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3 4 proved that they well and truly earned their spot on the CCN Preliminary plane to Kentucky. In an attempt to ‘relive the past’ (and maybe raise more CCI2* money) the Sydney committee ran the CCN preliminary class as a ‘long format’ three day event, including roads Keira Byrnes scored her first two star victory riding her and track and steeplechase. The class attracted 20 own 15 year old TB Fox Hill. The pair added just three combinations, several of whom seemed to enjoy the extra time penalties from show jumping to an otherwise foot challenge that the long format brought, despite some perfect performance that saw the reliable gelding lead riders only realising that it was a long format class a from the dressage phase and stay in front of formidable week or so out from the event and panicking about what opponents including Prue and Craig Barrett, Katja was involved! Weimann and Emma Mason. The winner, Annabel Armstrong admitted it had been Keira’s cross country round was beautifully judged, great to go round the steeplechase course on her horse finishing one second under the optimum time and on show Molly and was keen for the organisers to repeat the jumping day, despite a few ‘moments’ it was lovely to see class next year. Annabel led the class after a stunning a horse who really tries to do his job and the pair finished dressage score of 34.4 and despite picking up two time clear and just over two marks ahead of Victorian rider penalties on cross country day no one really came close Katja Weimann riding her own 11 year old BP Gallantry. to challenging her lead. Annabel and Molly also finished Prue Barrett riding Wendela Jamie (owned by Helen and third in the seven year old section of the Gwaihir Stud Henry Hicks) moved ahead of husband Craig and into Young Event Horse Championships. In second place was third place when Craig took down the middle part of the Terri Kolb and Anamazze while Jane Robinson and Rain treble with Sandhills Brillaire while Prue went clear. finished third. CCI* Junior riders were catered for in the CCI1* class as well as the pre novice and preliminary. Teegan Ashby and Christopher Burton made up, slightly, for his Rockingham No Reason came first in the CCI1* class disappointment in the CCI3* and the WEG class by while Josephine Laver and AR Flex won the pre novice winning the CCI1* riding his and Tina Stafford’s Kinnordy and Hugh Newell with Arlighton Park Agassi took out the Rivaldo. This talented 8 year old warmblood gelding led preliminary class. from day one and added nothing from cross country, Gwaihir Stud was once again the proud sponsor of the indeed the pair blitzed round the course finishing 20 Young Event Horse Championships. “The standard of seconds under the optimum time of 7.50 minutes. Shane horses this year is better than ever,” said Vicki Ross from Rose and Statford Neo moved up from eighth place Gwaihir Stud, “we are really starting to see some quality after dressage to finish second after adding nothing to horses in these classes and hopefully some of them will that dressage score of 53.3. Neo, a six year old stallion go on to have great careers in the world of eventing.” owned by David Burton is an Irish Sport Horse by Statford Novalis, who Shane has successfully ridden at 3* level Lauren Balcomb won the 5 year old class with the classy and it certainly looks like Neo will follow, if not overtake, Tarwin Grove Sydney while Lauren Cox took out the 5 his dad’s hoof prints! year old title with Kaptain Arthur Phillip. In the 7 year old class Shaun Dillon finished 1.5 marks ahead of second CCN Pre Novice placed Catherine Davies to win the class with Kiteroa In the pre novice class the top three after dressage held Sartoria. onto their positions throughout the competition all three finishing on their dressage scores. Niki Chapman and Wisteria Lane, who keep appearing at the top end of all the pre novice score boards produced a 44.5 dressage score, won the class ahead of Annabel Armstrong and 1 Syd 3DE PN Niki Chapman on Wisteria Lane Jack In A Box while Emma Mason took third place with 2 Syd 3DE 1Star Chris Burton on Kinnordy Rivaldo Poker Face. 3 Syd 3DE 3Star XC Heath Ryan on Mystery Whisper 4 Syd 3DE 3Star XC John Twomey on Flaunt It 33


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