Aussies and Shane Rose victorious in Kihikihi New Zealand

Formation victory lap for the Aussies Shane, Nat & Katja Formation victory lap for the Aussies Shane, Nat & Katja
Formation victory lap for the Aussies Shane, Nat & Katja

Formation victory lap for the Aussies Shane, Nat & Katja

The Aussie Team, led from start to finish in Kihikihi New Zealand for the annual Trans Tasman competition. Shane Rose who was riding his Olympic hopeful mount Taurus added only 6.2 penalties to his dressage score to finish well ahead of Kiwi rider Joe Waldron (who is based in Australia).

Today included some great news for the Aussie team as Christine Bates returned to the grounds after visiting the hospital following a fall on cross country  yesterday.

Christine Bates, Phantom of the Opera style

Christine Bates, Phantom of the Opera style

The final team scores were Australia 240.8 and New Zealand 306.2 penalties. Both teams had only three of their four finish and picked up 40 XC jump pens but in the end the more polished dressage from the Aussies and faster cross country paid off.

Australia has picked up some respect again after the drubbing they received in Blenheim from both the Kiwi and Japanese teams. In three weeks the top home based riders for Australia will assemble in Sydney for the three day event on the new Mike ES course. Each of our top home based riders will be vying for an opportunity to be on the London team for Australia.

Well team EN, it has been fun and intense, I know I haven’t written many words but I leave you with these pictures. Full results are here.

Shane Rose & Taurus winners of the Kihikihi CIC3* class

Shane Rose & Taurus winners of the Kihikihi CIC3* class

Joe Waldron & Springdale All Black 2nd in the CIC3*

Joe Waldron & Springdale All Black 2nd in the CIC3*

Happy Nat Blundell after finishing third

Happy Nat Blundell after finishing third

Prue Barrett Aussie Coach & Chef with Jean Johnstone Kiwi Chef

Prue Barrett Aussie Coach & Chef with Jean Johnstone Kiwi Chef

Joe Waldron (2nd), Shane Rose (1st) & Nat Blundell (3rd)

Joe Waldron (2nd), Shane Rose (1st) & Nat Blundell (3rd)

The successful Aussie Team

The successful Aussie Team

Yours in Eventing,

ESJ

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