Page 49

Equestrian_NSW_Yearbook_2011

4 3 With an optimum time of 10 minutes 45 seconds four As the cameras and film crews swarmed to Stuart one star first timer, Christine Bates, admitted it was pretty journalist commented that he didn’t seem very happy. “I hard work. “I had a great ride really on Adelaide Hill but just didn’t really expect to win,” he explained. “I just did it was the intensity of it all that made it hard work. It just the best job I could do and the horse has gone really well kept coming fence after fence and for me that was the so I’m happy. I’m sure the win will start to sink in soon.” difference between three and four star.” In the CCI2* Shane Rose riding Virgil stole the show The quiet achiever, Emma Mason, moved up from 8th leading from start to finish, adding nothing to their after dressage to third going into showjumping day. At dressage score of 50.4. “He’s a great horse with a great last year’s Adelaide event Emma held the overnight lead future,” said Shane. “He’s only had a couple of two star but a few rails down on showjumping day put paid to her starts and was a bit green on cross country but if he winning the event – something she was hoping to improve wasn’t sure he just over-jumped a bit but he was great.” on this year. “I will just go out and do the best we can. On show jumping day the crowd ooo’d and ahh’d through He was great today and if we can perform well tomorrow Shane’s round, simply in admiration for the height that I’ll be happy.” The highest mover up the leader board Virgil was giving each fence. However at the last fence from dressage to cross country was Sonja Johnson and the ahh’s moved to ‘arghh’ as Shane missed his stride Parkiarrup Illict Liaison. “He is the cutest thing to ride,” and to his credit this talented six year old, by Vivant, said Sonja. “His little ears just look for the next jump and simply went even higher. “I wouldn’t want to do that too he takes you over them – not bad for a South Australian often. But thankfully he was scopey enough to get me out bred Thoroughbred who used to buck lots of jockeys of trouble.” off! He cruised around the course and towards the end I dropped back to about 400mpm and cantered home Sonja Johnson was once more up in the money, this time (Sonja was one of only two riders to make the time) – so with Rebecca and Simon Bell’s Belfast Mojito who came we know he can gallop.” second in the CCI2*. “He is a really exciting little horse and I have great hopes for him in the future,” said Sonja. With the dressage and show jumping taking place in front In third place was Annabel Armstrong riding Sentry Vision, of the Heritage Grandstand the stage was set for the who is owned by Alex Townsend from Wallaby Hill, NSW. remaining 21 riders. Richard Bruggeman’s course was open and flowing with a few tricky lines and the middle The CIC2* winner was Delago ridden by Christine Bates. part of the treble proving to be the flaw in some good, Jade Findlay rode Alice Scamps-Goodman’s sweet mare almost, clear rounds. Only six combinations managed As Tully into second place, much to the delight of Alice’s to go clear with Stuart Tinney and Panamera, who is by mum Michelle. “Alice has been tied up with exams so we Craig and Prue Barrett’s warmblood stallion Staccato, thought Jade could ride her here, but Jade seems to have being one of them. As Emma then Sonja made their way enjoyed riding her so much we might have trouble getting round the course they both emerged with one rail down her back,” she laughingly said. With the gap between first each which left two rails in hand for Shane Rose and and second being over 16 points the gap between second Taurus. His round started with a slight ‘miss’ at the first and third was to the other extreme with Cassie Lowe and fence, but then the pair settled down and all was looking Contango Columbus being 1.2 behind Jade. Out of the 15 good until fence five where not only did Taurus have a rail combinations to start the CIC2* 10 went clear and under down but a strap on the martingale/breastplate broke or time cross country, while the top four also went clear came undone with the result being the rest of the round showjumping. was jumped with a flapping piece of leather flying around Reports supplied and/or written by Alison Duthie/The Taurus’ chest and legs. The pair emerged with four rails Eventer except where otherwise indicated down and a near win lost, but to have managed to keep going at all was, in itself, quite a remarkable feat and at least Shane could take some comfort from his winning 1) Silver Hills - Shelley Chaundy on Urgent Demand in Preliminary result in the CCI2*. 2) Adelaide - All hands on deck at Adelaide: photo The Eventer 3) Adelaide - Stuart Tinney: photo courtesy Jenny Barnes 4) Emma Mason in the 4 star at Adelaide: photo courtesy Jenny Barnes All eventing photos courtesy Peter Orr, Main Event Photography except where specifically noted 49


Equestrian_NSW_Yearbook_2011
To see the actual publication please follow the link above