Lyndal Oatley & Elvive Win Mariakalnok CDI3* Grand Prix to Put Pair Into Contention for Australia’s Olympic Team
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MARIAKALNOK, Hungary, May 7, 2021–Lyndal Oatley debuted Elvive Friday to win the CDI3* Grand Prix to put the Australian rider in contention for a place on her nation’s team for what would be her third Olympics.
The score of 73.087% on the 12-year-old KWPN mare was the highest Grand Prix result by an Australian combination this year and second to fellow Aussie Simone Pearce on Destano in the Olympic qualifying period from Jan. 1, 2019 to June 21. Simone is competing in Italy this week.
The Netherlands’ Thamar Zweistra on Hexagon’s Ich Weiss was second on 72.196% with Germany’s Frank Freund on Royal Cabaret third on 68.326%. Patrik Kittel, the Swedish Olympian and Lyndal’s husband, was eliminated on Well Done de la Roche CMF.
Lyndal, based in Germany, has competed at national levels and one international event on Eros last October since taking time out to have a baby girl, Emilia, in October 2018.
She is scheduled to start Eros in the World Cup Grand Prix here. The duo have one of two scores required for consideration for Olympic team selection.
The only previous international competition for Elvive, owned by Carol and Andrew Oatley, was by Patrik Kittel at Intermediate II almost three years ago.
She competed Sandro Boy at both the 2012 Olympics in London and in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
CDI3* Grand Prix