Gaylene Lennard & Jax Johnson Win Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix Special in Only Second CDI for All New Zealand Partnership

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Gaylene Lennard and Jax Johnson.

SYDNEY, April 29, 2022–The New Zealand partnership of Gaylene Lennard and Jax Johnson won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special Friday  a month after making their Big Tour debut in their homeland.

Gaylene and the New Zealand-bred 12-year-old gelding (Johnson x Anamour) scored 70.000% for the win in only their second CDI Grand Prix. The pair placed third in the Grand Prix a day earlier in their pursuit of a start in the world championships in Herning, Denmark in August.

Gaylene, 59 years old, a former show horse rider who lives on a dairy farm, competed in the first CDI on Jax in Taupo, New Zealand in March before flying to Australia for this event.

Australia’s Jayden Brown debuting Willlingapark Sky Diamond at Grand Prix Special scored 69.894% for second place.

John Thompson, a New Zealander who lives in Australia, rode Chemistry to third place on 67.319%. The duo won the Grand Prix Thursday.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Vittorio Barba Virginia Creed Ricky MacMillan Linda Warren Davey Katrina Wüst
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 70.000 NZL Gaylene Lennard Jax Johnson 68.723 70.319 71.489 69.787 69.681 68.688 (2)
2. 69.894 AUS Jayden Brown Willingapark Sky Diamond 69.787 71.383 68.404 69.468 70.426 70.390 (1)
3. 67.319 NZL John Thompson Chemistry 67.128 68.298 66.277 67.340 67.553 66.754 (7)
4. 66.851 AUS Elliot Patterson Santiago 66.170 66.064 67.340 67.553 67.128 67.128 (4)
5. 66.511 AUS Emma Flavelle-Watts Cabaret C 66.064 67.234 66.277 64.362 68.617 68.475 (3)
6. 65.787 AUS Lindsey Ware Aristede 66.170 67.234 65.319 64.043 66.170 66.912 (5)
7. 65.191 AUS Charlotte Phillips CP Dresden 62.021 66.383 66.170 64.574 66.809 66.587 (8)
8. 64.723 AUS Sheridyn Ashwood Fererro Chocolate Box 64.574 63.936 63.511 64.043 67.553 64.504 (9)
9. 64.681 AUS Michelle Baker Bradgate Park Puccini 65.532 65.426 63.830 63.085 65.532 66.844 (6)
10. 60.170 AUS Robyne Smith Gwandalan Luca 60.745 62.021 60.213 57.553 60.319 59.308 (10)