Over the weekend Aussie dressage rider Lyndal Oatley & her Grand Prix partner Potifar had their first show start for 2012 at the Euroclassics show in Bremen, Germany. On Saturday Lyndal & Pot were the 4th last pair to start in the CDI3* Grand Prix among a list of well known names... Koschel, Wittig, Max-Theurer, Helgstrand. For their first start since the Asian Pacific Qualifiers in Ermelo at the start of November last year Lyndal & Pot landed themselved in =12th place from the field of 18 starters with a score of 65.340% They impressed the judge at M in their entry who awarded them an 8, and the scores hovered around 6.5-7 for most of the test. However while their mistake in the one tempis (which are double points) was costly they did obtain a starting spot for the Grand Prix Special. You can find the full list of results from the GP here.
Sunday morning Lyndal & Pot were the second starters in for the Special and managed to produce a good test that saw them awarded a score of 66.267% and once again land in 12th place. In the special another mistake in the one tempis (luckily in the special theses are not a double co-efficient) was costly along with final piaffe on the centre line. The German judge at B awarded the Aussie combination the highest score of 67.444% while the lowest was the Dutch judge at C with 65.556% Full list of results from the GP Special in Bremen here.
I managed to catch up with Lyndal and get her thoughts on the weekend...
"The main goal of the weekend was to get Pot out and about again after having focused on Sandro Boys Grand Prix development in the competition arena over the last couple of months. I also wanted to get a GP Special under the belt!!! So two ticks in those boxes.
Bremen is always a high quality field, and this year was no exception. The warm up is extremely difficult (the hardest environment I have EVER ridden in...to be honest) so Bremen was always going to be a good test for Pot, particularly without a warm up National show before it.
Everything we have been working on at home is now showing in the arena. The walk and extended canter are both better, the control of the frame and the tempo, along with the overall quality is all better. But we made mistakes in the ones in both tests which really irritated me to be honest, as I really did not feel this coming. But hey, that is why I am doing the shows now in preparation for the qualifiers in Mannheim, Germany in May and Compiegne, France at the end of May (so long as he is picked for them :).
This weekend in Bremen I had a better feeling than I had in the Asian Pacific qualifiers in Ermello where we got nearly 70% and this is what I have been working on. Now the aim is to remove the errors, but with a few more shows under our belt I think this will be resolved. The I only have to move him onto shavings as his constant eating of the straw caused bathroom breaks at THE WORST TIMES during both tests and this also cost a few percent!!!!"
Best of luck to Lyndal with both Pot & Sandro Boy for their upcoming shows in Warsaw, Poland and Stadl Paura in Austria. Like all the other Aussie dressage riders Lyndal is no doubt waiting with baited breath to hear who the 8 combinations will be to start in Mannheim and Compiegne in May.... London is fast approaching and the race is definately underway to see who will make the final Aussie Dressage team for this years Olympic Games!