2004 CDI Sydney

Kerry Mack fourth but pleased with Mayfield Pzazz

May 1, 2004

Victorian-based rider Kerry Mack only entered Mayfield Pzazz as an afterthought, but ended up being in contention for a top placing in the  Advanced Freestyle to Music event at Sydney International Equestrian Centre. They eventually finished in fourth place, though for a while there were better hopes.

A 67.24 percent score saw Mack take out the Advanced 5.3 competition, but a mistake during the Advanced 5.4 event forced her into a second placing behind South Australian combination, Lesley-Anne Taylor and German-bred gelding, Weltklasse.

"On the second (placing in the Advanced 5:4), I mucked up one of the pirouettes and that was very costly," she said. Following the Freestyle to Music though, Mack and Mayfield Pzazz finished in fourth position with 64.74 percent. Friday's rivals, Taylor and Weltklasse took the event with 70.12 percent with the Maurice Bruce/Neversfelde Feuer and Sally Evans/A'Seduction combinations taking second and third respectively.

Despite the disappointing final result, Mack was still excited with her six-year-old stallion's efforts in higher company. "I was pleased because that was the first time he (Mayfield Pzazz) had to compete indoors since 'Dressage With the Stars'," she said.

"They had an applause meter there and it (the crowd) was really loud. It freaked him out. The only other time I have had him indoors since, he was really tense so I was not sure that he'd be OK." "I'm rapt.

We came from Melbourne mainly to watch my other stallion (Whisper IV) and we thought we'd just bring him (Mayfield Pzazz) along for the experience and it has been fantastic. He has gone out and he has been really consistent in a strange area."

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