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Schaeffer Dances To Success At Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wendy Schaeffer, heroine of Australia's Olympic team at Atlanta in 1996, improved her chances of another call-up when winning the Melbourne (AUS) CIC3*-W on Koyuna Sun Dancer, a horse who is listed on Australia's "Shadow team" for Hong Kong.

South Australian Schaeffer, who, at 21 was the youngest woman to win an equestrian Olympic gold medal, was second after dressage at Melbourne in the FEI World Cup qualifier, the ninth leg in the FEI series. She rose to the lead spot when Shane Rose and Cleddau Bobby Dazzler, who had scored 46.7, had a run-out and dropped to sixth, and held her overnight lead as the only rider of the 10 starters to achieve a clear show jumping round over a technical course.

Kevin McNab, who had travelled all the way down from Queensland, was second on Hufflepuff with one of only two cross-country rounds within the optimum time. The other was from Luke Jones (AUS) on Soul, seventh.

Megan Jones, another South Australian and who works for a stud, was third on Kirby Park Allofasudden.

Results:
1, Wendy Schaeffer (Koyuna Sun Dancer, AUS) 49.3 + 2.8 + 0 = 52.1
2, Kevin McNab (Hufflepuff, AUS) 53.9 + 0 + 4 = 57.9
3, Megan Jones (Kirby Park Allofasudden, AUS) 50 + 3.2 + 8 = 61.2

Schaeffer now moves into joint fourth place on 100 points in the FEI World Cup Eventing standings, where the lead is held by Clark Montgomery (AUS) on 160, followed by William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Oliver Townend (GBR) on 115.

The action moves next, for the first time this year, to Eastern Europe, at Minsk. There are 16 qualifiers leading up to the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing Final to be held in Deauville (FRA) from 18-21 September 2008.


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