Hayley Beresford Withdraws from Australian World Games Selection Trial

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Jaybee Alabaster ridden by Hayley Beresford.
Jaybee Alabaster ridden by Hayley Beresford.

July 20, 2014

Hayley Beresford has withdrawn Jaybee Alabaster from the Australian selection trials for a World Equestrian Games team, saying the 15-year-old stallion has not recovered full power after an acute injury before the first of two events.

Hayley, who is based in Germany, could not compete the Australian-bred Hanoverian at the first selection trial in Fritzens, Austria because of the injury. She was given permission by the Australian equestrian federation to attempt to rehabilitate the horse before the next trial, in Deauville, France later this week.

“My team and I have worked tirelessly over the past three weeks and Basti has made very good progress and returned to training in a good way, however, I feel that it is all too soon to compete and ride with full power at top level so I have made the decision to withdraw from contention for the Australian team,” she said in a posting on her Internet site.
“Basti is my number 1 priority in making this decision and I will give him all the time that he needs to recover properly and aim to return to the competition arena in Donaueschingen(Germany) in September.”

Withdrawal of Jaybee Alabaster leaves five riders–one with two horses–to compete for places on the four-member team.

Only the Grand Prix scores count for qualification, and the standings after Fritzens are:

1. Mary Hanna, 59, based in Australia and Sancette, 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Sandro Hit x Contender) – 70.420%
2. Kristy Oatley, 35, based in Germany and Ronan 2, 14-year-old Oldenburg stallion (Riccione x Contender) – 69.300%
3. Briana Burgess, 26, based in Germany and La Scala III, 16-year-old Rhinelander gelding (Lancer II x Rembrandt) – 68.820%
4. Lyndal Oatley, 33, based in Germany and Sandro Boy, 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Sandro Hit x Argentinus) – 68.420%
5. Maree Tomkinson, 45, based in Australia and Diamantina 4, 12-year-old Oldenburg mare (Diamond Hit x Campari M) – 67.400%
6. Kristy Oatley and Louisa 34, 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Londonderry x Lemon Park) – 63.980%