Maree Tomkinson has overcome a strong field to win the Grand Prix CDI at the Boneo Classic supported by NAB – an important event for Rio Olympic hopefuls.
Partnering with her World Equestrian Games horse, Diamantina 4, Tomkinson was the standout of the day, winning the class with a convincing 70.120%. The next nearest competitor was sole international entry, New Zealand’s Julie Brougham (Vom Feinsten) who scored 68.720%.
Tomkinson said it was good to be competing outdoors and in conditions which favoured her horse.
“She’s a lot better and much happier outside. We’re incredibly lucky to be competing outside because normally at this event we are inside. Outdoors and in big arenas, that is where she shines,” said Tomkinson.
The Boneo Classic supported by NAB is an opportunity for Australian based Dressage riders to obtain qualifying scores which may count towards Rio nomination. The event has attracted a who’s who of Australian dressage riders who are eager to secure a position on Australia’s four member team at the Olympic Games which are now less than 200 days away.