Hanna Karasiova of Belarus & Zodiak Win Moscow CDI3* Grand Prix, 3 Brazil Combinations Fall Short of Minimum Olympic Scores
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MOSCOW, Nov. 30, 2019–Hanna Karasiova of Belarus and Zodiak won the CDI3* Grand Prix Saturday but with time running out three Brazilian combinations did not add to qualifying scores to confirm a team slot at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Hanna and the 11-year-old Latvian Warmblood gelding that competed at the 2018 World Cup Final in Paris, scored 69.478% for the win.
Olga Safronova, also of Belarus, on her 2019 World Cup Final mount Sandro D Amour, was second on 67.196%.
Russia’s Larisa Bushina on Ju Ju was third on 66.283%.
Scores for the three Brazil combinations were: João Victor Oliva/Aron de Massa 65.043%, Pedro Almeida/Aoleo 64.500% and Edneu Jose Senhorini/Xiripiti 64.043%.
No rider and horse combination from Brazil that claimed one of two Olympic team spots available through the Pan American Games has yet met the minimum eligibility requirement of two scores of 66% at a CDI3* or higher Grand Prix, and the same result from a 5* judge on the panel. The scores have to be achieved by Dec. 31.
South Africa that also is seeking a first ever Olympic team start is one score shy of confirming a team place in Tokyo.
João Victor Oliva and Aron de Massa are entered in the CDI4* in Salzburg, Austria next week.
The only other CDIs before the deadline are: London Olympia World Cup but the Grand Prix is an experimental short version that would not count, and Frankfurt CDI5*, both the week before Christmas, and Mechelen, Belgium World Cup Dec. 26-30.
Austria and France are next in line for team slots if Brazil and South Africa do not complete qualifying.
CDI3* Grand Prix