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The Australian International Three Day Event
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Spring has sprung...the count down is on!

Less than two months to go until the start of the 2016 Australian International Three Day Event.
 
The 2016 Australian International Three Day Event (Aus3de) promises to be a sensational four days of equestrian action.

For the first time, the 2016 Aus3de will showcase a twilight evening of show jumping, international performances and celebrity appearances, including New Zealand’s own “Free Rider” Alycia Burton, as part of the Olympic themed, Barrister's Block Wines Twilight Jumping with the Stars on Friday 4th November. Organisers are pleased to welcome Barrister's Block Wines as the new naming rights sponsors for this event. 


In breaking news, UK rider Oliver Townend, will be competing in the RM Williams CIC3* class at the 2016 Aus3de, riding Tim Boland’s warmblood cross, Napoleon. Oliver will also be conducting a course walk at the event (details on website soon).

Dance the night away at the 2016 Rider's XOXO Party with the Stars, to be held on Saturday 5th November in the VIP Chairman's Lounge from 7.00pm.

Don't miss this year's Friday and Saturday Masterclasses with German Team Gold Medal Coach Christopher Bartle, which promises great value through take home tips for riders of all levels.  

Tickets are selling fast for the VIP Chairman's Lounge, Giddy Up Club and Grandstand, so get in quick before they sell out! Click here to purchase your ticket.
Don't miss performances by New Zealand Free Rider Alycia Burton

New Zealand's expert Free Rider will be making two special performances at the 2016 Aus3de.

Alycia will charm the crowds with her uncanny ability to ride her palomino pinto horse, Classic Goldrush, with no saddle, no bridle and no fear. The main performance will be included in the Barrister's Block Wines Twilight Jumping with the Stars event, on the Main Arena, on Friday 4th November. 

She is currently touring Australia with Goldrush this year and will be making the Aus3de a major part of her circuit. Alycia says she is excited to show the crowds at Adelaide her unique style of riding.

“I am looking forward to performing at Aus3de, where I will be able to show the audience how I ride without a saddle or bridle, over obstacles and jumps up to 1.60m in the main arena,” Alycia said.

“Free riding is a method centred on trust between horse and rider, which I have taught myself. My demonstration aims to inspire, entertain and enthral,” she said. 

Click here to view a short video to give you a taste of Alycia's talents. 

Click here to purchase tickets to the Barrister's Block Wines Twilight Jumping with the Stars.

Barrister's Block Wines sponsor Twilight Jumping with the Stars
Barrister's Block Wines have come on board as the major sponsor for the Twilight Jumping with the Stars, as part of the Aus3de.

The Adelaide Hills based wine brand is a welcome addition to the Barrister's Block Wines Twilight Jumping with the Stars, which will be held on Friday 4 November from 6pm.
 
Barrister's Block Wines is a family owned label, created in 2004 by Jan Siemelink-Allen together with her two sons James and Lachlan, and her husband Evert-Jan.

The wines are of excellent standard, with the fruit sourced from regions best suited to the variety. The company produce approximately 7500 cases per year and have taken a very soft and deliberate approach to growth. At Barrister's Block Wines, the philosophy is about producing quality rather than quantity and are always looking for ways to improve their products. To learn more about Barrister's Block Wines, click here. 
UK rider Oliver Townend to compete at Aus3de
Organisers are pleased to announce UK rider, Oliver Townend, will be competing in the RM Williams CIC3* class at the 2016 Aus3de, riding Tim Boland’s warmblood cross, Napoleon.

Oliver is a highly competitive international rider, who recently won the prestigious Event Rider Masters Series in the UK. His other notable performances include winning the 2009 CCI**** at Badminton Horse Trials and the CCI**** at the 2009 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, as well as competing with success in the British National Championships, European Championships, and 2014 World Equestrian Games.

Aus3de Event Director Gillian Rolton said Oliver will bring a high standard of riding to the competition at the Australian International 3 Day Event.


“Oli is a character, always a great competitor who doesn’t go out there just to make up the numbers!," Gill said. "He will bring a top level of competitive riding to Adelaide, for our riders to benchmark against. As one of UK’s best event riders in 2016, he will no doubt draw a good crowd, as well as give our Australian riders a run for their money.” 

“He has a real chance of being at the top of the leader board in the RM Williams CIC3* . His ride,
 Napoleon has also had much recent success, winning Melbourne CCI** in 2015, and was third at Sydney CCI** in 2015, so they should make a great team,” she said.

“The 2016 Australian International 3 Day Event is the event all Australian and Kiwi riders aspire to and we anticipate the event to attract more international riders in years to come,” she said. 


Oliver Townend will arrive in Sydney next month to begin the training for the Aus3de in November. He will arrive in Adelaide the week of the event, starting 3-6 November.
Q&A with Christopher Bartle- 2016 Aus3de Masterclass Event Ambassador
As one of the world's most reputable coaches in eventing in recent years, and the coach of the Individual Gold Medal winner and Silver Medal Team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, we were thrilled to chat with our international Masterclass presenter, Christopher Bartle. 

You are a busy man, how do you juggle managing the Yorkshire Riding Centre as well as coaching Olympic athletes? 

It is a juggling act!! On the other hand I have a good team of people here at YRC. My sister Jane Bartle-Wilson is also based here. She is of course an ex-Olympian, having ridden in the dressage as part of the British team in Los Angeles '84. My wife Alison, who has ridden up to 3* level herself is also training riders here. The great thing about having YRC, is that I can provide a base as well as the training to the riders, especially from my German squads, who want to compete in the British events.
 
You have had many success stories, both as a coach and rider, what has been some of the highlights in your career? 
I guess the first highlight for me was riding in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, also in the dressage with my great ex Event horse, Wily Trout. Then, there was riding in the British team in the Europeans in '97 at Burghley at the same time as being their dressage trainer, followed by winning Badminton in '98, which was quite amazing. As a coach, my greatest successes have been with my German team, especially in 2008 in Hong Kong and then in London in 2012.

As the coach of the individual Gold and Silver Medal Team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, how was your experience of the 2016 Olympic Games?
I am often asked if I enjoyed Rio. Actually at the time, it is more potential worry about every decision you make and every piece of advice you give as a coach. It is only enjoyable at the end, if you have had success. It was for us all such a roller coaster of a competition. Very exciting for the spectators and the viewers on the TV and through the media, but nerve wracking for us.

In your opinion, what does it take to be an international rider?
The first and most important requirement to be an International rider is the will to do it. It is not so much the belief that you could be one, more the determination to be one and the 'never give up' mentality. You need the horses, you need the support, you need to learn a lot but mostly you need the desire.

What are some of the basic principles of good riding that you will be highlighting during your Masterclass at Aus3de?
It all starts with the development of the correct seat both for dressage and for jumping. Then in the training of the horse, the connection between good dressage training, which improves balance and control without taking away from the horse's initiative. We are looking to develop a partnership with our horse, where each is in self balance and each knows what their responsibilities are.

We are looking forward to having you at the event in November, what are you most looking forward to?
Seeing Adelaide again, seeing how the event has developed, meeting up with friends that I haven't had the chance to visit for well over a decade. Also looking forward to seeing an interesting and exciting competition. 
 
Grandstand tickets are selling fast...book online today!

Watch the very best horses and riders from around the world compete for $150,000 prize pool with uninterrupted views from the comfortable and sheltered seats in the Adelaide City Council Heritage Grandstand. These passes sell out  every year, so get in early to secure your seats.

To book your grandstand tickets, click here.

Don't miss the 2016 Rider's XOXO Party with the Stars
Dance the night away at this year's Rider's XOXO Party with the Stars.

Located in the Chairman's Lounge VIP Hospitality Marquee, the night will feature all the cross country highlights and the chance to let your hair down and party with one of Adelaide's best DJ's.

The evening will include a gourmet barbecue by Morphettville Event Catering and well-priced spirits, wine, Coopers beer, Thatcher cider and softies. Don’t miss out – it’ll be HUGE!

Price: 2016 Aus3de Competitors $25 one with entry. All others $50 (food inclusive).

All tickets must be pre-purchased via Nominate.com.au
Spring Races at Morphettville

There’s no better place to celebrate Spring Racing than Morphettville. With premium hospitality across Morphettville Racecourse with four huge days of racing available from Caulfield Cup Day on October 15 right through to the 'race that stops the nation', Melbourne Cup Day on November 1.  

The South Australian Jockey Club are proud sponsors of the 2016 Aus3de, and will also be the catering the VIP Chairman's Lounge, so why not test what they will be offering at our event at their Spring Racing days?

There’s an offer to suit every taste across the Spring racing season. Gather your friends and hit the lawn party of the Spring at the Spring Carnival Fiesta, with food, beverages and trackside entertainment. Featuring a soundtrack of Adelaide’s DJs, watch the horses thunder past and revel in the Spring Racing atmosphere.

For a more refined experience, the Festival Gardens precinct is all about style. Just metres from the track, indulge in premium beverage service, cocktails and cuisine.

For the racing purists and gentlemen alike, the Punters Lounge provides a sanctuary for the love of finer things. In an inspired chesterfield leather area, enjoy platinum beverage service and an incredible view on at the top of the heritage grandstand.

With entertainment, fashion and racing action across the course, Morphettville is the only place to be this Spring. For more information and to book your tickets visit morphettville.com.au or call our sales team on 8295 0199.

Sponsors Spotlight: R M Williams
R M Williams is one of Australia’s most iconic clothing brands. The R.M.Williams company was founded and established in 1932 by Australian legend, Reginald Murray (“RM”) Williams AO, CMG. RM designed and crafted footwear, clothing and leather accessories for the men and women who lived and worked in outback Australia. Over time, the R.M.Williams company interests have significantly diversified and grown and the brand is strongly associated with Australia’s national identity, outback heritage and pioneering spirit. Renowned for quality and style, R.M.Williams is worn by choice by Global Leaders, international movie stars, world sporting champions and media moguls.

The company has expanded across the globe with 50 stores in Australia and two international stores in London and New York. R.M.Williams also has more than 900 stockist locations worldwide and exports to over 15 countries globally.

R M Williams are the proud sponsors of the 2016 CIC3* Class. To learn more, click here. 
2016 Aus3de Online Auction
The Aus3de will once again be hosting the poular online auction. The general public will have the chance to bid for an Olympic Mid-Mustang float, valued at more than $20,000, as well as a Bates Saddle.
 
The auction will run from the 3rd November to the 8th November 2016.  Olympic Trailers are well known for their quality Australian made Horse Floats and we are proud to be able to offer an Olympic  2015 Mid-Mustang Angle load float with two feed bins, stoneguard package, rug rack over rump enclosed, including 12 months registration and first service included. This package is valued at more than $20,000.

There will also be a fabulous top of the range Bates saddle in the auction this year! We are still finalising the details, but the Auction will be run again through Grays Online and you can bid from anywhere in Australia (or the world really).  To see the full range of Olympic Horse Floats, visit www.olympictrailers.com.au or the range of Bates Saddles, visit www.batessaddles.com.
TRM to sponsor Horse Inspections
Aus3de are pleased to announce TRM will be the naming rights sponsors of the Horse Inspections for the 2016 event. 

The first TRM Horse Inspection will be held on Wednesday 2nd November outside the Adelaide City Council Heritage Grandstand. There will also be a competition for the Best Dressed horse and rider combination (for male and female). Horses and riders will be judged on their overall cleanliness, presentation and appearance. 

To learn more about TRM, click here. 
Rider's Blog with 2008/13 Aus3de winner Chris Burton

With a team bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, plus a victorious win at the recent 2016 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Aus3de past winner, Christopher Burton is shaping up to be one of the most talented riders in the modern eventing scene. We were lucky enough to chat with Burto after his recent successes.

How did it feel to be part of the Bronze medal winning team at the Rio Olympics?
We were really lucky to have such a great group and the team camaraderie was amazing. I think that played a huge part in our success as the environment leading up to, in the camp, and then during the event was really supportive and fun. To win a medal together was the icing on the cake.

 

How was the buzz at the stables? 
The facilities at Rio were really top notch. We had everything we needed and the horses were really happy there. The grooms all got on really well and had a fun time out there too. There is a real air of achievement at the Olympics, so everyone is buzzing. The temperatures weren’t too bad, although I would hate to think how hot summer is if that is winter! We did go out together a couple of times, obviously went to Copa Cabana. There was a lot of talk about how unsafe Rio was, and to be honest we never really felt unsafe, although it was interesting that nobody stops at red lights, the taxi drivers told us that is the easiest way to get mugged.

 

Tell us about your journey to the Rio Olympics.
Getting the horses there was a big operation. There were quite strict quarantine laws to abide by, for example we couldn't take anything wooden in, including brushes. All the horses flew on the same flight, so you can imagine that loading them one at a time, along with their gear took some time. It was very well run though. I think the horses had a much better journey than us, we had the pleasure of travelling Air France who thought a stale cheese sandwich qualified as an evening meal and then took it one step further and lost our bags.

 

How was your preparation leading up to the Games?
It is always a bit stressful planning your preparation in an Olympic year. Santano was not qualified until he completed in Saumur in May, so a lot was riding on his performance there. After that, we took it quite easy and everything went according to plan. He is a lovely natured horse, so we are able to just go with the flow a bit more than with some other horses.

 

Congratulations on your win at Burghley. How did it feel to win such a prestigious event?
It wasn’t the most conventional win, but he was just so great dressage and cross country that we had quite a rare lead going into the showjumping. It really is a huge class to win and it is very special to me. I can’t wait to go back next year and see my name on a plaque on winners avenue!

 

As a previous winner and competitor of Aus3de, how important are events like the Aus3de for riders wanting to prepare themselves for an Olympic Games or Burghley?
Extremely. It is a 4* like all of the others. Because there is only one in the Southern Hemisphere, there is extra pressure on because if something goes wrong you have to wait a whole year to try again. Over here, you re-route and go to another. Dealing with that pressure is a big learning curve and very similar to that felt at on Olympic or World Games.

 

What do you like most about Aus3de?
It is very unique in that it is run in the middle of a city. It is an amazing parklands to gallop through!

ForestrySA welcomes horse riders to the Mount Lofty Ranges forest
Aus3de is proud to be working with ForestrySA for the 2016 event.  ForestrySA’s forests have long been a favourite among horse riders, who take advantage of the natural environment not only for pleasure, but for conditioning event horses.
 
ForestrySA’s Kuitpo Forest is particularly popular among riders including Olympic equestrian champion and Australian International 3 Day Event Director Gillian Rolton OAM.
 
“The forest is a beautiful place to ride – not only for pleasure, but for conditioning work for eventing horses,” Ms Rolton said.
 
“I used the forest regularly with all my horses for many years including Peppermint Grove in the lead-up to the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics.”
 
ForestrySA Chief Executive Jerome Coleman says the partnership between Aus3de and ForestrySA is a good fit.
 
“We are very keen to attract members of the horse-riding community to ride and stay in our forest areas,” Mr Coleman said. “As a recreational forest manager, we work hard to promote and maintain our Mount Lofty Ranges forest estate as the prime location for a range of forest activities.
 
“These include horse riding in Kuitpo Forest, camping and hut accommodation, mountain bike riding at popular Cudlee Creek, hiking and the hosting of large-scale planned community events, music festivals and car rallies,” he said.
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