Coolmore Australia Scone One Day Event
7 & 8 March 2015
Scone nearly always turns out unseasonably warm weather for its March event and 2015 was no exception. The rolling hills of Gundy have weathered a long hot summer, and hot dry conditions meant that many jackets were shed quickly after leaving the arena at A!
The hard working Scone ODE committee, headed by Blair and Nikki Richardson, were delighted with receiving almost 550 entries, testament to the number of riders willing to travel the 4hr trip from Sydney. Sit Tight Radio wants to wish Nikki a speedy recovery from her fall in the One Star class which resulted in a broken collarbone. With Blair still rehabilitating a badly broken leg, the Richardson family are showing true eventer grit and are very much keeping the truck on the road!! We are pleased to report that the other significant fall of the weekend, Kate Kerslake and Captain Morgan have both escaped serious injury, though Kate does have a great facebook pic of her funky neck brace!
As per usual, the Twilight Showjumping on Saturday evening was very well received and why wouldn’t it be – fabulous horses and riders plus some great food and a wine or two. We do think that the party after the showjumping may have been a little quieter than in previous years, as we do know that a number of our eventing party-starters managed to exchange the dust of Gundy for the glitter of Oxford Street!!
In the Coolmore Australia CNC*** 3 Star class, Christine Bates and Adelaide Hill were the fastest combination on cross country – the only combination to have time penalties in single digits – to hold out Shane Rose in triplicate! Shane was second on CP Qualified, third on Shanghai Joe and fourth on Virgil!! Now surely that is what’s known as sustained pressure!!
It was another Shane and Christine tag-team effort in the Paradice Investment Management CNC** 2 Star class, with Shane winning on the talented Purbeck Diesel and Christine second on Jacinta Kinsella’s thoroughbred gelding Ned O’Reilly. Judith Clarke and Diablito led the field after their usual stellar square dancing effort but two rails in the twilight showjumping proved costly.
The Marsh Carney Saddlery CNC* One Star A was taken out by Tanya Schmidt and Laurentino after overnight leader Sophie Adams withdrew Mercator Du Ry prior to cross country. Second was Andrew Barnett and Bradgate Park Fonzie and third was Jye Thurgate riding the thoroughbred gelding My Caballo. The Bates Saddles CNC* One Star B was won by Emma Bishop (yes, we have to fight the urge to use Emma’s maiden name too!) and CP Issey Miyake, 2.4 penalties ahead of Christine Bates and Brightnight. Andrew Barnett had an uncharacteristic rail on Bradgate Park Dante to ensure that he stayed in third position.
Blair and the rest of the committee would like to thank the sponsors, especially those who have come on board recently, but also made special mention of the huge effort from a great team of volunteers. “The committee are all riders, who have their own families and work commitments, and to run an event of that magnitude everyone has to dig deep”. And that is precisely what they all did, to produce an exceptionally well run event, that we are sure will be just as popular again in September.