Australia’s Kristy Oatley Dominates Zakrzów CDI3* With Du Soleil & Swagman

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Kristy Oatley and Du Soleil. © 2017 Ken Braddick/

ZAKRZÓW, Poland, April 16, 2018–Australia’s Kristy Oatley dominated the Zakrzów CDI3*, posting personal best scores in both the Grand Prix and Special with her Olympic mount Du Soleil and on Swagman won their debut Grand Prix Freestyle.

The four-time Olympian for Australia and based in Germany, rode the 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion Du Soleil to victory in the Grand Prix with a score of 72.065 per cent that was a personal best for the pair. It was also the highest result for any combination competing in the first phase of the country’s selection procedures for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in September.

Kristy and Swagman, her 14-year-old Oldenburg stallion, placed third on 68.761 per cent, behind Portugal’s Boaventura Freire on Sai Baba Plus on 68.957 per cent.

The 39-year-old rider and Du Soleil that she competed at the 2016 Olympics and the World Cup Final in Omaha in 2017 logged another personal best score of 73.404 per cent to win the Grand Prix Special.

Poland’s Katarzyna Milczarek on Dzeko was second on 69.362 per cent and Sofia Möller of Sweden on Royalist third on 65,936 per cent.

Kristy and Swagman competing in their first international Grand Prix Freestyle won with the score of 73.350 per cent, with Boaventura on Sai Baba Plus second on 72.350 per cent and Estonia’s Dina Ellerman on Landy’s Akvarel third on 71.525 per cent.

Kristy Oatley rode for Australia at the Olympics in 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2016 and World Equestrian Games in 1998, 2006 and 2014.

According to the published Equestrian Australia selection criteria, combinations are required to compete in at least three pre-selection events–one in 2018–and achieve a minimum of two so-called threshold scores of 69 per cent by April 30 in Australia and Europe. There are questions about final selection events previously announced as a result of changes in the show calendar.

Only three combinations have so far met the announced requirements–Kristy Oatley on Du Soleil, Brett Parbery on DP Weltmieser and Shannon Goodwin on Aristede.

With two weeks to go to the deadline with several events in Europe but none in Australia scheduled by April 30, the unofficial standings of combinations attaining at least one threshold result as compiled by are:

Kristy Oatley/Du Soleil

CDI3* Zakrzów, Poland April 13, 2018 – Grand Prix 72.065%
CDI3* Herning, Denmark Mar. 9, 2018 – Grand Prix 69.261%
CDI-W Neumünster, Germany Feb. 17, 2018 – Grand Prix 70.239% 
CDI-W Herning, Denmark Oct. 21, 2017 – Grand Prix 69.520%

Brett Parbery/DP Weltmieser
CDI-W Boneo, Australia Jan. 27, 2018 – Grand Prix 70.696%
CDI-W Boneo, Australia Oct. 20, 2017 – Grand Prix 69.060%

Shannan Goodwin/Aristede
CDI-W Werribee, Australia Mar. 22, 2018 – Grand Prix 70.500%
CDI3* Brisbane, Australia July 12-15, 2017 – Grand Prix 69.160%

Mary Hanna/Boogie Woogie
CDI-W Werribee, Australia Dec. 8, 2017 – Grand Prix 70.260%
CDI3* Deauville, France July 21-23, 2017 – Grand Prix 69.520%

Mary Hanna/Calanta
CDI3* Deauville, France July 21-23, 2017 – Grand Prix 72.020%

Suzanne Hearn/Remmington
CDI3* Brisbane, Australia July 12-15, 2017 – Grand Prix 70.580%

Simone Pearce/Wladimir O.A.
CDI4* Darmstadt, Germany Sept. 21-24, 2017 – Grand Prix 70.300%

Alexis Hellyer/Bluefields Floreno
CDI3* Bawley Point, Australia Feb. 23, 2018 – Grand Prix 69.761%

Judy Dierks/Diamond Star
CDI-W Boneo, Australia Oct. 20, 2017 – Grand Prix 69.300%

Briana Burgess/Sissi
CDI3* Nice, France Mar. 2, 2018 – Grand Prix 69.261%

Hayley Beresford/Rebana W
CDI3* Lamprechtshausen, Austria Sept. 3, 2017 – Grand Prix 69.160%


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