Olympic silver medallist Shane Rose dominated the podium at the 2015 Australian International Three Day Event, taking out first and second place in the Adelaide CCI4*.
Leading into Sunday’s show jumping decider Rose was already ranked first and second after dominant performances in the dressage and cross country phases. He also had a five penalty lead over New Zealand rider Clarke Johnstone but with Rio on the horizon it was important that he also produce clear rounds in the showjumping.
Riding Virgil his round in the showjumping went according to plan and the pair finished on their dressage score of 50.80. Last into the arena was Rose’s horse CP Qualified and although the pair knocked one fence adding four penalties to their score it didn’t affect their lead and the pair rode to victory with a score of 49.30.
“I knew Clarke would be really hard to beat and we have about six Aussie guys that are here that I knew would be up there,” said Rose. “I think both horses have performed very well and it would have been great to jump clear on Qualified but to run first and second in this field is what I was hoping I could do. Before the event I said I would be pretty disappointed if I didn’t finish in the top four. I have very competitive horses and I felt if I did a good job that we’d be close. Coming down here I openly said here that this is where I wanted to qualify and get selected for Rio.”
Clarke Johnstone’s clear show jumping round helped him to solidify third position with a score of 54.10, while Olympic silver medallist Sonja Johnson (Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison) finished fourth after she too produced a clear jumping round and finished with 59.40 penalties.
Britain’s Alice Dunsdon and Fernhill Present finished the Australian International Three Day Event in 16th place, keeping them on track to be the only combination to complete all six of the world’s CCI4* competitions. The final event in their challenge will be the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse trials next May