Australia’s most prestigious equestrian event the 4* International from Adelaide will air on Horse & Country TV on the 29th of November at 8pm.

Throughout the eventing season H&C is showing highlights from the FEI Classics, which brings together the world’s very best FEI eventing competitions. There are six, four-star events in the series:

  • Les 4 Etoiles de Pau, France 25-29 October 2017
  • Australian International 3 Day Event, Adelaide 16-19 November 2017
  • Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, USA 26-29 April 2018
  • Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2-6 May 2018
  • Luhmuhlen CCI**** presented by DHL, Germany 14-17 June 2018
  • Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 30 August-2 September 2018

At the end of each season, the rider with the highest number of points wins a US$40,000 bonus. The second placed rider receives $30,000 and $20,000 goes to third place. William Fox-Pitt has been most successful in the series, achieving four wins since it started in 2008.

The 2016/2017 winner was Germany’s Michael Jung, who won the series for the second year running. French rider Maxime Livio was second and Nicola Wilson came third. Watch all the action on H&C to find out who takes the 2018 title.

FEI Australian International Adelaide (Eventing) – 29 Nov at 8pm

New Zealand’s Clarke Johnstone has won the CCI4* at Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event

‘Pretty wild’

Clarke led from the start, with Balmoral Sensation, who isn’t always the easiest of rides.

“He is always pretty wild before the cross-country,” said Clarke. “I could hardly control him at the first warm-­up, but once he  gets out of the start box he is completely focussed, 100%.

“He doesn’t notice anything at all except what is in front of him. I am really lucky to ride that horse.”

Many riders were obviously feeling the heat on the final day as poles fell, which saw a number of changes to the leaderboard. However, Clarke – who was New Zealand’s best placed team member at Rio 2016, finishing sixth individually – is used to keeping a cool head under pressure.

Great jumper

The 30-year old turned in a text book performance, jumping one of only two clears to be crowned the CCI4* champion.

“I always knew he was a great jumper and I am proud of what we have achieved over the last three days,” said Clarke.

Silver Olympic medalist Megan Jones was second, producing the other clear round with Kirby Park Impress. Stuart Tinney and War Hawk were third, despite knocking down two rails, after Sonja Johnson had three down and dropped to fifth with Misty Isle Valentino.

Andrew Cooper and Tasman Park Ovation moved up to fourth.