Hazel Shannon and Clifford from New South Wales have jumped into first place after a thrilling day of cross country action at the 2016 Australian International Three Day Event (Aus3de) for the Qantas Cross Country Day.
While Hazel was one second over the time in the Qantas Cross Country, she managed to jump to the lead, with an overall score of 52.50. Olympic and World Championship FEI Course Designer Mike Etherington-Smith’s cross country course provided huge jumps, technical lines and tight corners, with only six horse and rider combinations jumping clear, and only one combination to finish inside the optimum time of 11mins 25 seconds.
Victorian Wilhelm Enzinger and Wenlock Aquifer slipped into second position, after picking up 3.2 time penalties on the cross country phase, leaving them with an overall score of 55.00 penalties. Andrew Cooper was seventh after the dressage phase, but now occupies third position after he was the only combination to complete the cross country course without incurring any jumping or time penalties. He will carry 59.70 penalties into Sunday’s Showjumping decider.
In fourth position is Enzinger’s second horse (Britannica MVNZ) who shuffled up the list after a clear cross country and 5.6 time penalties.
With the stars aligning today for Hazel, she says she was generally happy with the way the course rode and her horse performed.
“I was really happy with the horse (Clifford) today,” she said. “He tried is heart out, and I couldn’t have asked for more. It was a tough course, but it rode how I thought it would after I walked the course, so that was a relief.”
With less than a rail between first and second leading into the Thomas Foods International Show Jumping, Hazel says she is hoping to keep her lead.
“He’s a good showjumper, so I am hoping things go our way, but I will think about that tomorrow,” she said.
In the R M Williams CIC3*, history was made in Adelaide as the first rider from the UK, Oliver Townend won the R M Williams CIC3* on a score of 58.10. Local rider and 2008 Silver Beijing Medallist, Megan Jones finished second on a score of 61.90. Close behind her was New Zealand’s Samantha Felton on Ricker Ridge Pico Boo on a score of 63.60.
Gemma Tinney and Annapurna flew home over the last fence at the Qantas Cross Country Day, retaining their lead in the Horseland CCI**. Gemma is the daughter of Rio Olympic Bronze Medallist and Sydney Olympic Gold Medallist, Stuart Tinney.
The day concluded with a Masterclass with German Eventing Team Gold Medal Coach Christopher Bartle and a second performance over cross country fences by New Zealand based entertainer, Alycia Burton, an expert “Free Rider”. Burton’s ability to ride her palomino pinto horse, Classic Goldrush, with no saddle, no bridle and no fear once again charmed the crowds at Victoria Park.
The Australian International Three Day Event CCI4* concludes on Sunday with the Thomas Foods International Showjumping Day. Final day action begins at 10.00am and gates open at 7.30am.
Full list of results are now available to view on the Aus3de website, www.australian3de.com.au.
The 2016 Australian International 3 Day Event (Aus3DE) is the triathlon of horse sports and the pinnacle of equestrian sport in Australia. It is one of the six top level Federation Equestre International (FEI) Classic Series events held around the world annually. For more information visit www.australian3de.com.au.