UPDATE–Lyndal Oatley Completes Eros Qualifying Scores for Australian Olympic Team, Debuts Elvive for Victory at Mariakolnak CDI3*
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MARIAKALNOK, Hungary, May 7, 2021–Lyndal Oatley debuted Elvive Friday to win the World Cup Grand Prix with the highest Australian score this year then rode Eros in the CDI3* to earn a second qualifying result for the nation’s Olympic team.
Lyndal and Eros were awarded 69.413% to place third behind her husband Patrik Kittel of Sweden in his first international competition on Bonamour for a score of 74.000% and the Netherlands’ Thamar Zweistra on Hexagon’s Double Dutch with 72.543%. Bonamour was previously competed by Germany’s Hubertus Schmidt.
Lyndal’s score on the 12-year-old KWPN gelding along with a 70.957% score from last October fulfilled the Australian requirement for two scores of 69% or better between Jan. 1, 2019 and June 21 this year to be considered for selection for the team for the Tokyo Games opening in less than three months.
Her biggest success Friday, however, came in the Big Tour debut of Elvive, a 12-year-old KWPN mare.
The score of 73.087% on Elvive 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.
Thamar Zweistra on Hexagon’s Ich Weiss was second in CDI3* on 72.196% with Germany’s Frank Freund on Royal Cabaret third on 68.326%. Patrik Kittel, the Swedish Olympian, was eliminated on Well Done de la Roche CMF.
The only previous international competition for Elvive, owned by Carol and Andrew Oatley, was by Patrik at Intermediate II almost three years ago.
Lyndal, based in Germany, competed Sandro Boy at both the 2012 Olympics in London and in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. She took time out to have a baby girl, Emilia, in October 2018.
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