Victorian riders dominated the 2013 Melbourne International 3DE, with riders from the home state taking out the CCI3*, 2*, 1* as well as the CCIJ*.
In the prestigious CCI3*, it was Katja Weimann and BP Flamboyant who came home strong with only one rail down to snatch victory on 50 penalty points. In front of a packed crowed at Werribee Park, Weimann stormed home to become the first Victorian in nine years to take out the title. Not since Emily Anker in 2004 has a home state rider won the 3* event.
Weimann outclassed a top field, with Olympian Sonja Johnson and Belfast Mojito finishing in second place (51.60) and Seumas Marwood and Wild Oats rounding out the minor placings on 57.90.
Rohan Luxmoore of Gisborne, Victoria and Bells N Whistles rode to success in the Logan Floats CCI** competition, edging out second placegetter Tim Boland and Lord Limmerick in the final phase of the competition.
This year’s CCI* competition, sponsored by RACV Farm Insurance, was won by Victorian Robert Palm and his mount Parklands Oakley, having finished on their dressage score following faultless cross country and showjumping rounds.
The Racing Victoria CCIJ*, taken out by 17 year old Charlie King of Main Ridge, Victoria and Charlton Veeza who, like Palm and Parklands Oakley, led the three-phased competition from start to finish. King finished ahead of New South Wales sisters Bridget and Elizabeth Crosato who took out the minor placings on 50.66 and 50.79 respectively. Bridget riding Silenzio II had clear rounds in both the cross country and jumping phases, with Elizabeth and Koyuna Bandit recording one time fault after a flawless cross country round.
Record numbers of families, equestrian enthusiasts and lovers of the outdoors were attracted to this year’s competition where Australian and international riders competed in dressage, cross-country and show jumping phases, at the picturesque Werribee Park precinct.
Equestrian Victoria CEO, Greg Pratt, said the 56-year old MI3DE is an event steeped in history, providing a valuable and entertaining experience over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
“It has been a fantastic weekend of sport for both Australian and international riders. We have seen some world-class performances from both our Olympian competitors and our up-and-coming local stars,” said Mr Pratt.
For a full list of competition results and further information on the 2013 MI3DE, please visit http://www.equestrianvictoriaevents.com.au/Melbourne3DE/results.php. For a full event report and results from the 2013 Melbourne International 3DE – click here.