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The Rock-itt : October 2011
Tarraleah Park for the best dressage score. They held onto the lead with a clear cross country ahead of Lauren Balcomb from Duffy's Forest NSW riding Kootamootoo and 2008 Silver Medallist Shane Rose from W erombi NSW on the lovely Il Vici who luckily failed as a racehorse in Gai Waterhouse's stables. Shane's stallion Statford Neo was closest to the optimum time on cross country scoring a bonus prize of $250 and sat in fourth place before knocking two rails in the show jumping moving them down to fifth. Shane returned to the arena on Il Vici who showed amazing scope to finish clear and was the fastest over the course to claim yet another $250 bonus prize. Lauren Balcomb also had a great round keeping her score the same and giving Natalie no room for error. Just a Blonde had two rails and Natalie had to settle for 4th place behind Lauren, Il Vici in 2nd and Wilhelm Enzinger from Macclesfield VIC on TS Jamaimo who also finished on his dressage score. Kirby Delam ont from Berrima NSW was 6th overall and was also the highest placed junior winning the Racenet Bloodstock Junior division. Wilhelm, who is no stranger to the top levels in eventing, competing in the Adelaide 4* class no less than 5 tim es, led the Equitak Excel 1* from the outset on W enlock Aquifier and the top five places didn't change after dressage. Second placed Emma Mason from Kulnura NSW had a rail in the show jumping with Poker Face but her dressage score gave her room for error and she stayed ahead of the highest placed Racenet Bloodstock junior Juana Andreou from Warrandyte South in Victoria who finished third overall. Tim Boland and Shane Rose also featured in the winners' line again with fourth and fifth on Umunga and Virgil respectively. The Horseland Junior Teams event, made up of 1* and Pre Novice riders, was won by team PP Cool Sun Malibu consisting of Juana Andreou (Vic), Taylor Robertson (NSW), Madeleine Prell (NSW) and Olivia Kamper (NSW). The Ewan Kellet cross country course was most influential in the Over The Top Equipment Pre Novice class. Of 27 riders, just 8 went clear within the time. Lauren Balcomb led the class after dressage on the lovely thoroughbred Double Dare but a refusal at the SIEC Picnic combination added 20 penalties to her score. Dominic Ingvall from Calga NSW was riding down on Corambo which automatically added 10 penalties to their score of 41.40 in the dressage giving her 2nd place as she hit out cross country. Time penalties saw her finish 4th overall. Sandra Lucas from Windsor Downs NSW added 1.6 time penalties from cross country to her dressage score with Diamond Affair but still moved into first place which she kept with no rails in the show jumping. Shane Rose, who took time out of his busy schedule before Contenda's dressage test to talk to the Pony Club tour being hosted by Amy Graham, finished in second place on his dressage score with the lovely stallion. Alexandra Townsend from Wallaby Hill NSW had two rails to slide back into 5th on Vamoose and Taylor Robertson from Pitt Town NSW, the highest placed rider in the Racenet Bloodstock Junior division, was 6th overall. Also on the weekend's program was the Telstra Young Event Horse Championships. Winners from the three age groups returned to the arena together for a final judging by Wayne Roycroft and Dressage Judge Winks Armstrong. With direct involvement as a rider and coach in 8 of Australia's 11 Olympic medals Wayne is very qualified to judge the Eventing stars of the future. He discussed each horse with the enthusiasts watching the supreme champion event before announcing the chosen winner. Western Australian Jessamy Walsh's lovely 4