TWO Olympic medallists were in Quirindi last weekend to compete in the Quirindi International Eventing program at the showground and racecourse.
Sydney 2000 gold medallist Stuart Tinney and Beijing 2008 silver medallist Shane Rose competed with 80 riders and 112 horses from all over NSW and Queensland.
Tinney went straight to the lead on War Hawk with a dressage score of just 46.20 penalties, while Rose sat in second only 0.80 penalties behind to pressure the Sydney hero in the cross country and showjumping phases.
Young local Isabelle Bowditch-McIntyre from Willow Tree was sixth on Grandios, less than 10 penalty points behind Tinney.
Despite an overnight temperature of -4, excitement was high for the cross country on Saturday.
Tinney once again came to the front with a perfect run on the 4400m 35-jump course.
The Olympian finished the course in the optimum time of eight minutes.
Rose then followed with another perfect run in eight minutes, while Bowditch-McIntyre only added 4.8 time faults in her run.
Sunday was the final day of the event and the day started with the horses being inspected by the ground jury before the showjumping began.
The six classes entered the ring in reverse order, with the first class combinations going last, making for a nail-biting finish.
Bowditch-McIntyre had a great day, riding a clear run to secure third place behind the two Olympians.
Once again, Rose and Tinney rode perfect rounds for Tinney to take the gold by just 0.80 dressage penalty points.
Tamworth’s Cheryl Grant won the Mitavite CCN95 class from start to finish on Danson Renegade.
Darling Heights’ Megan Drennan beat Tinney in the More4horses CCN105 class after Tinney had problems in the cross country on Wyandah Rolly.
Tinney came back to win Main Event Photography CCN80 class on Dalinea.
Event president and course designer Darryl Burgess said the event was an excellent qualifying event for elite riders as well as a fantastic experience for lower level riders.
“I was very happy with the three- day event format and hope to see everyone in 2015,” Burgess said.