Australian 2016 Olympic team rider Susanne Hearn backed up her Grand Prix victory with another in the CDI-W Grand Prix Kur to Music at the 2018 World Cup qualifier in Melbourne hosted at Equitana Australia on Friday 16 November 2018.
Aboard her 16-year old Australian bred gelding Remmington (by River Dance x Imperial Prince) Hearn scored 72.55% in the freestyle, heading home a 12-strong field.
Susanne was very pleased with the gelding, who she bought as a yearling and has painstakingly brought through the grades.
“You just never know with horses,” she said. “Sometimes he can get a bit nervous with all that atmosphere.” However, tonight Remmington was every bit the star with exceptional piaffe and passage, and a test that highlighted his rhythm and elasticity.
“He is a very special horse,” said Susanne who admitted to being rather surprised to emerge as the victor this evening. “I love the Grand Prix and my Freestyle is simple but he was very good tonight. He was on fire and right on the music.”
Rozzie Ryan and the 12-year old Jarrah R was right behind Hearn in second place on 71.555%, followed by Dirk Dijkstra and the 17-year old Dutch warmblood bred AEA Metallic (by Metall x Gabor) in third with 70.310%.
Scores: 2018 CDI-W Melbourne
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