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Cyberhorse 2008
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Adelaide International 3 DE 2009 - Stuart Tinney Wins


Australian International 3 Day Event
13,14 and 15 November 2009
Story by Berni Saunders  ...  Pictures by Jenny Barnes

In heatwave conditions NSW rider Stuart Tinney took top honours in the most prestigious and demanding Eventing competition in the Southern Hemisphere when he won the CCI **** at the Australian International Three-Day Event, conducted in Adelaide he rode the gutsy grey Vittori.

Victorious - Stuart Tinney and Vittori
Picture by Jenny Barnes

The 4 Star class really tested the competitors with only 16 of the 31 starters finishing the three day competition which was hailed as one of the toughest courses in the history of eventing. The riders were expecting the course builder to test their skill, but the oppressive heat could not be factored into their preparation strategy - it has been the hottest November on record and was bound to effect some combinations more than others!

 Bates Saddles Australia and Horseland have had a long term relationship with Stuart Tinney and both Australian companies were enormously proud of his outstanding achievement. 

A Bates spokesperson told Cyberhorse, "We are all delighted with Stuart and Vettori's win, truly well deserved after all their hardwork, this experienced combination really excelled giving Stuart the opportunity to show his skills over the testing cross country phase - we are even more proud that he was riding in a Bates Elevation."

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.

The Aussie Team (Pic Jenny Barnes)

 The Australian Team, including Tinney, Jones, and fellow Olympic medallists Sonja Johnson and Wendy Schaeffer won the Trans-Tasman Trophy back from the Kiwis who had prevailed at the previous contest in Taupo (NZL) 2007.

Bad luck for the New Zealand Team when their well credentialed  Helaan Tompkins failed to post the necessary three scores after her horse was disqualified in the Dressage.  Kiwi Clarke Johnstone was a casualty of the difficult cross-country course and was eliminated.  The two remaining members of the New Zealand team Jenna Mahoney and Blair Richardson finished well in 8th and 9th position respectively.  Clarke Johnstone had more luck on his second (non-team) horse Orient Express and finished in 6th place.

 In the CCI** 2-Star competition, Emma Scott from New South Wales took out first place by less than one penalty point (50.00) on her horse Jenbern Monyana.  Victorian Katja Weimann and Pluto Mio lost their 2 day lead by just one fence for a final score of 50.40.

Emma Scott and Jenbern Monyana

Both girls rode precise dressage tests and went cross country recording no faults.  It was down to the wire and just one fence cost Katja and her lovely grey Pluto Mio their lead.  Emma is no stranger to success and has established that Jenbern Monyana has the talent to go on to greater things and that she has the talented and dedication to partner him to success at higher levels.

Shane Rose on Koko Black (Pic: Jenny Barnes) was third in the
 CCI** on a final score of 51.60.  Shane is another rider who works
closely with Bates and Horseland and has told me what this
means.  "Without our sponsors and supporters, success
would be difficult, I am very grateful to all of my support crew!"

17 year old Victorian Andrew Helestine and Warrego Windchester had a dream run and proved their strength in the jumping phases when they took out first place in the CIC** competition.  They were placed 24th after the first day dressage and put in a sensational round on the cross country course with no jumping faults and just 1.2 time faults.  The final days showjumping was again fault free and this gave Andrew a final score of 68.40. 

Andrew Helestine and Warrego Windchester (Pic: Jenny Barnes)

Beijing Olympian Shane Rose (above - Pic: Jenny Barnes) came into day 3 as the progressive winner, and the 8 jumping faults he accrued in the showjumping phase cost him the lead, by the smallest margin (68.50). 

Third place went to Claudia Graham ... and it was great to see Park Street Vision back on track and living up to his potential.  Claudia has covered all bases to see her horse in peak form and it is great to see her and the talented "Parker" in the top placings. (Claudia Graham and Park Street Vision, pictured above by Jenny Barnes)

CCI **** Results
CCI ** Results
CIC ** - Results

For More Pictures Go To Jenny Barnes Photography

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