Friday, November 12, 2010

Eventing: Adelaide: CCI4*: DRESSAGE DAY AT 3 DAY EVENT

The Australian International 3-Day Event got off to a glamorous start today with all the style and precision of the Haigh’s Dressage Day setting the standard for an exciting weekend of world class eventing.

Heading into tomorrow’s exhilarating Cross Country stage, Heath Ryan from New South Wales has nearly a 10-point lead in the Olympic standard competition ahead of Emma Mason and Stuart Tinney, both also from New South Wales.

Olympic champion and AI3DE Event Director Gillian Rolton says today’s competition has been of a high standard.

“Today’s dressage was a spectacular display of Olympic standard eventing and not even the rain could dampen the enthusiasm of crowds who lined the arena and enjoyed the fun of the Dancing with the Stars luncheon,” she said.

The action continues tomorrow from 9am with the Qantas Cross Country Day – the most exhilarating discipline of the three day event - requiring determination, courage and trust between horse and rider to defy gravity over imposing obstacles over a long and gruelling course stretching from Rymill Park to Victoria Park.

The Qantas Cross Country Day includes the Adelaide CCI** competition, Equestrian Australia Adelaide CCI**** (Olympic standard) event and the Bates Australia CIC**. While the Rymill Park area is ticketed, entry along other sections of the course is free.

“Qantas Cross Country Day is an excellent chance for people to get up close and hear the thunder of the horses as they race their way around Adelaide’s parklands and over challenging jumps and terrain,” Ms Rolton says.

And with tomorrow’s event coinciding with the staging of the much loved Credit Union Christmas Pageant, organisers have themed the day as a “family day” encouraging families to enjoy the fabulous sights and sounds of the Pageant and then spend the afternoon relaxing in the parklands with a family movie, the Tooth Fairy, to be screened at the event.

There is plenty of action both on and off the field during the event including tonight’s Party in the Park with DJ Wolfman providing beats deep into the night, Saturday’s Flicks in the Park and BBQ Party in the Park allowing guests to rub shoulders with some of Australia’s best riders and much more. 

The AI3DE is Australia’s premier equestrian event and one of only six of its kind in the world and the only one in the Southern hemisphere.  The annual event covers three disciplines over three days - dressage, cross country and show jumping - and is the world’s only major equestrian event staged in the heart of a bustling city centre in the Adelaide Parklands.

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