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As the major feature of the post Covid reinvented Adelaide Equestrian Festival, the Adelaide International CCI5* is a thrilling equestrian event that captures the essence of the Southern Hemisphere’s love for horses. It’s an event that has grown in popularity over the years, drawing in top equestrian athletes from all corners of the world. Held annually in Adelaide, South Australia, the Adelaide International CCI5* is the only 5-star event in the Asia Pacific region. This year it will be featuring CCI5*, CIC4*S and CCI3*L competitions.
The event comprises three phases: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. The dressage phase requires riders to display elegance and precision as they put their horses through a series of carefully choreographed movements. The cross-country phase, on the other hand, is where the real excitement lies. Riders and their horses are put through a testing 6.4km course, which can feature over 40 jumps and natural obstacles. The course weaves through the beautiful Adelaide Parklands, and it takes a tremendous amount of skill, fitness, and courage to conquer it. The final phase is show jumping, where riders and horses must navigate a series of obstacles set in an arena. This phase is all about speed and agility and can be the difference between victory and defeat.
The Adelaide International CCI5* has a rich history, with the event being held in various guises since 1997. Over the years, the event has drawn some of the world’s best equestrian athletes, including Olympic champions and World Cup winners. It’s an event that has become a highlight of the equestrian calendar, attracting thousands of spectators each year.
The cross-country phase is undoubtedly the most popular part of the event, with riders and horses tackling the challenging course amidst the cheers of the crowd. It’s a spectacle that showcases the beauty and power of horses, and the bond between rider and animal.
In addition to the CCI5, the event also features a range of other competitions, including the CCI4, the Young Rider Championship, and the Pony Club Challenge. These competitions provide an opportunity for riders of all ages and abilities to showcase their skills and passion for horses.
The Adelaide International CCI5* is more than just an equestrian event; it’s a celebration of the bond between humans and animals. It’s a chance to witness the beauty and power of horses and to marvel at the skills of their riders. So, mark your calendars and get ready for a thrilling event that promises to be one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar.
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