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14 to 17 November 2019
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Rachel Lee riding Urodel Du Texier score superbly at 2-star Dressage Day

Rachel Lee riding Urodel Du Texier score superbly at 2-star Dressage Day

Rachel Lee from NSW and Urodel Du Texier currently lead the Horseland CCI2* at the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three Day Event (#MMAus3DE) following the first day of competition on Thursday’s CCI2* Dressage Day. Closely followed by WA rider Cindy Lyall riding GI Joe with a score of 31.20 penalties in 2nd, Vic’s Amanda Ross riding Dondiablo sitting in 3rd and another of Vic’s riders, Claire McDermott on Klydoscope, rounding out the top four placings. This makes for a very close and tough competition for the top contenders coming into Saturday’s tough cross-country phase, with less than 6 penalties between 1st and 20th place. Some great results to come through from today’s dressage are the Young Riders, with Samuel Jeffree riding Jaybee Calypso coming in at a spectacular 6th placing, with 33.10 penalties, going into the cross country phase. Steph Hann, one of SA’s own Young Riders, was another rising star to make an impact on the placings. Being her first Aus3de she has done very well to place 18th ahead of Saturday’s XC with 36.50 penalties, and is in the top 4 Young Riders from dressage for the CCI2*. With a rest day tomorrow for the Horseland CCI2* riders, Saturday’s Qantas Cross Country Day will be an exciting competition with the cross country course sure to test  both horse and rider. Tomorrow the gates will open at 8.00am for the commencement of the Pryde’s Easifeed Dressage Day and Twilight program. The lunch break will feature the Dressage Masterclass, with Grand Prix Rider Tor van den Berge, followed by the much anticipated Mitsubishi Motors CCI4* Dressage. At 5pm the...
Tribute to  Gillian Rolton’s life achievements and vision – anniversary of a legend’s passing

Tribute to Gillian Rolton’s life achievements and vision – anniversary of a legend’s passing

This year’s 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event will celebrate the life, achievements and vision of former Aus3de Event Director, Gillian Rolton AM, an equestrian icon and dual Olympic gold medallist. With the upcoming 1-year anniversary of her passing, the event will be a reflection on the impact Gill has had not only on the event itself but the sport of equestrian in Australia. Gillian was the first Australian woman to win an Olympic equestrian gold medal, as part of the 1992 three-day event team in Barcelona. She then returned four years later to win a second team gold medal in 1996, both times ­riding her beloved grey Peppermint Grove, known as “Freddy’’. Gill and Peppermint Grove’s story reached legend status and they became a household name at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games when ‘Freddy’ lost his balance and threw her early on the course. Despite a broken ­collarbone and ribs, she remounted determined to finish the cross-country course for Australia and enabling them to take home gold. She was a pioneer for sporting excellence as a competitor, but also as an administrator. Gillian served as the director of the Adelaide event for the past 10 years. The development of the 4-star Olympic standard event in the Adelaide parklands was her vision, which she nurtured for a decade, culminating in it being recognised as one of the top three-day events in the world and the leading competition in the southern hemisphere. Last year, 2017 event winner, New ­Zealand Olympian Clarke Johnstone, made an emotional tribute to Rolton in his speech highlighting “without her this event would never...
International Officials visit to see how the event runs within a beautiful capital city

International Officials visit to see how the event runs within a beautiful capital city

Adelaide is the host to Australia’s premier equestrian event and one of only two international sporting events held in Adelaide annually.  The Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event is the only CCI four-star event in Australia, which is held to the same elite standard as the Olympics, the only one held in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only six held across the world. Our event is even more unique in that it occurs right in the heart of the city – something vastly different to other events around the world.  With the amount of space required for a cross-country event, most are held in the sprawling countryside, which brings with it an amazing ambiance, but having the backdrop of a capital city is a distinctive feature of the Australian International 3DE. This has piqued the interest of several International Officials who are coming to visit and view our amazing event to see how well it runs within a capital city. Martin Plewa from Germany – Technical Delegate Marilyn Payne from USA – President of the Ground Jury Christian Landolt from Switzerland – member of the Ground Jury Anne Tylee from New Zealand – member of the Ground Jury Mike Etherington-Smith from the UK – Cross Country Course Designer Jean-Marc Varillon from France – member of the Steward Team With Victoria Park the home of the competition and the cross-country course winding its way around Adelaide’s picturesque East Parklands, the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event provides an amazing weekend of entertainment with a fantastic atmosphere which continues to draw people from all the state, Australia and...
Retired thoroughbreds the focus in sponsorship agreement

Retired thoroughbreds the focus in sponsorship agreement

Thoroughbred Racing SA (TRSA) has announced an extension of its partnership with Australia’s premier equestrian competition, the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event. The event is the only CCI four-star competition in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only six held across the world. TRSA will once again be a sponsor of the event, providing additional prizemoney to the leading retired thoroughbred in the two-star, three-star, four-star and young rider categories. “Supporting the event is a great way for us to recognise and reward ‘Off the Track’ thoroughbreds who have transitioned from racing into other forms of equestrian competition,” said TRSA Industry Operations Manager Nick Bawden. “It’s also an important way for us to encourage those in equestrian eventing to consider retired thoroughbreds. “This sponsorship is one of a series of initiatives we undertake as part of our whole-of-life welfare commitment – because the horse is at the heart of everything we do.” 2018 will mark the sixth consecutive year of TRSA’s sponsorship, with the new three-year contract taking the agreement out to 2020. “We are delighted that Thoroughbred Racing SA is partnering with us again to encourage and reward the re-training of retired race horses,” said Event Director Belinda Lindh. “This year’s event will also have the biggest prize pool in the Southern Hemisphere with over $150,000 up for grabs, so we’re confident it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.” There will be 31 ‘off the track’ thoroughbreds competing in this year’s event. The 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event will run from 15-18 November in Adelaide’s east parklands. Media enquiries: Alexandra Green, Michels Warren, 0418...
Coopers Blush Bar – don’t put your fascinators away after Melbourne Cup!

Coopers Blush Bar – don’t put your fascinators away after Melbourne Cup!

There’s one more event to add to the Spring Carnival and Adelaide’s event calendar – head to Adelaide’s East parklands for equestrian action at the Qantas Cross Country Day Saturday 17th Nov. Thousands of locals and visitors will flock to Adelaide’s beautiful East Parklands for three action packed days of world class horse sport, plus a range of entertainment and hospitality packages on offer – all located in the heart of the city.  A feature will be the new Coopers Blush Bar Coopers Blush Bar (Saturday 17th) The Coopers Blush Bar will be the place to be.  Exclusive access to the Garden Bar marquee with views of the exciting water jump complex, this hospitality package includes general admission and a 4-hour food and beverage package. Ticketing A range of ticketing options available to ensure you have the best possible experience, ranging from General Admission, to the Giddy Up Club, to the full VIP experience in the Chairman’s Lounge Marquee. Plus an exciting range of extra activities to make sure you never have a dull moment, Marketplace Shopping Village and Pop Up Market; Kids Corral activity area; VIP Marquee, Friday Twilight Jumping Gala; Saturday night Last Jump Party, as well as food court, wine bars and more – don’t miss out on all the fun! Watch elite horses in action and feel the thunder of the horses’ hooves as they jump their way around Rymill and Victoria Parks only a stone throw from the Adelaide...
Kids 12 and under FREE entry to Cross Country Day

Kids 12 and under FREE entry to Cross Country Day

Head to Adelaide’s east parklands for family friendly fun and equestrian action at the Qantas Cross Country Day Saturday 17th November.  Bring the kids for a day out to watch these elite horses in action and feel the thunder of the horses’ hooves as they jump their way around Rymill and Victoria Parks only a stone throw from the Adelaide CBD. Kids 12 and under are free on Saturday and general admission tickets start at only $30. So much going on throughout the day with rider meet and greets, a Kids Corral activity area with face painting, bouncy castle, hobby horse mini cross country course and more. ‘Eventing’ is considered the triathlon of horse sports where the world’s best horses and riders compete in dressage, cross country and show jumping, with each horse and its rider competing in all three phases over the three days. The Adelaide Aus3DE is the only four-star event held in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s plenty going on throughout the 3 days with entertainment for all ages : Market Place Shopping Village, Pop Up Market, Kids Corral Activity area, VIP marquee, Coopers Blush Bar, Twilight Jumping with the Stars Gala Evening with free entry after 4.30pm, Last Jump After Party as well as a food court,  wine bars and more! Victoria Park is the heart of the equestrian event, with grandstands and marquees overlooking the main arena and visitors can get up close to see the riders and horses in action from many picturesque locations around the Cross Country Course from Victoria Park through to Rymill Park. Rymill Lake is home to the exciting water complex...