More than 100 entries have been received for Australia’s premier equestrian event, which takes place from Friday 3 November to Sunday 6 November 2016.
Entries for the CCI**** include Rio Olympic Bronze medalist and Sydney Olympic Gold medallist Stuart Tinney, Rio Olympic Bronze medalist and Beijing Olympic Silver medalist Shane Rose, as well New Zealand rider Andrew Daines who is competing at the event for the first time.
British rider Oliver Townend is making the trip to Australia and be one to watch in the RM Williams CIC3* – a new class for the event in 2016 – on Tim Boland’s horse, Napoleon. Beijing silver medalist Megan Jones will be riding two horses in the class, while Australian rider and 1996 Atlanta Gold medalist Wendy Schaeffer-Macdonald, who is now based in the UK, will be returning to Adelaide to compete in this class.
There are 17 entries in the Bates Saddles CCI2* Young Rider Championships, the largest number of recorded young riders in the event’s history.
Aus3DE Event Director Gillian Rolton said it is fantastic to see such a high calibre of riders, as well as many young riders competing in the event.
“The quality of entries across all the classes for the 2016 event is exceptionally high,” Gillian commented. “We are also very pleased to see so many entries in the Bates Saddles CCI2* Young Rider Championships. These athletes are our next Olympians, so it’s important for events such as the Aus3DE to start them on their journey for Tokyo and beyond. The line-up of horses and riders in this year’s Adelaide CCI4* is a very classy field. It’s going to be a great event.”