Fiona Selby & Tacita Log First Ever Win on Career High Score at Willinga Park Grand Prix Freestyle in First Ever CDI4* in Australia

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Fiona Selby and Tacita.

BAWLEY POINT, Australia, Feb. 24, 2019–Fiona Selby and Tacita claimed victory Sunday in the frst ever CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle in Australia and to log the first win and by far the highest career score for the pair in five years at Big Tour.

Fiona, managing director of the Boneo Park equestrian center near Melbourne, and the 16-year-old mare were awarded 73.500 per cent for the win by unanimous choice of the five judges. The previous high score for the duo was 68.625 per cent. Since beginning CDI Grand Prix in 2014, Fiona and Tacit had never placed higher than fourth at any Big Tour competition.

The 2016 Australian Olympic team partnership of Suzanne Hearn and Remmington placed second on 72.225 per cent.

The 20-year-old rising star Mary Warren on Mindara Park Raphael were third on 71.890 per cent.

This CDI4* at the architecturally acclaimed Willinga Park was the first in Australia, insituted by owner Tony Snow to attract higher rated judges and offer more prize money.to help develop dressage Down Under.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle
Judges: Jane Ventura Sarah Geikie Eduard De Wolff Van Westerrode Jean-Michel Roudier Susan Hobson
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 73.500 AUS Fiona Selby Tacita 71.500 72.250 75.000 73.250 75.500 68.833 (4)
2. 72.225 AUS Suzanne Hearn Remmington 71.500 69.875 72.625 71.625 75.500 69.125 (3)
3. 71.890 AUS Mary Warren Mindarah Park Raphael 71.075 71.625 72.125 72.125 72.500 67.250 (8)
4. 70.060 AUS Alycia Targa CP Dresden 66.175 69.625 72.000 74.375 68.125 70.667 (2)
5. 69.000 AUS Rozzie Ryan Adonie 71.625 70.250 71.750 61.250 70.125 71.000 (1)
6. 68.845 AUS Melinda Hart Richmond H 66.850 69.750 70.000 65.625 72.000 66.167 (9)
7. 68.700 AUS Dirk Dijkstra AEA Metallic 72.250 71.500 67.125 65.000 67.625 67.500 (7)
8. 68.440 AUS Suzanne Hearn Jude 67.700 68.250 69.375 67.500 69.375 68.167 (5)
9. 68.375 AUS Lesley-Anne Taylor Amicelli Gold 66.125 68.375 69.000 67.125 71.250 67.875 (6)
10. 67.410 AUS Robert-Harrisson Schmerglatt Brumali 65.550 66.625 69.500 68.375 67.000 65.344 (10)