• Fran Cleland

Selectors name Australia’s dressage team for Nations Cup


ABOVE: Mary Hanna and Syriana will represent Australia at Aachen. Picture: KIRSTY PASTO

EQUESTRIAN Australia has announced the Australian team for the invitation-only CDIO5* Nations Cup competition at the CHIO Aachen Equestrian Festival in Germany. Australia will be represented by four combinations, including three former Olympians.


The team will be Lyndal Oately riding Eros, Mary Hanna riding Syriana, Simone Pearce riding Fiderdance and Warwick McLean riding Hendrix 11.


EA High Performance Dressage Manager Brett Davey said the opportunity to field a team at the famous World Equestrian Festival would allow Australian combinations the opportunity to experience a team environment as they look ahead to the FEI World Championships, to be held in Denmark later this year.


“It is an exciting time for Australian dressage as we have a number of riders competing this year at arguably the world’s most prestigious show,” he said.


“Australia is one of eight countries invited to compete in the Nations Cup competition and will be competing against the seven highest-placed countries from Tokyo 2020.


While we know the competition will be very tough, we look at this opportunity as preparation for the FEI World Championships, which are now less than two months away.”


An additional three combinations from Australia will also compete as individuals in the CDI4* competition at CHIO Aachen.


They are Elliott Patterson riding Santiago and in the small tour competition, Simone Pearce riding Royal and Proud and Tayla Desmet riding Zaubermaus.


Aachen Equestrian Festival runs from June 24 to July 3.