John Thompson’s solid form is continuing with victory in the Grand Prix Special at the Sydney CDI yesterday afternoon. Aboard JHT Antonello, the newly-crowned 2016 New Zealand Dressage Horse of the Year, the Rio hopeful headed home a 12-strong field, including some of Australia’s top combinations.
But it was tight across the top three, with Thompson finishing on 67.9%, Sue Hearn and Remmington second on 67.63% and Judith Dierks aboard Diamond Star third on 67.53%. Thompson was the only combination to garner a 70-plus percent mark from any single judge.
The win backs up his fourth place efforts yesterday in the CDI Grand Prix where he and Antonello scored 66.82%, to finish behind winner Sue Hearn on Remmington with 68.42%, with Vicki Newham on Diamond Star second with 68.26% and Robbie Soster third aboard Robali Razzamatazz on 66.88%.
This evening Thompson will compete in the freestyle.
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By Diana Dobson
Photo by Libby Law/ESNZ