At Age 65, Australia’s Mary Hanna Posts Lifetime High Score in Winning Bawley Point CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle on Calanta

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Mary Hanna of Australia and Calanta.

BAWLEY POINT, Australia, Feb. 24, 2020–The 65-year-old Australian Mary Hanna posted a lifetime high score in riding Calanta to victory at Willinga Park’s Dressage by the Sea CDI4* Monday.

Mary, a veteran of five Olympics spanning almost a quarter century, scored 76.205% on the 13-year-old KWPN mare two days after winning the Grand Prix.

Melissa Galloway a New Zealander whose first ever Big Tour competition was a year ago, placed second on Windermere J’Obei W on a personal best score of 75.565%. It was only the third Grand Prix Freestyle for Melissa and the New Zealand-bred nine-year-old gelding and the first competition outside her homeland for the 26-year-old Melissa.

Fellow Kiwi John Thompson on JHT Chemistry was third on 75.025% in only the second Freestyle and fourth start for the eight-year-old Australian-bred horse.

The previous career high score for Mary Hanna was 75.950% on Umbro at Orange, Australia five years ago, according to a review of records by dressage-news.com.

Calanta and Syriana, the two horses she competed here, are the highest ranked Australian combinations on the world rankings.

Mary, who for several years had split her time between Australia and Europe, relocated herself back to Australia last fall to campaign for her sixth and what she thinks will be her final Olympics, in Tokyo in July.

In recent years she has trained with Swedish Olympian Patrik Kittel, who is based in Germany with his Australian wife, Lyndal Oatley, an Olympic and world championship rider on Aussie teams. Since Mary’s return to Australia, training has been maintained by video over the Internet.

At the age of 61 at the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 she became Australia’s oldest Olympian.

The highest score for an Australian is 79.330% set by Kristy Oatley on Du Soleil in Salzburg, Austria in December 2018.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle

                  Anne Gribbons Magnus Ringmark Eduard De Wolff Van Westerrode Gotthilf Riexinger Maria Schwennesen    
Place   Score %   Nation Athlete Horse     E H C M B   Spectators
1.   76.205   AUS Mary Hanna Calanta     76.425 77.125 76.675 78.075 72.725   75.269 (1)
2.   75.565   NZL Melissa Galloway Windermere J’Obei W     75.075 74.975 76.500 79.000 72.275   74.750 (2)
3.   75.025   NZL John Thompson JHT Chemistry     76.250 76.000 73.625 76.625 72.625   74.025 (3)
4.   72.925   AUS Alycia Targa CP Dresden     71.050 73.750 72.925 77.100 69.800   72.400 (4)
5.   72.455   AUS Rozzie Ryan Jarrah R     70.425 71.875 73.900 75.775 70.300   71.440 (5)
6.   69.220   NZL Wendi Williamson Don Amour MH     67.975 72.150 66.900 68.825 70.250   69.158 (7)
7.   69.200   AUS Katharine Farrell Luxor 118     68.600 66.900 70.275 71.275 68.950   69.000 (9)
8.   69.125   NZL Victoria Wall Letty Lei Edh     68.575 68.325 70.200 71.050 67.475   70.123 (6)
9.   68.265   AUS Sheridyn Ashwood Ferrero Chocolate Box     67.575 67.275 68.750 69.525 68.200   69.138 (8)
10.   66.945   AUS Melinda Hart Richmond H     66.375 66.500 66.725 69.250 65.875   64.237 (10)
11.   62.630   NED Marvin Smink Haya     61.350 61.325 63.050 63.225 64.200   64.000 (11)

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