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Visit Australia and Sydney CCI3* !!!

Sunday, May 04, 2014 - Joanne Bridgman
'Biggles + 'Balmoral Sensation" fly to Sydney . I had a wonderful trip to Australia last week .  My gorgeous homebred eventer
 " Biggles" ( by GRASSHOPPER our stallion )  was heading off to start a new campaign across the ditch  with  eventer Jade Findlay of Findlay Equestrian .  His  travel partner on the plane , Clarke Johnstone's 3* eventer  " Balmoral Sensation" ( Ritchie) was heading off to contest the Sydney CCI***.  Both horses travelled well and arrived at Jade's gorgeous farm and settled in quickly. 
The Sydney International Horse Trial was  brilliant  and was combined with a World Cup SJ Qualifier so all the Sjers were there too .
41 y.o. Olympian Shane Rose won the CCI 3* on the  talented  grey "QUALIFIED" finishing on score of 53.40 . It was a testing XC track over tough terrain .
Shane will be hoping this fine performance help him get to WEG later this year .
 I was very lucky to be able to watch 4 of the horses sold through QNZH's , competing at the show so that was an added bonus .
Hanging out with NZ friends !!!"Flash Az" was looking his usual fabulous self in the SJing with Junior Jamie Torzillo.  
The  NZTB  "Here to Stay" and Belinda Isbister from WA looked  very talented in the Y9ung Event Horse Class .
"Bijou" the wonderful little pocket rocket with Amanda  Young , skipped around the CIC** with ease . 
A big highlight for me was to watch  another of my homebreds by GRASSHOPPER my stallion ,  "Topper II " performing with Kirby Delamont. Kirby has done an outstanding job producing this lovely horse to 2* level .  He looked super fancy in the jumping phases jumping double clear.... I am delighted  and very proud of this gorgous horse I bred !!!
Clarke Johnstone did an impressive  dressage test, and was going well XC  but had an unfortunate dismount at the first water ,  very bad luck !!! So that was the end of that... and now rerouting to Taupo CCI*** ( NZ)  next week .

Shane Rose in his element !!!It was such a fun weekend catching up with loads of clients and friends and fellow NZer's , espeically Heather and Allan Cato and the Lobb's ( suppliers of the beautiful Wade Equine Trucks ).
One very amusing spectacle was the race between jockeys on proper Sjing horses and SJers on little ponies. What a hoot that was and  the jockeys were very impressive jumping some decent fences and  looking rather professional I might add !!!
One cute litte pony tried very hard to buck well known Sjer Chris Chugg off , then just took off like a flash of lightening, hilarious .

Full results and other news from this event you can view here on this link .

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