On a show jumping day with only three double clears, Stuary Tinney and Vettori posted just that to win the Adelaide CCI****. Tinney had just 11.6 jumping penalties for the competition, which was half that of any other rider in the field, and moved up from 14th after dressage. So, next question: who is Stuart Tinney? Well, for one, he is an Olympic Gold Medalist after riding for Australia in the 2000 Sydney Games. For more information on Stuart, check out his website.
Looking at the bigger picture, Adelaide seemed to have mixed results. On one hand, just having the competition seems like an achievement after sponsorship funding concerns earlier this year nearly derailed the entire event. On the other hand, mother nature did not play nice, with extremely hot temperatures for eventing throughout the weekend. Event organizer Gillian Rolton said “The weather has been against us but both horses and riders have coped extremely well with the heat and although crowd numbers have been lower than anticipated, we’re thrilled that the grandstand sold out, corporate sales were 30% higher than last year and more than 16,000 people have braved the unseasonable weather to see their heroes in action.” Article, and another Good Recap, Cross-Country Photos Update: Horse and Hound Recap from Tuesday
Finally, here is some video of Stuart at a CCI*** earlier this year. Go eventing.