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Katie McVean close to a place in the Rolex FEI World Cup final

Wednesday, 01 February 2012

Katie McVean at last year's World Cup final with Delphi. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Katie McVean is close to securing a place in the Rolex FEI World Cup final. According to Equestrian Sports New Zealand McVean may secure her third World Cup series this week during the New Zealand World Cup Final Show at Tauranga. It was not sure if Katie McVean would even get to start in the final two rounds, as she fractured a vertebrae in her lower back last week when she was bowled by one of her young horses. Luckily Katie just got the green light from her doctor.

McVean will compete Dunstan Daffodil in the NZ final. Daffodil is half sister to Katie’s former superstar Delphi who was sold to Saudi Equestrian and Kahmal Bahamdan after last year’s final in Leipzig. Daffodil and Delphi are both out of the same mare – Flower Power. Katie’s father Jeff competed Flower Power on international Grand Prix level.

To Equestrian Sports New Zealand Katie says; “I’m so excited to be allowed to ride again. I would love to be at the world final again and I think Daffodil is just continuing to improve all the time.” But it’s not going to be an easy ride as the fracture means that McVean can’t sit in the saddle how she normally does.

Katie is on top of the NZ World Cup leaderboard, and goes into the last two legs of the New Zealand league with a 13 point down to her nearest rival Maurice Beatson who won’t be competing this week.

Bayer World Cup League 2011-2012 points (best four rounds): Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) 52 points, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) 39, Tess Williams (Gisborne) 28, Phillip Steiner (Tauranga) 25, Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) 22, Bernard Denton (Gisborne) 21, Ross Smith (Canterbury) 15, Lisa Coupe (Hawke’s Bay) 11, Samantha McIntosh.

Source:Equestrian Sports New Zealand

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