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ADELAIDE once again proved itself a top-class vanue with the extremely successful staging of the Australian
International Three Day Event -- one of ony six four-star events in the world and the only one held in the
southern hemisphere. The event continues to prove itself as the country's premier equestrian competition
and, despite record heatwave conditions, it attracted a huge crowd to Rymill Park. JULIE PAUL was there to
take the photographs.
Another triumph for Adelaide's
CLEAR: No problems at all for Dominic Jones, Adelaide Hills, riding
Connor Shea over the "hedgehog".
UP AND DOWN: It was a weekend of
fluctuating fortunes for Victorian rider Emily
Anker and Keniski. Keniski was very full of
himself in the dressage phase and gave Emily
some bad moments with his over-exuberant
behaviour, which racked up a large penalty
score. Emily, to her credit, remained calm and
finished the test. The next day her
perseverance was rewarded with a clear
cross-country round in excellent time, which
saw her move from 28th place up to eighth.
Her happiness was short-lived, when Keniski
was vetted out at the trot-up on Sunday.
WORTHY WINNER: Olympian Stuart Tinney, Maraylya, NSW, on
Vettori was a popular winner of the four-star event, having been
runner up on two previous occasions.
TRICKY COMBINATION: The "Double of
Ducks" combination caused the downfall of
a number of expertienced competitors with
its tricky placing and sharp angle. Situated
about five strides after the water complex,
the 'ducks' comprised two identical fences
with one stride in between, but sharply
offset. Most of the bolder riders went for an
angled approach to save time, but some
horses chose to run out of the second
element. Riders who went later in the order
of riding tended to opt for the slower but
safer route, making a loop between the
fences to give a straighter approach.
SAFELY THROUGH: Eventual fourth
placegetter, Amanda Howell, of Victoria, riding
Koyuna Tora Bora, chose the slower route and
cleared the double easily.
HIGH FLYER: Local rider Wendy Schaeffer
deserves full credit for fitness and skill, as she
guided three horses around the course in
gruelling heat. She is pictured here riding
Koyuna Sun Shine.
KEEPING UP: It's hard keeping up with the
eventing Joneses. This is Luke Jones,
Adelaide Hills, riding Soul. Luke and Soul
moved from 26th place after the dressage to
third after an excellent cross-country round.
They eventually finished fifth, after two rails
down in the showjumping phase.
SELECTORS' CHOICE: All eventing
enthusiasts remember Gill Rolton's much-
loved dual Olympic gold medal winner
Peppermint Grove. This year's Peppermint
Grove Memorial Trophy for the Australian
Horse of the Year, as voted by the national
selectors, was won by Megan Jones' Kirby
Park Irish Jester. Megan and Jester are
pictured receiving the trophy from Greg and
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