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2012 Be the Influence Equestrian Grand Final New South Wales riders shone at the 2012 ‘Be the Influence’ Equestrian Grand Final taking home the exhibition eventing and dressage titles for the second year running. The three day, multi-discipline equestrian event was held at EQUITANA Melbourne and gathered Australia’s most prominent horse and rider combinations in the Olympic disciplines of dressage, jumping and exhibition eventing. Olympian Shane Rose kept his undefeated exhibition eventing record intact when he triumphed over a world class field which included fellow New South Wales riders Olympic gold medallist Stuart Tinney and 2010 Badminton Champion Paul Tapner. Rose was sitting in fifth position after the dressage phase but clinched victory from hometown rider Seumas Marwood when he produced a faultless jumping round and successfully cleared the joker fence to have four penalties wiped from his score. In the dressage, Heath Ryan also continued his winning streak at the event taking home the title for the second consecutive year. Scoring 71.750%, his test was met with loud applause from the large crowd which had gathered in the Grand Pavilion at Melbourne Showgrounds to watch some of Australia’s best combinations perform in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Earlier in the week, the Heatherbrae rider also took out the Grand Prix. Sharon Slater was the best placed New South Wales rider in the jumping final after she produced two very smart rounds under the lights of the Grand Pavilion. Slater produced a clear and fast second round which put pressure on first round leader Alison Rowland. A rail down in the first round to Slater proved the only difference and she finished in second position overall. 1) Edwina Tops-Alexander and Cevo Ito du Chateau – 2012 London Olympic Games, credit Kit Houghton, FEI 2) 2nd qualifier for Edwina Tops-Alexander, credit Ken Braddick, FEI 3) Rob Oakley – 2012 London Paralympic Games, credit Liz Gregg, FEI 4) Carl Hester and Uthopia – Great Britain, London Olympic Games, credit Kit Houghton, FEI 5) Chris Burton – Holstein Park Leilani – 2012 London Olympic Games, credit Ken Braddick, FEI 6) Kristy Oatley and Ronan II – 2012 London Olympic Games, credit FEI, credit Ken Braddick, FEI 7) Andrew Hoy and Rutherglen – 2012 London Olympic Games 8) Main Stadium Greenwich, London, credit FEI 9) Shane Rose and APH Moritz – Equitana Grand Final, credit Michelle Terlato Photography 9 57


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