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Craig Hits a New High at Adelaide - November 14-17, 2012 Some riders are lucky enough to win a big title early in their career while others work away for years, coming close, but never quite winning an event at the highest level. Craig Barrett has certainly put in the years of hard work and at the HSBC Australian International 3 Day Event he received a title he was probably deserving of several years earlier. At the beginning of the week 18 riders were on the list of starters in the CCI4* but by the first horse inspection that number had dropped to 15 with the withdrawal of Chris Height, Jessica Rae and Megan Jones. Megan had been hoping that Adelaide could be the swan song for her long time partner Kirby Park Irish Jester but a slight muscle strain meant that wasn’t to be. Instead Megan used the occasion to officially ‘retire’ her much loved grey horse – but more about that later. Shane Rose produced the winning dressage test with APH Moritz managing to keep a lid on what can often be an exuberant personality. “I was really pleased. His walk can get pretty tense and he has been known to be on two legs for the rein back, but not today thankfully” admitted Shane who scored 45.8. Less than two marks behind Shane was Craig Barrett riding Helen and Henry Hicks’ Wendela Jamie. “I don’t think I could have got a better test out of him,” said Craig after leaving the arena with a big smile on his face. “I’m pleased with both my horses. Sparkle was really good too, although she did have a little spook coming towards the judges car, but she is only a few marks behind so now we have to go out and perform just as well tomorrow.” Third at the end of dressage day was Stuart Tinney riding Pluto Mio who was so dazzlingly white against the sun. 1 2 Due to the predicted heat the courses for both the 2* and the 4* were reduced a little and the last fence moved so that the horses pulled up alongside the cooling down area. There were plenty of vets on hand to keep a close eye on all the horses coming in and with misting fans in the marquee, water sprays outside the marquee and a seemingly endless supply of ice the horses certainly had ever chance to recover well. Everyone (that I spoke to anyway) agreed that Wayne Copping’s cross country course was certainly up to four star level and it was going to take a good combination to get round clear, let alone under the time. Although the going on certain areas of the track still needs to be addressed plenty had been done to improve the track on previous years – thanks to the input from the Adelaide City Council. British visitor and HSBC Ambassador William Fox-Pitt who had hoped to run a horse at Adelaide (before quarantine issues got in the way) seemed almost relieved he wasn’t riding. “I think it’s a tough track and there are a lot of changes underfoot as you gallop along. Craig Barrett set off as first horse out on Saturday morning riding Sandhills Brillaire and the pair finished clear and just two seconds over the optimum time of 10 minutes 8 seconds. “She was great,” Craig said. “She backed off a little bit coming into the water and as she can be a bit of a woman I didn’t want to hassle her so I just sat there and waited for her to work out what she had to do and she did it. I was really pleased to finish the course just two seconds over the time although when I spoke to Oliver on Saturday night (Craig’s son) he wasn’t impressed that I was over the time!” With Sparkle finished for the day Craig got ready for his second ride of the day, this time riding Wendela Jamie. Sadly the elation felt on his first ride couldn’t be emulated by his second and the pair retired a couple of fences from home. 1) Murray Lamperd and Under the Clocks at HSBC Adelaide CCI4* 2) Kirby Park Irish Jester take their final fence at HSBC Adelaide 3) Adelaide cooling after cross country Images by ESJ Photo, JSL Photography and The Eventer 3 48


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