Australia Names Dressage Team for World Games

The Australian Dressage selectors have named the team for the 2010 World Equestrian Games to be held in Kentucky, USA from 25 September to 10 October. The selected combinations are as follows:


•           Hayley Beresford and Relampago do Retiro, owned by Eduardo Fischer and Hayley Beresford

•           Lyndal Oatley and Potifar, owned by Carol and Sandy Oatley

•           Brett Parbery and Victory Salute, owned by Carolyn Lieutenant

•           Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster, owned by Beverley Edwards


About the athletes:


Hayley Beresford Age: 32 Lives: Grabs, Switzerland (born in Kellerberrin, Western Australia)

Having moved to Germany to train with Dressage superstar Isabell Werth in 2006, Hayley formed a strong partnership with a Brazilian bred horse Relampago do Retiro. The pair was selected to represent Australia at the 2008 Olympic Games. Hayley is married to Kian Bullock and is now based at the stables of Otto Hofer.


Lyndal Oatley Age: 30 Lives: Nottuln, Germany

Lyndal is a newcomer to the team, following in the tradition of her cousin Kristy Oatley who has so successfully represented Australia in the past. Potifar is Lyndal’s first Grand Prix horse, and together have grown as a pair to now reach the Australian team after achieving strong results in Aachen, Hagen, and Cappeln.


Brett Parbery Age: 38 Lives: Penrose, NSW

Brett and Victory Salute’s major achievements include:  Australian record holders for highest Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle score, 2010 Australian Dressage Champions, 10th  World Cup Final 2010, 10th  2010 Aachen Grand Prix and Kur. 2nd  2010 Hickstead World Dressage Masters CDI 5* Grand Prix Special.  Brett is married to Melinda and together they have a son 4 month old son Jake.


Rachael Sanna Age: 38 Lives: Glossodia, NSW

Rachael is the most experienced international rider on the team. Rachael has represented Australia at the 1999 World Cup Final, 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, 2002 World Equestrian Games, Jerez, Spain and 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. Rachael is married to former Olympic Show Jump rider George Sanna and has two children Romany and Darcy.


Equestrian Australia congratulates the athletes and looks forward to sending a strong team to the World Games.