Hayley Beresford Loses Appeal for Australian Olympic Selection | eurodressage

Hayley Beresford’s appeal to be included on the Australian Olympic Dressage team has been overturned.  This is how it was reported by Eurodressage:

“Australian Olympic reserve rider Hayley Beresford has lost her appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The German based Beresford appealed because she did not get an Australian Olympic team spot.

Beresford, a 2008 Australian Olympic team rider, and Zuchthof Schmidt’s Westfalian licensed stallion Belissimo scored the third highest qualification score at the two official Olympic selection trials in Mannheim and Compiegne but was not granted a team spot by selectors Joanne Fowler, Maria Schewennesen, and Virginia Creed. The selectors made last minute changes to the selection rules to “legalize” their current team selection.

“I have lost my appeal and last chance to represent Australia at the Olympics. I am deeply devastated and at this moment cannot find the words to explain the selection process,” a very disappointed and saddened Beresford said.

“I wish team mates Kristy and Lyndal Oatley and Mary Hanna the very best and will endeavor to positively support you as the reserve until the Games.”

At the 2012 CDIO Aachen yesterday Beresford scored the highest mark of all Australian riders in the CDIO Grand Prix, beating both Olympic nominated Lyndal and Kristy Oatley.  Despite being selected on the dressage team for Aachen, Olympic team rider Mary Hanna elected not to contest this year’s event with Sancette (by Sandro Hit).”

Best wishes to Lyndal and Kristy Oatley and Mary Hanna for your preparations.

Go Aussie Go!

Ride Well!


via Hayley Beresford Loses Appeal with CAS on Australian Olympic Selection | eurodressage.

Compiegne Grand Prix Special Draw

Here is the draw for today’s Compiegne Grand Prix Special.  Go Aussies!

Will try and get you the scores as soon as they come to hand.  But the French don’t seem so good at that!


Report from Compiegne in Dressage News

Congratulations to all the Aussie riders who competed.  Qualifers for such big events bring a lot of extra pressure on the riders.  Whoever is selected I am sure we are going to have a great team for London. It will be a hard job for the selectors I am sure.  Team to be announced on 6th June.  Here is a full report from Compiegne from Dressage News:


Lyndal Oatley and Sandro Boy on Saturday all but secured a start in Olympic dressage competition beginning in exactly two months with the top finish of Australians in the Grand Prix at Compiègne, France, for two successive victories in the two selection trials for her nation.

Lyndal and the 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Sandro Hit x Utopia x Argentinus) scored a personal best of 70.894 per cent to place fourth overall in the CDI3*, surpassing the 70.468 per cent the pair received at Hagen, Germany, in April. The German-based Aussie also won the Grand Prix on her family’s Sandro Boy in the first selection trial at Mannheim, Germany, a month ago.

Australian Olympic veteran Mary Hanna on Sancette was the second placed Australian horse and rider with 68.638 per cent in seventh place overall with Lyndal’s cousin, Kristy Oatley and Clive, also based in Germany, the third highest pair with 68.234 per cent in eighth place. Clive did not compete in the first trial at Mannheim.

Rozzie Ryan and GV Bullwinkle were next on 67.851 per cent, then Kristy and Ronan II on 67.490 per cent, followed by Brett Parbery on Lord of Loxley with 67.106 per cent and the German-based Hayley Beresford and Bellissimo NRW on 67.085 per cent. Other Australians were Mary Hanna and Umbro on 65.787 per cent and Chantal Wigan and Ferero on 64.915 per cent.

Saturday’s ride was in perfect sunny weather in contrast to Mannheim when a deluge as Lyndal and Sandro Boy entered the arena forced the pair to seek shelter. Despite the rain, they were the highest placed Australians and prompted Lyndal to jokingly refer to her horse as “Storm Boy.”

She and Sandro Boy was the only Australian combination to score above 70 per cent in either the two Grand Prix and the Olympic Grand Prix Special in the so-called nomination events.

“I am very happy with Sandro Boy,” said Lyndal who rode on her first Australian championship team with Potifar at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010.

“Today was a great effort for the entire Aussie team and things now will be very interesting.”

Carol and Andrew Oatley, Lyndal’s parents and owners of Sandro Boy, returned to watch this weekend’s competition, as they did at Mannheim. Her sister, Nicky, and her husband were also there.

“So I felt the love well and truly.”

Patrik Kittel, her husband and one of the world’s elite riders who has already been nominated by Sweden for their Olympic team, flew in and out of Compiègne.

“Everyone really put in a huge effort to be there for me and I’m so glad I was able to do a good job,” she said.

The Australian selection procedures are a long list of variables–everything from arena footing, to weather to team spirit and numerous other factors, plus the caveat: “…Nomination Events do not automatically position one horse and Athlete combination above another in terms of nomination.”

All horses in contention for nomination to the Australian Olympic Committee will undergo a final veterinary examination on Monday, June 4.

Equestrian Australia, the Australian equestrian federation, will advise the Australian Olympic Committee of the dressage team for the Olympics, on Wednesday, June 6. The deadline for nominations is June 22.”


Full Final Results at Compiegne Dressage Olympic Qualifier

Congratulations to the whole team.  You did a great job.  Here are the full final results with the individual judges scores and placings:

If you want to see just the Aussie results Click Here

Ride Well!


Aussie Results for the Grand Prix at Compiegne

Here are the final Aussie Grand Prix results from Compiegne:

Lyndal Oatley and Sandro Boy – 70.97%

Mary Hanna and Sancette  68.61%

Kristy Oatley and Clive – 68.19%

Rozzie Ryan and Gv Bullwinkle  67.85%

Kristy Oatley and Ronan – 67.34%

Hayley Beresford and Belissimo NRW –  66.95%

Brett Parberry and Lord of Loxley  66.93%

Mary Hanna and Sancette  65.83%

Chantal Wigan and Ferero  64.91%

If you want to compare the results from the first qualifier at Mannheim you will find them by clicking here:  Results from Mannheim

Well done all of you – the pressure would have been huge…..

Will post the final full set of results soon.

Go Aussies Go!


Aussie Dressage riders gear up for final Olympic nomination event at Compiegne

This is a copy of an article from Equestrian Life:

“We are just days away from knowing which combinations will comprise Australia’s Dressage team at the 2012 London Olympic Games but before the team is revealed one final challenge stands in the way.

The second and final Dressage nomination event is taking place this weekend and riders have assembled in France to compete in the Compiegne CDI3*

A good result this weekend could put riders on the path to London and Olympic glory.

Lyndal Oatley is hoping she and her horse Sandro Boy, aptly nicknamed Storm Boy after they faced disastrous conditions at the first nomination event in Manheim (GER), fare better with the weather this weekend

“We have prepared well for this event and I am ready for whatever heads my way, although I would prefer better weather than in Mannheim,” Lyndal said. “I have checked the weather forecast and there is a chance of rain over the Grand Prix days so I’m hoping “Storm Boy” is not facing weather like last time but just in case I have extra gloves and a lot of towels and am off to find gumboots,” she added.

If Lyndal gets the call up from selectors, London will be her first Olympic Games.

“The feelings I have at the moment are exactly the same as they were leading up to Mannheim,” she said. “I feel anxious, excited but also focused on getting the job done.  We all want one of the three places on the team and we know what we need to do to get there.”

With Dressage rider Rachael Sanna withdrawing from the event after veterinary advice sidelined her horse, the Bev and John Edwards owned Jaybee Alabaster, there are seven riders vying for three positions on the Dressage team.

Dressage combinations competing at Compiegne CDI3* 1 – 3 June 2012

Brett Parbery –  Lord of Loxley

Chantal Wigan –  Ferero

Hayley Beresford –  Belissimo NRW

Kristy Oatley – Clive

Kristy Oatley –  Ronan 2

Lyndal Oatley –  Sandro Boy

Mary Hanna –  Sancette

Mary Hanna – Umbro

Rozzie Ryan –  GV Bullwinkle”

Go Aussies Go!


via Equestrian Life – Dressage riders gear up for final nomination event.

A big “Thank You” to all my supporters

Thank you for all your messages of support for me and Jaybee Alabaster since the announcement by Equestrian Australia yesterday.  Please accept this as my personal thanks to everyone.

It has been a very disappointing and sad time for my team, both here in Europe and back home in Australia. I would like to thank John and Bev Edwards of Jaybee Farm, for giving  me the ride on Jaybee Alabaster. The owners of horses in Olympic contention have obviously put many years into a long term project, such as producing an International Grand Prix horse and are there for both the highs and lows. Jaybee Alabaster, or Bastie as those close refer to him, has proven to be an exceptional International Grand Prix horse. We have all had some wonderful success over the years. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be this time around for the London Olympics 2012.

Speaking on behalf of my whole support team, I would like to send a huge “THANKYOU” to everyone for their wonderful support over the years and particularly during our time in Europe. We have have been truly over-whelmed and humbled by the kindness shown, both from back home and here in Germany, where the hospitality and encouragement has been fantastic.

On a brighter note, the rest of the Australian Dressage Shadow Team will be competing in Compiegne, France this week. This is the final nomination event for these riders and horses to make the Australian Olympic Team. The very best of luck to these combinations: Hayley Beresford and BelissimoNRW, Mary Hanna and Sancette, Lyndal Oatley and Potifar, Brett Parbery and Lord of Loxley, Rozzie Ryan and GV Bullwinkle, Chantal Wigan and Ferero, and Kristie Oatley and Ronan. My thoughts are with you all.

Ride well. I look forward to seeing the results.


Mannheim Dressage Olympic Qualifier 1 – my thoughts

What can I say:

Mannheim did not go well for me as you will know from my Grand Prix score.
There are many factors that contributed to a result that was not so good for me and some, I am trying to still figure out. However, at the end of it all, it did not happen for me at Mannheim.

The storm was amazing just as the Grand Prix was about to start.  It was an outdoor arena so everyone went back to the stables to shelter but were all soaked and freezing cold, including the horses.  Five minutes later they restarted and we were all back out again.  Outdoor arenas and weather go together!  That’s just how it is!

But the good news for Australia is that three of our riders got into the Grand Prix Special with great results.  Amazing effort from Lyndal Oatley, Hayley Beresford and Kristy Oatley.  It has been a good competition for Australia and it looks to be an awesome team lining up for the London Olympics that will represent Australia. We now all aim for Compiegne in France for the 2nd qualifier.

Go Aussie’s Go!


Aussie Results for Mannheim Grand Prix Special

Here are the Aussie Results for the Grand Prix Special :

1.  Hayley Beresford and Belissimo NRW  69.333%

2.  Lyndal Oatley and Sandro Boy  66.889%

3.  Kristy Oatley and Ronan  66.156%

Congratulations to all of you.

Next stop Compiegne!


Start List for Mannheim Grand Prix Special

Here is the start list for the Grand Prix Special today:

(Times are Sydney times)

11.09pm  Kristy Oatley and Ronan

11.36pm  Hayley Beresford and Belissimo NRW

11.45pm  Lyndal Oatley and Sandro Boy

Good luck!  Go Aussies!