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Star Studded International Riders Confirmed

Star Studded International Riders Confirmed

A star-studded cast of international medal winning stars has just been confirmed to compete in next month’s Mitsubishi Adelaide International Horse Trials.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the recent World Equestrian Games Silver Medallist (in the individual category) Jeanette Brakewell from Great Britain will be competing,” said the Minister for Tourism Jane Lomax-Smith.

“She will be joined by USA’s World Equestrian Games Gold Medallist (in the team category), John Williams. Neither of these riders have competed in Adelaide’s Olympic and World Championship level event before. They will be up against one of Australia’s greatest - triple Olympic Gold Medallist, Matt Ryan as they vie for first place in the CIC** (two star) class.”

Other key international competitors include:

- Marie Sleet (GBR) CIC**

- Pauline McKee (GBR) CIC** & CCI****

- Matthew Bates (NZ) CIC**

- Husref Malik (Malaysia) CCI***

- Kate Wood (NZ) CCI****

- Megan Finlayson (NZ) CCI****

- Tim Price (NZ) CCI****

Spectators have more chances than ever to see international riders in action during the new “Twilight Dressage’ on Horseland Dressage Twilight on Friday 8th November, which will feature the CIC** class. Internationals will also be competing on Thursday and Friday during day sessions. .

Held in Victoria Park Racecourse, the Friday night Dressage competition will also be followed by a free screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on the Clipsal Super Screen.

“The Mitsubishi Adelaide International Horse Trials is an exciting event for Adelaide,” said the Minister. “With participation by so many well known international riders, this year’s line up will provide great sporting entertainment for everyone who attends - as both observers or participants.

“It will also provide an excellent opportunity to showcase our beautiful city to the many national and international visitors who are coming here for what we are sure will be a most memorable international event,” said the Minister.

Spectators are invited to come early to the free entry Adelaide City Council Cross Country competition on Saturday 9th November. The R.M.Williams Show Jumping day will be held on Sunday 10th November.

The event is owned and managed by Australian Major Events, a division of the South Australian Tourism Commission and is coming up in Adelaide’s East Park Lands and Victoria Park Racecourse from November 7 - 10, 2002.

FACT SHEET

What: Mitsubishi Adelaide International Horse Trials

The only “inner City equestrian event’ in the world and the only permanent CCI**** (Olympic-level, four star) competition held in the Southern Hemisphere.

Where: East End Parklands and Victoria Park, Adelaide - the capital of South Australia

When: November 7th -10th with a week of associated activity.

- Wed 6th - Trot Up

- Thurs 7th - Day CCI***, Twilight CIC** Dressage (Horseland Dressage Day)

- Fri 8th - Day CCI****, Twilight CIC** Dressage (Horseland Dressage Day)

- Sat 9th - Cross Country starting with CIC**, CCI*** and then CCI**** (Adelaide City Council Cross Country Day - FREE entry)

- Sun 10th - Show Jumping - all classes, starting with the CIC** in the morning (RM Williams Show Jumping Day).

Quirkies: Horses travel at around 570m/minute

- CCI**** course is approx 6400m long, with 35 jumps and will take approx 11

minutes 20 seconds to complete

- CCI*** course is approx 5850m long, taking approx 10 minutes 15 seconds to complete

- CIC** is around 3900m long, taking around 7 minutes/10 seconds to complete.

Why: To see the pinnacle of 3 day Eventing. Held in the beautiful Adelaide City Park Lands, experience the best the City has to offer - just a stone’s throw from the course. Visit the East End’s shopping and dining precinct, stroll through the Botanic Gardens and marvel at the National Wine Centre. For more information visit www.southaustralia.com

The course is designed, for the first time, by UK’s Mike Etherington-Smith. Mike E.S. is renowned for his work at the Sydney Olympics, as a director of the British Eventing Board and has been an FEI International Course Designer and TD since 1986.

Who: This event is owned and managed by Australian Major Events, a division of the South

Australian Tourism Commission.

How: Accommodation packages start from $299AUD per person which includes 4 nights twin

share standard accommodation and continental breakfast daily, as well as entry to the event daily. These can be booked via Email: reservations@proud.com.au or +61 8 8231 9472.

Winergy Club tickets entitle visitors to prime reserved seating, cross country views of the water jump, entry daily, some hospitality, free cap and more. $160 AUD per person.

General admission tickets are:

Thursday: $8, Friday: $8, Saturday: FREE, Sunday: Adults $14, Concession $10.

Background: Now in its fifth year, the field of entries continues to grow following last year’s

extension from the CCI*** (three star) and CCI**** (four star) competition to include a CIC** (two star) class. Approximately 120 horses will be competing.


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