Equestrian Australia Sweetens the Pot for Australian Riders Aiming for Aus3DE CCI5*

Stuart Tinney and Leporis on their way to a second place finish in the 2019 Aus3DE CCI5*. Photo courtesy of Kirsty Pasto.

Australian riders hoping to contest the CCI5* at the Australian International 3 Day Event in November will have an added incentive this year owing to an increased funding commitment by the Equestrian Australia (EA) High Performance Program.

In addition to EA High Performance’s current financial support of the Australian International 3 Day Event the Program will now also fund the cost of entry and stable fees and for all Australian combinations participating in the CCI5* class, as well as provide a $500 AUD grant per CCI5* Australian rider to reduce travel expenses to Adelaide.

With the widespread economic consequences of the global pandemic many athletes, owners and organising committees have felt the impact of Covid-19, forcing some to reconsider large-scale campaigns.

“The EA High Performance Program is dedicated to supporting our elite athletes on their journey to represent Australia on the world stage, which includes providing them with opportunities to compete at the highest level of our sport,” explains EA High Performance Director, Chris Webb.

As the only CCI5* event in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of only seven held worldwide [editor’s note: for 2021, Badminton and Burghley have been canceled, leaving Kentucky, Luhmühlen, Pau and Maryland as the only five-stars in addition to Australia], the event provides a unique opportunity for Australian riders to gain international exposure at a premier event within Australia.

This year’s competition will also boast the largest prize pool in the Southern Hemisphere, with over $150,000 on offer in 2021.
The event, which will be held in the heart of Adelaide’s city centre, will not only showcase Australia’s equestrian talent across the disciplines of Eventing and Jumping, it will also serve as a qualification event for the World Equestrian Games 2022.

“The Australian International 3 Day Event has worked closely with the Equestrian Australia High Performance Program over the years to ensure that Australian based riders can experience the atmosphere of an international event on home soil. This commitment from EA High Performance ensures that we can deliver another world class three-day event in 2021, and that riders can plan well ahead to ride at Adelaide,” said Australian International 3 Day Event Director, Belinda Lindh.

Further information about the event can be found at https://australian3de.com.au. The event will take place November 18-21, 2021.