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CLARKE STILL HOLDS TOP SPOT AFTER QANTAS CROSS COUNTRY DAY

CLARKE STILL HOLDS TOP SPOT AFTER QANTAS CROSS COUNTRY DAY

CLARKE STILL HOLDS TOP SPOT AFTER QANTAS CROSS COUNTRY DAY

Media Release

18  November  2017

As   the   CCI4*   Qantas   cross-­‐country   phase   ends,   Clarke   Johnstone   continues   on   top   of   the    Leaderboard   on   45.90   penalties.   “It   was   right   up   there.   A   real   4*.   It   was   hard.”

Talking   about   his   13-­‐year-­‐old   Balmoral   Sensation,   The   New   Zealander   said   “He   is   always   pretty   wild    before   the   cross-­‐country.   I   could   hardly   control   him   this   morning   at   the   first   warm-­‐up   but   once   he    gets   out   of   the   start   box   he   is   completely   focussed,   100%.   He   doesn’t   notice   anything   at   all    except   what   is   in   front   of   him.   I   am   really   lucky   to   ride   that   horse.”

It   was   obviously   a   very   mixed   day   for   Sonja   Johnson.   She   is   sitting   in   second   position   (60.70    penalties)   with   her   young   and   talented   Misty   Isle   Valentino   but   her   long-­‐term   partner,   Parkiarrup    Illicit   Liaison   (Ben) ‐   owned   by   Nikki   Harwood,   sustained   an   injury   on   the   cross-­‐country   course.   “I    think   it   was   a   pretty   exciting   run   for   a   young   horse   and   I   wanted   to   do   him   justice   and   stayed   focus    but   I   must   admit   that   my   first   question   when   I   crossed   the   finish   line   with   Valentino   was   “How’s    Ben?”   even   though   I   knew   there   was   nothing   else   I   could   do.   He   was   in   good   hands   with   the    Australian   Team   vet   Nathan   Anthony   and   his   owner.”

Sonja   posted   on   her   Facebook   Page:   “Many   thanks   to   everyone   for   their   concern   for   Ben.   He   has    ruptured   the   medial   retinaculum.   Which   is   a   ligament   in   his   hock   as   he   galloped   from   the   second   last    to   the   last   on   xc.   The   vets   have   been   great.   I   have   been   told   horses   have   recovered   and   gone   4*    again.

The   biggest   turnarounds   from   the   Pryde’s   EasiFeed   Dressage   phase   was   Stuart   Tinney   riding   War    Hawk   and   Andrew   Cooper   riding   Tasman   Park   Ovation,   who   were   in   respectively   15th   and   16th   place    yesterday,   but   after   a   fabulous   cross-­‐country   round,   finished   the   second   day   in   3rd   and   4th   place   on    61.00   and   61.70.

The   4*   was   not   without   its   challenges   for   some   of   the   most   accomplished   of   riders   and   the    technicality   of   the   course   came   to   the   fore   again   with   a   handful   of   combinations   unable   to   complete.   With   Johnstone   and   Johnson   holding   onto   podium   positions   for   a   second   day,   the   questions   is   can    they   hold   their   nerve   and   finish   strongly   tomorrow?   The   challengers   will   not   go   out   quietly   and   the    pressure   is   certainly   on,   so   speed   and   precision   will   be   needed   to   be   crowned   the   2017   champion.

The   RM   Williams   CIC***   finished   off   an   exciting   day   of   cross   country,   with   the   sun   still   shining   over    the   magnificent   Adelaide   Parklands.

Christine   Bates   and   Adelaide   Hill   remain   in   1st   place   after   a   solid   round   finishing   the   day   on   55.    When   so   many   struggled   to   get   around   this   challenging   course,   Bates   and   Hill   continued   to   show    their   class   as   a   partnership   and   weaved   their   way   through   the   parklands   to   remain   on   top.

After   the   dressage   test   yesterday   which   saw   Shane   Rose   and   Swiper   finish   in   10th   position,   the    combination   came   together   beautifully   to   put   in   a   remarkable   round,   posting   the   best   result   in   the    class,   moving   themselves   into   2nd   position   on   57   penalties.   Deon   Stokes   finishes   the   top   three   with    his   horse   Crime   Time   on   65.

The   challenging   Horseland   CCI2*   course   proved   to   be   the   undoing   for   some   experienced   horse   and    rider   combinations.   After   an   exciting   day   of   dressage,   there   has   been   a   complete   change   of   leaders,    with   Chelsea   Priestley   and   Skansen   Purist   now   occupying   1st   place   on   51.20   points   with   Emma    Mason   and   Warrego   Marco   Polo   only   0.1   point   behind   on   51.30.   Closing   off   the   top   three,   Matthew    Gaske   and   his   mount,   Thymes   Too,   had   a   wonderful   round,   coming   from   13th   place,   currently   sitting    on   55.80.

With   Johnstone   and   Johnson   holding   onto   podium   positions   for   a   second   day,   the   questions   is   can    they   hold   their   nerve   and   finish   strongly   tomorrow?   The   challengers   will   not   go   out   quietly   and   the    pressure   is   certainly   on,   so   speed   and   precision   will   be   needed   to   be   crowned   the   2017   champion.

The   Horseland   CCI2*   show   jumping   is   the   first   event   on   the   Brand   SA   main   arena   commencing   at    9.30am,   followed   by   the   RM   Williams   3*   at   12.30pm   and   the   Mitsubishi  Motors  CCI4*concluding    the   Thomas   Foods   International   Show   Jumping   day   at   3.15pm

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Full  list  of  results  are  now  available  to  view  on  the  Aus3de  website   www.australian3de.com.au

ENDS

Photos by Julie Wilson

Media  Enquires:     Brenton  Wilkinson

Ph:  0400  553  611

E:  Brenton@holdfast.com.au