Albury Wodonga International CIC, 3rd and 4th April 2016.
Glorious weather was abundant at the Albury Wodonga CIC, the going on cross country has improved and new tests in most grades and the newest addition, Saturday evening show jumping made for a fabulous weekend of eventing.
The new tests cross country as per usual caused plenty of debate including the Albury reproductive sponsored “mounds” christened to be closest to looking like a pair of boobs, sprung up to provide some interesting combinations in the star classes and of cause the most interesting in the 3 star where they went across the titties via the cleavage jumping skinny brushes followed by a curving line to the “C” element. A tough combination that caused glance offs at the testing C element. The 2 star course found a scattering of faults from fence 4, a somewhat innocuous shallow ditch and tall rising oxer style of rails caught a couple, fence 5A, B also found a couple out, this fence was a new use of big square bales which were supposed to represent polocrosse ponies, not sure our course designer has seen many polocrosse ponies, the test of 2 big square oxers on a curving 4 stride line were very tough early in the track. The commentary position for Sunday cross country gave us full view of this part of the course including the water which I think posed the least problems on the day. Travelling back across the field via a testing curving line of brushes at 12A B again a tough line for the 2 star and then away out of sight toward the titties which we saw cause a few riders to blush with a 20 here and there. Even the final combination of the bank ditch complex for all the grades was where we saw many sit tight moments.
Sit tight can barely go past an event without noticing trends, the facial hair trend seems to waft in and out but Stuart Tinney and the bear grylls look is not going un noticed as was CP Qualified’s lack of hair dressing. Megan Jones with History, Amanda Ross with Dicavili Diesel are both making their way into 3 star and fast becoming a forces to be reckoned with, watch this space.
Now for the awards.
The ShouldA award. This comes from the EV 105 class and goes to Rose Read on India, over the bank, ditch and brush combination where it was a big into space jump. Rose earning the badge of stickability for staying on board when the gods of gravity thought they had her in their grasp with her heels above her bum but they haven’t met Rose until till this moment and she defied them and bugger me got back in the plate and cantered on regardless!
The Lefty Loosie Righty Tighty award to Blair Richardson jumping into the 3 star water on Maverick and ol mate horse spots the water in the air and tries to do a reverse re-entry to avoid the water on landing, impressive from front on.
The Internet Sensation award goes to Shane Rose but probably more appropriately Rachel Watts the groom of CP Qualified. Darcy as he’s known at Bimabadeen Park competed dressage on Saturday unplaited, OMG!! Rachel told Sit Tight it was to save his mane for Rio! Confidence of selection right there! Anyway the combination won the dressage in spite of this hair malfunction but didn’t run cross country.
Now on to a few improvements on the app which should see you all use the app in between events. It comes in the form of the events button where you can find the dressage tests coming up at the next event we broadcast from. There is also info about the town/city the venue is based in for our next event which includes things like accommodation, restaurants and sights to see. Useful for all the family. As well as a new up- coming broadcast screen which tells our listeners when sit tight will be next on air.
The fabulous supporters for the Albury Wodonga broadcast were Horsewerks Bowral, thanks Laura Wallace and Tamworth Horse Transport, thanks Michael Ruddy and Sharmayne. Follow these business’s on Facebook which will also lead you to their website.
Thanks for listening everyone, keep your ears pricked for Equestriad Eventing 16th, 17th April 2016.