django of Cacharel Jeremy Janjic   63.250   65.625   65.625   64.250   63.750   64.500%
9. Carlyle Nadia Coghlan   58.875   62.250   61.500   59.000   54.875   59.300%