Shane RoseCredit : Lulu Kyriacou
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Shane Rose, the Australian Olympian who is spending a season in the UK, made the long journey to Perthshire for the Blair Castle International Horse Trials worth while by winning the CIC3* Event Rider Master (ERM) class and the CCI2* section.
Rose who has been based with Sam Griffith in Dorset while he has been visiting, has ended up doing more riding than he might have originally envisioned after Griffith broke vertebrae in his neck in the spring and asked Rose to take over riding some of his horses until he is back in the saddle. This gave him the opportunity to ride Gurtera Cher who emerged as the best of a strong CCI2* section, only a couple of hours after Rose had won the ERM section aboard his own Virgil.A faultless performance in all three phases by Gurtera Cher moved the pair up from sixth after dressage to take the title when overnight leaders Emily King and Walitze F Vejgard brought down a showjump, incurring four faults.“I'm a competitive person and I did come here thinking I could win all three sections, but Happy Times didn't feel quite right this weekend so we didn't run across country,” Shane explained. “Gurtera Cher is a super horse, and I think will be a proper 4* horse for Sam in the future. Luckily I ride similarly to Sam so it's been easy for me to stand in [Sam has been out of action with an injury]. And I love ERM, I think it is the best class in the world and I am priviledged to be a part of it."While Emily KIng dropped a place, Oliver Townend and Tregilder climbed up to third with one of just five showjumping clear rounds, Oliver also taking 8th place with Khoi Traveler.Mean while, Gemma Tattersall finished fifth on Pamero but that was enough to gie her the overall win in the ERM series with one more round to go next month at Blenheim, In this section it was all about Australain riders as Chris Burton was second, making his 2017 ERM debut on Graf Liberty.
Emily ParkerCredit : Julia Shearwater
CCI3* - Hazel Towers highThe small CCI3* class provided its share of dramas in both jumping phases, and whilst none of the remaining seven competitors left all the coloured poles in their cups today, overnight leaders Hazel Towers and Simply Smart remained in pole position with a single rail down.Huddersfield based Hazel described Simply Smart as rather a tricky mare. “Her dam died when she was only eight weeks old and she's had plenty of attitude ever since. I bought her cheaply from Ireland and have backed and produced her. This is my first time at Blair and I was worried that she might not be fit enough for the hills here, but clearly I was wrong!“Winning this class means everything. It's my first ever CCI Three Star and all the hard work has paid off,” she added... even admitting that when waiting to go in to the arena to jump, she whispered to her horse: 'Look, it's your favourite bit now...CCI1* - Emily Parker is Highly DelightedScotland's Emily Parker made it a win on home soil when taking the One Star class in style, climbing up from fifth to second to first with the completion of each phase. She rode Douglas and Deborah Page's eight-year-old Highly Delighted to victory, adding nothing to her first phase score.Emily, who is based in Selkirk, admitted that she loves Blair: “It's my local big event, although it took me rather longer to get here this year than it should, I had a bit of a satnav error and went via Dundee! Blair suits the horses I ride because we are so used to all the hills, which I'm sure helps.“I only started riding 'Perfect Pete', as Highly Delighted is known at home, this season and Blair was his first three-day event. I knew he had the ability because he's jumped double clear round a couple of intermediate classes already, but I never dreamt that we might win.”The overnight leaders, Carlos Parro and Sir Digby, dropped two places with a showjump down, opening the door to dressage leaders Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp and Gorsehill Cooley to complete the competition as runners up.
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