Final Wrap Up!
Mon, 8 June 2015
An amazing day of showjumping capped a wonderful STR experience at Melbourne International Horse Trials. It was still so windy that a couple of pairs of jump wings nearly ended up on Werribee beach, and so bitterly cold that I swear I saw a QLD horse wearing 4 woolies while waiting to jump! Anyway, all classes have been run and won, which means that it’s time for the Sit Tight Radio Awards ceremony!
The SAT TIGHT! Award – this was actually a ‘thing’ and these riders won a STR T Shirt and a free subscription!
CCIJ* – Ashleigh Westcott and Crockadoo – While Ashleigh had a few moments in the cross country phase, she really earnt her T Shirt sitting a big ol’ moment in the showjumping.
CCI* – Rachel Lee and Cobra De Capello – technically, the award went to Rachel’s arms (if arms actually can ‘sit tight!’) as they worked incredibly hard to prevent Cobra De Capella from tornado-ing around that course the way she wanted to!
CCI** – Wil Enzinger and Paihia Wilhelm – The horse may be of German descent but it was more than a language barrier that had him misinterpret Will’s clear aids for “Wait, shorten up and add another stride” as “WHHHAAAT?? Jump NOW!!!!”. If you think the photo is good, you should see the video!
CCI*** – Kirsty Douglas and Cushavon Crackerjack – again this is a little in lieu of there being a greater degree of mischief, but Kirsty gets the gong for the little moment that she and Pud had at fence 2. Adequate power = check. Great distance = check. Horse banking a park bench for no good reason? = check!!
Other Awards that just have to be given:
Ride of the Day – split equally between Tim Boland on Napolean and Christine Bates on Adelaide Hill. Yes, yes, it’s all a bit easy to pick two class winners, but how can you go past them with such faultless performances? Beautiful clear showjumping rounds under huge pressure, effortlessly fast cross country rounds that were never going to be anything other than double clear and dressage tests that put them in the box seat in the first place!
Miss of the Day – Sammy McBain on Barrabadeen Woodstock – Sammy showed us that steeplechasing a nearly maximum height, narrow brush keyhole with a dropped landing IS a survivable event. Just!
The That-Which-Doesn’t-Kill-You-Only-Makes-You-Fitter Award – Andrew Cooper – There’s not many days at the office where the workload of Megan Jones (who rode 3 horses in the Two Star and 1 in the One Star) pales in comparison to a compatriot but Andrew had a staggering 4 rides in the One Star and 2 rides in the Three Star!! Really does prevent the rest of us non-superhuman people complaining about walking up a flight of stairs at the end of the day!
The Best Example of Commentators Curse – Poor Sam Jeffree on Jaybee Calypso – no sooner did Fi have the words “I’ve seen this kid showjump World Cup classes!” out of her mouth, than the wheels fell right off Sam’s wagon. In fact, the wheels fell off, the axle broke and the engine caught fire!
The ‘Don’t be a Hero, Finish with a Zero!’ Award – Tallara Barwick and Copabella Verdi – Tallara decided that discretion was the better part of valor and took the long route at the Keyhole. The best part of this choice was that, despite the fact that route was so long that it went past Woolies and included a quick stop at the bakery, Tallara and Gremlin posted a double clear and climbed from 19th after dressage to a final position of 8th!
Now with tongue no longer in cheek, we saw the most inspiring combinations of Aussie eventing awesomeness that words don’t do them justice! We really want to thank Janet Houghton and the rest of the Melbourne Three Day Event committee for coming on board with STR in the fabulous way that they did! Congratulations to all those worthy winners, thank you for letting us watch you shine!
Wild, windy and weely weely cold!!
Sun, 7 June 2015
The fantastic riding that Team STR saw today was not the only thing that raised the hair on our arms! Despite the bright sunshine, the gale force wind was so bitter that the 45 layers that we were all wearing just didn’t cut it!
Jaybee Calypso and Sam Jeffree added 0.4 of a time penalty to their overnight dressage score, which leaves them with an almost (only ‘almost’!) comfortable lead after Hocs Streisand and Lily Wickenden had a surprising run out. Molly Barry and La Muso posted a double clear to bring them up to 2nd place on 51.2 penalties. Sam Jeffree’s second ride, Mighty Midget also posted a double clear around a One Star course that, despite looking quite tough, hardly troubled the scorers.
The dressage scores were so tight and there were so many horses to post double clears that a postage stamp could cover the top 10. Koko Pop and Vengeance both added nothing to their scores, meaning that Rob Palm maintains his stronghold on this class. Katie Roots was brutally punished for incurring 1.2 time penalties (just 3 seconds over time) on Friday Street, dropping from 3rd to 7th. Andrew Cooper and Toronto, Isabel O’Loughlin on Tasman Park Ovation and Emma King on both her horses posted double clears and will keep Rob very honest in tomorrow’s jumping test.
Our joy in seeing such brilliant horses and riders in this Two Star class was very much dampened by Alex Townsend’s collision with a tree branch. Alex is a STR favourite and to say that we are sending her best wishes for her recovery is a massive understatement. Eleanor Osborne and Highbourne Rocker posted a double clear to maintain their lead, while Stuart Tinney retired Carlchen after a stop early on course and was forced to retire Queen Mary after she tightened up while being held on course. Rebekah McDougall and ESB Irish Quest posted a double clear to stay just 1.6 penalties behind Eleanor in 2nd place, and Tim Boland likewise posted double clears on Napolean and Gorsehill Star.
The Three Star cross country was the most action-packed of all the grades, with only 3 double clears posted. Poor Katie Roots was not having a great day on the clock, her 10 time penalties costing her the overnight lead aboard Trevalgar II. Adelaide Hill and Christine “Leadfoot” Batesy were one of those double clears and this combination has claimed that lead on 48.6 penalties. She has a rail in hand after Stuart Tinney on War Hawk and Katja Weimann on BP Flamboyant went around clear on jumping faults with a little bit of time.
Tomorrow’s Horse Inspection and Showjumping promises to be a nail-biting affair, with the scores in all grades breathtakingly close and more windy weather forecast. Sit Tight Radio will start the broadcast at 9am with the One Star classes, you can be sure we will fill you in on all the stories that arise overnight!!
A BIIIIG two days of dressage!
Sat, 6 June 2015 – Dressage Report
From our vantage point in the Shipping Container At High Tide, we saw some great dressage moments in all 4 classes – there were miracles, surprises, “Ow’s! and Wow’s” and a few gags from the Sit Tight commentary team.
Lily Wickenden aboard old favourite Hocs Striesand stood head and shoulders above the field for Team STR, but their score of 48.8 penalty points was beaten late in the day by Sam Jeffree and Jaybee Calypso on 44.2 penalties. Molly Barry also piloted the very classy La Muso into 3rd with 51.2 penalties. There were many equine tantrums in this class – so many dollies thrown, so little time…
Rob Kardashian… oops, Palm went 1-2 in the CCI* (along with his other miracles performed later) with Koko Pop scoring 44.7 and Vengeance scoring 46.8. Katie Roots’ lovely Friday Street is right behind him on 48.2 and it is worth noting how tight it is at the top – Andrew Cooper and Toronto are a mere 0.1 penalty behind Katie, Isabel O’Loughlin and Tasman Park Ovation are 0.1 penalty behind Andrew and Emma King and Em And Russell (yes, we WILL get to the bottom of this name!) are 0.2 penalties behind Isabel. And then there’s the rest…
Eleanor Osborne is the current leader of the CCI** class aboard Highborne Rocker on a score of 42.3 penalties, getting the STR Improvement Award as this combination just get better and better! Stuart Tinney and Fi’s favourite Carlchen are close behind on 43.4 penalties. Rebekah McDougall and ESB Irish Patience are also in a great position on 43.9 penalties. However, the Ride of The Day award goes to Rob “I’ve performed my first miracle on the road to sainthood” Palm, for piloting an incredibly un-sensible Koko Story into 7th position on 48 penalties, after the horse backed up his performance at the Horse Inspection with a rodeo-like effort in the warm up!
Despite Coach Fi declaring that Marco hadn’t delivered a PB, Katie Roots and Trevalgar II scored 46.6 to take a slim lead from Belinda Isbister and Holy Bruce on 48 penalties. Christine Bates and Adelaide Hill are currently 3rd on 48.6 penalties (yep, again, it’s tight at the top!) and Murray Lampard and the amazing Don Skipcello were harshly dealt a 50.3 penalties. Fourth placed Katja Weimann and BP Flamboyant also had a reason to look quizzically at the scoreboard – the judge at M awarding them a very enthusiastic 72.31% while the judge at E gave them 59.81%!
We are braving the Werribee morning for an 8:30am start with the CCIJ* and it promises to be a fantastic day of cross country action! We hope that you can listen in as we keep you up to date, give you all the scoops and work on the definition of a Wanglo.
PS – What do you call a dog in the bushes? Russell!
PPS – What you call a Jack Russell dog in the bushes? Nothin’. Its not coming anyway!
When fashion turns cold!
Thur, 4 June 2015
Well, the First Horse Inspection was an action packed affair – the committee opting to use two runways side by side to trot up two classes at once!! This caused more than one epic equine meltdown, with the cake taken well and truly by Koko Story, owned by Rob and Cassie ‘Kardashian’ (if you wanna be in on the joke, you’ll have to tune in tomorrow!).
Fashions were equally as wild, with hats resembling satellite dishes replaced with headwear that looked suspiciously like a beanie. There was the odd spot of country – I can’t say I’ve seen too many riders sporting a shiny belt buckle and a big black hat at the trot-up??
Then all eyes turned to the indoor arena for the Young Event Horse Classes with Emily MacQueen going 1-2 in the 4yo class with Fitzroy VEH and Exceeds Expectations ahead of Linda Williams’ Linbil Kitty Hawk. Artic Royal Rose won the 5yo class with Erin Funk aboard, in front of Sonja Johnson’s Misty Isle Raconteur (I’m gonna have to work on that pronunciation!) and Philippa Durban’s Doubtless.
The 6yo class was absolutely cleaned up by Andrew Cooper’s TB Hunters Hill, with a score of 94 out of a possible 100 (he was also given 20/20 for jumping technique!). Next was a tie on 90 points between Rikke Andreasen’s Sorento and Tarryn Proctor’s On Coming Storm with the ribbon going to the former, perhaps on a countback on jumping technique?
Tomorrow comes the first edition of sand-dancing – Arena 2 will get underway with CCI** at 9:30am and the first half of an epic CCI* class kicks off in Arena 3 at 8:30am.
Weather Check for Sharzi!
Wed, 2 June 2015
Fi has landed in Werribee and we know that you all like to keep up to date with the weather!! Fi says “Well, it’s fine. Cloudy with a chance of freeze your butt off!!” There is a good chance of substantial rain on Sunday (cross country day) but never fear, I reckon there is an even better chance of seeing the best eventing that Australia has to offer! Tomorrow is the dreaded trot-up, and we will have Fi on location to tell us about all the fashion faux pas that go along with that!
Off we go to Werribee!!
Wed, 27 May 2015
Sit Tight is gearing up for Melbourne International 3DE!! Just how cold is it going to be?? Will it pour with rain?? How many pairs of thermal underwear and mudboots do you think Fi will fit in a 15kg suitcase?!?!
Will Enzinger’s incredible save at the Jurox (Rex Hunt) Pond.