PILISJÁSZFALU, Hungary, May 4, 2019–Aussie Kristy Oatley and Du Soleil won the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday to earn the first points for a Western European-based combinaton toward qualifying for the Final in Las Vegas next April.
Kristy and the 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored 78.625%, the second highest ever result for the Germay-based rider and a day after posting an Aussie record Grand Prix that gave the pair all three Big Tour records for an Australian. The duo’s highest score was the record set of 79.330% in Salzburg, Austria last December.
Kristy and Du Soleil competed for Australia at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the World Equestrian Games in Tryon last September as well as the World Cup Final in Omaha in 2017. The partnership first competed at Big Tour in 2015 and were the highest scoring Australian duo for the World Cup in Gothenburg last month, but the rules would not allow an invitation to be extended although two possible starting combinations in Australia opted not to go halfway around the world for the Final.
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