Victorious - Stuart Tinney and Vittori
Picture by Jenny Barnes
Even though Stuart won Gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, he has never before won the Adelaide International CCI 4-star class which is one of only six annual events in the world held at this, the highest level of the sport. Stuart has had to settle for the runner-up place on three occasions so was delighted to break this tradition. He said at the completion of his successful ride, “I am relieved, I did not want to finish second again.”
Stuart was partnered by Vettori, a 13-year-old grey gelding owned by Peter and Kathy Ward who have keenly followed Vettori's career and love being part of the sport and they were delighted with their horse's convincing win. Stuart plans to build on his Adelaide 09 success and consolidate with the hope of team selection for the 2010 World Equestrian Games which will be held in Kentucky (USA). This course is said to be demanding but picturesque and a true test for horse and rider.
The home town sweetheart of the Eventing and Team Silver Medallist in Beijing 2008, Megan Jones finished 2nd on her second string horse, the chestnut gelding Kirby Park Allofasudden (pictured below - by Jenny Barnes). Her champion Grey Olympic partner, Kirby Park Irish Jester (pictured below - by Jenny Barnes) came home in third place.
Kirby Park Allofasudden
Kirby Park Irish Jester
Victorian based 2000 Olympian Amanda Howell finished in 4th place on her attractive mare Koyuna Tora Bora and the nimble footed grey has been improving with each outing. This 4 Star placing sets up the chance for Amanda to get to Kentucky for the World Equestrian Games in 2010 - she will have the home state fans hoping she can build on her Adelaide form and be part of the Aussie team in Kentucky. Amanda is also supported by Bates and Horseland and she told me at Equitana (when she got off the dressage simulator at the Horseland stand - pictured right) that they were both so helpful and interested and she was very grateful for all that both companies done for her and their support of the entire Australian Eventing Team when they are to take part in International events.