FEI General Assembly votes in favour of Olympic and Paralympic rule changes | FEI

The FEI General Assembly has today voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposed format changes for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020, which will now go to the IOC Executive Board for final approval in 2017. Under the new proposals, the number of athletes in national teams will be reduced to three, and the drop score, which previously allowed for a team’s worst score to be discarded, will be removed. The use of a reserve combination for teams will remain in place, but will be even more important and will be a key element in ensuring horse welfare.

Source: FEI General Assembly votes in favour of Olympic and Paralympic rule changes | FEI

Equitana Australia 2016 features eventing with Cpt. Mark Philips and Exhibition eventing

A eventing Master-class with Captain Mark Philips after lunch emphasised position and balance for being 2 of the most important things in riding a horse, especially when jumping.
Later in the afternoon the appreciative crowd was treated to the jumping round for the Equitana Australia Open Exhibition Eventing. The dressage for this was held earlier in the day. The course proved challenging with no clear rounds over the combination of cross-country and showjump obstacles. The winner in the end was the leader after dressage Tania Harding riding JIRRIMA YABBA DABBA DOO 

Regards Walter

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Off the Track highlights for EQUITANA | News | November 17-20 2016 | Melbourne Showground

A Garryowen-winning show hack, a Group 1 superstar from the stable of late Cups King Bart Cummings and a line-up of Victoria’s premier riding talent headline the presence of Racing Victoria’s Off the Track program at Equitana later this month.

The four-day equine extravaganza is expected to draw thousands horse enthusiasts from across Australia and Racing Victoria has an engaging schedule planned across the four days of action at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

Source: Off the Track highlights for EQUITANA | News | November 17-20 2016 | Melbourne Showground

Hazel Shannon on Clifford wins the CCI 4 star Australian International 3 Day Event in Adelaide

In close fought nail biting show jumping contest Hazel Shannon on Clifford won the horse trials in the Victoria race course Park lands in front of an appreciative and knowledgeable crowd in the historic Grandstand as well as the Corporate Hospitality tents. Will Enzinger took out a double with Wenlock Aquifer coming second by just under 15 points, with his other horse Britannica MVNZ being 4th. Andrew Cooper narrowly slipped into 3rd place on Evergem Perfection. Hazel also scored a bonus when she won the dual the dual crown of eventing after accumulating the most points between the Melbourne International 3 Day Event and this event. This netted her a welcome $10,000 dollars extra. The dual crown is planned to be a triple crown next season, adding Sydney to the mix. — Regards Walter Post free ads at HorseOz Classifieds at www.horseoz.com/forsale

Final Trot up at the Australian International 3 Day Event with show jumping to come, all 4 star combinations pass

A few nail biting moments but all 4 star combinations have passed the trot up. In the 2 star a couple of combinations were unfortunately spun. Overall all the main leaders from overnight are still here and ready to compete for honours in the show jumping today in what looks to be perfect conditions — Regards Walter at www.horseoz.com

Hazel jumps to the lead on Qantas Cross Country Day

Hazel Shannon and Clifford from New South Wales have jumped into first place after a thrilling day of cross country action at the 2016 Australian International Three Day Event (Aus3de) for the Qantas Cross Country Day.
While Hazel was one second over the time in the Qantas Cross Country, she managed to jump to the lead, with an overall score of 52.50. Olympic and World Championship FEI Course Designer Mike Etherington-Smith’s cross country course provided huge jumps, technical lines and tight corners, with only six horse and rider combinations jumping clear, and only one combination to finish inside the optimum time of 11mins 25 seconds.
Victorian Wilhelm Enzinger and Wenlock Aquifer slipped into second position, after picking up 3.2 time penalties on the cross country phase, leaving them with an overall score of 55.00 penalties. Andrew Cooper was seventh after the dressage phase, but now occupies third position after he was the only combination to complete the cross country course without incurring any jumping or time penalties. He will carry 59.70 penalties into Sunday’s Showjumping decider.
In fourth position is Enzinger’s second horse (Britannica MVNZ) who shuffled up the list after a clear cross country and 5.6 time penalties.
With the stars aligning today for Hazel, she says she was generally happy with the way the course rode and her horse performed.
“I was really happy with the horse (Clifford) today,” she said. “He tried is heart out, and I couldn’t have asked for more. It was a tough course, but it rode how I thought it would after I walked the course, so that was a relief.”
With less than a rail between first and second leading into the Thomas Foods International Show Jumping, Hazel says she is hoping to keep her lead.
“He’s a good showjumper, so I am hoping things go our way, but I will think about that tomorrow,” she said.
In the RM Williams CIC3*, history was made in Adelaide as the first rider from the UK, Oliver Townend won the R M Williams CIC3* on a score of 58.10. Local rider and 2008 Silver Beijing Medallist, Megan Jones finished second on a score of 61.90. Close behind her was New Zealand’s Samantha Felton on Ricker Ridge Pico Boo on a score of 63.60.
Gemma Tinney and Annapurna flew home over the last fence at the Qantas Cross Country Day, retaining their lead in the Horseland CCI**. Gemma is the daughter of Rio Olympic Bronze Medallist and Sydney Olympic Gold Medallist, Stuart Tinney.
The day concluded with a Masterclass with German Eventing Team Gold Medal Coach Christopher Bartle and a second performance over cross country fences by New Zealand based entertainer, Alycia Burton, an expert “Free Rider”. Burton’s ability to ride her palomino pinto horse, Classic Goldrush, with no saddle, no bridle and no fear once again charmed the crowds at Victoria Park.
The Australian International Three Day Event CCI4* concludes on Sunday with the Thomas Foods International Showjumping Day. Final day action begins at 10.00am and gates open at 7.30am.
Full list of results are now available to view on the Aus3de website, www.australian3de.com.au .
The 2016 Australian International 3 Day Event (Aus3DE) is the triathlon of horse sports and the pinnacle of equestrian sport in Australia. It is one of the six top level Federation Equestre International (FEI) Classic Series events held around the world annually. For more information visit
www.australian3de.com.au.
Hashtag: #aus3de #FEIclassics

Regards
Walter
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Oliver Townend on Napoleon win CIC 3 star Australian International 3 Day Event 2016

On a borrowed dark brown gelding called Napoleon and with only 6 rides to get acquainted Oliver Townend has conquered the CIC 3 star Australian International 3 Day Event in Adelaide in perfect conditions. It was a taxing course that caught a few combinations by surprise. And no one made time, the closest to time being Megan Jones on her chestnut mare Kirby Park Impress, who ended up retaining her overnight 2nd place. Samantha Felton’s journey from New Zealand was made worthwhile with a 3rd place on her gelding Richer Ridge Pico Boo — Regards Walter HorseOz – www.horseoz.com

Wilhelm in prime position after Pryde’s EasiFeed Dressage Day

Victorian Wilhelm Enzinger and Wenlock Aquifer currently lead the Adelaide CCI4* at the 2016 Australian International Three Day Event (#Aus3DE) following the first day of competition of the Pryde’s EasiFeed Dressage with the Stars Dressage Day.
Will’s expressive, punchy dressage test earned him a score of 51.80, as well as a huge cheer from the crowds at the main arena in front of the Adelaide City Council Heritage Grandstand. In second place is Hazel Shannon and Clifford on 52.10, and in third place is Rohan Luxmoore and Bells n Whistles with a score of 53.20.
Will says he is determined to keep his pole position tomorrow as he prepares for the much anticipated Qantas Cross Country Day.
“I am really happy to be in the position,” he said. “Out of the two horses I rode, I was not surprised he (Wenlock Aquifer) was in the lead. He really tried. We have been working diligently on the flat, and both horses have improved in this phase.”
“My job now is to stay in this position. The course looks really tough, much harder than in previous years, and there is a lot more room for error,” he said.
Other stand out performers from today’s dressage were 2016 Rio Olympic Games Bronze Medallist and Sydney Olympic Gold Medallist Stuart Tinney and War Hawk who are placed in fourth position, with less than 5 points between first and fourth place.
Rio Olympic Bronze Medallist Shane Rose and Glenorchy South Park are sitting in seventh position.
The day concluded with the debut of the Barrister’s Block Wines Twilight Jumping with the Stars, which included the RM Williams CIC3* Show Jumping, a highly entertaining celebrity ride and drive with a carriage horse and driver team, and the Thomas Foods International One Round Stakes, featuring some of Australia’s best show jumpers.
Thousands of fans are expected to flock Adelaide’s beautiful parklands to enjoy the Qantas Cross Country Day. Road closures for Cross Country on Saturday will be in place from early Saturday with Bartels Road and Wakefield Road closes at both ends at 5am on Saturday morning and re-opening to traffic again at 10pm Saturday night.
Full list of results are now available to view on the Aus3de website, www.australian3de.com.au
Gates open at 8.00am for the Qantas Cross Country Day, with the first horse and rider combination starting at 10.00am in the Horseland CCI2* competition, followed by the Adelaide CCI4* at approximately 1:30pm, and the RM Williams CIC3* at 3.30pm.
Watch all the action live on FEI TV on
www.australian3de.com.au.
The 2016 Australian International 3 Day Event (Aus3DE) is the triathlon of horse sports and the pinnacle of equestrian sport in Australia. It is one of the six top level Federation Equestre International (FEI) Classic Series events held around the world annually. For more information visit
www.australian3de.com.au.
Hashtag: #aus3de #FEIclassics
Regards
Walter