Johnson and Jaguar Win Sydney
Sonja Johnson and Ringwould Jaguar have won the Bates Sydney CCI 3* Three-Day Event. Johnson completed her event by show jumping with just one rail down, which was good enough for her to beat Megan Jones on Kirby Park Irish Jester, who finished second, by 6.5 penalty points.
"Australian Stock Horses are known for their toughness and durability, Jag exemplifies those qualities," said a delighted Johnson of her 16-year-old mount.
Sonja went into the lead in unfortunate circumstances after Shane Rose's horse All Luck did not pass the veterinary inspection on Sunday morning, therefore disqualifying Rose from the competition. Shane Rose and 'Lucky' had been leading after the dressage and cross-country tests on first two days of competition.
The Sydney International Three-Day Event was of great interest to the Olympic Selectors, who will now keenly watch the Rolex Kentucky (USA) CCI 4* on 24-29 April and Badminton (GBR) CCI 4* on 01-04 May, where other contenders for the Australian Olympic Eventing Team will be competing.
Australian Olympic Eventing Coach and Selector, Wayne Roycroft, said the Sydney event had been excellent, except for Shane Rose's misfortune. Rose is now required to compete at the Melbourne Three-Day Event in June in a final attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games and to be available for selection.
"It is a great shame for Shane," commented Roycroft.
"He is a great rider and All Luck is a great horse; we will have to see what happens in Melbourne."
"Lucky had a very minor injury," said a devastated Shane Rose.
"It is something that could be better by tomorrow, but that's life."
1996 Gold medalist, Wendy Schaeffer, proved just how consistent she is with her three horses, Koyuna Sun Shine, Koyuna Sun Magic and Koyuna Sun Dancer finishing third, fourth and fifth, respectively
The Australian Olympic Equestrian Team will be announced on 04 July 2008.
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