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Sharmayne Spencer and Mega Star Win the Bates International Three Day Event
Sydney, Australia

A new superstar emerged at the Bates International Three Day Event when elite rider Sharmayne Spencer today took first place with her brilliant ride on 'Mega Star'. Spencer had been in the top three since the start, performing a beautiful dressage test, and continued her fine performance in cross country without a mistake only adding 6.4 time penalties. Showjumping today, moved indoors after the torrential rain that plagued the 3DE, proved difficult to all competitors with only one clear round Horseland CCI*** by Spencer.

Yesterdays leader in the EFA NSW CCI**, Natalie Siiankoski, did not crack under pressure in her showjumping round and retained the lead. Craig Barrett took second place on 'Wendela Jamie' by only adding 2 time penalties to his score. Despite good technique Clinton Van Der Sanden unfortunately slipped from third place to sixth after having three rails, which allowed Sam Lyle on 'Brother' to steal the position.

No one in the Gow Gates Insurance Brokers CCI* could remove Boyd of his first place. Boyd lead from start to finish riding the beautiful warmblood mare 'Fair Fiona W', adding no other penalties to his dressage score of 47.1. Claudia Graham hung on to her second with a clear showjuming round. Young rider Lauren Balcomb retained her overnight third place with the diligent showjumping round that demonstrated a true partnership between horse and rider. This class was the largest of all at the Event and the largest CCI* in the Bates International Three Day Event history, with 61 riders. A reason for this sizable class is due to 19 overseas riders who competed concurrently within this class and the Asia-Pacific Challenge Trophy (APCT). By holding the APCT at the Bates International Three Day Event creates a number of mutual benefits for all competitors.

The showjumping proved to be an exciting finish for the IRT and ENSW APCT with only one clear round produced by the eventual winner Major Rajesh Pattu aboard 'Spock', owned by Katherine Strelein. Thailand young rider, Promton Kingwan, riding 'Mister Moss' took second place while overnight leader, Lt. Col. Ahlawat from India, slipped to third. This competition is in its second year and proved to be a great success and an important qualifier for the Asian Games held next month. Next year the APCT will be held at the CCI** level in preparation for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

In the Fairfield City Council PreNovice class the top three placings coming into the showjumping were untouchable as they all retained their positions, with Michelle Hasibar in first, Raquel Blanco in second and Augusta Clarke taking third place. The Erin walker memorial for the highest placed junior rider was awarded to Raquel Robson, who placed 7th overall.

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