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1 Sydney Three Day Event – 8-11 September a joy to ride and I had a great time out there.” Victoria Luxford was enjoying a continued good run with Perfect Now in its 10th year the Sydney International Three Day Encounter coming in clear, just two seconds over the time Event produced a well-run event, which saw Christine which put her up to second place behind Stuart Tinney Bates and Adelaide Hill stamp their mark on Australia’s and Pluto Mio who looked to cruise round, clocking up eventing world with a much deserved win in the CCI3*. the fastest time of the day. “I’m still getting used to The innovative ‘Behind the Scenes’ tours were a great him,” admitted Stuart, so everyone needs to watch out idea and what a throng of people Amy McGregor, former if he can come up with these results when he is ‘still head groom to Stuart Tinney, attracted on her stable getting used to him’. Christine Bates and Adelaide Hill tours. It is easy to forget that many people, adults was another combination making the course look easy. It and children alike, have no idea of what goes on in the is hard to believe that this horse, bred by dressage judge background of a three day event and Amy had her group Beth Turner, was so naughty as a youngster and it is all enthralled with talks which covered a wide range of credit to Christine and her husband Mathew that they topics – some more horse relevant than others! Whilst continued to work away with the talented gelding when on the subject of grooms the well-deserved winner of the many may have given up. By the end of cross country day Agnes Banks Equine Clinic CCI3*Grooms Award went to Christine was in sixth place but less than a rail from the Craig Barrett’s groom, Jess Grossman who showed all the leader. talents required of a good groom; great organisational The three star gave spectators a good thrilling finish with skills, the ability to produce a well turned out horse, not no room for error in the top six places. Christine Bates afraid of hard work and a good sense of humour. Jess threw down the gauntlet when she went clear to finish doesn’t work for Craig full time but is called upon at the on her dressage score of 49. Then it was a waiting game. big events, which will include Adelaide in November. Craig Barrett riding Keith and Julia Osborne’s Sandhills Brillaire took fence 10 down, but as others around him Harbour IT CCI3* had faults Craig moved up from fourth overnight to finish Dressage day saw very wet conditions but it also saw third. GV Billy Elliot jumped a clear show jumping round Tim Boland and the ever-elegant GV Billy Elliot produce a that would have been the envy of many but the frustration test that saw him as the only rider to break into the 70% of picking up 2 time penalties when the speed looked field and on a score of 44.8. Stuart Tinney was less than perfect must be immense. Next into the arena was a mark behind on Pluto Mio while George Sheridan and Victoria Luxford whose event hopes came crashing to the Victoria Luxford lay equal third on 46.0. ground when a slight miss at the last fence saw Perfect Encounter slide into the fence and unseat Victoria. Ewan Kellet’s cross country course caused little problem Despite her best efforts and the encouragement of the for the majority of the 13 combinations taking part. A crowd she could not get back on board and sadly had to couple of horses ‘slipped’ off the line of the narrow brush lead her talented horse from the arena. fence in the water and it was here that George Sheridan decided to call it a day, but in the main part the whole With just Stuart Tinney to go the pressure was on but course jumped well. when Pluto Mio simply touched a couple of rails the pair dropped down to finish fourth, giving Christine Bates the Kiera Byrnes must get such fun out of riding her amazing win that she very much deserved. “I can’t believe it,” ‘Fox Hill’ who appears to simply come to the fence and said Christine, “I knew we could go ok this weekend but jump. I’m sure it’s not as easy as that but the pair are I never expected to win so I’m really happy. I’m not sure delightful to watch and they finished in overall 7th place. what I will do with him now. Of course there is always the Tim Boland was philosophical about his 2.4 time option of going to Adelaide but I will see how he pulls up penalties after a lovely round where I’m sure his time is after this weekend and make a decision then. For now I’m lost because GV Billy Elliot is so careful over his fences just going to enjoy the win!” and almost hangs in the air for a moment. “It’s quicker than I have gone in the past …so I’m happy. He is such 40


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