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.

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


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Australian International 3 Day Event starts with Trot up

The event gets underway today in the fabulous Parklands right next to the Adelaide CBD with the first trot up for the CCI 2 and 4 star horses. The all important thing everyone wants to hear after trotting (or jogging) their horse in front of the international Ground Jury is "Accepted" ?
The rider leading their horse in this picture is Emma Mason with Warrego Marco Polo

Regards Walter

The 2016 Australian International 3 Day Event (Aus3DE) has been awarded ‘Best Eventing Event of the Year’ by the international equestrian magazine l’Année Hippique. Voted by readers across the world, the Aus3DE has beaten numerous other international events to take home this prestigious award, and truly defines the Olympic standard event as one of the best ‘Three Day Events’ in the world.

Saving the Snowy Brumbies – A book release by Kelly Wilson

In Australia 400,000 to 1 million Brumbies roam free and well over 100,000 are culled each year. Of this number almost all of them are trapped or mustered, then sent to slaughter or aerially culled.

While the plight of wild horses is similar on every continent, it is the situation in Australia that deeply shocked the Wilson sisters and triggered their latest adventure – saving the Brumbies of the Snowy Mountains.

In late 2015 the NSW government announced plans to cull 90% of the untamed horses in the Snowy Mountains through ground shooting, a horrific practice of hunting the Brumbies on foot with their carcasses left to rot where they fall. This practice, along with others, such as being chased down, hunted by bow and arrows or aerially culled, is an unsustainable solution which barely controls Australia’s wild horse numbers.

Determined to save these horses from their desperate circumstances, the Wilson sisters turned their attention to taming the iconic Snowy Mountain Brumbies for the Australian Brumby Challenge. This process would culminate in a showcase at Equitana demonstrating once and for all the promise held within these extraordinary animals.

With experience taming wild horses in New Zealand and America the Wilson sisters have gained international recognition, including a hit rating television series, for their work in saving these incredible creatures. Yet of all the wild horses in the world it was the Australian Brumbies, introduced to the Wilson sisters through the Silver Brumby books, that first inspired their love and appreciation of these majestic animals.

Today the future of those wild Brumbies roaming free in Australia remains uncertain. Saving the Snowy Brumbies is a heart-wrenching read which shows how a little kindness and patience can lead to life-long rewards.

Laminitis Vaccine Offers Horse Owners a Preventive Tool

Very interesting article, especially for this time of year. It briefly mentions “a product containing the antibiotic virginiamycin as a preventive agent for grass founder” which is Founderguard, Who knew? But it doesn’t mention a possible alternative such as a hind gut acid buffer like Equisure to prevent or minimise the gut bacteria unbalance and resulting release of toxins into the horses system.After nearly four decades of watching the devastating impact of laminitis on horses, equine surgeon Dr. David Wilson has developed a vaccine that has the potential to save the performance careers — and lives — of horses around the world.. Laminitis (or founder) is one of the leading causes of loss in horses, right alongside colic and musculoskeletal problems.

Source: Laminitis Vaccine Offers Horse Owners a Preventive Tool

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3-Day Event announces Sam Griffiths as Event Ambassador

The Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3-Day Event has a long history of partnering with international eventing figures to bring more of the equestrian sport to the Adelaide crowds. For 2017, the event is pleased to announce that UK-based Australian eventer and Olympic Bronze medallist, Sam Griffiths, will be heading to the Adelaide event as Event Ambassador.

Sam was one of the Australian team members of the Bronze medal winning Olympic Eventing Team and finished fourth individually at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He has competed at 3-day events throughout the world with much success, and in 2014 on his Irish Sport Horse mare, Paulank Brockagh, won the UK’s CCI4* Badminton Horse Trials, and placed third at the Burghley Horse Trials on his horse, Happy Times. Sam has represented Australia on many occasions, including the World Equestrian Games and the 2012 London Olympics. Sam is now based in the UK and is currently ranked 33rd in the world.

Event Director, Gillian Rolton, said that Sam Griffiths will be a wonderful Event Ambassador for the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event, having visited the Adelaide event previously. “Sam has a wealth of knowledge on the sport of eventing and this is apparent in the successes that he has had on the international stage. The Masterclasses that he will present will no doubt be extremely interesting and informative, and I’m sure he will be able to provide great insight from a rider’s perspective in to the Mitsubishi CCI4* Cross Country Course on his course walks,” said Mrs Rolton.

Sam Griffiths said that he was excited to be attending the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event as the Event Ambassador this year.

“While I have never ridden at Adelaide, it is always one of my favorite 3-day events to attend. There is no other 3-day event like this in the world and it’s great to see Australia and New Zealand’s best riders competing at this event. One day I hope that I can also compete and win the Adelaide event!” said Sam Griffiths.

Also included in the 2017 program highlights, world renowned ‘Free Rider’ Alycia Burton will be returning to Adelaide with her horse, Gold Rush, to wow the crowds with another amazing performance. Last year, Alycia had the crowds on the edge of their seats jumping 1.6m jumps with no bridle or saddle. Alycia and Gold Rush will be performing on Friday night (17 Nov), after the FEI World Cup Jumping Warm up class. This is a performance not to be missed.

The Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three Day Event is one of only six CCI four star events to be held across the world, with more than 25,000 spectators attending the event. The 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Aus3DE will attract Australia’s best horse and rider combinations across three phases – Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping, with the event to be a qualifying competition for the Australian team for the 2018 World Equestrian Games to be held in North Carolina, USA.



The 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Australian Three Day Event will be held in
Adelaide’s inner-city East


Parklands from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 November, 2017. THREE PHASES – TWO HEARTS – ONE PASSION

William Micklem: Does Size Matter? In Praise of Smaller Horses – Eventing Nation – Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary

Dumbledore said in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire: “Cornelius! You place too much importance, and you always have done, on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone

Source: William Micklem: Does Size Matter? In Praise of Smaller Horses – Eventing Nation – Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary