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The arrowhead which was situated one stride after coming out of the water was the subject of much discussion between riders and officials with the outcome being that only one rider tackled and jumped the fence successfully. That rider was the winner of the class, John Twomey and Highly Recommended. This talented pair popped into the water, took short four strides up the bank, one good stride and over the arrowhead - how easy they made it look! Shane Rose had two rides in the CIC3*, one being APH Moritz whose dressage was a little tense but he went on to jump clear both cross country and show jumping, finishing second behind John. His second ride was Virgil who showed his in-experience at this level when he had a stop at fence six - Centaur’s Leap a big ditch and brush. Before tackling the fence for a second time Shane decided to jump one of the lower level brush fences next to the 3* fence to build the horses confidence prior to jumping his own fence again. This strategy worked well and Shane, who was the last rider in the class and holds high hopes for this horse, continued to ‘school’ his way around the rest of the course, going clear but picking up 77.2 time penalties. It’s not very often you see Shane at the bottom of the leader board on a score close to 150 but hopefully in a few years to come the score will make for a good story when Virgil wins a big CCI4*. Emma Mason was very happy with her win on Poker Face in the Horseland CIC2* especially when the cross country course put paid to the chances of over half the field. The problems for many riders started early on in the course with Kirsty Wosik suffering a nasty fall with General Po at fence five (the Oxer Max). Kirsty was taken to hospital and it was later revealed she had suffered a broken rib. Fences seven and eight caused problems for eight riders, one of which was Natalie Blundell riding Girl with a Curl. “Just not our day,” said a philosophical Natalie who, along with eight other riders, ended up with an E on the board. Several riders felt that the horses (and riders) couldn’t see the oxer until they were almost on it as it was situated round a corner. “I don’t think the fence itself was a bad fence,” said one rider “I just don’t think it was situated in the best place.” 1) Berrima 1 star, Rebecca Swinton on Over the Limit at the Berrima Flyer 2) Berrima 3 star, Bella Mowbray and Star Vision 3) Shane Rose and APH Moritz ready for CIC3 star dressage test at Berrima 4) John Twomey and Wade Equine Highly Recommended, winners of CIC 3 star at Canberra 5) Mitchell Peulic winner of Eva105 at Canberra with Kate McKenzie 6) Michelle Hasibar and Biscuit at Canberra 7) Canberra no volunteer is too small Images by The Eventer and Main Event Photography 4 5 6 7 47


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