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5 2 Scone Horse Trials – 12-13 March The CIC Season gets underway at Albury – 26-27 March Accomplished rider Christopher Burton, on Haruzac, won the Mt Arthur Coal CNC3* event at Scone, finishing As we travelled down the Hume Highway, it was fourth in dressage and being among just six from 17 wonderful to see the country looking green and beautiful competitors to complete the show jumping phase without - writes Tina Stafford. Albury had recorded 16 inches of taking a rail and on a score of 51 - writes Bronwyn Farr. rain since January and the committee was worried there would be more rain in the week leading up to the event. Emma Dougall and Kelycyn Ice Age came second on What a contrast from the many years of drought. 57.60 while Shane Rose and Taurus finished third on 58.70. The competition began with Two Star dressage on Friday afternoon. Stuart Tinney and Kinnordy Rubino led the George Sheridan on Woznme won the Robson Civil class on a score of 48.4, a score he was to maintain to Projects Two Star from Emma Dougall on Belcam Bear, win the class on Sunday. with local rider Nikki Richardson and Knightrider in third place and junior rider Emma Hindmarsh on CP Brown in Three star dressage on Saturday proved to be a good day fourth. for Chris Burton, who led the class on his stylish New Zealand import FIS Underdiscussion with a score of 37.5. Scone Horse Trials President Margot White said it was There was some interest in Chris’ warm up method for a pleasure to run an event that was consistently well Holstein Park Leilani, when the mare jumped the fence supported by riders. “Competition was strong in the three surrounding the Albury sand arena – it seemed she was and two star classes, which I’m sure was helped by the a little confused as to which saddle she was wearing. attractive prize money courtesy of sponsors Mt Arthur Nobody was injured and Chris did not even loose his top Coal and Robson Civil Projects. A massive thank you is hat. Leilani went on to score 43.8 and hold 2nd place. due to 75 volunteers – outside of our committee – who Next best was Shane Rose and APH Moritz on 49.9. endured humid conditions and helped ensure our event ran smoothly.” Sunday dawned warm and clear, the going was perfect and newly designed cross country course for the FEI The jumping courses, designed by Sue Bettington classes created a lot of interest. Course designer Michael and Greg Backhouse, worked well with large crowds Creber, ably assisted by retiring course builder Craig gathering to see three star show jumping on Sunday Gordon, had re-designed the track to come back towards afternoon. “Judges of the dressage commented on the the water jump half way through the course and then quality of the competitiors’ tests, seen clearly by 11 loop back to the old track, thus creating good viewing for combinations receiving under 50 penalty points,” Mrs spectators. White said, adding “So that’s good news for those riders looking towards London 2012 Olympics.” The day got under way with pre novice, with the winner of pre novice A, Niki Chapman finishing on her dressage score of 40.2 and Gordon Bishop winning pre novice B on a score of 52 penalties. CIC3* was next out, with Chris Burton leading the charge on Underdiscussion with a clear cross country, adding 4.4 time penalties to his overnight score. Natalie Blundell on Algebra incurred just .8 of a time penalty to add to her dressage score. Shane Rose was most unhappy to part company with APH Moritz at the Normandy Bank, but completed a clear round on Taurus with just 5.6 time penalties. Chris completed the only clear and under 3 time round on Leilani and incurred 4.4 time penalties on Haruzac, who was having his first CIC3* outing. 34


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