4. KRISTY OATLEY RIDING DU SOLEIL
23/04/2021 – ZAKRZOW CDI3* – GRAND PRIX – 72.174%
19/02/2022 – NEUMÜNSTER CDI-W – SHORT GRAND PRIX – 72.526%
Kristy is Lyndal Oatley’s cousin and historically has been the leader in the Oatley family when it came to being the number one dressage rider. I think it is fair to say that Kristy will respond to being usurped by her young cousin! This will be interesting viewing and hopefully good for Australia and better scores. There is still time for Kristy to come up with better scores and outmanoeuvre Lyndal. Kristy has achieved two MERs and two 69% scores, so is qualified.
5. MARY HANNA RIDING SYRIANA
25/02/2022 – BAWLEY POINT CDI3* – GRAND PRIX – 72.239%
25/03/2022 – WERRIBEE CDI-W – SHORT GRAND PRIX – 71.316%
So with Mary and Syriana having both their scores this year they have well and truly qualified for selection consideration. Two MERs and two over 69%. It is my understanding that Mary has flown back to Germany to base with Henri Rouste and campaign her Tokyo Olympic mare, Calanta, as well. Simultaneously Mary will continue to campaign Syriana whilst based in Germany, and just looking at the scores I think she will be keen to increase her personal best scores with Syriana. Keep in mind that position two and position three are both held down by Lyndal Oatley. Lyndal can only ride one horse at the World Championships. So, if the standings were to stay as they are now, then Mary and Syriana would make the Australian team based on my personal ranking list. There are four riders who will be selected to ride for Australia at Denmark in five months’ time. So Mary flying back to the northern hemisphere is definitely Mary on the counter-attack and she has every intention of seriously pressuring Simone, Lyndal and Kristy. Game on!
6. JAYDEN BROWN RIDING SENATOR NYMPHENBURG
21/01/2022 – BONEO CDI3* – GRAND PRIX – 71.022%
There are a couple of complications here. At Bawley Point, Jayden scored 67.652%, which is recognised by the FEI as a qualifying score and an MER for the World Championships, but the Australian selectors have stipulated that the combinations must have scored 69% or over on two occasions before they can be considered for Australian team selection. In my opinion this is not a great Australian selection policy. Anyway, Jayden should be able to score over 69% in the upcoming Sydney CDI3* competition. But again, there is a complication. Senator Nymphenburg is owned by Rose Deo and Jenny Gehrke. So the complication is that Jenny Gehrke is now riding Senator Nymphenburg and is entered in the CDI3* Grand Prix for the Sydney CDI on 27-30 April 2022. This means that Jayden cannot get a second score over 69% to be recognised as a full qualification by the Australian selectors. Ironically, the Sydney CDI is the last Australian based CDI competition before 1 July, when the short list of eight Australian riders is declared. It is from that short list that a team of four is selected on 11 July and four unranked reserves are also selected. So, by my selection criteria, right now Jayden and Senator Nymphenburg are sixth in the Australian rankings but are not going to be able to secure a second score over 69%. That will put an end to any chance of this combination making the top eight. Currently I am ranking Jayden and Senator Nymphenburg as number six and, allowing for the fact that Lyndal can only ride one horse, that means Jayden in reality is number five. Holy smoke! That is so close to being on the Australian team! This is a mighty unusual situation!