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2005 Adelaide Australia – Winston

OrchardEndWinstonHeld annually in November, the Australian International 3 Day Event is Australia’s premier equestrian competition. It is the only CCI four star event held in Australia, the only one held in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only six held across the world.  The AI3DE proudly takes its place alongside the other great international four star events, the Rolex Kentucky 3 Day Event in the United States, Burghley Horse Trials and Badminton Horse Trials in England, Luhmuhlen in Germany and Pau in France.

‘Winston’ was a riding school pony that did up-down lessons for beginners and he was also a hell of a jumper.  It was in the Trans Tasman Cup in 2005, (Australia vs. New Zealand), and the fat little pony show jumped clear, beating many of the high-profile team members.  I did a total of three three-day events on ‘Winston’, and after each event he would have his rest time at the riding school, doing four or five kid’s lunging lessons a day for $20 each.

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