15 to 18 November 2018

Media Releases

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 Au3DE 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... read more

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 MMAus3DE 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 the world to attend. For more... read more

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

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The Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event (MMAus3DE) is Australia’s premier equestrian event and one of only two international sporting events held in Adelaide annually.  The equestrian 3 day event – commonly known as ‘Eventing’ is the triathlon of horse sport comprising the three phases of dressage, cross country and show jumping over three days on the same horse.

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Competition entries are confirmed for this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event, with the largest number of competitors in a decade competing.  With 92 competitors including some of the world’s best horses and riders in eventing, the Triathlon of Horse Sport, riders will compete for the biggest prize pool in the Southern Hemisphere at the prestigious 2018 Event.

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