Well Sit Tighters, things are certainly heating up in the lead ups to Adelaide and Wallaby Hill 3DE’s. STR was excited to be broadcasting live and on the app from the blue lounge and/or the blue gazebo from both Canberra CIC and Goulburn CIC. For 2 events so close together, both geographically and calendar wise they were complete polar opposites in nearly every other way.
The deplorable Canberra weather on Friday and Saturday meant that there were lots of ‘high beaming’ from the riders, bogged trucks and a good tracking of red mud up everyone’s tail ramps. The amazing all weather arenas were much appreciated by the horses and the grooms who didn’t have to worry about getting the glo white shampoo out of the grooming box. Despite it being very moist the amazing committee gritted their teeth and got on with it with a smile on the outside and probably a lot of internal swearing.
Sunday at Canberra saw magnificent warm spring weather and some hot riding. The Victorians showed us all a clean set of heels with the power couple of Andrew Cooper (AC) and Izzy O’loughlin taking out the 3 star and 1 star respectively. The Charlotte Dujardin award for the weekend went to Deon Stokes for a superb mid 30’s dressage score in the 2 star. This young man actually quinella’d the 2 star so if Tomwaterhouse.com decides to open a book on Adelaide he could be one to throw a few bucks on.
The Sit tight award definitely went to Jess ‘pumpkin tits’ Grossman for her amazing display of courage, skill and determination in pulling up the very headstrong Cloudy in the 105cm. The ‘Please don’t become an accountant’ award was handed out to Laura Wallace (also a great sponsor of STR through her business Horsewerks Bowral) for going straight from jump no.14 to no.16. 2 weeks later, with the mud gurneyed off horses, trucks and some unfortunate riders, STR and every man and their (invisible!) dog fronted up at what is the showpiece of NSW horse trials- Lynton at Goulburn CIC. STR was feeling the love because as well as celebrating it’s 3rd birthday, it was accompanied by 2 of its wonderful sponsors in the trade stand area – TBV Equestrian Supplies (Ellis and Michelle Turnbull) and Horsewerks Bowral who both looked to be doing a roaring trade.
Goulburn showed us all that it can produce the goods weatherwise. No trucks were bogged, everyones’ boots received a gleaming shine from the clean and green grass and grooms were again resigned to the fact that glo white shampoo was going to be required. The star classes featured the who’s who of Southeast Australia’s eventing fraternity plus a couple of ring- ins, the most notable being the lovely Sarah Felton all the way from the land of jandals and fush and chups who had 2 horses in the 3 star. We were very sad to see her walk home on one horse from the infamous Lynton Lane crossing. We also saw the return of Tim Boland to the fold after a stint in the UK so the competition definitely had an international flavour. One of Tim’s 3 star horses, Napoleon was obviously still a little jet lagged as he told Tim that he should jump the second last showjump without him.
In a typical eventing reality check, Canberra’s hero was Goulburn’s victim when the normally invincible AC had a fall of epic proportions at the huge 3 star roll tops. great to see both horse and rider up and back at the truck in one piece. Actually the horse was back at the truck with in 1 minute, AC took about 15 and arrived astride a quad bike which was probably not his preferred mode of transport. STR was right in the thick of the xc action, having the blue gazebo set up at the road crossing and broadcasting live from underneath its flapping roof. The action was so hectic, horses going and coming so thick and fast that we all felt like the crowd at a tennis match. Tiraumea Coachman made Andy Barnett work hard to stay in the plate by impersonating a big white eel between the 2 road crossing fences. The pedals were lost and the knitting dropped but Andy stayed put and finished the course with no further need for saddle-tite!
Now STR has a new sponsor on its books in Bimbadeen Park and Shane Rose made sure he sent us a big cheerio every time he passed the blue gazebo however the smile was briefly swiped from his face when his 2 star mount Swiper swiped violently to the left and again to the right in the 2 strides between fences at the road crossing however all flags were ridden between in a fashion. certainly the road crossing outward bound caused a lot of sit tight moments.
The ‘I didn’t sit quite tight enough’ award went to Victoria’s Chris Height who parted company with his 1 star and 3 star mounts. The ‘don’t become an accountant’ award goes to Gemma Tinney for missing the 4 th last fence in the 2 star and the ‘shoulda gone to Specsavers’ award goes to Charlie Brister for jumping a 1 star fence in the 2 star. So all results are in and there were some standout performances in all the classes. Most impressive was Hazel Shannon and her wonderful partner Clifford winning the 3 star on their dressage score. predicting a very high finish for her at the 4 star. The small in stature but big in the kahunas department Emma Bishop and CP Issey Miyake made the 2 star look effortless and are also a reliable pick for being at the pointy end at Adelaide.
STR also makes a big acknowledgement of the outstanding effort of JUNIOR RIDER Macey Reen beating a huge field of high rollers by winning the 1 star. We will be discussing all these results plus so much more in our SIT TIGHT WITH THE STARS panel show on the 1st of next month (and every month). Hot topics will include trot up outfits, covering such things as how much cleavage is too much and are stilletos okay (and that’s just for the male riders). Thanks to Boonoona Design (www.crosscountryjumps.net) for sponsoring the Sit Tight with the stars panel show. Preparation for events especially 3DE’s’s and all ranges if topics will be covered by out esteemed ‘ground jury’ of panelists.
Then of course STR will be packing its new travel sized version of the blue lounge (an inflatable one courtesy of Hendo’s eventing team) and it microphone and heading off to the city of churches and the occasional serial killer- Adelaide where we will be covering everything including the trot ups like tinea. Make sure you keep up to date and in control of your FOMO (fear of missing out) by keeping your eyes on FB and your ears to the radio app as there will be live interviews galore, special guest stars and everything in between.
Hold on Adelaide, here we come!!