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1 2 NSW eventers consistently feature in the placings in At 3* level Berrima also ran a CNC class which just most major events, in Australia and often internationally, one rider, Sam Fasher, entered. Despite a few hic-cups and 2010 was no different. While victory in the marquee Sam, riding Taylors Summit, braved the elements and classes at Adelaide and Melbourne eluded our riders this completed his first run at that level. year, the minor placings and lower level classes were Natalie Blundell won the CIC2* with Algebra leading the dominated by NSW riders such as Christopher Burton, class from start to finish. This was a great start back to Stuart Tinny, Christine Bates, Sandy Lucas, Tim Boland, the season for Natalie who came ninth with this talented Shane Rose, Robert Palm and Heath Ryan. In NSW grey TB at Lakes and Craters CCI3* at the end of last however our riders proved unstoppable, particularly Chris year. Burton who has an amazing year. Below is coverage of some of the wonderful events run in 2010 which In the CIC1* class junior rider Andrew Cooper stole the highlights some of the great success of our members. show after a winning dressage test on Guest of Honour which earned him 68.48% and a mark of 47.3. He then Berrima CIC - March went on to go clear cross country and with only one rail down show jumping he remained in front with Sam Lyle It is always disappointing when an event runs a top level and Rassendon Star Be My Love taking out second place. class only to have a small handful of riders enter and then the majority of those opting out of running cross country. Looking through the rest of the results of classes from Sadly that is what happened at Berrima ‘s CIC event pre novice to introductory it was clear to see that the when just six riders entered the CIC3* class and only days of doing a mid field dressage test and then going two ran cross country (and one of those got eliminated). clear cross country and show jumping and hoping you For the winner, Blair Richardson, riding Kilburi Mambo, it would finish in the top three are long gone. All the was a good qualifying result. For the others it was a case winners from these classes were either first, second of put the horses back in the truck and save them for or third after dressage and went on to jump well cross another time. Certainly by the time the CIC3* was due to country and show jumping. These classes attracted large run the weather had turned from pleasant to hail (the size numbers of keen competitors all eager to test themselves of golf balls), and driving rain which saw horses looking around Vince Roche’s course. At these lower levels the horrified as they stood tied to the side of their trucks. course caused enough problems while still allowing the But even before the weather turned it seemed as if the majority of riders to get round clear. three star riders had decided to opt out of running cross For those riders who had won prizes and braved the country. There had been concern from some riders that elements until prize giving time the rewards were well the landings after some of the fences needed attention worth the wait with money and sponsors products while others were concerned by the angled questions handed out to the lucky few. Once again the Berrima asked of horses on the course. Either way I am sure it will event managed to live up to its reputation of ‘never trust be something that the Berrima committee will take on the weather in the Southern Highlands’ and despite the board which will hopefully result in more three star riders hailstones the riders will flock back to Araluen in a few entering and running in the future. months time for the next event. On a positive note the area now designated for show jumping at the Berrima event works really well. The ground is level and the grass surface provides horses with great footing which further top dressing and watering will improve even more. Spectators can stand in the shelter of the wonderful ‘Araluen shed’, enjoying refreshments from the ‘Araluen Cafe’ while watching the showjumping ... What more can you ask for? 1 Berrima March 1 Star Andrew Cooper on Guest Of Honour 2 Berrima March 2 Star Nat Blundell on Algebra 3 Albury 3 Star Chris Burton on Holstein Park Leilani 4 Albury 2 Star Chris Burton on Haruzac 5 Albury 1 Star Chris Burton on Kinnordy Rivaldo 26


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