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1 2 The Sun Shines at Lynton - (After the Snow Melts,) October 12-13, 2012 The Baxter Boots NSW Eventing State Championships was a unique event. There was drama, action, excitement, tension and that was all before the event had even started! After the snow of a couple of years ago I don’t think anyone really thought there could be a repeat performance, but I think it is now official that this event will be known as the ‘Eventing Snow Championships’. Ten days prior to the event I was out at Lynton and the weather was perfect, blue skies and sunshine with the going a little on the firm side. Thanks to Friday’s snow the parking turned into a nightmare as trucks were pulled in by tractors and the dressage arenas turned into muddy rectangles. Neil Kennedy made the brave and necessary decision that a road had to be put down in the parking paddock if trucks and floats were going to have any chance of getting in. “There was no choice,” admitted Neil. “If we couldn’t get people in we couldn’t run the event … and we weren’t going to cancel. So I phoned a local company who sent out truckloads of road base, which was packed down. I lost count of how many trucks came out and I dread to think how much it is going to cost but there was no other choice.” By Friday afternoon the snow was melting, as were the snowmen built by children and adults alike, although keen children still found enough to play with on Saturday. By Saturday the sun came out, the wind stayed away and the going for cross country was pretty good and by Sunday everyone was searching for their hats and sunblock. It was certainly a weekend that people will remember! Lynton has run a CIC for several years but this year, for the first time a CCI3* and CCI* was provided. Although numbers in these classes were small it is hoped that this will improve over the next few years. Robert Palm led the Baxter Boots CCI3* class from start to finish on Koko Black. He started with a dressage score of 56 and added four time penalites from cross country – by far the fastest in the class and took down one show jump. This left him at the top of the leaderboard, ten marks ahead of second placed Jessica Rae and Plenary Indulgence. With 23 riders in the Baxter Boots CIC3* it was easier to get excited about who was doing what. As it turned out it was once again the dressage leader who went on to win the class – in this case Stuart Tinney riding Pluto Mio. “He did a nice test, considering the muddy conditions, and jumped a good cross country round and we finished up with a clear show jumping round, so I’m pretty happy,” said Stuart. “I think the organisers have done a great job and the snow on Friday probably helped with the going out there on cross country so that was a good thing.” 3 4 44


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