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SYDNEY INTERNATION 3DE IS SET TO BE BIGGER AND BETTER
The entries are listed, the courses prepared and the stables ready for the horses to move in. Competition at the 2019 Sydney International Three Day Event is set to begin.
Almost 500 horses will compete across the seven levels of competition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week.
The largest of the international classes is the Hills District Farm Machinery CCI2*-S with 44 competitors.
The prestigious Macarthur Automotive CCI4*-L class is the most coveted prize. Whilst the class is smaller due to so many horses being prepared for the Oceania Eventing Championships to be held in New Zealand early next month, the competition promises to be exciting.
The course has been beautifully designed by Mike Etherington-Smith (GBR) and has the flow and balance typical of his courses.
Horse and riders will be faced with 40 jumping efforts including multiple new challenges such as the Macarthur Automotive Main Arena Complex.
“This year we head in and out of the main arena which is an exciting and positive development. The intention with this is to use the main arena on each day of competition and to create a focal point without the need to walk a long way to see some of the action,” explains Mike.
The 5.8km course will require considerable stamina as it traverses the hills of the venue, but the going will be ideal making the track fast. So you can expect to see riders aiming to get inside the time allowed.
This will add to the test come Sunday when the fitness of the horses will be measured by how well they bounce back for the show jumping. Just two of the horses in this long format class are not full thoroughbred.
The Bates Saddles CCI4*-S will be a clash of the titans. This hotly contested class has 33 competitors including the majority of the Australian Squad named for the Oceania Eventing Championships. Olympians Stuart Tinney, Shane Rose and Amanda Ross will each be riding multiple horses in this class.
Stuart is entered on a trio of enviable imported horses, the fabulous 7yo gelding Celebration (by Chin Champ), in-form wonder mare Wanda (Clearway) and finally 8yo Leporis (Lansino x Heraldik).
Shane will be aboard the talented 9yo Ultimate Velocity (Worrego Collateral Damage) as well as Pumpkin (Statford Novalis). Amanda will be riding the stunning Dicavalli Diesel (Donautraum), the superstar thoroughbred mare Koko Popping Candy (Bianconi) and her younger horse Dondialbo (also by Donautraum).
Adding further depth to the field Emma Bishop will be riding CP Issey Miyake, Tim Boland will be on Napoleon and Emma Mason will ride Warrego Marco Polo and they will be pushed by many other classy combinations.
A quick check on the performances of this bunch will have you head-scratching as to who the favourite could be.
The national level classes (60cm, 80cm, 95cm and 1star) will enjoy an entirely new cross country course which follows the direction of the 2000 Olympic track. Course designer Sandy Lucas has even revamped and altered some of the Olympic jumps to suit the lower levels.
Elite thoroughbred stud Yarraman Park has joined Sydney 3DE as the sponsor of the Young Event Horse classes. Yarraman Park understands the importance of breeding quality horses for success across equestrian disciplines. The Young Event Horse classes will be held on Sunday.
The shopping village with live music, the Horseland Hospitality tent, the big screen, the kids zone, food outlets as well as the tailgate parking will all surround Arena 1 creating a busy centralised area.
For the first time day-stay competitors will be able to park their trucks in “priority parking” around Arena 1, saving them the long hike from the north truck park.
And don’t forget that the event will also host a CPEDI event for Para-Equestrian riders from Friday to Sunday.
So all systems are set to go for a big week at Sydney International Three Day Event.
Entry is free, the weather forecast is perfect so be sure to come and enjoy some of the best Equestrian action Australia has to offer.
See the full list of competitors at www.sydneyeventing.org
PERTH HORSE TRIALS – WOOROLOO MAY 11/12 2019
Entries are open for Perth Horse Trials Association’s first event of this season, Wooroloo CCN-S (11-12 May), which is held at Wooroloo Prison Farm by kind permission of the Department of Corrective Services.
“We are so fortunate to have a unique and long standing relationship with the Department of Corrective Services which gives us access to the extensive area at Wooroloo Prison Farm to facilitate a top class cross country track over undulating terrain designed by our international course designer, Wayne Copping,” explains Event Director, Kerrie Robbins.
In 2018, PHTA engaged Ed Murphy as show jumping course designer, and his courses have been commended as challenging but fair by competitors. “We try to keep making improvements to the event experience and Ed’s expertise was a welcome addition to our event team,” continued Kerrie. Significant investment was also made into the event infrastructure last year, with a $20,000 upgrade to the cross country water complex made possible with generous support from BGC Quarries.
New for 2019, Wooroloo will also host a combined training class at 45cm, a great introduction for inexperienced riders and horses looking to get a taste for the event. PHTA are upgrading medical cover for riders and spectators in 2019, with a dedicated trauma doctor on site to support the event paramedics, in response to the new Safety Initiatives being implemented by Equestrian Australia. “We’ve always had a strong focus on safety, and this seemed like a wise step to ensure the highest possible level of medical support is available quickly should any accidents occur,” explained Kerrie.
Entries are open for all classes for Wooroloo CCN-S (11-12 May) from Ev65 to CCN4* on www.ktrials.com.au. Spectators are most welcome, entry is free with an excellent variety of refreshments for sale.
The event is signed off Old Northam Rd, 8km from Chidlow/Lake Leschenaultia turnoff.