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The Rock-itt : June 2012
Rose eyes off a spot to London with a win in Sydney The Sydney International Three Day Event ended in an Olympic selection showdown on Sunday 29 April with the Show Jumping phase at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. 10 Australian based Olympic hopefuls plus 7 up and coming riders gave spectators a thrilling fnish in the Equestrian NSW CCI3*. With only 6 penalties separating the top 4 riders the pressure was on leader Shane Rose whose record with Taurus in the show jumping phase has been inconsistent in the past. Shane Rose from Werombi NSW, led the competition after an expressive and powerful dressage test on warmblood Taurus that scored 72.93%. At just 9 years of age, Taurus is considered young in elite Eventing, but his record so far in 2012, 3 major wins including the Trans Tasman Title in Kihikihi New Zealand, show that he is more than ready for the challenge. They maintained their lead with a clear cross country round over the Mike Etherington-Smith designed track that was completed exactly to optimum time. Taurus never faltered at the direct lines and tough questions asked by the course and Shane rode with the confdence an Olympian should display. After a disappointing Show Jumping round in the Adelaide 4* last November, Shane has spent some months working on this phase with Taurus. They entered the ring, in front of an impressive crowd that line all four edges of the arena with 2 rails in hand. The crowd groaned as the frst rail fell and held their breath as the second one came down, but the rest remained in place giving Shane the victory, just. With only fve spots up for grabs on the Australian Eventing Team bound for the London Olympics and Sydney’s top fve places separated by only two penalty points, selection is set to be tough. The warm up class for the Equiline Greater Sydney World Cup Qualifer on Saturday afternoon was won by young gun Tom McDermott on Carol Mason’s CP Rolex who blitzed a very experienced feld. Tom returned to the arena on Sunday for the fnal class of the weekend, the World Cup Qualifer hoping to add yet another title to his growing collection in what is his frst year of World Cup level competition. CP Romantic Dream had one down in the frst but was fast and clear in the 2nd, putting pressure on the clear riders from the frst round Alison Rowland, David Dobson (both from Western Australia), Chris Chugg Glossodia NSW) and Sheridan Manuel (Gleneagle, QLD). Only he WA contingent went clear in both rounds, with Alison on Bickley Brook Bella faster in a time of 48.14 seconds giving her the victory and all the prizes)! David and Akon were second with Tom on the Tripp family’s Romantic Dream was third. Volunteers play a vital role in making the Sydney International Three-Day Event possible. With more en 100 volunteers from as young s15toasoldas80plusweare roud to have such a diverse group f dedicated equestrian enthusiasts ho give up their time before, uring and after the event for free. hanks to our sponsors Virgin ustralia, Dublin Boots and Equitak xcel we were once again able to ffer our Virgin Australia Volunteer ucky Draw. This year four long erm volunteers were our lucky inners. st Prize of a Virgin Australia omestic Return Economy airfare ent to Jack Wilson, 2nd Prize a air of Dublin Boots to Dr Matt avis, 3rd Prize a pair of Dublin oots to Liz Jones and 4th Prize an Equitak Excel Pack to Alex McNaught. Story by Rachel Smith Photos by Furdography Equestrian Feature from Furdography