The ins and outs of Australian riders

      Stuart Tinney and Celebration at Equestriad



Australian riders have been out and about at various events around the world with dual Olympic medallist Stuart Tinney enjoying success at Quirindi in NSW, Australia on board Celebration, winning the CCI4*-S at the horse’s second 4* start.

Stuart and Celebration, owned by Elisabeth Brinton, had a run-out at Equestriad when they were challenging for the win, but the eight-year-old German bred horse is obviously a quick learner and didn’t repeat his mistake at Quirindi.  The pair led from the start with a good dressage score of 28.3 and they added only time penalties on cross country – definitely ones to watch

Sadly it wasn’t quite as successful a 4* weekend for US based Australian Ryan Wood at The Fork, Tryon who has decided to withdraw Woodstock Bennett from the Land Rover Kentucky 3 Day Event CCI5* following a fall. Ryan did not go home empty handed from North Carolina however, taking first and third places on Ruby and Chusinmyconfession in the CCI2*-S

Three Australian riders are still in the mix at Kentucky with the drawn order showing Clayton Fredericks on FE Ophelia, Dom Schramm on Bolytair B and Hazel Shannon on Willinga Park Clifford, who have been settling in to US life based at Valley View Farm near Lexington after a long journey from Australia

On the other side of the world, Sam Griffiths has withdrawn past winner Paulank Brockagh from the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and will now aim the 16-year-old mare at at Luhmühlen (13th -16th June) instead. Sam will still have a ride at Badminton in the shape of the 12 year old gelding Billy Liffy, a more recent addition to Sam’s stable, that he competed at South of England (1) last week (pictured below)