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Adelaide International Horse Trials

43,500 See Blundell Maintain Horse Trials Lead

New South Wales rider Natalie Blundell, riding Billy Bathgate, leads the inaugural Santos 4-star competition at the Adelaide International Horse Trials after the completion of today’s cross country phase.

Blundell, who was leading after yesterday’s dressage, lost only three time penalty points today, to finish on 73 points.

That gives her a lead of 22 points over South Australian rider Tara Trebilcock, of Stirling, riding Lewis.

In third place is Sam Lyle, of New South Wales, riding Foxground Findara, on 104 points.

Ideal weather conditions drew a crowd estimated at 43,500 to Adelaide’s east parklands for the TAB cross country phase of the Adelaide International Horse Trials today.

In the TAB 3-star competition, New South Wales rider Prue Barrett, riding Wendela Jackamin, on 74 penalty points, maintained her grip on the competition with a clear round today.

16 points behind, in second place, is Sammi McLeod, of NSW, riding Kibah Pinnacle.

In third place is Shane Rose, also of NSW, riding Kianga, with 97 penalty points.

South Australia’s Wendy Schaeffer rocketed into fourth place – up from 25th place after the dressage – with a clear round today on her mount, Koyuna Sun-Glo. Schaeffer is on 110 points.

The event will wind up with the showjumping phase at Victoria Park racecourse from 11.30 a.m. tomorrow.