We may be into Kentucky week already, but a CCI5* event has already happened in 2023!
This is unusual, as Kentucky usually marks the official start of the 5* season. However, due to schedule changes, it was decided that the sole Southern Hemisphere 5*, Adelaide International at the Adelaide Equestrian Festival, would run in April instead of its typical late-year date. This marked the first time the Australian 5* has been run since 2019; the event missed three consecutive runnings due to ongoing complications from the Covid-19 pandemic.
So it was a triumphant return to the city parklands of Adelaide — one of the most unique venues to be seen in the eventing community!
Olympic veterans Shane Rose and Virgil, who were tenth together individually at Tokyo in 2021, managed to sneak into the lead on cross country day this weekend, eventually going on to take the Adelaide International title.
If you missed the Adelaide action and want to catch up, you can do so on Horse & Country here (subscription required).