Adelaide Equity Partners
Australian International Horse Trials
by Walter Berger – Horseoz.com © 2010
Once again event was run in near perfect conditions. On dressage day part of the lunchtime entertainment was Olympic silver medallist Megan Jones putting on a freestyle dressage together with Kirby Park Irish Jester.the horse she rode in Beijing. Course walks with other Olympic team members Lucinda and Clayton Fredricks and Sonja Johnston were also on offer and freely taken up by the public.
Christopher Burton on Newsprint Winner 2008 Australian International Horse Trials
Victory Lap CIC 2 Star Shane Rose with Statford Novalis celebrating in his own fashion
16 November 2008
Burton wins Adelaide Equity Partners Australian International 3-Day Event
Christopher Burton has won the Adelaide Equity Partners Australian International 3-Day Event in a nail-biting finish which has brought Adelaide a step closer to equestrian’s new global five-star rating.
Riding Newsprint in today’s CCI****show jumping event, Burton from New South Wales narrowly beat two South Australian riders, Beijing silver Olympic medallist Megan Jones on Kirby Park Allofasudden and Olympic gold medallist Wendy Schaeffer who came in third and fourth on her two horses in the event, Koyuna Sun Dancer and Koyuna Sun Shine.
Burton’s win follows a hotly contested competition with less than two time penalties separating the top four riders at the close of yesterday’s cross country event.
In the CCI** competition, Lauren Balcomb from New South Wales riding Kootamootoo took out first place while member of the Beijing Olympics silver medal winning team, Shane Rose also from NSW, convincingly won the CIC** competition on his horse Statford Novalis.
The Australian International 3-Day Event, the most important 3-Day Event in the Southern Hemisphere, has already achieved equestrian’s highest four-star rating but will bid to achieve a new five-star rating when it is introduced worldwide next year.
“The international judges and delegates who have been in Adelaide for this event have been blown away by the stunning parklands’ location and the calibre of competition,” Event Director and dual Olympic medallist Gillian Rolton says. “International Equestrian Federation technical delegate Andy Griffiths from the United Kingdom has backed the quality of our event, encouraging us to push for promotion and we will begin this process in the coming weeks.
“Once again we’ve showcased Adelaide’s capacity for staging world-class events putting on three action-packed days of fiercely contested dressage, cross country and show jumping featuring Olympians and some of the equestrian world’s biggest stars.”
This year’s event was the first time Rymill Park had been ticketed and Ms Rolton said she was thrilled with the spectator turnout. Although official crowd numbers have not been finalised, Friday’s dressage numbers were up and crowd numbers strong over the weekend.
Ms Rolton said it was also the first time events such as the Grape and Gourmet Gallop, Dancing with the Stars luncheon and Mutual Community Fun Run had been held creating a carnival atmosphere.
“The Adelaide Equity Partners Australian International 3-Day Event is world class on every level.