Horsewerks Bowral Adelaide broadcast 2016
Ahoy there sit tighters!
Well we have had the poultice hosed off and the equissage is put away after another fabulous Adelaide. STR was there and broadcasting live from the get go. The co commentary team consisted of Lindsey (Nairny) Constable, Sean (the handsome) Cooper and Graham Minter. Wednesday’s trot up kicked off at the very civilized time of 4:30pm which suited the vibe of Adelaide where not much happens before brunch anyway. The Melbourne Cup day theme had carried over to the trot up and the men were resplendent in suits and the ladies in summery outfits although they all still had their shoes on and no one was found bottoms up in a flower bed. Jess Rae did come close though when her rascally Rascal gave her a good hip and shoulder on the strip. Gemma Tinney looked like she was ready for a day at the beach whilst big daddy-o Tinney wore a 3 piece. However it’s not about the fashion, the biggest news apart from all horses passing (a few got their money’s worth and went twice) was that the stock standard Adelaide thermo- nuclear cook an egg on a rock heat was conspicuous by its absence.
Thursday saw the 2 star dressage kick off at brunch time which meant that the judges were still trying to order their lattes when Andy Barnett and Bradgate Park Dante (Dangles) exploded off the blocks and into the arena with a superb display of square dancing that lead the way score wise til after lunch. Possibly the judges didn’t get enough sugar in their lattes as they were not as sweet as they could have been with their marks for what was an accurate, expressive and polished test. After lunch (and possibly a few Barossa Valley chardys) they were feeling more generous and the 5’s from the morning tests became the new 7’s and 8’s. Not to say that the final top 4 of Gemma Tinney and Annapurna, Jessica Rae and Rascal, Shenae Lowings and Venture Skyhigh and Katja Weimann BP Escapade didn’t deserve their ranking though. Andy and Dangles did it for the boys by sitting in 5th. STR Highly commended certificates from day 1 were handed out to Olivia ‘Golly’ Barton who is younger than a couple of horses that were competing for a super display of soft, sympathetic riding on APH Bertie Bad and also her mum, Carlene for doing a great job on APH Merlin. STR’s new fave though was Callum ‘surfie dude’ Buczak (apparently its pronounced Byouzak not butt sack!!) and his lovely, lovely horse Mitavia Cheval. This partnership show a huge amount of potential. We just loved them.
Friday dawned (at brunch time again) with weather that certainly was more like the Adelaide we know and hate. The horses agreed with a lot of weather checking(thanks to TBV Equestrian and Rural supplies) to be seen in the 3 and 4 star dressage. CIC 3 star were on before lunch and first out was kiwi visitor Sam Felton who repeated Andy Barnett’s performance and lead the field until the break. Star imported rider Englishman Oli Townend on his catch ride Tim Boland’s Napoleon looked like he needed an I/V during and after his test and possibly a quick test run of the cool down tent as we don’t think he is used to wearing a jacket when its 27 degrees but they produced the goods and a great score. Tim and his well travelled steed GV Billy Elliott looked like they were at the Mt Isa rodeo with Billy spinning and propping before the test commenced but all goods and chattels were back in order on entering at A and a winning score was produced. The judges were back after lunch (and some more wine) to rate the square dancing skills of a small field of 10 in the 4 star. The nicest man in eventing Will Enzinger lead from the get go on Wenlock Aquifer with a smooth , polished performance. Emily Gray’s Jocular Vision did some weather checking with his front legs and Hazel Shannon on Clifford produced their usual consistent, professional performance to be sitting in 2nd.
To top off ‘super Friday ‘ we had to really put our fitness training to the test and front up for a bit of CIC3star show jumping in the early evening. Oli Townend came out of the cool down tent briefly to post a clear round on Napoleon whilst Billy Elliott decided to finish what he had started that morning in the dressage and nearly exceed the time allowed to commence his round with a great display of rodeo. To the crowds relief the round was started and all was good in Tim’s world until the fence near the entrance when Billy decided that he would have the last word in the argument. More spinning and propping followed and Billy and Tim took no further part in the comp.
After a good feed of oats and some fluid therapy we were all feeling chipper and excited at the prospect of a great day’s cross country. We had barely had time to consume our lattes when Andy Barnett and Dangles sling-shotted out of the start box. Despite never having ridden at Adelaide before no GPS was required and a smooth and fast clear round was the outcome. Fence 9A became the bogey fence for the 2 star. Placed just after leaving the open galloping, in amongst the olive trees it claimed a few casualties including 2nd placed Jess Rae. Displaying skills and talent that belied her tender age, Golly (Sir Mark Todd) Barton gave us all a master class in how a 2star at Adelaide should be ridden. Not to be outdone her mum Carlene showed us that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with a great round as well. STR’S new fave Callum Buczak had a run out at that pesky 9A but still managed to show us his best Beyoncé video clip impersonation in the cool down tent. We love those long blonde locks! Laura Wallace, one of STR’S sponsors through her shop Horsewerks Bowral, and her XC machine Van Heck made light work of the course and looked great in cerise highlights. Young rider Madeleine O’Callaghan decided she needed a latte (or maybe a wine) into Rymill Lake and went off course for a bit of duck hunting whilst making a bee line for the cafe. Another young rider Emily Rink also got a bit closer than she would have liked to the duck excrement at the water when her horse made a last minute decision to keep his feet dry. We had a short break before the 4 star started so we went hunting for Adelaide’s equivalent of Stock Bar and Grill for some sustenance but nothing measured up so we had to settle for another latte. Suitably recaffeinated we were ready for some 4 star action and we weren’t disappointed. Mr Nice Will Enzinger did super rounds on both Wenlock Aquifer and Brittannica MVNZ with just a few time on both. Hazel Shannon and Clifford gave it a great crack home with 0.4 time. Fence 14B proved to be the bogey- a super skinny after a ditch. A short distance in there meant any form of over jumping of the ditch lead to a pesky run out. This was the fate of Team Bimbadeen’s Shane Rose and Glenorchy South Park and Daddy O Stuart Tinney and Warhawk. Tegan Lush finished on Tempus Fugit with 50 odd time penalties, arms an extra 50cm longer and a heart rate of 500 after the red horse decided to live up to his name which means ‘time flies’ in Latin. A quick course reshuffle and we were onto the hustle of the CIC3STAR. Talk about hectic- a million jumping efforts in a tad under 7 mins and in reverse order. Another of STR’S favourites Megan Jones actually managed to be the sole recipient of our “shoulda gone to Specsavers” and “don’t become an accountant” when she managed to actually gallop straight past the big Duck basket on KP Invader. Young SA rider Jamie Stitchel and the beautiful Image Blue Ice impressed us with a great round. The time proved impossible to get but leader of the class Ye Olde Mate Oli Townend gave it a crack looking great on Napoleon. Clear with the least time meant a win for the Englishman in the land of hot and sweaty eventing. Phew!!! What a day and more was to come that night with the Ridersxoxo party. This proved a very glamorous affair complete with a fashion parade, more than enough great food for all and some serious rug cutting on the dance floor.The STR team spent the night being iced so were not in attendance but on the spot reporters kept us updated to the shenanigans.
Trot up Sunday morning was an early start so the latte shops were not even yet open. All the horses looked fresh and well but some of the spectators looked like they had been dragged through the scrub backwards. The only casualty was young rider Kenya Wilson’s super little mare Winifred Fair who was spun. Simon Tainsh’s lovely Vengeance who was sitting in the top 5 in the 2 star was a no show. Formalities completed we were off 2 star show jumping. Clear rounds were harder to find than a pork sandwich at a bar mitzvah- only 9 clears from 30 competitors. Again Golly (Sir Mark Todd) Barton and Bertie Bad showed a clean set if heels and a distinct lack of arena nerves to jump from 13th up to 6th. Andy Barnett demonstrated his skills gained in a former career by jumping clear putting pressure on the leader Gemma Tinney. Unfortunately Annapurna toe tapped 2 fences dropping her to 3rd and elevating Andy to the highest spot on the podium. Katja Weimann filled the runner up position.
After a break where we were treated to some proper show jumping World Cup style and many lattes and wine were consumed finally we had the 4 star horses out to start their last phase. In a total break from tradition we had Daddy-o’s Stu and Shane jump early on in proceedings after both suffered glance offs at the skinny brush the previous day. Stu and the beautiful Warhawk jumped a super clear, Shane 2 down. Tegan Lush had obviously got some feeling back in her arms and jumped a lovely clear as did the galloping vet Rohan Luxmoore and Bells and Whistles. Andy Coops Cooper had a couple down to hold onto 3rd. The anticipation levels were at an all time high as Will and Wenlock Aquifer entered the arena. 3 down gave our Hazel room to breathe and breathe she did. Cool as a cucumber she piloted the wonderful Clifford around for a foot perfect clear. A perfect ending for the most consistent and successful partnership in Australian eventing this year. STR doesn’t like to brag but we tipped her after Goulburn for a win.
Well that was that for Adelaide 2016. The winners of all classes were not a surprise, only 2 riders got Adelaide grass stains on their breeches, the weather was superb (!!) and the competition and shopping even better. STR’s infamous blue lounge had its float boots put on and was loaded up on the Bimbadeen Park truck for its trip back East. Next on our calendar we visit the land of agapanthas and photinia hedges- Wallaby Hill for their inaugural 3DE 1st til 4th December!!! What a way to wrap up the year. Of course STR is enormously grateful for the continued support of their wonderful sponsors Horsewerks Bowral, TBV Equestrian and Rural Supplies and the Team from Bimbadeen.
Co Authors Fi and Hendo