Australia’s Hayley Beresford & Jaybee Alabaster Out of European WEG Selection Trial
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FRITZENS, Austria, July 3, 2014–Hayley Beresford pulled Jaybee Alabaster out of Australia’s first World Equestrian Games selection trial at this Austrian Alps CDI4* Thursday, leaving five riders to compete to be on the four-member team.
The organizers of the Swarovski event were informed by the German-based Hayley Thursday morning that the 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding was not fit enough for the 14-hour road trip to compete at the Schindlhof estate overlooked by snow-capped mountains.
The combinations left for the show that begins Friday to battle to make the team are:
Briana Burgess, 26, based in Germany and La Scala III, Mary Hanna, 59, based in Australia and Sancette; Lyndal Oatley, 33, based in Germany and Sandro Boy; Kristy Oatley, 35, based in Germany, and Ronan 2 and Louisa 34, and Maree Tomkinson, 45, based in Australia and Diamantina 4.
All six horses passed the veterinary examination Thursday afternoon in preparation for the Grand Prix to qualify for the Grand Prix Special and the Grand Prix Freestyle.
After this event, a second selection trial will be held in Deauville, France to choose the team that will compete at the WEG in Normandy, France beginning Aug.25.
As things stand now, Australia will need four combinations for the team and a fifth in reserve.
According to results of CDI Grand Prix this year as calculated by dressage-news.com, Hayley and Alabaster had the second lowest average at 66.638 with Louisa, ridden by Kristy Oatley lowest at 66.160.
Lyndal Oatley and Sandro Boy had the highest average at 70.140, the only mark at or above 70, with Mary Hanna and Sancette second on 69.050, Briana Burgess and La Scala third with an average of 67.855, Maree Tomkinson fourth on 67.010.
Alabaster had been competed by Rachael Sanna before Hayley took over the ride in September, 2012.The horse was ridden by Rachael at the 2010 WEG in Lexington, Kentucky as well as the World Cup Final in April, 2012.