Shane Rose and CP Qualified currently lead the Adelaide CCI4* at the 2015 Australian International Three Day Event after the completion of the first phase.
Rose and his mount were the standout performers, riding to a score of 42.10. They have a strong lead going into Saturday’s influential cross country with the next nearest competitor Katja Weimann (VIC) and BP Flamboyant sitting on 49.10 penalties.
Rose has one eye on the prize and the other on a Rio Olympic Games berth and is confident in his ability this weekend. Rose and CP Qualified are on familiar ground, having placed first after the Dressage phase two years ago only to finish in seventh after knocking two rails in the show jumping. Since then the Beijing silver medallist has been working hard and says the proof is on display every time his horse steps into the arena. He says: “If you took a photo of Qualified two years ago and compared it to him today you probably wouldn’t think he’s the same horse. He’s grown significantly in strength, he’s changed his shape, he gallops better, his jumping is considerably better and his performances over the past two years show that. I’m confident he’s going to do a good job in the next couple of days if I can steer him around and help him do that.”
Christine Bates and on Adelaide Hill is in third on 49.40 penalties and Katie Roots riding Trevalgar II in fourth with 49.70. Megan Jones riding her three time Adelaide CCI4* bridesmaid Kirby Park Allofasudden is also in touch with the leaders, currently in eighth position with 52.80 penalties.
Britain’s Alice Dunsdon and Fernhill Present are 11th after the dressage, as she targets her quest to complete all six of the worlds CCI**** competitions on the same horse.
Thousands of fans are expected to flock Adelaide’s beautiful parklands to enjoy the Qantas Cross Country Day with the course designed by Britain’s Mike Etherington-Smith (GBR).
Coverage of the Australian International Three Day Event is available on FEI TV – www.fei.org.
Sarah Carless Reporter at Large