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THE AUSTRALIAN 3 DAY EVENT, WHERE THE CHAMPIONS ARE MADE

THE AUSTRALIAN 3 DAY EVENT, WHERE THE CHAMPIONS ARE MADE

THE AUSTRALIAN 3 DAY EVENT, WHERE THE CHAMPIONS ARE MADE

Media Release

 19  November  2017

In  the  heat  of  the  sun,  on  the  final  day,  Champions  are  made.  It  came  down  to  the   closest  of  margins,  where  errors  are  measured  in  the  smallest  of  detail  and  one  lack   of  concentration  can  be  the  difference  between  winning  and  losing,  getting  on  the   podium  or  simply  just  getting  back  in  your  truck.

The  CCI4*  ended  with  New  Zealander  Clarke  Johnstone  continuing  his  phenomenal   form  securing  1st  place  with  a  clear  round  in  the  Jumping.  All  weekend  Johnstone   has  lead  from  the  front  showing  complete  class  with  his  wonderful  mount  Balmoral   Sensation.  They  have  not  missed  an  opportunity  to  shine  throughout  the  weekend   and  they  embraced  the  pressure,  turning  in  text  book  performances  to  be  crowned   the  CCI4*  Champions.

On  his  victory,  Johnstone  added,”I  have  said  this  before,  he  is  an  amazing  horse  and   I  am  very  lucky  to  be  riding  him.  He  has  been  focused  all  weekend.  I  always  knew  he   was  a  great  jumper  and  I  am  proud  of  what  we  have  achieved  over  the  last  3  Days.  I   would  like  to  thank  the  event  organisers  for  putting  on  a  wonderful  event  in  the   beautiful  Adelaide  Parklands  and  I  hope  to  come  back  next  year  to  defend  my  title.”

Megan  Jones  also  had  a  great  weekend  finishing  as  only  the  second  person  to  have   a  clear  Jumping  round.  Having  not  been  out  of  the  top  three  at  any  stage,  Kirby  Park   Impress  has  been  a  reliable  and  trustworthy  horse,  delivering  the  goods  when   needed.

Stuart  Tinney  and  War  Hawk  came  from  fourth  after  the  cross  country  and  despite   knocking  down  two  rails,  still  managed  to  get  on  the  podium  for  3rd  after  Sonja   Johnson  with  Misty  Isle  Valentino,  (who  had  also  been  in  the  top  three  after  the  first   two  phases),  knocked  three  rails  down  and  dropped  to  5th,  with  Andrew  Cooper  and   Tasman  Park  Ovation  moving  up  to  fourth.

In  a  tense  finish  in  the  Horseland  CCI2*  Emma  Mason  and  Warrego  Marco  Polo  took   out  the  title  with  a  final  score  of  55.30.

With  only  2  combinations  out  of  a  field  of  20,  (who  were  eligible  to  compete  after  the   cross  country  yesterday),  managed  to  get  a  clear  round.  The  lead  changed  places  as   the  combinations  took  to  the  arena  for  the  final  showdown,  but  it  was  Mason  who   held  her  nerve  to  only  knock  down  one  rail  and  take  the  CCI2*  title.

“Marcus  and  I  are  a  relatively  new  combination  and  I  am  thrilled  with  how  everything   came  together  this  weekend.  He  is  a  wonderful  horse  with  a  fabulous  temperament   and  he  showcased  his  potential  in  front  of  an  energetic  crowd.  The  Aus3de  is  a   wonderful  event  and  is  a  pleasure  to  be  part  of.  After  being  in  5th  place  following  the   dressage,  I  knew  we  had  to  have  a  strong  cross  country,  over  a  challenging  track   and  to  back  this  up  in  the  Jumping.  Marcus  performed  really  well  and  I  am  proud  of   the  way  he  managed  all  the  phases  and  I  am  over  the  moon  to  get  the  win.”

The  leader  going  into  the  Jumping,  Chelsea  Priestley  and  her  horse  Skansen  Purist,   knocked  down  2  rails  pushing  them  into  2nd  position  on  a  final  score  of  59.20,  with   the  last  spot  on  the  podium  going  to  Matthew  Gaske  and  his  mount,  Thymes  Too,   finishing  on  59.80  after  dislodging  only  one  rail.

In  the  CIC3*  Christine  Bates  continued  the  magnificent  form  that  has  seen  her  top   the  Leaderboard  after  every  day  of    the  three  phases  this  weekend  to  take  home  the   win.  Finishing  on  a  score  of  61,  she  had  one  rail  in  hand    as  she  claimed  the  title   ahead  of  Australian  Olympian  Shane  Rose  and  Swiper  who  finished  2nd  on  65.  In  a   very  close  run  for  3rd  place  Andrew  Cooper  and  Lagoes  Choice  held  on  by  only  0.10   to  get  on  the  podium.

Christine  was  delighted  with  the  performance  of  her  horse  all  weekend  and  said   “Adelaide  had  some  time  off  eventing,  focussed  on  dressage  and  I  was  not  sure  if  he   was  going  to  get  back  into  the  three  phases.  He  is  a  remarkable  horse  who  has  the   skills  and  determination  to  be  able  to  adapt  himself  to  any  situation.  When  we   decided  to  enter  the  Aus3de,  we  came  to  win  and  I  knew  he  had  the  capability  to  do   so.  He  had  a  great  dressage,  a  solid  cross  country  and  although  he  is  not  the  best  at   Jumping,  he  did  an  amazing  job.  I’ve  had  a  great  weekend  and  am  delighted  to  have   got  the  win.”

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