CCI 2 Star complete, Emma Mason wins in tight finish

On a perfect day at the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event the riders in the CCI 2 Star fought it out for top places in their showjumping round. With quite a few rails rolled and time being tight, the eventual winner was announced as Emma Mason on Warrego Marco Polo.


Final Trot up at the Australian International 3 Day Event 2017

Whilst some of the horses (and riders) looked a little tired this morning, some were still full of running. All horses presented passed inspection and we are now looking forward to a day of showjumping in these spectacular grounds in front of the historic Victoria Park Grandstand.
This should be a suitably spectacular finale this year for an event that former Chair Gillian Rolton had worked tirelessly towards until her unfortunate passing yesterday.

Clarke Still Holds Top Spot after Qantas Cross Country Day

As the CCI4* Qantas cross–‐country phase ends, Clarke Johnstone continues on top of the Leaderboard on 45.90 penalties. "It was right up there. A real 4*. It was hard."

Talking about his 13–‐year–‐old Balmoral Sensation, The New Zealander said "He is always pretty wild before the cross–‐country. I could hardly control him this morning at the first warm–‐up but once he gets out of the start box he is completely focussed, 100%. He doesn’t notice anything at all except what is in front of him. I am really lucky to ride that horse."

It was obviously a very mixed day for Sonja Johnson. She is sitting in second position (60.70 penalties) with her young and talented Misty Isle Valentino but her long–‐term partner, Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison (Ben) –‐ owned by Nikki Harwood, sustained an injury on the cross–‐country course. "I think it was a pretty exciting run for a young horse and I wanted to do him justice and stayed focus but I must admit that my first question when I crossed the finish line with Valentino was "How’s Ben?" even though I knew there was nothing else I could do. He was in good hands with the Australian Team vet Nathan Anthony and his owner."

Sonja posted on her Facebook Page: "Many thanks to everyone for their concern for Ben. He has ruptured the medial retinaculum. Which is a ligament in his hock as he galloped from the second last to the last on xc. The vets have been great. I have been told horses have recovered and gone 4* again.

The biggest turnarounds from the Pryde’s EasiFeed Dressage phase was Stuart Tinney riding War Hawk and Andrew Cooper riding Tasman Park Ovation, who were in respectively 15th and 16th place yesterday, but after a fabulous cross–‐country round, finished the second day in 3rd and 4th place on 61.00 and 61.70.

The 4* was not without its challenges for some of the most accomplished of riders and the technicality of the course came to the fore again with a handful of combinations unable to complete.

With Johnstone and Johnson holding onto podium positions for a second day, the questions is can they hold their nerve and finish strongly tomorrow? The challengers will not go out quietly and the pressure is certainly on, so speed and precision will be needed to be crowned the 2017 champion.

The R M Williams CIC*** finished off an exciting day of cross country, with the sun still shining over the magnificent Adelaide Parklands.

Christine Bates and Adelaide Hill remain in 1st place after a solid round finishing the day on 55. When so many struggled to get around this challenging course, Bates and Hill continued to show their class as a partnership and weaved their way through the parklands to remain on top.

After the dressage test yesterday which saw Shane Rose and Swiper finish in 10th position, the combination came together beautifully to put in a remarkable round, posting the best result in the class, moving themselves into 2nd position on 57 penalties. Deon Stokes finishes the top three with his horse Crime Time on 65.

The challenging Horseland CCI2* course proved to be the undoing for some experienced horse and rider combinations. After an exciting day of dressage, there has been a complete change of leaders, with Chelsea Priestley and Skansen Purist now occupying 1st place on 51.20 points with Emma Mason and Warrego Marco Polo only 0.1 point behind on 51.30. Closing off the top three, Matthew Gaske and his mount, Thymes Too, had a wonderful round, coming from 13th place, currently sitting on 55.80.

With Johnstone and Johnson holding onto podium positions for a second day, the questions is can they hold their nerve and finish strongly tomorrow? The challengers will not go out quietly and the pressure is certainly on, so speed and precision will be needed to be crowned the 2017 champion.

The Horseland CCI2* show jumping is the first event on the Brand SA main arena commencing at 9.30am, followed by the RM Williams 3* at 12.30pm and the Mitsubishi Motors CCI4*concluding the Thomas Foods International Show Jumping day at 3.15pm





Wilbur the Wonder pony at the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event 2017

While quite a few eventers on cross country day were seen with Wilbur the Wonder pony, he was also seen making an appearance in the Stars of the Future Showjumping with Jaycee Vigilante carrying him as well as his rider Mattea Davidson

Cross country day at the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event 2017

A beautiful overcast morning at the Mitsubishi Motors Australian Australian International 3 Day Event while waiting for the first of the CCI 2 Star riders to start. No rain and it’s already warmer than it had been over the last couple of days off dressage.

New Tom Roberts book available at the Trade Fair at the Australian 3 Day Event

If you are attending the Australian 3 day event in Adelaide you must make an effort to get this Book about a great man that preceded the time with regards to horses and horse training methods.

Tom Roberts was an Australian horseman ahead of his time. He dedicated his lifetime to find out how horses learn and in turn, was able to share his knowledge about a more sympathetic way to train.

This book is in two parts, the first part, written by Nicki Stuart (an ex-ABC Landline reporter), provides insights into how Tom influenced people’s lives with horses. This section contains many quotes from people who personally knew Tom.

In the second part, Dr Andrew McLean (winner of the highest science award in Australia the ‘Eureka Prize for Science’) gives readers an understanding of why Tom’s methods worked with horses, and compare with our current day knowledge about horse training theories.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards continuing the educational opportunities for horse owners, including film conservation, audio books and preservation of donated items through the non-profit organisation, Horse SA.

The book is $29.99 and available at the 3DE from ‘Empowerment4Riders’ and the ‘Equitrek’ stand nearest entry gate

120 pages, black and white/ 33 images
Soft cover. A5 size​



CCI 4 Star dressage result at Australian International 3 Day Event 2017

The dressage has finished just before the sun came out. So far the trip has been worth it for Clarke Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation from New Zealand, ending in first spot for the day. Sonja Johnson on Parkiarrup Illicit Liason is second only 0.1 points from Megan Jones on Kirby Park Impress.

Saturday being cross-country day will be the one most spectators are looking forward to.