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The Rock-itt : June 2010
Venue: Sydney International Equestrian Centre, Horsley Park 7-9 May, 2010 The weekend 7-9 May was a very exciting one for the equestrian world as both the Eventing and Show Jumping World Cups were held simultaneously in Sydney. The weekend was packed with amazing horse events to thrill all tastes. There were even some novelty events such as the Saturday evening BareBack Show Jumping to provide some light relief. This was held in the magnificent indoor arena under lights, some competitors even dressed up for the occasion. The winner, Rhys Stone riding a young four year old mare (female) horse jumped a record height of 1.70m!!! Jess Stalling won the fancy dress and managed still to clear 1.50m plus in her outrageous costume. Winners of the main events were as follows: Christopher Burton (from Sydney) won the Eventing World Cup riding Holstein Park Leilani. Jamie Kermond won the Show Jumping World Cup riding Colthaga. Later this year Kentucky, US will be the venue for the World Equestrian Games which runs every four years like the Olympics, except two years offset with the Olympic cycle. Both these riders will now be in serious contention for a spot on the team after their spectacular results. Local junior rider, Stephanie Mackillop from Terrey Hills (pictured), came fifth in the Junior Division of Show Jumping alongside some of Australia's best junior riders. Local senior rider, Selina Madeleine from Dee Why came eleventh in the Pre Novice Eventing Division riding Samsara Alchemy. Local senior rider, Jane Robinson made her debut performance on her home bred mare, Hail, in the Preliminary Eventing Division. What 'Eventing' means... The HSBC FEI World CupTM Eventing is a linked series which aims to unite all corners of the international Eventing community. It is organised annually as a series of three-star level CIC qualifiers. It began in August 2002 and the first Australian leg of the series was held in Sydney in 2009. The series is supported by HSBC. The HSBC FEI World CupTM Eventing Series includes 12 events in 10 countries across three continents. The first test is Dressage, which comprises a set sequence of compulsory movements in an arena 20m wide and 60m long. At World Cup level the test is judged by three international judges who are looking for balance, rhythm, suppleness and most importantly, obedience of the horse and its harmony with the rider. By DaveTozer.com.au Photos by Rachel Smith at www.furdography.com.au where all the photos of the event can be viewed