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Aus3de Bound

Aus3de Bound

So we’ve finally made it to the Australian 3 Day Event…well almost. We’re about half way through our nine hour drive as I write this blog post. You know you’re in the country when you’ve seen more tractors than cars in the last hour! We’ve had a surprisingly smooth final lead up to Adelaide with Bentley. His fitness is spot on, his coat and condition are exactly where I’d hoped they would be and he really seems to be enjoying his work at the moment. We had our final run in the 3* at Albury the other week over a tough course so all systems are go for what is hopefully a strong performance this week. I’m also grateful to have been given the opportunity to ride Spider in the Stuart Tinney Cross Country Masterclass on Saturday 4:30-5:15pm in the Main Arena, so he’s coming along with Bentley for the experience.    Following the masterclass I’ll be heading over to the Horseland Trade Stand for a meet & greet if anyone wants to come and say hello.  Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has sent through questions for me to answer in my blog through my social media. I’ll do my best to combine the most common questions into some answers here. We had a heap of questions around nerves, particularly nerves in the warm up. This is something I’ve battled with my entire career so if it’s something that you’ve grappled with then don’t worry, you’re not the only one! The difficulty is that although you learn to cope with them better as...
Eventing Insider: Spring has Sprung

Eventing Insider: Spring has Sprung

Hi guys and welcome to the second installment of my Eventing Insider Adelaide Blog. A big thank you again to the Australian International Three Day Event committee for the opportunity to share my preparation in the lead up to the event with you. I asked you guys some of the areas you had questions about on my Instagram account,  so have tried to cover most of the areas you wanted to learn more about below. The eventing season is well and truly underway with Bentley having a successful run in the CIC3* class at Spring Horse Trials. It was great to blow off a few cobwebs and we were so pleased to see the improvement from a whole winter’s worth of hard work in the arena, he felt better than ever! We next head to Goulburn, NSW in a fortnight for the big CIC3* at Lynton which will be a good next step for Bentley’s Adelaide campaign. It’s a bigger, more imposing course than Spring and a strong hit out across the undulating terrain should bring him up to peak fitness at the right time. A month out from Adelaide seems early to have a horse at peak fitness but there’s definitely a strategy behind it with Bentley! It allows us to taper off his workload so that he goes into Adelaide feeling fit and fresh rather than fit and fatigued. Just because you have a horse fit enough aerobically to make it around the cross country under time doesn’t mean you haven’t fatigued them physically in the lead up to the point that they can’t back it up...
Meet our Eventing Insider

Meet our Eventing Insider

Hi guys, my name is Callum Buczak and I’m excited to announce I’ll be your Eventing Insider for this years Australian International Three Day Event! I’m a full time Eventing rider based in Pakenham Upper, Victoria and will be competing in the CIC3* class on one of my horses, Matavia Cheval (Bentley). I still remember how incredible it was to experience my first Adelaide Three Day Event when I was just eleven or twelve and it is so rewarding to now be able to compete there for my third straight year. It truly is such a unique event, not only being the highest level in the Southern Hemisphere, but also the only event where you can say you’ve galloped through the main streets of a capital city. I’ve had Bentley since he was an unbroken two year old, which means we know each other like the back of our hand (or hoof?). This means over the years I’ve started to work out what does and doesn’t work when preparing for a huge event like the Aus Three Day.  As Eventing Insider I look forward to sharing with you the in’s and out’s of our preparation over the coming months. Bentley has a pretty interesting personality so I’ll also enjoy sharing with you some of his perks and quirks. If there’s anything you’ve always wondered or any questions you may have about preparing a horse for the biggest event in the country please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll try to cover it in my blog posts. A big thank you to the Australian International Three Day Event for this...