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Hard Work Pays Off for Mary Hanna, Syriana Shines at 2019 CDI Deauville

European Training Camp at Eulenhof

Mary has been working closely with Swedish Patrik Kittel for almost a decade. While in 2018 she was briefly based with her horses in a satelite barn in Munster, Germany, a stone throw’s from Patrik’s yard in Appelhulsen, this year trainer and student are back together in the Kittel-Oatley family’s posh fully renovated, state-of-the art equestrian centre Eulenhof in Dulmen, Germany.

After so many years in the saddle, Hanna finds inspiration in Europe by competing against the world’s best. Although she has her own yard, Statene Park, in Australia, Mary makes the deliberate choice to spend half a year in Europe to fully immerse herself into the European training and competition world. Kittel and his wife, Australian Olympian Lyndal Oatley, have finally settled in their home-for-life Eulenhof and offer top facilities for their students.

“Patrik has been so positive, helping me with the horses, and he really keeps me motivated,” said Mary. “It’s hard not to feel positive, being in such a beautiful surroundings as Eulenhof. It is a beautiful environment to work in. We have been there since Patrik first moved in. As with his teaching his attention to detail is amazing, making a paradise for horses and humans.”

With her training plan on point and three Grand Prix horses in the barn, Hanna’s run for Tokyo and potentially her sixth Games are feasible. Aside from Calanta and Syriana, Hanna is bringing along 9-year old Ferrero (by Tuschinski x Jazz) as a third option for the future


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