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2019 Australian International 3de

14-17  November 2019

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It was perfect weather for the 2019 Australian International 3de where the first class to start was the 3 star dressage on Thursday which saw 45 entries which included 18 thoroughbreds.  The lead after the dressage went to Tim Boland & Menlo Park on 28.30 penalty points from Shenae Lowings & Bold Venture on 28.60.  Bold Venture raced unsuccessfully as Hell on Wheels and was retired after only 3 starts.  Gemma Tinney & Diabolo was third on 29.60 in a tightly packed field where 30 competitors were on 40 penalty points or below.

Friday saw the 4 star competitors in action where 2 of the 13 were thoroughbreds.  Madison Crowe & Waitangi Pinterest were in first place on 28.50 from crowd favourite Shane Rose & Easy Turn on 28.70 with Jessica Rae & Rascal in third on 30.60.  The two thoroughbreds in the class were Quaprice ridden by Annabel Armstrong who raced as Killop and is descended from the champion mare Leilani via her ‘miracle foal’ Skylarking.  Skylarking was conceived only after Leilani who had been barren for years received a new treatment at the time resulting in one last foal by Twig Moss.Despite her regal breeding Killop was unsuccessful in three races and was soon retired and moved to a new career.  And Humble Glory ridden by Sophia Landy who raced as Camon Houdini.  After showing nothing in trials in Sydney he was sent to Melbourne as a 3yo where he won and was placed in trials over hurdles.  However after one jumps start as a March 3yo where he was unplaced he was retired to an equestrian career.

The 5 star dressage was the focus of the afternoon where there were 19 competitors including 6 thoroughbreds.  Emma Bishop & CP Issey Miyake were in front at the end of the day on 30.30 from Hazel Shannon & Willingapark Clifford on 30.70.  Willingapark Clifford a former winner of the event twice & raced as Sidespin where he had 3 starts  before retiring and finding his forte in eventing.  Lauren Browne & Sky’s Da Limit was in third place on 31 penalty points and Sky’s Da Limit is another off the track horse being unplaced in 4 trials over his 2 & 3yo seasons. Like the other classes there was a very small spread of scores with all competitors under 44 penalties after the dressage.

Saturday was cross country and as in previous years the tough course through the parklands took its toll on all classes.  In the 3 star event overnight leader Tim Boland and Menlo Park went clear jumping but 13.6 time penalties dropped the pair back to 15th on 41.90 penalty points.  Shenae Lowings & Bold Venture had a refusal and 6.4 time penalties to drop well back on 55 penalty points while Gemma Tinney & Diablo completed the course clear on both time and jumping to take the lead on 29.60 while Tegan Ashby & Waitangi Password moved up to second on 32.40 with Samuel Jeffree & Woodmount Lolita up to third place on 32.60.

In the 4 star class Madison Crowe & Waitangi Pinterest recorded 9.6 time penalties dropping to third place with Andrew Cooper & Riverbreeze moving up from 7th to take the lead on 34.30 after going clear on both time and jumping.  Matt Gaske & Thymes Too moved up to second with 36.40 after going clear on jumping and incurring only 2.8 time penalties. Shane Rose & Easy Turn had a run out on course incurring 20 penalties points then a further 10.2 on time dropping back to 7th while Jessica Rae & Rascal recorded 9.2 penalty points to drop to 5th on 39.80.

Emma Bishop & CP Issey Miyake parted company late in the course to be eliminated in the 5 star class while Hazel Shannon & Willingapark Clifford completed the course without penalty to take the lead on their dressage score.  Amanda Pottinger moved up to second with Just Kidding after going clear cross country on a score of 34.10.  Just Kidding raced as Sun of God in New Zealand and had 3 starts with all unplaced.  Diane Gilder & Your Attorney recorded 5.2 time penalties but moved up to third place with 38.60.  Your Attorney was yet another off the track thoroughbred having a very short career of one trial and one race start before being retired.  Lauren Browne & Sky’s Da Limit recorded 8 time penalties to be fourth on 39 penalty points.

Into the last day of showjumping and first up the 3 star event was decided and Gemma Tinney  Diablo withstood the pressure of going last and went clear to win on 29.60 with Teegan Ashby & Waitangi Password second on 32.40 and Samuel Jeffree & Woodmount Lolita third on 36.60 despite dropping a rail.  The winner of the TRSA Off the Track award for the highest placed OTT thoroughbred went to Andrew Cooper and Omega Star who was registered as Burgoo.  The Young rider went to Samuel Jeffree & Woodmount Lolita with the Off the Track young rider award going to Steph Hann and True Celebre (who raced under that name winning 2 races in provincial Victoria from 19 plus 3 placings).

In the four star event 10 of the original 13 entries lined up for the showjumping where Andrew Cooper & Riverbreeze jumped clear to hold first place on 34.30 from Jessica Rae & Rascal who also jumped clear to move up again for second place on 39.80 and Matt Gaske & Thyme’s Too despite dropping a rail finishing in third place on 41.20.  The Off the track award went to Sophia Landy & Humble Glory.

The 5 star class finished the day and coming to the last rider Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford had 4 rails in hand and in the end although two rails fell they had enough in hand to win on 38.70 and became the first combination to win the event three times.  Willingapark Clifford also took out the TRSA Off the track award.  In second place was Stuart Tinney & Leporis despite one rail and 1.2 time faults moved up from 5th to second place overall on 45.90.  Third place went to Lauren Browne and Sky’s Da Limit who had two rails and 0.40 of a time fault to finish third on 47.40.  Sky’s Da Limit made it two off the track thoroughbreds in the top 3 placings at the event while second placed Leporis was noted as being a Warmblood/Thoroughbred cross.

The teams event in the 5 start went to NSW on a score of 131.30 with team members Hazel Shannon & Willingapark Clifford, Stuart Tinney & Leporis, Tim Boland & Menlo Park and Shenae Lowings & Bold Venture.

In the World Cup round held prior to the 5 start showjumping Russell Johnstone & Daprice were the only competitors to go double clear over the two rounds to take out the event.    

There was also a demonstration from the Agility Dog Club of SA at Rymil Park prior to the 5 star cross country.  Most dogs and owners can come and try agility in 2020 -  the club runs classes from March to November.  More details at www.agilitydogclubsa.com



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