Next weekend will play host to the final four-star event in 2016 — The Australian International Three Day Event in Adelaide — and while the four-star crowd is a bit cozier after an Olympic year, it’s nonetheless stacking up to be a thrilling contest.
Rio Team Bronze Medalists Stuart Tinney and Shane Rose both have horses entered in the CCI4* division, and will be looking to collect a few points for the FEI Classics Series. The series aims to unite the top end of the international eventing circuit by way of the world’s six four-star events, and the top points-earner collects $40,000 for their efforts.
Stuart Tinney will be competing aboard War Hawk, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding who will be making his first go on a four-star XC course after withdrawing after dressage at this same event last year. The two are well poised for success next week thanks to a top ten finish in the CIC3* at Goulburn two weeks ago, and a win in the Meblourne CCI3* back in June.
Fellow Rio teammate Shane Rose also has one mount entered: Glenorchy South Park, an 11-year-old Australian Thoroughbred who has finished in the top ten at every event this year, including two CCI3* divisions.
Wilhelm Enzinger will be riding two horses in the four-star division, and he is the only competitor with multiple mounts in the top division. His rides are Britannica MVNZ, a New Zealand Sport Horse making his four-star debut, and Wenlock Aquifer, an Australian Thoroughbred who placed 12th at Adelaide last year.
In addition to the CCI4*, Adelaide also runs a number of other levels over the weekend, including a CIC3* and a CCI2* Young Rider Championship. Among the big names entered in the CIC3* is Brit and recent series champion of the Event Rider Masters Oliver Townend, who is entered on Tim Boland’s horse, Napoleon, an 11-year-old warmblood. The three-star will also include 2008 Beijing silver medalist Megan Jones aboard two horses, and Atlanta team gold medalist Wendy Schaeffer who is traveling from her UK yard for the event.
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