Lone Jorgenson Pulls Out of Australian Olympic Team Contention Citing Lack of Competition for Corinna Due to Corona

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Lone Jörgensen riding Corinna at the Sydney World Cup Grand Prix in the first Big Tour competition for the double Olympian for Denmark and the first international event under the Australian flag.

June 16, 2021

Lone Jorgenson announced Wednesday she is withdrawing Corinna from contention for Australia’s Olympic team, citing a lack of competition Down Under due to coronavirus to prepare for the Tokyo Games in just over five weeks.

Lone, 59 years old, and the 14-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, is the second Aussie rider to withdraw this month. Lyndal Oatley, based in Germany, said that her two mounts, Elvive and Eros, were too inexperienced to go through the stress of an Olympics at this time.

“The ongoing Covid situation, and lack of international shows in Australia,” she said, “has made it difficult for me to prepare for such an event in the manner we wish.”

Only three CDIs have been staged in Australia since the beginning of 2020, all in the first quarter of last year.

Lone competed for Denmark at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics before moving to Australia and riding for her new home.

Lone pulling out leaves only four riders–two with two horses–remaining with scores to qualify for the team of three and a reserve:

–Simone Pearce, based in Germany, with Destano and Amandori
–Mary Hanna, based in Australia, with Calanta and Syriana
–Kristy Oatley, based in Germany, with Du Soleil
–Kelly Layne, based in the United States, with Samhitas