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1 2 With scores at the top being very tight on cross country night, those riders who picked up a few time penalties were kicking themselves. Even Emma Mason, who had looked very classy cross country, was not happy to have come home two seconds over the optimum time of 10.12. “I should have kicked on just a bit more,” said Emma, who, like most elite riders, is always aiming for perfection. After Sunday’s trot up 15 combinations went forward to the show jumping phase and after the first few riders had taken down a few poles things started to improve. Seumas Marwood and Wild Oats was the first to give the crowd a clear round and this was followed a few riders later by Sonja Johnson and Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison. Sonja was the only rider in the class to finish on her dressage score. Riding the sparky little chestnut with four very distinctive white socks Sonja looked as if she was riding round a pony club course on cross country day and it was a similar story on show jumping day. Just as Ringwould Jaguar and Sonja were a very unique partnership, Illicit Liaison and Sonja have their own special relationship. I can’t imagine anyone else riding him the way Sonja does and the important thing is that it works. The pair finished overall sixth on a score 51.6. As it got closer to the final three riders there was little room for error and when Megan Jones took a rail down with Allofasudden they slipped back from third to fifth. Emma Scott was unlucky to have a rail with Mustang as they gave all the fences bar one plenty of air but that rail dropped them from second to third. Meanwhile Tim Boland, lying sixth after cross country, had posted a clear round earlier in the competition and then enjoyed watching himself move up the leaderboard to finish second on 50.2. Tim’s score allowed overnight leader Shane Rose to have two rails down and a couple of time penalties and although he was never going to have time penalties he did take his two rails. Thankfully it was only two rails and on a score of 48.6 Shane took home the spoils of winning the Equestrian NSW CCI3*. Virgin Australia CIC2* The CIC2* class, which attracted a field of 37 riders provided it’s own drama and proved (as if proof were needed) what a levelling sport eventing is … one minute you are up the next your down. Shane Rose had two horses in this class: Virgil, with whom he won the CIC2* in Adelaide last year and Wisteria Lane, who he was riding for his wife Niki, during her pregnancy. After dressage day a happy Shane was sitting first and second with Virgil on 43.9 and Wisteria Lane just under three marks behind. Katie Roots, who is a member of the NSWIS Eventing Emerging Talent Squad, riding Trevalgar II was in third place on 47.5. After going clear with Wisteria Lane Shane might have thought he could pull off the one, two in the CIC2* but he had to think again when a fall on Virgil saw him eliminated from the event. “He’s so talented,” said Shane “and I think he just thought he knew what he was doing … and he didn’t. He is still really green and has a lot to learn so it’s all good.” Shane’s fall allowed former NSW rider, now based in Victoria, Robert Palm riding Koko Black to move into the lead after cross country day. Lying fourth on dressage day Rob added no penalties from cross country and repeated a clean performance on Sunday to emerge the winner of the CIC2* class, finishing on his dressage score of 47.8. After running at Equestriad Rob aims to take Koko Black to Melbourne in the CCI2* class. Equitak Excel CIC* Megan Jones blitzed the field in the CIC* class riding Kirby Park Irish Empress. The pair led from start to finish, adding nothing to their dressage score of 42.5 with the closest mark to them being from second place Emma Mason and Poker Face nearly ten marks behind on 52.4. Irish Empress has had her fair share of wins since starting her career in late 2009 and with her mum, Kirby Park Irish Imperial, being full sister to Megan’s late and great campaigner Kirby Park Irish Hallmark it looks like Empress has the right genes to go all the way. 1) SYD 3DE 1Star Emma Mason on Poker Face 2) SYD 3DE 3Star Andrew Cooper on Guest Of Honour Images by Main Event Photography 40


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