The Equestrian 3 Day Event – commonly known as ‘Eventing’ – is the triathlon of Horse Sport comprising the 3 phases of Dressage, Cross Country and Showjumping over 3 days on the same horse.
Held annually on the third weekend in November, the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event (Aus3de) is Australia’s premier equestrian competition.
It is the only CCI five star event held in Australia, the only one held in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only six held across the world. For the past twenty one years, Adelaide has been the chosen host city of this Hallmark Equestrian event.
The 2019 Adelaide event will also have the biggest prize pool in the Southern Hemisphere with over $150,000 up for grabs!
The MMAus3de proudly takes its place alongside the other great international five star events: the Kentucky Three Day Event in the United States in April; Badminton Horse Trials in England in May; Luhmuhlen Horse Trials in Germany in June; Burghley Horse Trials back in the UK in September; and Pau Horse Trials in France in October.
The Adelaide event however is unique in the world, being the only one staged in the heart of a vibrant city centre, taking place in Adelaide’s picturesque East Parklands.
The Adelaide International Horse Trials was born in 1997 to replace the Gawler Horse Trials that had been staged at Gawler, north of Adelaide, since 1954.
The new event debuted in Adelaide’s East Parklands with a Three Star rating but was subsequently upgraded to a Four Star rating in 2002 to become the only event of this calibre in the Southern Hemisphere.
The competition was relaunched and renamed the Australian International 3 Day Event (Aus3de) in 2007 to celebrate the event’s tenth anniversary and better reflect the international focus of the competition.
In 2017 the event was renamed the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event to reflect the fantastic sponsorship from Mitsubishi Motors.
In 2019, the Aus3de was upgrade to five star status, along with the other 5 international greats, in line with the updated FEI category designations.
The MMAus3de is owned, managed and marketed by the Not for Profit Board of Adelaide Horse Trials Management Inc comprising equestrian greats, professional business directors and media advisers.
2019 Adelaide Horse Trials Management Inc
Board of Directors
Chairman Mr Greg Rolton
Event Director Mrs Belinda Lindh
Cllr Mary Courous
Ms Carolin Plewa
Mr Matt Clemow
Ms Karen Raffen
Mr Brenton Wilkinson
Ms Marilyn Tragilgas
Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event
Big Screen Video – Saul Heffernan
Event & Marketing Coordinator
Market Place Coordinator
MMAus3de Sport Committee
Andrea Goddard and Karen Rose – Eventing
Tess Fairweather – Jumping
Cross Country Coordinator
Cross Country Control
Jump Judge Coordinator
Chief Medical Officer
Arena Manager and Presentations
Cross Country Course Designers
CCI5* Mike Etherington-Smith
CCI4*-S Sylvia Roberts
CCI3*-L Mick Pineo
President Ground Jury
Susan Baxter (GBR)
Helen Christie (NZL)
Robert Stevenson (USA)
Geoff Sinclair (CCI5* and CCI4*-S) and Tracey Leigh (CCI3*-L)
Caroline Jones, Susan Geddes (NZL), Eileen Pritchard-Bryan (USA), Doris Riddett, Bronwyn Gillot, Shylie McFetridge, Penny Dodd, Lindy Young
Jumping Course Designer