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1 2 3 4 Although many spectators might have expected the less experienced riders to have problems on the course I don’t think anyone expected cross country day to finish with two of Australia’s Olympic riders out of the competition – but that is exactly what happened! After Crystal Conning came home adding 40 penalties to her dressage score Stuart Tinney got under way with Pluto Mio. The pair was looking good until they got to fence 13, the SATC Water Crossing, which would prove to be the ‘bogey’ fence of the class. After jumping a big bounce into the water the horses cantered through and out of the water over the island before going back into the water where they jumped fence 13, a skinny roll top with brush on top. After attacking the bounce in, several riders kept that momentum up through the water but as they came off the island and were faced with the skinny brush many horses ran straight past the fence. Certainly as Pluto Mio emerged from the dark shadows of the island into the bright sunshine he didn’t even look like he had seen the fence. On their second approach the talented grey still didn’t read it and Stuart decided to call it a day. From that point on five other riders suffered problems at that fence and while the majority clocked up penalties for a run off Robert Palm and Koko Black could at least console themselves with being in good company as they walked back home after being eliminated for three stops. Shane’s problems started at fence 5 when he picked up 20 penalties at the B element of the Prydes Easifeed Hayracks. After negotiating the water and getting close to the end of the course Shane picked up another 20 at the C element of the Advertiser sponsored fence 26. At that point Shane knew Mortiz was not enjoying the experience in the hot conditions and although he was just a few fences from home decided to save this undoubtedly talented horse for another day. Fence 26 was on a left hand bend where you jumped a corner fence followed by a log fence then a brush oxer with the brush higher on the left hand side, just asking for a run out right. While this fence caused Shane problems John Twomey’s magnificent jumping machine Highly Recommended (who had also been one of those to have a run out at the water) really came into his own, taking on the highest part of the fence and clearing it with ease. Sadly Highly Recommended wasn’t able to complete the event after failing the vet’s inspection on Sunday morning. 1) Will Enzinger and Flowervale Maserati winners of HSBC Adelaide CCI 2 star 5 2) Craig Barrett signs autographs 3) Shane Rose accepts the Anna Savage Memorial Trophy 4) Megan Jones makes an emotional address to the crowd as she retires Jester 5) Craig Barrett winner of the HSBC Adelaide 4 star competition 6) Craig Barrett and Sandhills Brillaire CCI4* showjumping Images by ESJ Photography, JSL Photography and The Eventer 6 49


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