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NEW ZEALANDER CLARK JOHNSTONE LEADS ADELAIDE CCI4* AFTER PRYDE’S EASIFEED DRESSAGE DAY

NEW ZEALANDER CLARK JOHNSTONE LEADS ADELAIDE CCI4* AFTER PRYDE’S EASIFEED DRESSAGE DAY

NEW ZEALANDER CLARK JOHNSTONE LEADS ADELAIDE CCI4* AFTER PRYDE’S EASIFEED DRESSAGE DAY  FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE

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17 November 2017

World   Equestrian   Games   hopeful   Johnstone   leads   the   Adelaide   CCI****   at   the   2017    Mitsubishi   Motors   Australian   International   Three   Day   Event   after   the   Pryde’s   EasiFeed    Dressage   phase.

With   only   298   days   to   go   until   the   start   of   the   World   Equestrian   Games   (WEG)   in   Tryon,    Australia’s   Eventing   hopefuls   were   out   in   force   to   impress   selectors   with   Sonja   Johnson    riding   Parkiarrup   Illicit   Liaison   (67.02%   with   49.50   penalties)   and   Megan   Jones   riding   Kirby    Park   Impress   (66.91%   with   49.60   penalties)   coming   in   second   and   third   respectively,   but    unable   to   take   the   top   spot   away   from   Johnstone.

In   a   wet   and   windy   Adelaide,   Johnstone   and   his   mount   Balmoral   Sensation   were   the    standout   performers   on   the   first   day,   riding   to   a   score   of   69.40%   with   45.90   penalties.   They    have   put   themselves   in   a   strong   position   going   into   tomorrow’s   influential   cross   country,    with   Johnson   and   Jones   close   behind.     Last   year’s   winner   Hazel   Shannon,   with   Willingapark    Clifford,   are   currently   sitting   in   10th   position   and   Rio   2016   Olympian   Stuart   Tinney   and   his    mount   War   Hawk,   currently   in   15th.

Clarke   Johnstone   and   Balmoral   Sensation   started   strongly   after   a   nearly   24   hour   journey    from   New   Zealand.

“He   is   an   amazing   horse   and   I   am   very   lucky   to   be   riding   him.   He   had   a   slight   issue   earlier   on,    but   we   worked   through   this   and   overall,   I   thought   the   test   went   very   well.”

“Taking   everything   into   consideration,   I   am   very   happy   to   be   in   the   lead   at   this   early   stage.    He   is   a   great   jumper,   with   a   lovely   temperament   and   I   am   looking   forward   to   what   we   can    both   produce   over   the   next   2   days”.

Talking   of   the   event   itself,   Johnstone   was   very   complimentary   adding,   “as   the   only   4*   in   the    Southern   Hemisphere,   this   is   an   important   event   for   my   selection   for   WEG.   The   location   of   this   event   is   unlike   any   other   in   the   world   and   its   proximity   to   the   city   makes   it   extremely    unique.   With   a   great   crowd,   I   would   go   so   far   as   saying   this   is   my   favourite   event   in   the    world.”

Thousands   of   equestrian   fans   are   expected   to   flock   to   Adelaide’s   beautiful   parklands   to    enjoy   the   Qantas   Cross   Country   Day   tomorrow,   where   the   competition   and   stakes   will   be    high   and   the   battle   for   the   lead   continues.

The   CCI2*   begins   at   9:30am,   the   CCI4*   at   12:30   and   the   CIC3*   and   2:30pm.

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Media  Enquires:     Brenton  Wilkinson

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