All Luck for Shane Rose in Albury
Albury, NSW, Australia
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Shane and All Luck (aka Lucky) were convincing winners of the CIC 3* class finishing 5.1 penalty points ahead of second placegetter Amanda Howell (Sydney 2000 Olympian) on her exciting eleven-year-old grey gelding Koyuna Tora Bora.
"Lucky felt great all weekend," said Shane "We gave him a long holiday after the Olympics and it is nice to have him back."
Battling dry conditions the Albury organising committee went to great lengths to improve the hard ground. The entire cross-country course for every class was aerated and rotary hoed.
"The Albury committee always runs a great event. They put in a huge amount of work to ensure good footing for the horses which is so important in keeping them fit and well. It is greatly appreciated by the riders," said Shane
Overall it was a great weekend for Shane. He also won the CIC 2* class on APH Moritz and was third on Taurus. To make it a clean sweep of the international classes for their camp Shane's partner Niki Chapman won the CIC 1* riding Ladybrook Remington.
This year Shane has big plans for Lucky. Next week they head to New Zealand to compete in a World Cup qualifier at Kihikihi on the Easter weekend, followed by the HSBC World Cup Eventing Qualifier in Sydney 1 - 3 May - hoping to earn a place at the 2009 HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing Final held 21-23 August in Strzegom, Poland.
In September Shane hopes to take Lucky back to Burghley CCI 4* in the United Kingdom, where they finished an impressive third place in 2006.
Shane will also be aiming Lucky for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky (USA) in 2010.
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