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3 4 Equestriad - May 26-27, 2012 What a wonderful weekend Equestriad Eventing provided for everyone. In years gone by I have made comments about the bouncy castle and the face painting but this year Equestriad went well beyond the children’s attractions. There were more trade stands with a variety of things to buy, if only I had the time to look. There was the big screen close to the main arena showing footage of the majority of the cross country course. There was the marquee in the middle of the main arena, which gave the riders some anxious moments as it blew in the wind on Saturday. Everywhere you looked there was something happening. And then when you walked across the bridge to get to the second water complex you realised there was, what appeared to be, another whole event. It was, of course, part of the same event but there were horses, floats, yards, show jumping arenas as far as you dared to look. It was impressive to say the least and as if to celebrate the event the local flying club had small planes doing loop the loops and nose dives through the air, much to the delight of the many children who had come along to Equestriad. With 35 starters in the Bates Saddles CIC3* the class was always going to exciting and it certainly was. Tim Boland and GV Billy Elliot led the dressage, which they have done on many previous occasions this year but the test at Equestriad didn’t look as classy as we have seen it before. Some areas of the test just looked a little untidy and marks would have been lost as a result. However all the horses did their tests in pretty windy conditions, which would have made it hard to focus on the job in hand. Tim scored 41.7, nearly five marks ahead of second placed Lauren Balcomb riding Kootamootoo. The rider who took the lead after cross country was Equestriad’s own human dynamo, Shane Rose. Shane had two horses in the CIC3* class, Statford Neo and APH Moritz and managed clear rounds on both of them which left him in first and fifth place respectively. Megan Jones and Kirby Park Allofasudden were another combination who blitzed round the course only picking up 3.2 time penalties, which moved them up from fifth after dressage into second place going into show jumping. “He was just great,” admitted Megan. “So straight, so honest and so easy to ride. He is probably one of the most experienced horses at this level who is in Australia at the moment and I just really enjoy riding him.” John Twomey, who many will remember as having a horrible fall at Sydney three day event in 2011, was delighted with his run in the CIC3* riding Wade Equine Highly Recommended. Going into show jumping John was nicely positioned in third place, less than a fence behind Shane Rose. The atmosphere at Equestriad is always good and as the final three star riders show jumped you could have almost heard a pin drop. John and Highly Recommended never looked liked hitting a fence and finished their weekend on their dressage score and then it was a sit and wait game. Megan and ‘Floyd’ jumped like it was just another day at the office and their clear round left Shane in no doubt that he had to jump clear if he was going to win. Sadly Statford Neo tried but one rail fell and the pair had to be content with finishing ‘their’ event in third place. 5 37


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