Melbourne International Horse Trials
ELITE COMPETITION UNDER CLEAR SKIES ATTRACT CROWDS TO TOP EQUESTRIAN EVENT
The 57th Melbourne International Horse Trials was an outstanding success with more than 160 competitors competing in front of 10,000 fans over four classes during the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend.
Top honours in the CCI3* went to Olympian Shane Rose on Shanghai Joe when he rode a perfect round in the showjumping and sat on the sidelines to watch final competitor and fellow Olympic silver medalist Sonja Johnson complete her round on Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison, dislodging two rails and dropping to second.
The Beijing Olympics teammates put on an excellent show in near perfect weather to complete a stunning transformation of Australia’s oldest three-day event, which was held entirely outdoors for the first time in years.
Crowd reaction to the outdoor competition, new look trade village and the open-air spectator food court, complete with big screen television coverage was exceptional.
“The best in Australia”, “stunning venue” and “world-class facilities” were common comments over the weekend. On the day after the event, traders and sponsors were committing to 2015.
The MIHT organisers acknowledged that the event owed its success to all the sponsors, spectators, competitors and volunteers who made MIHT possible. We are all looking forward to working together to make the 2015 Melbourne International Horse Trials even bigger and better.
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Shane Rose and Shanghai Joe put in a clear round in the final showjumping phase to win the MIHT CCI3* competition.
Rose said that he had had a good run at the new look Melbourne International Horse Trials with his off the track thoroughbred Shanghai Joe.
“He’s quite a careful horse and he felt really strong after yesterday (cross-country). He (Shanghai Joe) showed his racing speed and come in under time,” said Rose.
“Shanghai Joe has got three great phases, a great attitude and seems to be really sound. Hopefully if I can keep him together and if he keeps improving he can hopefully go as far as I want him to go. I am certainly looking to have him ready for Rio.” .
Fellow Olympian Sonja Johnson dropped a rail on Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison taking them off the top spot to second and put in a clear round on Belfast Mojito to place third.
The leader after cross-country (Sunday), Stuart Tinney on Pluto Mio, unfortunately had to withdraw from the competition ahead of the showjumping phase.
Full results are via: http://miht.com.au/competition-information/results/
Western Australia’s Gabrielle Pither and her horse Max Almighty enjoyed two victory laps in quick succession at the Melbourne International Horse Trials (MIHT) after winning the CCI2* competition on a score of 46.11 and as part of the winning Australian team in the Oceania Eventing Championships for Young Riders.
Gabrielle Pither said that riding in the Melbourne International Horse Trials has been amazing especially with Australia’s top riders competing at the event.
“To come away with two rugs and two situations like that was a little bit surreal but amazing.
“I didn’t know what to expect when I came over here because I hadn’t seen a lot of the competitors or anything of the courses, but Max Almighty pulled up just awesome, I couldn’t ask for a better horse today.
“The whole team situation was fantastic, we really got a chance to get to know each other and our competitors from New Zealand. Prue Barrett and Michelle Graham have been incredible,” said Pither.
The top three spots in the CCI2* competition have not budged from day one with strong dressage performances and near perfect cross-country and showjumping scores keeping the top three firmly in their places. Will Enzinger and Wenlock Aquifer took second and Teegan Ashby and Rockingham No Reason third.
Full results are via: http://www.miht.com.au/results/FinalCCI2.pdf
After leading the field from start-to-finish Will Enzinger has secured first and third place in the CCI1* competition on his rides Pahia Wilhelm and Bellhaven Sanskrit in this year’s Melbourne International Horse Trials (MIHT) at Werribee Park.
Enzinger said it had been a fantastic event and congratulated organisers for moving the dressage and showjumping phases into the open-air Polaris Arena.
“I think we are going to see lots more confident rounds out there in the open-air arena and better showjumping results because of that.
“Bellhaven Sanskrit just really wanted to get in the air and do the job giving me the confidence to get out there and be positive with Pahia Wilhelm.
“It was a bit messy but I still felt confident to go round,” said Mr Enzinger.
Megan Jones took second on Jayay Dom Perignon after clear rounds in cross-country and showjumping.
Full results are via: http://www.miht.com.au/results/FinalCCI1.pdf