It’s dressage day for the New Zealand eventers competing at the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event in Adelaide.
Bundy Philpott and Tresca NZPH are first out for the Kiwis in the CCI5*-L, at number three to go (12.45pm Adelaide time) in the 20-strong field, with Hayley Frielick and Class Action LP following (1.007pm), Amanda Pottinger aboard Just Kidding (2.10pm) and Diane Gilder with Your Attorney (2.17pm).
Madison Crowe and Waitangi Pinterest are late in the CCI4*-S field this morning (9.52am).
In the CCI3*-L yesterday, Hayley Frielick was very pleased with the efforts of both horses and sits in 18th spot on 37 penalty points aboard Dunedin the Brave and 38th with Dunedin Black Watch on 44.9. “We were a bit conservative (with Dunedin the Brave),” said the Aussie-based Kiwi. “There’s a lot more there but I am really happy with how well he handled the atmosphere.”
Dunedin Black Watch also impressed. “He tried really hard – probably a bit too hard – and was just a little green in there but I was happy with him. There’s lots to work on but he is exciting for the future.”
Amalia Rowley, another Australian-based New Zealander, sits in 17th on 36.8 penalty points aboard Mexico II.
The 45-strong class is being led by Tim Boland aboard Menlo Park on 28.3 penalty points with Shenae Lowings and Bold Venture right behind on 28.6.
The riders have had a first look at the Mike Etherington-Smith-designed cross country. ESNZ performance leader. Jock Paget says the course is very readable. “There is nothing I would expect a horse to be confused about out there,” he said. “Mike has reversed the direction this year and it looks like he has given them a little more room to gallop in places, but the start is slow. It is a good educational course and will certainly feel like an international for the riders.”
Jock said key would be getting the ride right while being quick enough to be competitive. “It is always hard to make the time here because they put you through the trees but I do think the time is more achievable this year.”
The team was in good spirits and the weather was not too hot. “They’re all in a good place,” he said. “It is easy to do too much in these days leading into the competition after you have had a massive journey to get here and then need to bide you time.”
12.30pm – 3.35pm
3.00pm – 6.05pm
5* Cross Country
Tresca – owned by Bundy Philpott
Just Kidding – owned by the Pottinger Family
Your Attorney – owned by Diane Gilder
Class Action FP – owned by Hayley Frielick
Waitangi Pinterest – owned by the Crowe Family
Dunedin the Brave – owned by Kathryn Robertson
Dunedin Black Watch – owned by Kathryn Robertson
Mexico II – owned by the Rowley Family
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison
Photos by Libby Law/ESNZ