Matthew Dowsley & Prestige Win Boneo World Cup Grand Prix With Highest CDI Grand Prix Score in Australia in 3 1/2 Years
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BONEO, Australia, Oct. 19, 2018–Matthew Dowsley rode the Australian-bred AEA Prestige to victory in the World Cup Grand Prix Friday on a score that was the highest at Grand Prix Down Under in more than 3 1/2 years.
Matthew and the 13-year-old gelding (Prestige x Grand Kavalier) were awarded 72.456 per cent in only the second Big Tour competition for the horse that made its Grand Prix debut in May.
There were big disparities in the scores–a high of 74.891 per cent from Susan Hobson of New Zealand at B and a low of 69.891 per cent from Ulrike Neville of Germany at C. But all five judges placed the duo first.
The score was a career high at international Grand Prix for the 53-year-old rider who competed the highly regarded Cinderella for Australia at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany in 2006. Cancer led to the mare being euthanized a year later.
Australia’s five-time Olympian Mary Hanna on Umbro was awarded 72.521 per cent in the Grand Prix at Orange, about 150 miles/256km north of Sydney, in February 2015.
Shannan Goodwin on Aristede placed second on 70.217 per cent with the 2016 Aussie Olympic team pair of Suzanne Hearn and Remmington third on 69.718 per cent.
Australia is part of the World Cup Pacific Asia League that decides its sole representative at the final, to be staged in Gothenburg, Sweden next April, by a head-to-head league final.
CDI-W Grand Prix
Judges-E: Maria Schwennesen-AUS H: Mary Seefried-AUS C: Ulrike Nivelle-GER M: Vittorio Barba-PHI B: Susan Hobson-NZL