Olympic gold medallist Stuart Tinney claimed victory in the Saddleworld Melbourne International Three Day Event CCI3*.
Riding War Hawk, owned by Corinna and Darren Huskinson, the combination finished the event with a brilliant clear show jumping round. The combination was fourth after the dressage but moved into second position after producing a clear cross country round. The pair’s flawless round in the show jumping meant their score of 48.30 from the dressage remained unchanged throughout the competition.
Stuart said, “I’m just thrilled with War Hawk, I was really pleased with how he jumped and he’s been really good… I’m really happy for the win.”
Compatriot Shane Rose came away from the event confident that his top Olympic prospect CP Qualified has what it takes to challenge the world’s best in Rio.
The Olympic silver medallist won the CIC3* class at the Saddleworld Melbourne International Three Day Event with a score of 40.20. Rose scored 38.60 penalties in the dressage, jumped clear in the show jumping and picked up just 1.6 time penalties in the cross country.
Afterwards he commented: “He’s very close to doing the test that I want him to do. I think there are another four or five marks that I can get off that final score which would be great. Low 30s would be even better. He’s only just starting his preparation and he’s improving all the time.
“If you talk to athletes they’ll tell you as they get older they get stronger and Qualified is exactly the same. He was out on his feet in his first couple of three day events and ever since then he’s gotten fitter, faster and stronger. With every performance he improves and I’m hopeful that continues into Rio.”