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3 4 5 A well timed win for Tim and Melbourne - June 8-10, 2012 “I couldn’t be happier,” said Tim Boland after he won the Bates Saddles CCI3* at Melbourne International 3DE riding his own GV Billy Elliott. “I don’t know if we have done enough to put us on a plane to London but at least I’m right up there in contention and from here what will be will be.” Tim led the 3* class from start to finish adding nothing but a few cross country time penalties to a dressage score of 35. “Everyone thinks that to get that score I must have done an amazing test but really it was a typical Billy test, the only difference this weekend was that the judges were brave enough to give us the good marks.” Over six marks behind Tim was Lauren Balcombe riding Kootamootoo. “I was really pleased with his test,” said Lauren. “I hurt my left foot recently and have only been out of the ‘moon boot’ for about a week so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for tomorrow on some of those turns where I need my left leg. Kootamootoo has also had a few problems with ulcers in the past few weeks but he feels much better now so we’ll hopefully go well tomorrow.” Sadly Lauren’s hopes were dashed on Ewan Kellett’s cross country course and she decided to retire at fence seven. Last year’s winners Craig Barrett and Wendela Jamie were back to defend their title and after dressage day they were sitting well up the leader board in third place on a score of 43.6. “The first movement was a little bit off the mark but the rest of the test went well so hopefully if we can go well in the next couple of days we’ll be right up there,” said Craig. Cross country day was one of those overcast, damp, drizzly days that seem to be typical for Melbourne 3DE. “At least it’s not windy,” said one cheery competitor, who then added “and this is the first time it’s rained on cross country day at Melbourne for years.” It certainly was chilly and by the end of the day several riders, spectators and others were left wondering why we don’t head north to Queensland for a warmer 3DE at this time of year. The going on the cross country course held up pretty well for the whole day and although understandably it got muddy and slippery in some areas it was generally felt that once you got to the bottom of the mud the horses found a little more grip. The early part of the CCI3* course caused a few problems to some of the less experienced combinations but generally it rode well with half the field coming home clear. No one managed to make the time but Katja Weimann and BP Gallantry came the closest finishing just one second over the optimum time of 9.35. Unfortunately they maybe paid the price the following day when they took four rails down which dropped them back from fourth to seventh. At the end of cross country day Tim held onto his lead with Craig second and Murray Lamperd, who had clocked up the second fastest round of the day with 1.2 penalties, moved up from seventh after dressage to third. Like Katja, Murray paid the price on show jumping day when the pair took four rails down and dropped back to sixth. The excitement of the weekend came on Monday morning at the 3* trot up when several horses were held including Tim and Craig. There were lots of muttering from the few brave spectators and media who had braved the freezing conditions to watch the trot up and the re-presenting of the horses seemed to take an eternity. Thankfully all the held horses were passed and many onlookers commented that if Craig ever decides to retire from eventing it looks like he could have a great future in the 50m dash, as he demonstrated on his second trot up with Wendela Jamie. Tim admitted he did have a few anxious moments as GV Billy Elliot was held. “He had just moved a shoe on cross country day,” admitted Tim, “so we knew it was nothing more than that but it still gets your heart rate up a bit!” As the CCI3* class started show jumping in the indoor arena it soon became clear that jumping a clean round was not going to be easy as rail after rail fell. The first rider to give the large crowd a good reason to clap was Stuart Tinney riding Orchard Hill. The pair finished in overall fifth place. Shane Rose and APH Mortiz had finished fourth on dressage day and dropped back to fifth on cross country day after picking up 12 time penalties. However a clear round on show jumping saw them move up the order to finish second as other riders above them had problems. Craig and Wendela Jamie didn’t enjoy the best round and despite Jamie jumping well in the warm up arena the pair took down three rails and slipped back behind Shane into third place. 35


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