Your quick guide to the 2017 Adelaide CCI4* competition field – Sponsored by Back on Track


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Your quick guide to the 2017 Adelaide CCI4* competition field – Sponsored by Back on Track

Today, the 2017 Adelaide Australian Three-Day Event  CCI4* is kicking off with the first horse inspection. There are 21 pairs competing at the only CCI4* event in the Southern hemisphere. There are 19 different riders in the field from two different nations (Australia and New Zealand).

All of the dressage takes place on Friday. What eventers love most will be the cross-country on Saturday and the event concludes on Sunday with show jumping.

While you wait impatiently for the action to begin tomorrow, check out these fascinating facts and stats about this year’s competition field.

Battle of the sexes:

  • This year’s field is dominated by the ladies with 11 women (13 entries) and 8 men.
  • The 17 geldings at this event outnumber the 4 mares.
  • There are no stallions in the field.
  • The last time Adelaide was won by a mare was in 2012 when Sandhills Brillaire was piloted to the victory by Craig Barrett (AUS).

Rookies in full force:
There are an impressive five rookie four-star riders tackling Adelaide this weekend:

  • Samantha Felton (NZL) riding Ricker Ridge Pico Boo
  • Tania Harding (AUS) riding Jirrima Yorkshire
  • Madeline Wilson (AUS) riding Im Bruce
  • James Lang (AUS) riding Mousetang
  • Ginny Thompson (NZL) riding Star Noveau

Interestingly no rookie rider is competing a horse with past four-star experience. 

There are 11 horses in the field that have never completed a CCI4*. 


How old are the Adelaide riders?
The average age of the eventers competing at Adelaide this weekend is 36.

In contrast, this year the average age at the other four-stars was:

  • Badminton – 39,
  • Pau – 38,
  • Burghley – 38,
  • Luhmühlen – 37,
  • Rolex – 35.

At only 23-years-old, Emily Gray (AUS) is the youngest rider competing. She is riding Jocular Vision, a 13-year-old Warmblood/Throughbred cross gelding and this will be their second four-star.

At an impressive 53-years-young, Stuart Tinney (AUS) is the most senior rider in the field. He is riding War Hawk, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding this weekend.

How old are the Adelaide horses?
The average age of the horses is 12-years-old.

The oldest horse competing this weekend is Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison a 17-year-old Thoroughbred gelding ridden by Sonja Johnson (AUS).

The youngest horses at Adelaide are 9-years-old, and there are an just two in the field:

  • Misty Isle Valentino ridden by Sonja Johnson (AUS)
  • Im Bruce ridden by Madeline Wilson (AUS)

Past Adelaide CCI4* champions:.
The only past winning combination competing this weekend is Hazel Shannon (AUS) and Clifford who claimed the 2016 Adelaide CCI4* title.

There are three riders in the field this weekend who have won past Adelaide titles on different mounts. Stuart Tinney (AUS) won Adelaide in 2011 with Panamera and 2009 aboard Vettori. Wendy Schaeffer-Macdonald (AUS) was the champion in 2010 aboard Koyuna Sun Dancer and in 2002 with Koyuna Sun Glo. Megan Jones (AUS) also has an Adelaide win to her name, claiming the victory in 2005 with Kirby Park Irish Jester.

Four-star horse mileage:
The horses in the field have completed an average of 1 CCI4* events. This is comparable with this year’s Luhmühlen CCI4*, where the horses had also only completed an average of 1 CCI4* event.

Thoroughbreds dominate the field:
There are a total of 6 Thoroughbreds (29% of the entries) in the field this weekend. Interestingly, Adelaide is the only 2017 CCI4* event that was dominated by Thoroughbreds instead of Irish Sport Horses.


Stay tuned for more Adelaide updates as the action starts to heat up on Friday with the dressage…

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