It’s finally time to go to Adelaide! We’re currently in the truck on our way to Balranald tonight, and then on to Adelaide tomorrow. The last few weeks of prep have been fairly smooth sailing but definitely not in the all clear just yet!
I headed down to Canberra by my self with Dab, Wanda and Harvey (the dog) 3 weeks ago to the showjumping state titles. Both horses were in the speed rounds on Friday and Saturday, both jumped super and Wanda even placed 8th in her last round!
Then onto Albury, our last event before Adelaide. Dab and Wanda both in the CCI3*-S. Needing this qualification on Wanda to be able to compete in the CCI4*-S at Adelaide I was a little stressed but also knew there was nothing she couldn’t do so giving her the best ride I could we finished with an MER 🎉 Dab showing a little greenness and also me with a slight rider error in the XC, just picking up a 20, but a good wake up call to make sure we both stay on our game and I remember he’s only 6 and still new to these tougher courses.
This weekend was the SIEC Hit Out. I took both horses again on the Saturday for some last minute XC training with dad and ran through my tests on Sunday to then finish with a showjump round. So happy with how they went and now feeling pretty confident with my prep!
It’s hard to believe that I was only just born when Dad took his first trip to Adelaide.
Now 22 years later I am privileged to join him and his fellow riders at this most amazing 3DE! It is truly the highlight of events for riders, owners, sponsors and supporters, the organisation of such a massive unique horse trials is beyond what I could ever imagine. I thank the whole of the OC, Adelaide plus all the sponsors for their continued work on Aus3de for us riders, owners and friends. CAN’T WAIT… see you there!