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MEDIA RELEASE: Change in Personnel for Aus3de Ground Jury

13 November 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE President of the 2015 Ground Jury, Nick Burton (UK) has unfortunately had to withdraw from his position at the 2015 Australian International Three Day Event, due to a recent bereavement in the family. Sandy Phillips, also from Great Britain, will take Nick’s place as President of the 2015 Ground Jury. With under a week to go until the start of the competition, Aus3DE Event Director Gillian Rolton said it was unforeseen circumstances that resulted in Nick’s withdrawal. “Nick’s brother passed away suddenly last week, resulting his withdrawal from his position as President of the Ground Jury at the Aus3de,” Gill said. “The news has shocked the organising committee and we are deeply saddened for his loss.” “Sandy Phillips, also from the UK, will take over the role of Ground Jury President, while our CCI4* Technical Delegate (TD) and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Ground Jury President Martin Plewa (Germany) moves to the Aus3de Ground Jury role. “Last year’s Horseland CCI2* Technical Delegate (TD), and recent European Championships TD, Queenslander, Des Hughes will move from Sector Controller to CCI4* Technical Delegate, and South Australian TD Tracy Leigh, will step up as Technical Delegate for the main Horseland CCI2* class. “It’s been a great effort by all to move positions and step into new roles, and we are confident that all personnel will do an exceptional job,” she said. In addition to the recent changes, Mike Ethrington-Smith, Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008 FEI Olympic Course Designer from the UK, has been working hard to ensure a  challenging but safe cross country course for this year’s event. The... read more

MEDIA RELEASE: Huge entries and world class competition for Aus3de

30 October 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A huge number of entries have been received for the 2015 Australian International Three Day Event (Aus3de), Australia’s premier equestrian event, with an exceptional calibre of horses and riders set to compete in the heart of Adelaide, from Friday 20 November- Sunday 22 November 2015. Thirty five horses are entered for the Adelaide CCI4*, one of only six FEI Classic Series four star competitions held in the world annually. The Horseland CCI**, including the Schockemohle Sport CCI2* Young Rider Championships, have had 76 entries in total. Aus3DE Event Director Gillian Rolton said the standard of entries across all classes is exceptionally high. “The line-up of horses and riders in this year’s top level Adelaide CCI4* is a very classy field,” she said. “This includes the big-names in the sport such as Sydney Olympic Games Gold Medallist Stuart Tinney with three horses, Beijing Silver Medallist Shane Rose with two horses, plus Beijing Silver Medallists Sonja Johnson and Medallist Megan Jones on one horse each.” “There will also be international riders in the field, including our first ever UK rider and horse combination, Alice Dundson and her horse, Fernhill Present. Alice will be the first rider to bring her own horse to the event from the Northern Hemisphere, and the first rider in the world to compete in all six of the FEI Classic Series CCI4* competitions on the same horse. “Two New Zealand riders, World Equestrian Games Medallist Clarke Johnstone and Abby Lawrence, will also be competing in the 2015 Aus3de CCI4* event, continuing the Aussie versus Kiwi rivalry. “With the 2016 Rio Olympic Games... read more

MEDIA RELEASE: Polo in the Park….the polo for the people

26 October 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The popular twilight Polo in the Park, part of the 2015 Australian International Three Day Event (Aus3de), will return to Adelaide’s Victoria Park Racecourse on Friday 20 November 2015, in a nail biting showcase of power, beauty and equestrian athleticism. Open to all members of the public for free, as well as VIP packages, the Aus3de Polo in the Park is the polo for the people, attracting crowds of followers to the beautiful parklands to watch the Game of Kings. South Australian celebrities, including fashion icon Liza Emanuele and The Advertiser’s Antimo Iannella, will judge the hotly contested Fashions in the Field competition in the VIP Chairman’s Lounge. Aus3DE Event Director Gillian Rolton said the Polo in the Park was originally created as a mini event for the spectators of the Australian International Three Day Event. “This is the third year we have featured the Polo in the Park as part of the Australian International Three Day Event,” she said. “It is a popular event, and attracts equestrian enthusiasts, corporates, general public and tourists alike.” “This year will be no exception. The event will see some of the best players from across Australia battle it out in an A Grade polo match,” she said. Mirroring the effect Twenty20 has had on cricket, the ‘Polo in the Park’ will feature music, live commentary during the match, and player interviews during the half-time break. Bars with direct views of the polo field will be open to the public, along with fresh food outlets and music, creating a lively twilight setting to unwind after work. There’s... read more

MEDIA RELEASE: Hold your horses… Aust International 3 Day Event is going to be big!

15 October 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The 2015 Australian International Three Day Event (Aus3de), Australia’s premier equestrian competition, promises to be bigger and better than before. More than $120,000 in prize money will be up for grabs in the only event of its kind held in the heart of Adelaide, from Friday 20 November- Sunday 22 November 2015. With four action packed days of world class eventing, the debut of Australia’s Equestrian Grand Final, the return of the popular Polo in the Park, and a nail biting competition in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2015 event is not to be missed. In a world first, UK rider, Alice Dundson will be bringing her horse, Fernhill Present to compete at the Aus3de. She will be the first rider to bring her own horse to the event from the Northern Hemisphere, and the first rider in the world to compete in all six of the ‘pro tour’ FEI Classic Series CCI4* competitions on the same horse. For the first time in history, the 2015 event welcomes the prestigious multidiscipline equestrian event, the Equestrian Grand Final, which will feature leading competitors from Olympic disciplines of World Cup dressage, jumping and eventing. Aus3DE Event Director Gillian Rolton said this year’s event will be an important year for competitors, spectators and sponsors alike. “The 2015 Aus3de is shaping up to be a fantastic event, with plenty on offer,” she said. “As the sporting world heats up for the 2016 Rio Olympics, less than 12 months away, we can expect bigger entries than previous years, as well as tough competition across... read more

Johnson’s twofold Adelaide ambition

THE ADVERTISER Friday 16 October 2015 Warren Partland WEST Australian equestrian star Sonja Johnson’s priority for the Australian International Three-Day Event is to put her entry at the forefront of national selectors’ minds for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next year. Johnson will ride former racing thoroughbred Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison, nicknamed Ben and bred in South Australia, in Adelaide’s east parklands from November 19-22 and it is a significant selection guide, being the only four-star competition in the Southern Hemisphere. Click here to read the full... read more

Exciting new FEI Course Designer for 2015

New FEI Course Designer appointed for 2015 Aus3DEEstablished Olympic Course Designer Mike Etherington-Smith has been announced as the new FEI Course Designer for the Australian International 3 Day Event (Aus3DE) in Adelaide for 3 years.. Aus3DE Event Director Gillian Rolton has welcomed the highly acclaimed Beijing and Sydney Olympic Games and Kentucky World Equestrian Games Course Designer, who is based in the UK. “Over the past three years, Mike has been involved with the Australian High Performance program, designing the Sydney International 3 Day Event and acting as mentor to a number of Australia’s developing Course Designers,” Gill said. “The addition of Adelaide CCI4* to this program will see Mike working with Equestrian Australia High Performance and the Australian International 3 Day Event to grow and expand it into the future. “With the Olympics in Rio 2016 at the forefront of everyone’s plans, we welcome Mike to Adelaide for next November’s top level event and look forward to working with him to produce another world class course.” Meantime Gill has also thanked outgoing FEI Course Designer Wayne Copping for his years of fine service. “Wayne has spent seven years as FEI Course Designer of the 4* in Adelaide and over that time has delivered some outstanding results,” Gill said. “We thank Wayne for all he has done to develop the Adelaide event and wish him all the best for the new challenges he undertakes.” About the Aus3DE The Australian International 3 Day Event is one of the six events world wide which make up the top level FEI Classics Series annually.  The series of events on the Federation Equestre International... read more