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3 4 Sydney International Three Day Event - April 26-28, 2012 There may have only been 18 riders who started the Equestrian NSW CCI3* at Sydney but the weekend was still pretty exciting. We saw Shane Rose continue his great run of success when he took out the win ahead of Tim Boland and GV Billy Elliot. But the success was not without a few sharp intakes of breath, as Taurus didn’t jump as cleanly as we would have all liked to have seen in the show jumping phase. We saw drama in the first trot up of the 3* when several horses were held before being re-presented and thankfully passing on the second attempt. Indeed it was interesting to see some of those horses that had looked a little ‘off’ at Friday’s trot up look much better on Sunday morning. On dressage day Tim Boland and GV Billy Elliot stole the early part of the show with a test that saw him earn 43.8. We have all really come to expect Billy Elliot to produce a stunning test and he didn’t disappoint at Sydney. However when Shane Rose and Taurus entered the arena, looking very dapper in their new tails from Equiline Italia, they made everyone believe from the start this would be a winning test and it was. With dressage over all the attention was turned toward the Mike Etherington-Smith cross country course. “We had to go to plan B with the course,” explained Mike “because of all the rain this area had in recent months. We had a new water complex all designed and ready to go but we just couldn’t do the work so that will have to wait until next time. That said I’m still very happy with the way the course has come together and I think any combinations who want to impress selectors will be taking all the direct routes out there.” The course brought mixed reactions from our elite riders, from one who felt it was really tough to another who felt it was on the easy side. The scoreboard would seem to reflect that it was the latter with only one rider having a stop, one being eliminated and one opting to retire. By the end of cross country day Shane was still in the lead having gone around clear and under time, as did four other riders. One of those was Emma Scott, riding Mustang, who pulled up from fourth to second, while Megan Jones and Kirby Park Allofasudden remained in their overnight third place. Christine Bates, who had suffered a nasty fall cross country in Kihikihi three weeks prior to Sydney was back on form with Adelaide Hill, determined to show the selectors just what she could do. 5 6 39


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