In the lead-up to the London Olympics, Mary Hanna headed down to the south of France to compete in the Vidauban CDI – the last series of competitions that will count towards Olympic qualification. Joined by Hayley Beresford and Brett Parbery, Mary led the Aussie contingent on her two horses Sancette and Umbro.
Mary rode Sancette in the GP to place seventh with a score of 67.12%. In Mary’s words, “He put in a really smooth test with no major errors; only now needed are the small details to get the extra points. He was well scored by three of the judges, but the Finnish judge was not a fan.”
In the Special all three Aussies competed, but Mary was ahead on Umbro with 65.851%, Hayley placed 21st on Simba with a score of 65.277% and Brett placed 30th on Lord of Loxley with 63.617%.
The real show was the Kür, where Mary rode Sancette with new music to score a very impressive 72.625%. This originally had Mary tied for third place with Carl Hester and Philippe Jorissen but on count back she placed equal fourth with Philippe – not bad company to find oneself in!
Competition continues this week…
To read more about Mary’s progress in the lead-up to London check out her blog at: http://www.horsemagazine.com/mary-hanna
Photo by Carol Newby.