Cross Country day today at the Australian International 3 day event in Adelaide

Shane Rose leads both the 2 Star and the 4 Star sections after Dressage,

With tomorrow’s temperatures tipped to reach 35 degrees, organisers of the Australian International 3 Day Event have shortened Saturday’s cross country course, ordered extra ice and water trucks and installed water-spraying archways and sprinklers for horses.

While the low humidity and breezy conditions are considered safe for both horses and riders in dry heat, the welfare of horses and riders is paramount, Event Director Gill Rolton says.

“This is still an exciting and challenging course being tackled by some of horse riding’s biggest stars,” Ms Rolton says. “The course will only be shortened by about 30 seconds in the CCI**** and about 90 seconds in the CCI** and there are some terrific vantage points both in Rymill Park, Victoria Park and other sections of the parklands where shade is plentiful.”

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Australian International 3 day event kicks off today with dressage – Image by of William Fox-by FEI/Mark Harvey

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Today’s program – featuring free entry – includes the Horseland CCI** dressage event with the main four-star competition kicking off with dressage on Friday.

Big name riders competing at the 3-Day Event – held from 22-25 November in Adelaide’s parklands and Victoria Park – include Sydney Olympic gold medallist Stuart Tinney, Beijing Olympic silver medallist Shane Rose and Atlanta Olympic gold medallist Wendy Schaeffer, who will compete in the two-star event.

They will be joined by un-mounted riders Andrew Hoy, Sam Griffiths, Chris Burton and Clayton Fredericks from Australia’s London Olympic team and world number one and HSBC ambassador Fox-Pitt.

More than 20,000 people are expected to flock to Victoria Park and Adelaide’s parklands to see some of horse riding’s biggest stars. On Friday, there is free access to the public after 5.30pm with Twilight Show Jumping and live entertainment from Brewster Brothers – original members of the Angels, a champagne bar and more. On Saturday, the family Qantas Crosscountry day is free for children aged under 16 years accompanied by an adult.

Also over the three days, television sensation Double Dan Horsemanship will entertain the crowd with their exciting liberty horse show and Ponies in the Park will provide an educational and exciting experience for children on Saturday.

Tickets for the 2012 Australian International 3 Day Event can be purchased through Ticketek at http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=HORSETRI12  or at the gate. To find out more visit http://www.australian3de.com.au/

Image by of William Fox-by FEI/Mark Harvey

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