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1 2 As Tim entered the arena he was in the comfortable position of having four rails in hand. However this is eventing and sometimes there is just no knowing what will happen as Edith Kane found out when she unfortunately suffered a fall in the show jumping phase and was eliminated. But Tim had none of those thoughts in his head as he started his round and as they cleared the first fence the crowd gasped at the height Billy Elliot jumped. The pair continued on to give each fence so much air that they could have been a foot higher and they would have still jumped clear. The crowd burst into appreciative applause as the pair finished what could only be described as a superb show jumping round. Was it good enough to make the London team? … Who knows … but I know we all felt we had just witnessed a potential gold medal performance. The Melbourne committee ran a CNC3* to give the shadow squad riders who had decided not to run in the CCI3* a nice outing as part of their Olympic preparations. The class attracted seven riders although only four of those decided to run cross country. (Running cross country or not was the riders choice). The dressage test was the Olympic test and it took place outside in a somewhat wet sandy arena. Shane Rose and Taurus led the dressage on a score of 43.6, while the scores for the next few riders, Megan Jones, Natalie Blundell, Emma Scott, Christine Bates and Emma Mason all ranged from 49.2 to 49.7. Stuart and Pluto Mio just slipped into the 50’s with 50.8. From here the CNC class get’s somewhat complicated to explain… The riders who chose to run cross country did so over a shortened CCI2* course and while two of the riders popped around that track fine the other two had maybe misunderstood which bit of the course they had to do and jumped a few other 2* fences. At the end of the day all four horses went out, jumped some fences and had a bit of a blow, which essentially was what they required. The show jumping, like the dressage, took place outside, it was just a shame that the spectators didn’t know it was happening as I’m sure many would have been keen to move from the indoor, where the CCIJ* class had just finished, to watch our potential Olympic riders. Who won? Well the outcome was really immaterial but I think it was Stuart Tinney and Pluto Mio “He came from last to first,” laughed Karen Tinney, adding “maybe we could just pretend that this was like our own mini Olympics and we have just won the gold medal!” The win for Mattea Davidson in the Logan Floats CCI2* came as a bit of a shock. “I’m really happy. My horse Fairbanks Cargo has been on good form lately so I expected him to be competitive but a win is never easy so it’s the icing on the cake.” Mattea, from Queensland, had taken time off from her ‘day’ job as a vet to make the long trek south and after dressage day was sitting in a very handy third place. Ahead of her was second placed Robert Palm on Koko Black and the leader Emma Mason riding Poker Face. A large field of 68 riders started off in the RACV Farm Insurance CCI* with full time coach and rider Natalie Davies winning the class on the thoroughbred El Grado. In the Equitak Excel CCIJ* Victorian junior Naomi White led the class from start to finish riding her own TB x Clydesdale x Arab, Mighty Tosca. Although the pair weren’t the fastest cross country (picking up 4.4 time penalties) they jumped a great clear round on show jumping day to emerge the clear winner almost 10 marks ahead of second place Sheridan Sullivan riding Talent Thyme. Several juniors showed off their talent by finishing on their dressage scores and one of those was overall third placed rider Alice Scamps-Goodman riding the Percheron x TB, As Tully. Alice shot up the leader board from 12th after dressage to finish just 0.8 behind Sheridan on a score of 60.8. 1) Lauren Balcomb and Kootamooto at the CCI 3* class horse inspection at Melbourne 3DE 2) Tim Boland and GV Billy Elliot winners of the Melbourne 3DE CCI*** class 3) Health Ryan and Gold Lady Cocoon at Equestriad EvA105 4) Chloe Blackwell and Bella in the EvA60 class at Equestriad 5) Natalie Blundelll and Algebra in Equestriad CIC3* class Images by The Eventer and Main Event Photography 36


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