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  • Perfect conditions for the Adelaide Equestrian Festival finale – ATCO Jumping Day

    The Adelaide Equestrian Festival gates opened at 8am for the TRM Horse Inspections with blue skies and sunshine seeing spectators arriving early in anticipation for the final day of competition. A morning performance from Guy McLean Horsemanship was welcomed with crowd laughter, applause and cheers as his time with the festival came to an end after a successful 4-days. The competition commenced at 10am with the Heritage Grand Stand quickly filling up with eager onlookers. Some late rail drops saw overnight leaders Sam Woods and SS Eight Count drop into fourth place while Olivia Barton and APH Sodoku demonstrated a seamless clear round to take out the 2024 Racing SA CCI3*-L. It was the Horseland CCI4*-S that followed with a stellar line-up of riders who delivered an exciting midday session. Shenae Lowings took out the win with a gasp-worthy performance with Bold Venture fortunately making a quick recovery following a stumble coming off the back of the Brand South Australia jump. It was a nail-biting finish for the Adelaide International CCI5* with David Middleton completing the only clear round of the class which saw the Australian rider take out first place. It was the year 2000 that last saw David win first place at the South Australian event with his then horse, Willowbank Jack. Olivia Barton received second place with a remarkable round in her first ever 5* start with Hollyander HG while Donna Edwards-Smith from New Zealand took out third place. The Racing SA CCI*3-L Results: First Place: Olivia Barton and APH SODOKU (AUS) 31.9 Second Place: Olivia Shore and DREAMCATCHER (AUS) 32.4 Third Place: Gemma Tinney and PHS HILTON (AUS) 36.2 Bates Saddle Young Rider Championship: Olivia Shore and DREAMCATCHER (AUS) Horseland CCI4*-S Results: First Place: Shenae Lowings and BOLD VENTURE (AUS) 31.8 Second Place: Andrew Cooper and PEPPERJACK (AUS) 43.6 Third Place: Oliver Barrett and SANDHILLS SPECIAL (AUS) 46.9 Pure Steed Grooms Awards: Charlotte Andrews Adelaide International CCI5* Results: First Place: David Middleton and WEC IN THE MONEY (AUS) 47.8 Second Place: Olivia Barton and HOLLANDER HG (AUS) 53.4 Third Place: Donna Edwards-Smith and DSE MENDOZA (NZ) 63.3 The Adelaide Equestrian Festival Chair Greg Rolton said the 2024 program was a standout with an excellent display of world-class performances supported by a record-breaking crowd. “What a fantastic competition that we have just witnessed right here in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. It’s been a pleasure to watch these talented equestrian athletes and their horses compete in our 4-day International event.” “For all of our spectators that have joined us here in the Adelaide Park Lands, thank you. And for those who have watched from afar, we also say thank you. Likewise, to our fantastic sponsors and volunteers – without you we wouldn’t have this world-class event to share with the world.” Media Contact Adelaide Equestrian Festival: Sarah Stokes of Parlare Public Relations Contact 0412 658 390 | sarah@parlarepr.com.au

  • RB Sellars Cross Country Day delivers some standout performances on Day 3

    It was a picture-perfect Saturday as South Australia turned on the weather for day three of the Adelaide Equestrian Festival – RB Sellars Cross Country Day. The morning kicked off with a Godolphin Cross Country Masterclass in the Gillian Rolton Main Arena. Hosted by Olympian Amanda Ross, the Masterclass was a one-hour showcase guided by the experience and knowledge of a world-class athlete as Amanda workshopped a series of Cross Country tips and techniques, showcasing the athleticism of five Off The Track Thoroughbreds. The Racing SA CCl3*-L Cross Country saw riders take to the course this morning with clear skies and pristine conditions. Rider Sam Woods and SS Eight Count took out the top spot by a narrow 0.1 margin over Olivia Barton and APH Sodoku. The Adelaide International CCI5* Cross Country presented a stellar line-up of riders with the action-packed session seeing Australian rider Olivia Barton and Hollyander effortlessly executing their first ever CCI5* clear and under time allowing her to jump from 7th after Dressage to first place. The Horseland CCI4* Cross Country rounded out the third day with last year’s winner, Shenae Lowings and Bold Venture taking out the top spot with 27.8. The Adelaide Equestrian Festival Chair Greg Rolton said the level of athleticism on display across the day was second to none. “The Adelaide Park Lands were alive with atmosphere as spectators made their way between Victoria Park and Rymill Park to watch on as each incredible rider took to the course.” “The RB Sellars Cross Country Day was the perfect showcase of what South Australia has to offer. It was a pleasure to see so many families and equine enthusiasts out experiencing this great sport.” “The challenging course put riders to the test as each athlete put their bodies and horses on the line as we head into the final day of the competition.” Racing SA CCl*3 Cross Country Results First Place: Sam Woods and SS EIGHT COUNT (AUS) 31.8 Second Place: Olivia Barton and APH SODOKU (AUS) 31.9 Third Place: Olivia Shore and DREAMCATCHER (AUS) 32.4 The Adelaide International CCI*5 Cross Country Results First Place: Olivia Barton and HOLLYANDER HG (AUS) 36.2 Second Place: Diane Gilder and YOUR ATTORNEY (NZ) 46.3 Third Place: David Middleton and WEC IN THE BREEZE (AUS) 47.8 Horseland CCI*4 Cross Country Results First Place: Shenae Lowings and BOLD VENTURE (AUS) 27.8 Second Place: Andrew Cooper and PEPPER JACK (AUS) 39.6 Third Place: Oliver Barrett and SANDHILLS SPECIAL (AUS) 42.1 Media Contact Adelaide Equestrian Festival: Sarah Stokes of Parlare Public Relations Contact 0412 658 390 | sarah@parlarepr.com.au

  • Day 1 and 2 wrap up for the Adelaide Equestrian Festival

    The start of the Adelaide Equestrian Festival has seen the ResourceCo Community Day and Pryde’s Easifeed Dressage Day capture the attention of thousands of spectators with the Racing SA CCI3*-L Dressage, Horseland CCl4*-S Dressage and the Adelaide International CCl5* Dressage taking centre stage on the Gillian Rolton Main Arena, Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi. The precision driven discipline saw 49 of the finest equestrian athletes and their horses from around Australia and New Zealand compete against each other in their respective categories to perform and showcase the horse’s movements in a seamless presentation that requires a united relationship between rider and horse. The Adelaide Equestrian Festival Chair Greg Rolton said the first two days of the festival had seen strong attendance numbers that matched the strong competition. “The first phase of this 4-day eventing competition is always highly anticipated as it sets the tone for the rest of the weekend,” Mr Rolton said. “Dressage leads us into a highly engaging and energic Saturday line-up with the RB Sellars Cross Country Day which sees these world-class athletes making their way through Adelaide’s East Park Lands.” “Our spectators and judges were fortunate enough to witness some first-class performances across Thursday and Friday. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Adelaide Equestrian Festival.” Visitors to the Adelaide Park Lands were also able to immerse themselves in a series of family friendly activities, marketplace shops and boutique food and beverage offerings. “There is something for everyone at the Adelaide Equestrian Festival. It’s a destination event that offers a taste of everything at your fingertips – stunning views across the Adelaide Park Lands paired with the finest equestrian riders and their horses while experiencing the very best that South Australia has to offer,” Mr Rolton said. Racing SA CCI3*-L Dressage Results First Place: Olivia Barton, APH SODOKU (AUS) with 29.9 Penalties Second Place: Jade Findlay, PIKS DANCING QUEEN (AUS) with 30.8 Penalties Third Place: Sam Woods, SS EIGHT COUNT (AUS) with 31.8 Penalties Horseland CCl4*-S Dressage Results First Place: Shenae Lowings, BOLD VENTURE (AUS) with 27.8 Penalties Second Place: Oliver Barrett, SANDHILLS SPECIAL (AUS) with 30.5 Penalties Third Place: Hazel Shannon, WILLINGPARK CLIFFORD (AUS) with 31.4 Penalties Adelaide International CCl5* Dressage Results First Place: Diane Gilder, YOUR ATTORNEY (NZ) with 31.5 Penalties Second Place: Andrew Cooper, HEY ARNOLD (AUS) with 33.7 Penalties Third Place: Gordon Bishop, ADVANTAGE HILL (AUS) with 34.2 Penalties Media Contact Adelaide Equestrian Festival: Sarah Stokes of Parlare Public Relations Contact 0412 658 390 | sarah@parlarepr.com.au

  • BATES SADDLES EXPANDS FESTIVAL PARTNERSHIP

    Bates Saddles announced as new sponsor of the Bates Saddles Rymill Lake at the Adelaide Equestrian Festival! A long-standing sponsor, exhibitor and the ‘Official Saddle Partner’ of the Adelaide Equestrian Festival, Bates Saddles announces expanding partnership. Bates Saddles; expanded sponsorship of the Adelaide Equestrian Festival, including naming rights for the Bates Saddles Rymill Lake, demonstrates their commitment to supporting elite-level eventing in Australia. Bates Saddles’ guiding principle has always been horse welfare and comfort, as well as the strong belief that “comfortable horses perform better”. Their focus on horse welfare has enabled them to reimagine saddle functionality from the horse’s perspective. Through this approach, Bates Saddles’ creative solutions have become the industry benchmark for horse comfort under saddle and position Bates Saddles as a company with unparalleled competitive advantage in the industry. Bates Saddles reputation for innovation in equestrian saddle technology and the emphasis they place on championing horse comfort aligns well with the spirit of the festival. Their support helps the Adelaide Equestrian Festival maintain its status as Australia's premier equestrian event, providing riders and spectators with unforgettable experiences. Throughout the history of the event, many Bates saddles have been spotted on course and in the area, making history. With top riders such as last year’s 5* winner Shane Rose, 4* winner Shenae Lowings and 3* winner Oliver Barrett riding exclusively in Bates saddles. Chair of the Adelaide Equestrian Festival, Greg Rolton added “After the events’ successful return in 2023, we were excited to have Bates Saddles show increased support for elite-level eventing in Australia and are elated for Bates Saddles to become the naming rights sponsors of this cross-country highlight, the Bates Saddles Rymill Lake.” “Sponsors like Bates Saddles have played an integral part in enabling the Adelaide Equestrian Festival to develop and evolve into the incredible spectacle it is today as Australia’s premier equestrian event. We are excited to see the Bates Saddles Rymill Lake in its full glory, as it continues to challenge riders and excite spectators” Mr Rolton said. Bates Saddles is an official partner of British Equestrian, British Eventing, the German Equestrian Federation (FN), the United States Equestrian Association and was recently announced as the Official FEI Saddle Partner. Media Contact Adelaide Equestrian Festival: Sarah Stokes of Parlare Public Relations Contact 0412 658 390 | sarah@parlarepr.com.au

  • RB SELLARS JOIN ADELAIDE EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL

    RB Sellars and Adelaide Equestrian Festival have today announced a partnership that will see these two iconic Australian organisations unite to celebrate the deep-rooted connection between horses and the Australian community. As the event’s Official Apparel Partner and Cross Country Day Presenting Partner, RB Sellars will collaborate with the Adelaide Equestrian Festival to dress Officials and Key Event Personnel. "We are thrilled to welcome RB Sellars as a key partner for this year's festival, said Adelaide Equestrian Festival Chairman Greg Rolton. "Cross Country Day holds significant importance for both our equestrian community and our Australian riders aiming for the Olympics - ambitions that RB Sellars strongly support." Australian owned and designed, RB Sellars has been outfitting Australian families who share a passion for the land since 1996. Inspired by the rural way of life and the practical needs of their customers, RB Sellars has recently expanded their range of practical country wardrobe essentials to introduce its Equestrian range. This exciting range offers the same hard-wearing quality synonymous with the brand, catering to both riders and their horses. RB Sellars CEO Jim Gall echoed the excitement about the partnership: "For over 25 years, RB Sellars has drawn inspiration from the Australian landscape and the hardworking communities who work on it. We are honored to support the inspiring Adelaide Equestrian Festival team who bring this world-class event to Australia, and the dedicated competitors who have trained for many years to achieve this goal." "Supporting our community is at the heart of everything we do." continued Gall. "We are thankful to play a small yet significant role in the journey of those Australian eventers striving to reach the Paris Olympics." Since its humble beginnings, RB Sellars has grown its regional presence to include stores across Australia and New Zealand, a successful online business, and a business-to-business arm outfitting rural and urban businesses Australia-wide. “The Adelaide Equestrian Festival celebrates the profound bond between humans and horses” continued Greg Rolton, Chair of the Adelaide Equestrian Festival, “The festival's objective to entertain a broad spectrum of equine enthusiasts, is an important shared value with RB Sellars.” ENDS Media Contact Adelaide Equestrian Festival: Sarah Stokes of Parlare Public Relations Contact 0412 658 390 | sarah@parlarepr.com.au

  • HORSE & COUNTRY MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP

    Leading international equestrian sports network Horse & Country (H&C) today announced details of extensive and exclusive multi-year partnerships with two of the world’s 5-Star three-day events; The Adelaide Equestrian Festival and The Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials. The Adelaide Equestrian Festival is Australia’s premier equestrian sports event. It’s the only 5-Star held in Australia, the only one held in Asia Pacific, and the only one held in a city centre, offering a truly unique viewing experience. In 2024 it runs from April 18th to April 21st and members of H&C’s streaming service, H&C+, will be able to watch exclusive coverage of all the action from all three phases with commentary from H&C favourite Spencer Sturmey. In addition to the 5-Star, Adelaide also runs 3-Star and 4-Star events which will also be live-streamed on H&C+. Viewers will be able to enjoy the Cross Country and Showjumping from the 3-Star, and every phase of the 4-Star. There’s also more eventing from Australia to enjoy later in the year including the Melbourne International and The Sydney International. The Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials runs from June 13th to June 16th this year and is Germany’s premier three-day event. As with Adelaide, H&C will cover all three phases with Spencer Sturmey again providing the English commentary. German viewers can look forward to local language commentary from Dirk Alexander Lude, a well-known voice to German fans of horse sport. There’s an additional treat from Luhmühlen with full coverage of the 4-Star event which runs in tandem with the 5-Star and is the official German Eventing Championship. Overall, there’ll be an extra edge to Luhmühlen in 2024 as it’s the final 5-Star before the Paris Olympics and the last opportunity to check out the form riders. In addition to the 5-Stars, H&C+ members can look forward to a feast of eventing in 2024 starting with the UK season curtain raiser at Thoresby, with Aston le Walls, Burnham Market, Chatsworth, Belsay, Bramham, Hartpury, and Blenheim to follow. Annual membership of H&C+ is only A$124.99 as a one-off payment, or there’s an option to pay in 12 monthly instalments of A$14.99. And non-members who wish to watch can choose H&C’s Freestyle option and buy a pass for each event for just A$24.99. Commenting for H&C, Director of Content Jonathan Rippon said, “I am delighted to announce our exclusive live coverage of these hugely prestigious events, two of only seven 5-Stars in the world. We’ve developed great relationships with both organisations over the last few years and these new multi-year partnerships are further proof of H&C’s position as the Home of Eventing.” For Adelaide, Festival Director Kirsty Withers said, “One of our festival's unique strengths lies in the challenge of hosting three disciplines in the heart of a major city. The breathtaking parklands surrounding the Adelaide CBD provide an unparalleled backdrop, making this event truly one-of-a-kind. We feel blessed to have access to such a remarkable venue and take immense pride in presenting it to a global audience via Horse & Country for all equine enthusiasts to enjoy.” For Luhmühlen, Event Organiser Julia Otto said, “We are delighted to continue working with Horse & Country as our streaming partner. This partnership is already well established and very familiar to eventing fans around the world. It is of huge benefit to the Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials that Horse & Country will stream the sport coverage internationally, as this is key to both our sponsorship partners and fans, especially if they aren’t able to attend in person.” To watch all H&C’s live eventing coverage, make sure you are signed up to H&C+. Members can watch online or with H&C’s mobile apps, as well as on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, and Amazon Fire. Both H&C+ members and Freestyle pass holders can also watch all the action on-demand straight after the event. Full details on how to join or purchase your H&C+ Freestyle pass can be found www.horseandcountry.tv ENDS Media Contact Adelaide Equestrian Festival: Sarah Stokes of Parlare Public Relations Contact 0412 658 390 | sarah@parlarepr.com.au Media Contact H&C: Richard Burdett richardb@horseandcountry.tv +44 (0) 7768 511702 About Horse & Country Horse & Country is the leading international sports network for the passionate and active equestrian community. Headquartered in London, it is available globally via connected TVs, mobile and web and on leading digital and pay- TV platforms in the US, UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Australia. Horse & Country’s programming line-up includes live coverage from leading sporting competitions in all equestrian disciplines, as well as training and learning shows, documentaries and entertainment.

  • ALL-STAR GOLDEN EVENT AHEAD OF THE OLYMPICS

    The Adelaide Equestrian Festival will, from 18 – 21 April 2024, deliver a show-stopping 5-star equestrian event as riders from around the country compete against each other in the lead-up to the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. ​This prestigious event is the only 5-star event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and will feature more than 70 equestrian athletes and their impressive horses as they each look to stand-out from the competition in a race to secure a coveted place on the Australian Olympic team and compete on the world stage in Paris this July. Uniquely located in the heart of the Adelaide CBD, Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi and its surrounding parklands will host the four-day festival showcasing the disciplines of Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping. Greg Rolton of the Adelaide Equestrian Festival said the top-tier, globally recognised event continued to grow in popularity year-on-year. “When you provide an opportunity to see world-class riders take part in eventing that is only witnessed at this level in seven events globally, it doesn’t matter if you’re an equine enthusiast or not – you’ll be drawn into the highly competitive and engaging atmosphere that is the Adelaide Equestrian Festival,” Mr Rolton said. “Last year we welcomed more than 30,000 spectators to the Adelaide CBD parklands and with the family-friendly activations and entertainment offering that we have secured for this year, we anticipate that this number will continue to grow.” “The incredible skill that these riders have and the raw power and ability of these horses are unmatched. We’re excited to see which riders will be using this event to their advantage in the lead up to the Olympics.” A free family fun day on Thursday 18 April will see the public invited into the parklands to witness the start of the Adelaide Equestrian Festival with entertainment and interactive activities for all ages. The 2024 AEF competition timetable includes: Thursday 18 April – Through the generosity of ResourceCo Thursday is free to attend for all spectators. Watch as the Dressage competition begins, let the kids enjoy school holiday arts and craft activities and free face painting while even your four-legged pooch can have some fun in the parklands OFFICIAL OFFICIAL Friday 19 April – Pryde’s Easifeed sponsor the Dressage competition. Guests will enjoy entertainment from world-renowned Australian horseman and bush poet, Guy McLean, plus you can opt for a seat in the VIP marquee which includes a sit-down long lunch as you watch the day unfold in front of your eyes Saturday 20 April – The action and adrenalin of the sponsored RB Sellars Cross Country Day is sure to excite everyone. Enjoy a curated selection of pop-up wine stalls and South Australian hospitality while you witness a team of retired racehorses demonstrate their ability in the Olympic sport of eventing. Sunday 21 April – The podium places will be decided in the highly anticipated ATCO Show Jumping Day as the final discipline showcased for the festival. South Australian Minister for Tourism, Zoe Bettison said: “Adelaide’s beautiful Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi and its surrounding parklands will be hot to trot this April, as we welcome back the Adelaide Equestrian Festival. “More than 30,000 spectators came out last year to experience the five-star equestrian event – the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere – which is only set to grow in 2024 as more than 70 riders compete in the lead up to the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics,” Minister Bettison said. “The elite sporting festival will continue our state’s non-stop event action, cementing South Australia’s reputation as an event destination of choice while injecting valuable dollars into our economy as athletes and spectators stay and play in SA.” Adelaide Equestrian Festival tickets can be purchased at www.adelaideequestrianfestival.com.au from today. For more information, please contact Sarah Stokes of Parlare Public Relations Contact 0412 658 390 | sarah@parlarepr.com.au

  • ROSE, LOWINGS & BARRETT TRIUMPH

    Adelaide, Australia - The Adelaide Equestrian Festival is elated to announce the results of the 3-day Adelaide Equestrian Festival competition, held in front of a record crowd celebrating Olympian Shane Rose winning the Adelaide International 5-star competition, Shenae Lowings taking out the RM Williams 4-star competition, and Oliver Barrett winning the Racing SA 3 Star competition. ​ RESULTS OF THE ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL CCI5*-L: Shane Rose on Virgil with a score of 28.5 Sam Lyle on BF Valour with a score of 38.0 Sophia Hill on Humble Glory with a score of 40.9 RESULTS OF THE RM WILLIAMS CCI4*-S: Shenae Lowings on Bold Venture with a score of 34.7 Andrew Cooper on Sha valley Thunder with a score of 42.5 Cathryn Herbert on Easy Turn with a score of 43.2 RESULTS OF THE RACING SA CCI3*-S: Oliver Barrett and Sandhills Special on 28.1 Erin Callahan and Danson Lincoln on 29.6 Jess Somerfield and Finch Farm Carpentaria on 32.5 Adelaide Equestrian Festival Chairman Greg Rolton said:  “Today’s final day of competition, the ATCO Show Jumping Day was a thrilling end to our four-day festival. Having competitors, record crowds and our team back in our city after a three-year hiatus was just sensational.” “I thank  all involved from our passionate board, event director, stewards and officials, sponsors, contractors and hard-working volunteers for putting on this world-class event that been so enjoyable and memorable for all.” ​ South Australian Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison said the return of the Adelaide Equestrian Festival has been a “huge success” with the response from event goers a clear indicator of that. ​ “What a fantastic four days it’s been in our city’s parklands, with record crowds flocking to the festival to enjoy the elite equestrian action – including an all-time high of 20,000 through the gates on Saturday’s Cross Country Day alone. ​ “As the only event of this type worldwide held in the heart of a city and the new expanded program offerings, it’s no wonder there’s been such a terrific response from locals and visitors alike for this world-class festival now back on our state’s annual events calendar.” Shane Rose and horse Virgil, the overall winners in the 2023 5 Star competition across the 3-day competition is exhilarated to win in Adelaide at the highest level in Equestrian. Rose said when accepting the trophies for himself and his horse said “The plan was always to bring Virgil here to Adelaide to qualify for Paris 2024 and we will see what unfolds there. It means everything to come back to compete in Adelaide after covid - it’s amazing and I realise that there’s nowhere like this in the world to gallop through a city and the crowd and the weather are just second to none. “I think you can tell by the record crowd from here, around Australia and New Zealand – it’s the best event supported by the best crowd and sponsors in the Southern Hemisphere.“ “It’s a bonus gift ahead of my 50th birthday tomorrow!” Rose, in the second time only since the events inception in 1997, is a 3-time competition winner (He has won the 5* in 2004, 2015 and 2023). This popular event attracted a record 30,000 patrons this week in Adelaide and is thought to have contributed well over $5.2 million in new economic expenditure for the state this year. The Adelaide Equestrian Festival is supported by the South Australian Government through the South Australian Tourism Commission.

  • JUMP INTO ACTION THIS SUNDAY

    The highly anticipated ATCO Show Jumping Day will take place on Sunday April 23 2023. This exciting event will showcase the best equestrian athletes from around the world as they compete in the thrilling discipline of show jumping in our city parklands. The ATCO Show Jumping Day is the final day of competition at the 2023 Adelaide Equestrian Festival, and spectators can expect to witness top-level riders and their horses demonstrate their mastery of this exhilarating sport. The competition will take place on a world-class show jumping course, designed to challenge the riders and showcase the athleticism of the horses. "We are thrilled to host the ATCO Show Jumping Day as the finale of the 2023 Adelaide Equestrian Festival," said Adelaide Equestrian Festival Chairman Greg Rolton. "Show jumping is a dynamic and exciting sport that requires exceptional skill and precision from both horse and rider and our event is the only one of its kind to be hosted across a CBD at the highest level of competition you will see in the Southern Hemisphere." “The ATCO Show Jumping Day is a must-see for equestrian fans and action enthusiasts, and spectators can expect a thrilling day of world-class competition” said Rolton. South Australian Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison said “Sunday is the day for visitors and locals alike to ensure they don’t miss out on seeing the action at the Adelaide Equestrian Festival in the city’s parklands. “It’s been wonderful to see record crowds back in the parklands – ticket sales already surpassed 2019 levels by day one of the festival, and we’ve seen spectators cheering on our nation’s elite equestrians in their first chance to compete in front of Olympic Selectors for Paris 2024. “Festivals such as this are a great way for locals and visitors to experience the best of our state and I encourage people to come to the Parklands tomorrow for a day out like no other,” Minister Bettison said. ATCO Australia Country Chair & Chief Financial Officer, John Ivulich, said ATCO was delighted to support the Adelaide Equestrian Festival and sponsor the ATCO Show Jumping Day. “South Australia has been hosting some fantastic sporting events this month attracting people from around Australia and the world, and the Adelaide Equestrian Festival is one of them," Mr Ivulich said. "The event is an opportunity for us to celebrate the incredible partnership between horse and rider and have visitors from across Australia and the world observe the talents of the ANZ’s top show jumpers – it’s something not to be missed.” The Adelaide Equestrian Festival is a premier equestrian event held annually in Adelaide, Australia which contributes $5.2M to the state thanks to 25,000 spectators. The festival attracts top riders and horses from around the world and features a range of disciplines, including dressage, show jumping, eventing, and also includes a polo event under lights on Friday in 2023. Alongside the competition there’s something for everyone at this year’s festival including the ATCO Kids Corral, Peppermint Grove Lounge for five-star ringside VIP action including 3-course meal and a selection of great K1 Wines as well as fine wines from Rymill Coonawarra and Cooper’s Beers plus great shopping in the marketplace precinct. Plus, there will be Pop up gin, vodka, and cocktail bars thanks to Rustons Distillery.

  • ROSE DOMINATES ON CROSS COUNTRY DAY

    Today’s competition of the Horseland Cross Country Day in front of a record crowd of 22,000 spectators has Shane Rose, NSW leading in the Adelaide International 5-star competition, Shenae Lowings in the RM Williams 4-star competition, and Oliver Barrett leading in the Racing SA 3-star competition. RESULTS FOLLOWING THE Horseland Cross Country Day Competitions today (21/04/2023) are: RESULTS OF THE ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL CCI5*-L Cross Country: Shane Rose on Virgil with a score of 28.5 with 0.4 penalties added today. Sam Lyle on BF Valour with a score of 33.6 with 8 penalties added today. Shane Rose on Be My Daisy with a score of 36.8 with 10.4 penalties added today. Kenya Wilson on Sandros Salute MW on 37.3 with 1.6 penalties added today Sophia Hill on Humble Glory with a score of 40.9 with no penalties added today. RESULTS OF THE RM WILLIAMS CCI4*-S Cross Country: Shenae Lowings on Bold Venture with a score of 34.3 with 8.4 penalties added today. Andrew Cooper on Sha valley Thunder with a score of 38.5 with 6.8  penalties added today. Shane Rose on Easy Turn with a score of 38.7 with 8.8 penalties added today. Cathryn Herbert on Wimborne Constable with a score of 39.2 with 11.6 penalties added today. Shane Rose on Dotti with a score of 45.1 with 16 penalties added today. RESULTS OF THE RACING SA CCI3*-S Cross Country: Oliver Barrett on Sandhills Special with a score of 28.1 with 2 penalties added today. Erin Callahan on Danson Lincoln with a score of 29.6 with no penalties added today. Molly Lines on Tadpole with a score of 30.9 with no penalties added today. Jess Somerfield on Finch Farm Carpentaria with a score of 32.5 with 5.2 penalties added today. Samuel Jeffree on Wimbourne Conjuror with a score of 35.6 with no penalties added today. Adelaide Equestrian Festival Chairman Greg Rolton said:  “It’s exhilarating for both seasoned equestrians and new spectators watching the horses rush by amidst the stunning parklands under perfect weather conditions. “The 2023 courses designed for this weekend by internationally renowned designer Mike Etherington Smith is challenging which makes for great viewing and an exciting competition.” “We are looking forward to tomorrow’s final day of competition, the ATCO Show Jumping Day, and invite everyone whether local or visitors - you don’t need to know a thing about horses – just book your ticket online then come and enjoy a great value day out in the sunshine with us.” South Australian Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison said Sunday is the day for visitors and locals alike to ensure they don’t miss out on seeing the action at the Adelaide Equestrian Festival in the city’s parklands. “It’s been wonderful to see record crowds back in the parklands – ticket sales already surpassed 2019 levels by day one of the festival, and we’ve seen spectators cheering on our nation’s elite equestrians in their first chance to compete in front of Olympic Selectors for Paris 2024. “Festivals such as this are a great way for locals and visitors to experience the best of our state and I encourage people to come to the Parklands tomorrow for a day out like no other,” Minister Bettison said. Shane Rose, competitor in the 5 Star event – the highest level in Equestrian – said: “The weather could not have been better… perfect for spectators and not too hot for the horses. “It’s been a really nice experience. Galloping through the olive groves and the winding paths of Adelaide. “So far I’m really happy with my horses,’’ Rose said after the 5 star competition where he was holding down first and third positions on Virgil and Be My Daisy to go into the  Jumping round on Sunday. “Be My Daisy was a trooper and she just kept on punching, and Virgil, the old campaigner, got the job done.’’ Rose ran the Cross Country course on Friday afternoon after his dressage rides to analyse it closely. “You’ve to know every tree out there to know what side to be on each of them when you are galloping at the speed we do. And there’s a lot of trees out there,’’ Rose said. The Adelaide Equestrian Festival is supported by the South Australian Government through the South Australian Tourism Commission.  ni beriate mpossit iorentio eum quistrum res cupti con.

  • DAY NIGHT ACTION IN ADELAIDE ON FRIDAY

    The International 5* class will start today, this prestigious event will showcase the finest equestrian athletes and their talented horses from across Australia and New Zealand as they compete in the discipline of dressage in the daytime, followed by the first ever SALIFE Polo at Night match under lights in the parklands in the evening. The Adelaide Equestrian Festival is one of only seven events at this level globally, attracting over 25,000 visitors each year. Dressage is a highly skilled discipline that requires a deep understanding of the horse's movements and a close partnership between rider and horse. "We are thrilled to host the Dressage Day as part of the Adelaide Equestrian Festival," said Adelaide Equestrian Festival Chairman Greg Rolton. "This event provides a unique opportunity to showcase the incredible skill and unity of our 4- and 5-Star equestrian athletes with their horses followed by a fantastic Polo match under lights at night." Matt Pryde, National Sales Manager from Pryde’s Easifeed said “The Adelaide Equestrian Festival is known for its world-class Olympic level competition, and the skills on show at today’s Dressage Day promise to be no exception. “Our team at Pryde’s EasiFeed are so proud to support this festival and other local equestrian events and organizations to promote the growth and development of Equestrian in Australia.” Dressage is the first phase of the 3-day eventing competition for the CCI4*-S and CCI5* competitors at the 2023 festival. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch some of the best riders and horses in the world as they compete for top honours in front of Olympic Selectors for our national team for Paris 2024. Horse & Riders need to compete as one to ensure they leave the arena with the lowest amount of penalties to put them on top of the leader board for day one of the 3-day competition. As part of the day, The Peppermint Grove Lounge will welcome guests from 10am for a five-star experience ringside to all the action. A Dressage Masterclass will be held in the lunch break featuring one of Australia's leading dressage riders. The Heritage Grandstand and Giddy Up Club will also provide exceptional viewing experiences for the Pryde's Easifeed Dressage Day. Around the action of the Dressage, festival goers can head to the Marketplace  precinct for some retail therapy. The leading riders will also give a media conference in the Market Place after the scoring has been complete, so make sure you head there to listen to how they felt about their dressage and what their plans are going into Cross Country. The Market Place will have a range of interactive kids activities throughout the day. Following the dressage, The Adelaide Equestrian Festival is excited to host a first ever in the parklands, the SA LIFE Polo by Night. Marquees open at 6pm with Polo following at 7pm. Once all the on-field action is finished they'll have DJs on standby to keep everyone entertained until 11pm. At the Polo, Fashions on the Field sponsored Serafina will also be hotly contested as Sa’s fashonistas compete for a great swag of prizes including outfitting from Serafina and great sa products. 2023 Fashions on the Field Judge and Stylist Emma Mattiske Riemersma, who will be scouting for guests who embrace classic polo styling to make it onto the coveted Fashions on the Field Best Dressed List, said “Stilettos are the fashion faux pas to avoid on the night. Instead, guests should opt for block, wedge, or platform heels that lend themselves to divot stomping and enjoying on-field moments in style”. “This season finale for the Polo will be the last chance for Adelaide’s Polo fashion set to see and be seen in coming months, so book your ticket and plan your outfit now to avoid disappointment ” said Mattiske Riemersma. For the Polo portion of Friday’s event, marquees will open at 6pm with Polo following at 7pm Fashions on the field.

  • BARRETT LEADS THE COMPETITION ON DAY ONE

    Oliver Barrett, a HSC 2022 graduate from NSW leads the field in the CCI3*Dressage after day one and is also leading in the contest for the Bates Young Rider Championship which will be announced on Sunday. ​ "My horse Special loves the Dressage and has been in top form, so to have a win today was quite a good feeling. The Cross Country course looks immaculate and I love Cross Country. Galloping through the city - it doesn't get any better. To have the opportunity to ride here is something I am really looking forward to," said Barrett. ​ Adelaide Equestrian Festival Chairman Greg Rolton said “What a fantastic start to this weekend’s competition. It was great to see our 3-star competitors perform so well in our stunning parklands today. We can’t wait to see the competition continue over the next 3 days and are thrilled to share that we have already surpassed 25,000 (2019 full event numbers) on day one of our festival.” ​ “There are still tickets available online and we encourage everyone to come and be part of this exciting event.” RESULTS FOLLOWING the Racing SA CCI3*L Dressage Competition today (20/04/2023) are: Oliver Barrett on Sandhills Special with a score of 26.1 Jess Somerfield on Finch Farm Carpentaria with a score of 27.3 Teegan Ashby on Magic Mushroom TAE with a score of 28.9

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