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Australian International 3 Day Event  2014

Cross Country Day

15 November 2014


The day started in cool conditions but with the sun trying to break through at times as the 2 star class started their course.  Fence 5 in the photos below proved the biggest 'bogey' fence of the course with many horses recording refusals at that point (though I think it was Jacqui Bladier & Ramirus were unlucky as they came in to line up the fence somewhere in the crowd (right in front of the landing area) someone had some kind of camera or device that sounded like a taser which was offputting for me to the side - can only think how it sounded to the horse).

Christine Bates and Kung Fu Panda after leading overnight went clear jumping and time to retain the front from Megan Jones and Kirby Park Impress who also went clear with Kirsty Douglas and Cushavon Crackerjack in third.  Most eliminations were due to refusals on course with the exceptions of Anthony Thomas and Southern Warlock who jumped a 4 star instead of a 2 star fence late in the course, Robert Palm and Koko Story who had a fall late in the course while Emily McQueen and Kings Sun hit one of the later fences very hard resulting in a cut to a leg resulting in retirement and the horse being floated back to the stabling area after treatment.  

In the 4 star class after the first two riders there was a problem with the exit out of the water which resulted in riders being held on course and delaying the event for around 20-25 minute.  During this time Tarryn Proctor and ESB Irish Quest retired from the event and then once restarted the weather turned first getting very dark then pouring with steady rain for the rest of the event.  All riders incurred time penalties as they rode to the conditions with Jess Manson and Legal Star taking the lead in the class from Megan Jones and Kirby Park Allofasudden with Elizabeth Lowery and KL Kismet moving from second last to third place.  Madison SImpson and Major James moved up from last to 4th with Tegan Lush & Tempus Fugit in 5th.  Only two other combinations did not complete the course being Jaimie Stichel who parted company Image Blue Ice when he left a leg over a jump and she was dislodged while Belinda Isbister & Holy Bruce fell late in the course.  All horses & riders that pulled up or fell were fine.  




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