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3 off a couple of fences at Sydney but this year she looked much more ‘on the job’ and her clear show jumping round on Sunday showed that she has improved in that phase as well. “I’m so pleased that we finished on our dressage score. You can’t ask for more than that, she was just 1 amazing wasn’t she and I am so lucky to be riding such a wonderful horse” said a very happy Christopher Burton. Finishing just over four marks behind Megan on a score of 52.6 was New Zealander Clarke Johnstone riding Orient Express. Clarke, like Chris, managed a clear show jumping round (one of only three) and only collected 2.4 time penalties from cross country. Clarke also enjoyed a good result in the CCI2* where he won the class riding Kolora Stud Secrets. In the CCI* Judith Clarke rode Diablito to victory finishing on her dressage score of 45.6. One of the main topics of conversations during Sydney was the use of a new type of frangible pin used by Wayne Copping at various points on the course. The majority of riders agreed that everything that can be done should be done to make the sport as safe as possible, which included the use of frangible pins, however a couple of riders voiced concern that in an effort to make the sport safer you are actually taking away the learning aspect from the horse and rider. There were plenty of horses who hit, with varying degrees of force, the log A element (which had a frangible pin) at the ‘Eventing NSW Arena Hollows’. The pin broke and the log dropped. The difficult questions is: had the pin not been used would those horses have fallen? Or because the log fell will those horses respect a fence like that less when they come to 2 jump it again because, like a show jump, they know it’s going to fall? And if they do respect it less and there is Sydney World Cup - May no frangible pin what happens then? The answer is not easy but at least we can be assured that there are lots The Australian leg of the HSBC FEI World Cup Qualifier of people within the sport studying the data regarding to held at the Sydney Equestrian Centre was full of drama falls and safety measures in an attempt to come up with and suspense from start to finish and when the final the right way forward for eventing. result was known there were even a few tears shed by the owners of the winning horse - Jean and Jade Findlay. Many had expected Megan Jones to follow up her New Zealand World Cup win with a repeat performance at Sydney and she came incredibly close to do just that, but a rail down show jumping slipped Megan back behind Christopher Burton and Holstein Park Leilani who had blitzed round Wayne Copping’s cross country course to finish under time and moved up from fourth after dressage to second after cross country. A year ago Leilani had run 30


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