• Fran Cleland

Mary Hanna begins campaign for World Dressage Championships


ABOVE: Mary Hanna and Calanta. Picture: STEPHEN MOWBRAY

MARY Hanna has started her World Dressage Championships campaign well, placing sixth in the Grand Prix and fourth in the Special at and Calanta at the CDI3* Troisdorf in Germany.


In the Grand Prix, won by Matthias Roth on Thiago GS with 70.565 per cent, Calanta scored 67.809 per cent and sixth place, and in the Special, won by Remy Bastings riding Equador scoring 70.553 per cent, the Australian was fourth with a score of 68.149 per cent. Calanta remained in Germany after the Tokyo Olympic Games and since Hanna arrived back in Germany from her Bellarine Peninsula base in Victoria, the pair has been training with Henri Rouste.


“Calanta and I have been back together only a very short time. I am really enjoying the help from my new trainer Henri Rouste, but we are all finding our way as a team,” Hanna said.


“In the GP special it started to come together much better so we improved our score and placing.


“It’s great to be back in Europe in such a nice stable. The atmosphere is very good, and I am really enjoying being back with a top trainer and working to improve my performance.”


Hanna’s second mount, Syriana, finished her Australian campaign with a win the CDI-W GP Kur at PSI Dressage with the Stars with 77.3 per cent before heading off to Germany to join her stablemate. Back in Australia, Jayden Brown and Willinga Park Sky Diamond put in solid performances at the Sydney CDI International Dressage Event, held at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre.


He placed second to the Kiwi Gaylene Hennard who is in Australia working towards competing overseas in the CDI3* Grand Prix, the CDI3* Grand Prix Special and the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle.


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