Hazel Shannon and Clifford held their lead to win the Adelaide CCI4* at the 2016 Australian International Three Day Event for the Thomas Foods International Showjumping Day.
Leading into Sunday’s Showjumping decider, Hazel was ranked in first position after a dominant performance on Qantas Cross Country Day. Hazel had less than a rail between her and Victorian challenger Wilhelm Enzinger as she cantered into the main arena, but her flawless showjumping round meant her score of 52.50 penalties remained unchanged for her to take the win.
Wilhelm Enzinger and Wenlock Aquifer finished second with a score of 67.00, after knocking three rails in the showjumping, stretching the gap between first and second place. Yet, he held second position by just 0.7 of a time penalty in front of Andrew Cooper and Evergem Perfection, who finished in third position on a score of 67.70.
Wilhelm’s second ride, Britannica MVNZ finished fourth on an overall score of 71.80. Rohan Luxmoore and Bells n Whistles produced an impressive clear showjumping round, moving them closer to the top four, but not enough to shift his overall placing of fifth.
Hazel says she was elated to win the Adelaide CCI 4* in the heart of Adelaide city.
“It was an amazing feeling,” she said. “Going into showjumping, I just tried to remain focused and concentrate on the job. I didn’t want to know what score Wil and Andrew had after their rounds, as I knew I had to stay focused on my job. “I was just so happy with the horse. He really tried his heart out and gave it 100%,” she said.
With less than a rail between first and fourth, the anticipation was high for the final riders in the Horseland CCI**. Andrew Barnett and Bradgate Park Dante were fourth coming into the main arena, and with a faultless clear round, they bumped up into first place to finish on their dressage score of 45.90 penalties. Katja Weimann and BP Escapade finished second with one rail down and a score of 48.60 and Gemma Tinney and Annapurna were third on 50.80. Gemma was also the winner of the Bates Saddle Young Rider Championships.
Clint Beresford and Emmaville Jitterbug were the overall winners of the Thomas Foods International World Cup Showjumping Final, after jumping two super clear rounds, and a fantastic atmosphere at Victoria Park.
The 2016 Aus3de also staged the inaugural Equestrian Australia Dual Crown for Eventing and Jumping. The Equestrian Australia Jumping Dual Crown Champion was awarded to Andrew Lamb and CP Argento. He carried 8 points from the Pryde’s EasiFeed Australian Show Jumping Championship and 4 points from the Thomas Foods International World Cup in Adelaide, giving him a total of 12 points. Hazel’s standout performance also earnt her the Equestrian Australia Eventing Dual Crown for Eventing. She added 15 points to her six points after her fifth place position at Melbourne International Three Day Event, giving her an overall score of 21 points for the series. Hazel also won the TB Racing SA Off the Track Award for the best performed thoroughbred in the competition.
Final Top Ten in Adelaide CCI4****:
1. Hazel Shannon, Clifford
2. Wilhelm Enzinger, Wenlock Aquifer
3. Andrew Cooper, Evergem Perfection
4. Wilhelm Enzinger, Britannica MVNZ
5. Rohan Luxmoore, Bells n Whistles
6. Stuart Tinney, War Hawk
7. Tegan Lush, Tempus Fugit
8. Emily Gray, Jocular Vision
9. Shane Rose, Glenorchy South Park
10. Andy Daines, Spring Panorama
2016 Dual Crown Eventing Champion
Hazel Shannon, Clifford
2016 Dual Crown Jumping Champion
Andrew Lamb and CP Argento
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.Full list of results are now available to view on the Aus3de website, www.australian3de.com.au