2015 Australian International
19 - 22 November 2015
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The 4 star class this year saw the return of many of Australia's top event
riders to the competition with the Australian International 3de being one of
the main lead up events to the Olympics next year. Shane Rose & CP
Qualified improved on their 2013 performance where they had been third after
the dressage to clearly lead the field on 42.10 penalty points with Katja
Weimann & BP Flamboyant second on 49.10 just ahead of Christine Bates &
Adelaide Hill on 49.40. On a tightly packed leaderboard Katie Roots &
her BSH Trevalgar II was next on 49.70 followed by Clark Johnstone &
Balmoral Sensation on 50.10 and the leading Thoroughbred of the 4 star
dressage was Wilhelm Enzinger's Wenlock Aquifer on 50.40. Raced as
Aquifer won the first SA race of the season for 2yos in October 2006 down
the straight at Victoria Park - ironically the same location as the
Australian International 3de is held. He had three subsequent starts
in Adelaide before being retired as a late 3yo. Shane Rose's second entry
Virgil was in 7th place after the dressage on 50.80 while Megan Jones' grand
campaigner Kirby Park Allofasudden was next on 52.80. Kirby Park
Allofasudden was named Red Ruski for the racetrack and was sold through the
Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling sales in 2002.
Isabel English & Feldale Mouse finished the dressage in 9th spot on 54.60
then another thoroughbred with Belinda Isbister & Holy Bruce. Holy
Bruce raced in WA and was unplaced in all 6 starts despite being royally
bred by superstar US stallion in Woodman from Candy's Sheba a Seattle Slew
line mare. Alice Dunsdon & Fernhill Present were the first horse and
rider combination to travel from overseas to compete and had been staying
prior to the competition at the Adelaide Magic Millions complex.
The testing cross country phase took its toll and really shook up the order
on the leaderboard. Shane Rose & CP Qualified maintained their lead
with only 3.2 time penalties taking their score to 45.30 while Katja Weimann
and BP Flamboyant recorded 11.2 time penalties dropping back to 5th on
60.30. Christine Bates & Adelaide Hill however parted company just out
of the water at fence 27. Katie Roots and Trevalgar II recorded
24.8 time penalties to drop back to 14th while Clark Johnstone & Balmoral
Sensation only recorded 4 time penalties to move up to 3rd place on 54.10.
Wilhelm Enzinger's Wenlock Aquifer recorded 17.6 time penalties to drop back
to 11th while Virgil & Shane Rose was one of only two competitors to
complete the cross country country course penalty free to remain on their
dressage score of 50.80 and move up to second place. Megan
Jones & Kirby Park Allofasudden recorded 8.8 time penalties to finish the
day in 6th place on 61.60 while Isabel English & Feldale Mouse recorded time
penalties to drop back to 13th. Sonja Johnson & Parkiarrup Illicit
Liaison moved up from 15th after the dressage to be 4th after the cross
country phase on a score of 59.40. Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison was by
the sensational SA stallion Made of Gold from Gourmet Star (by Luskin Star)
and was bred at Milluna Stud at One Tree Hill. He was sold as a
yearling at the Adelaide Magic Millions sales in 2002 (see below) and was
named Bullionaire to race in WA. After one racetrack start he was
retired to embark on an equestrian career.
Andrew Cooper and Black Crest had been in 27th position after the dressage
but a faultless cross country round saw them rocket up the leaderboard to be
in 7th place on 65.20 ahead of Stuart Tinney on Pluto Mio who had been 24th
after the dressage but only recorded 1.6 time penalties cross country to
moved up to 8th spot on 65.70. Hazel Shannon & Clifford recorded 10.8
time penalties but moved up from 12th to 9th place after the cross country
on 66.60. Clifford was registered to race as Sidespin but in two
trials as an early season 2yo in October 2007 he proved too slow to race and
was retired. Soigne Jackson & Gold were 19th after the dressage but
after recording only 4.8 time penalties cross country they moved up to 10th
on 67.40. Gold was raced under the name Curragh Prince. By Opera
Prince he had 23 race starts starting with an unplaced run as a 2yo but
found form as a late spring 3yo and winning during the autumn in Victoria.
Another win as a spring 4yo followed before he finished his career in
Queensland with 2 wins and 6 placings to his name.
Into the final phase the showjumping and Shane Rose and CP Qualified had one
fence down but there was enough in reserve to win on 49.30 from Shane's
other mount Virgil who went clear to finish on his dressage score of 50.80.
Clarke Johnstone & Balmoral Sensation from New Zealand jumped clear to hold
third place on 54.10 as Sonja Johnson & Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison also went
clear to take fourth on 59.40 and also take out the TRSA award for the
highest placed off the track Thoroughbred. Fifth place went to
Michaela Martindale & Kinnordy Gatow who had been 16th after the dressage
then 12th after the cross country but jumped clear to finish on 69.90.
Katja Weimann and BP Flamboyant were 6th on 72.30 ahead of Hazel Shannon and
Clifford who were also awarded the second highest placed off the track
Thoroughbred on 74.60.
In the 2 star event Amanda Ross and Dicavalli Diesel took the lead in the
dressage with 37.40 penalty points from Judith Clarke & Diablito on 44.50
with Megan Jones & History in third on 45.10. HIstory is well known in
Show Hunter events and took out a national championship. With his
regular rider taking a break he has been campaigned this year by Megan Jones
in eventing and progressed so well it was decided to enter the 2 star class
at the Australian International 3de. Sam Lyle and Glenorchy South Park
were in fourth place on 47.30 and Glenorchy South Park was registered to
race as Beaker but didn't actually start in a race. Tegan Lush &
Touchstone Felix were in fifth spot on 49.90 while Christine Bates & Ned
O'Reilly were next on 50.00. Ned O'Reilly raced as Stribling and is by
Reset. He had 14 starts for a win and 2 thirds before he was retired.
Madeline Wilson & Mumbo Jumbo were in 7th position on 51.60 while Shenae
Lowings and Ballyhoo were next on 52.00. Ballyhoo is by Foxhound and
raced as Fox of Donegal for 4 starts all unplaced prior to moving on to a
new equestrian career. Andrew Cooper and Fairbanks Cappucino finished
on 52.30 in 9th position while Cindy Lyall & GI Joe were 10th on 52.60.
GI Joe raced as Joello and is by Show a Heart from the Marauding mare
Aurillac. He raced 15 times for 2 wins and 3 placings including a win
at Warwick Farm in Sydney before going to Perth where he won his first start
and then was unplaced before being retired.
Other off the track horses competing in the 2 star event included Mighty
Delago who raced as Regal De Lago, Toronto who raced as Eikept with 9 starts
for 2 wins and 3 placings, From Small Things who raced as Kipher for 11
starts and 1 third placing, La Muso who had 10 starts for 3 thirds and Cil
Dara George who raced as Gait and won first up as an October 2yo before
starting in the Blue Diamond Stakes the following autumn.
In the cross country
Amanda Ross and Dicavalli Diesel and Judith Clarke and Diablito both went
clear to stay on their dressage score but Megan Jones and History added time
20 penalties to their score. Sam Lyle and Glenorchy South Park moved
up to third when they also went clear. Tegan Lush and Touchstone
Felix retired at the 4 fence which paved the way for Christine Bates & Ned
O'Reilly to move up to 4th place on 50.00 after the second phase.
Madeline Wilson & Mumbo Jumbo, Shenae Lowings & Ballyhoo and Andrew Cooper &
Fairbanks Cappucino all went clear and moved up two placings on the
leaderboard. Likewise Cindy Lyall & GI Joe moved to 8th after their
clear round while Madeline Wilson's second ride I'm Bruce moved from 13th to
9th with a clear round. The top ten was rounded out with Sam Lyle and
Satch Hill going clear to stay on their dressage score of 53.70 just ahead
of Jade Kluske and Mighty Delago.
Into the final phase the showjumping Amanda Ross and Dicavalli Diesel had
one time penalty and a rail down but had enough in reserve with their score
of 44.80 to win from Judith Clarke and Diablito who went clear to finish on
46.90. In third place was Sam Lyle and Glenorchy South Park on 51.30
who also won the TRSA award with Andrew Cooper and Fairbanks Cappucino 4th
on 52.30. Cindy Lyall and GI Joe were in fifth spot on 52.60 and took
out the second TRSA Award for the class. Madeline Wilson and Im Bruce
were 6th on 53.60 while Sam Lyle and Satch Hill were 7th on 53.70 after both
went clear. In the tightly packed field Christine Bates & Ned O'Reilly
had a single rail down to moved to 8th position while Madeline Wilson and
Mumbo Jumbo were 9th on 55.60. In 10th position was Shenae Lowings &
Ballyhoo who also had a single rail down to finish on 60.00 but also took
out the TRSA award for the highest placed off the track Thoroughbred Young
On the final day of competition there was also a round of the Showjumping
World Cup Qualifier as part of the 'Equestrian Grand Finals' during the
Australian International 3de which consisted of the best accumulative score
of two rounds of jumping. Merrick Ubank and Alantinus were the first
riders on course and were never headed being the only combination to record
a double clear. Chris Chugg took second and third on Cera Cassiago &