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.
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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.
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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

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Walter

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

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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?

 

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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.

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Day 2 of Dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event 2017

Whilst Adelaide has not exactly put on the best of conditions for the start of this mornings CIC 3 star dressage, with drizzle and a chill in the air, the crowds have filled the Grandstand in Victoria Park. The riders and horses are still prepared magnificently, and I'm sure the appreciative applause at the end of each test is keeping the spectators warm.

The CCI 4 Star is scheduled for after lunch. With the event this year being a qualifier for the upcoming 2018 World Equestrian Games, this should be an exciting weekend of competition.

Pictures are of Emily Anker on Glenwood Park Cooper Street and Jamie Stichel on Image Blue Ice

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Australian International CCI4 2017 star Cross country obstacles

This year there have been quite a few changes to the course with a lot of the parklands being impacted by the Adelaide Public transport infrastructure works. This has made the course a little bit more twisty than usual, but has provided the course designer Mike Etherington – Smith (GBR)  to improve and add to the jumps.

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Fantastic Trade fair and stands at the Australian International 3 Day Event

The expanded fair at this year's event has some great items to look at and buy. This includes everyone's dream of a fantastic new horsetruck or Float from Equi-Trek. Check them out and maybe make that dream a reality
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Australian International 3 Day Event 2017 CCI 2 star dressage

The competition starts in earnest today with competitors in the CCI 2 Star strutting their stuff on the dressage arena in front of the historic Victoria Park Grandstand. Despite the slightly cooler than normal weather the growing number of spectators show their appreciation as each competitor finishes their test.

The tallest horse competing this weekend is the homebred gentle 17.3 giant Freedom Granduer and his rider and owner Paul Buckland, a well-known and respected Saddler from Yellingbo, Victoria. He claimed the horse as his as he was born 12 years ago, and they have built a great partnership over those years. This combination has placed well in other 2 star events over the year, and are hoping to complete well here as the pinnacle of their partnership so far.

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2017 Mitsubishi Motors Aus3de all set and Ready to Go!

2017 Mitsubishi Motors Aus3de all set and Ready to Go!

The horse and rider combinations are here!

 The Parklands are set and ready for action!

The 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event (MMAus3DE) is set to kick off on Thursday 16 November, heralding its 20th year, held in the Adelaide parklands.

This year is set to be bigger than ever with an amazing program of equestrian events from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 November.

The gates open from 8.00am for a free day of dressage for the general public, with the first competitor stepping on to the Brand SA Main Arena for the Horseland CCI2* from 9am.

Dr Felicity-ann Lewis, Aus3DE Chair, said that everything was set for an amazing competition and the Adelaide parklands were looking better than ever, providing a beautiful backdrop for this unique city equestrian event.

“We have a very strong field of 21 entries in the Mitsubishi Motors CCI4*, Olympic standard competition, with Australia’s best horses vying for top honours, along with a strong contingent of six horse’s from New Zealand,” said Dr Lewis.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said equestrian enthusiasts from all over the world would be focused on Adelaide this weekend.

“The State Government has been a proud supporter of the Aus3DE since its inception and for 20 years the organisers have done an awesome job bringing this international event to the heart of the city. 

The Aus3DE is the only four-star competition in the Southern Hemisphere and regularly attracts the best competitors from around the world.

This event has not only put Adelaide on the equestrian map but also makes a significant contribution to our record $6.3 billion visitor economy, with more than 25,000 spectators expected to attend.

Hosting major international events like the Aus3DE is what South Australia does best and I encourage everyone to get down to Victoria Park during the next few days to see the world-class equestrian action.”

The CCI4* horses will ‘trot up’ this afternoon to prove they are fit to compete in the three phases of the Three Day Event, prior to heading on to the Brand SA Main Arena for the dressage competitions on Friday 17 November from 1.10pm.

Overall, the three classes of competition have attracted more than 80 competitors, including Hazel Shannon on her horse Willinga Park Clifford, who has returned to Adelaide to defend her CCI4* title after winning in 2016.

Dr Felicity-ann Lewis, MMAus3DE Chair said that under the stewardship of Event Director, Gillian Rolton and her team, the MMAus3DE is growing from strength to strength and is testament to her passion and vision for this event and sport in Adelaide. The partnership with Mitsubishi Motors will continue to support this event as the Southern Hemisphere’s premier Three-Day-Event.

This year the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3DE is a qualifying competition for the Australian team for the 2018 World Equestrian Games to be held in North Carolina, USA.

This event is not only for the equine enthusiasts. Some hospitality packages are still available where you can enjoy the excitement of the competition at the highest level, rub shoulders with the riders and enjoy some excellent South Australian food and produce.

General Admission tickets can be bought from the Main Gate on Fullarton Rd during the event.

Visit our website for more information:-  australian3de.com.au/ticket information

The 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Australian Three Day Event is in Adelaide’s inner-city East Parklands from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 November 2017.

Remember      THREE PHASES – TWO HEARTS – ONE PASSION

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