Mary Hanna & Syriana Win CDI3* Grand Prix Special for 2nd Victory at Boneo With All Australian Judges, New Zealand’s John Thompson & Chemistry Close Behind

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Mary Hanna and Syriana competing at Boneo CDI3*.

BONEO, Australia, Jan. 22, 2022–Mary Hanna and Syriana slipped by John Thompson of New Zealand to post a last-minute win and the second victory in the one-time CDI3* Grand Prix Special with all Australian judges.

Mary competing at Big Tour for the first time since last summer’s Tokyo Olympics and the 16-year-old Westfalen mare scored 69.787%, just 0.149% ahead of the Australian-based New Zealander and the 10-year-old KWPN stallion as runner-up on 69.638% in their second Big Tour Special. Jayden Brown on Senator Nymphenburg who was a close second to Mary in the Grand Prix a day earlier placed third on 68.744%.

Mary, a six-time Olympian and the last to start in the class, recovered from a start that had her and Syriana around 62% to move into the lead and place atop the results as they did in the Grand Prix Friday.

The event was staged with approval of the International Equestrian Federation for the all-Australian judging panel instead of the maximum of two judges from the home nation to give Australian riders an opportunity to earn scores to qualify for the world championships in Herning, Denmark in August. Coronavirus restrictions have prevented international dressage events being staged Down Under for two years.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Ricky MacMillan Susan Hoevenaars Maria Schwennesen Connie Murray Jane Ventura
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 69.787 AUS Mary Hanna Syriana 67.872 70.106 69.574 70.213 71.170
2. 69.638 NZL John Thompson Chemistry 67.447 69.362 70.319 70.000 71.064
3. 68.744 AUS Jayden Brown Senator Nymphenburg 67.021 70.638 67.766 67.340 70.957
4. 68.638 AUS Pauline Carnovale Captain Cooks 67.447 68.617 68.936 67.340 70.851
5. 68.362 AUS Lindsey Ware Aristede 69.787 67.979 69.681 68.511 65.851
6. 64.830 AUS Kerry Mack Mayfield Limelight 63.298 63.404 65.319 67.234 64.894
SCR AUS Rebecca Woff Jazzari