Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dressage: World Cup: Werribee: Wigan Wins the Pacific League World cup Final

Equestrian Australia Press Release

12 December, 2010

Chantal Wigan and Ferero won the Pacific League World Cup Final at the Saddleworld Dressage Festival.  The pair scored 69.000% to win the Grand Prix Freestyle on Saturday night at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre.  They also won the Grand Prix on Friday.

“I was really pleased with his (Ferero’s) Freestyle test,” Wigan said, “The trip home took quite a lot out of him but we are close to being back to full speed.”

Wigan returned to Australia in October after training in Europe for the past four years.  “My focus in on London 2012.”

“I want to raise my profile in Australia and to bring home the knowledge I gained in Europe and help riders here to improve,” added 36-year-old Wigan who runs an Equestrian centre near Brisbane.

In winning the event Wigan has earned the right to represent Australia at the FEI Dressage World Cup Final in Leipzig, Germany in April 2011.  Along with Dressage the Jumping and Driving FEI World Cup Finals will also be held in Leipzig. This is the first time that three World Cup Finals will take place at the same time at the same venue.  Wigan is yet to decide if she will make the trip to the final.

Mary Hanna and Sancette in only their third Freestyle delivered an exciting test with lots of promise for the future to fill second place with 68.150% and up a placing from Friday’s Grand Prix. Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi climbed from Friday’s 6th placing in the Grand Prix to finish 3rd in the Freestyle with 66.760%.  “Not our best show but that’s life, so you just keep on going,” commented Ryan who then went onto win the Grand Prix Special on Sunday. 

Maree Tomkinson and Diamantina IV continued their winning form from the recent Australian Championships and Equitana to dominate the Small Tour with wins in both the Prix St Georges and Intermediate I with scores of 70%+.  Maree chose not to start the talented mare in the Intermediate I Freestyle which was won by Rozzie Ryan and GV Bullwinkle on 70.75% following their strong second placings in the Prix St Georges and Intermediate I.

The Marcus Oldham Aachen Challenge was a popular victory to 21-year-old Alexis Hellyer (Woodville, NSW) ahead of Elliot Patterson and previous winner, Alycia Targa.   Elliot’s horse, Leandro, won the “Best Horse” award in the final, having the highest combined score from the 3 riders.  It was a good weekend for Alexis who also placed 4th in the Prix St Georges with a score of 67.895% which won her the Statene Park Trophy for achieving the highest percentage in an official FEI test, by a rider aged 25 years and under.

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