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1 2 Sydney CCI - August understand this class was tricky for the most experienced eventing spectators. CCI3* Dressage scores went up on the board and then came In May 2009 Heath Ryan suffered a stroke. Just over down. But a look at those scores, which were later made a year later this enthusiastic lover of eventing won the available to the media, showed the scoring itself was a Sydney CCI3* riding Mystery Whisper. “I couldn’t have little up and down as well - in fact more down than up! done it on any other horse”, admitted Heath “I just have Megan Jones and Kirby Park Irish Jester ended up with to point him in the right direction and he does the rest. I the best mark, 44.3, and although all the judges agreed know I won by the narrowest of margins, 0.5, but to me a it was the best test the Canadian Judge, Jo Young, who win is a win no matter what!” was sitting on C was pretty tight in her marks only Heath soared ahead of the 14 strong field from day giving Megan 66%. The other two judges, Gillian Rolton one on a dressage score of 45.6 - the only rider to (H) and Beth Turner (B) awarded her 72.33% and 73% crack a score in the forties. In equal second place was respectively. New Zealander Clarke Johnstone and Orient fellow Australian rider, John Twomey, who is based in Express finished second after a nice test which only saw New Zealand riding his talented horse Flaunt It and him score 52.2, while Stuart Tinney and Vettori were just Christopher Burton on board Alex Townsends’ Jaybee behind on 52.7. Calypso. Uncharacteristically Christopher finished the With the WEG class being described by the organisers class with an E on the scoreboard after Calypso took as a ‘confirmation of fitness rather than a formal class’ exception to the second water and the pair walked home. and hence no need for official results, it appeared that Ewan Kellet’s cross country course gave the riders plenty on cross country day the riders were almost allowed of questions and at the end of the day only one rider, to ‘take their own line’ as they jumped round some of Natalie Blundell and Algebra, managed to go clear and the CCI3* track missing out some of the fences and under time. Shane Rose riding Taurus and Amanda Ross substituting them with some of the two star track. It riding Koyuna Tora Bora had hoped to make a last minute must be a hard decision for selectors as to what they impression on the selectors but both had run outs. should ask riders to do as a last ‘hit out’ prior to a big Megan Jones riding her reserve WEG horse, Kirby Park competition, however I’m not sure that this particular Allofasudden, went clear and moved up to fifth place tactic worked as it seemed to take the edge off a few while Heath cruised around and apart from a momentary of the riders. The classy acts were Sonja Johnson and loss of direction at the water he came home clear with the reliable Ringwould Jaguar who jumped clear as did 6.8 time penalties. Stuart Tinney with his three horses, Vettori, Watermark Grayson and Panamera. However Megan Jones looked to The show jumping track, designed by Mark Atkins, proved be having trouble holding the enthusiastic Jester and he difficult with no one achieving a clear round. Megan Jones bounded towards the second water complex and ran past took one rail down which actually pulled her up to finish the brush in the water. Christopher Burton riding Holstein third and John Twomey, also took a rail but held onto Park Leilani suffered a similar problem to the one they second place. This left Heath, who isn’t known for his had at Melbourne when Leilani ‘left a leg’ jumping into wonderful show jumping rounds, with two fences in hand. the water. However at Sydney Christopher had to use all As if to keep the crowds on the edge of their seats he his stick-ability when the mare seemed to leave both front took down the first and the last fence but still emerged legs on the pimple fence and although they survived that as the elated winner. moment they had a run out at the following brush. The WEG Class On show jumping day the WEG contenders jumped round the same track as the CCI3*. Despite taking rails Sydney Three Day Event ran a special class for those down with Watermark Grayson and Panamera Stuart riders in contention for WEG selection. It was designed Tinney jumped a classy clear round with Vettori as did to give those horses a last ‘hit out’ before Kentucky and Christopher Burton with Leilani. Megan still wasn’t allow the selectors to check on their fitness. If eventing enjoying her best day and took a rail down with Jester is sometimes tricky for non eventing spectators to while Sonja and the ever trying Jag jumped clear and 32


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