Kiwi Contingent Head to CCI4* in Adelaide – (press release)

Kiwi Contingent Head to CCI4* in

New Zealand is sending its biggest
contingent in years to the Mitsubishi Motors Australian
International 3 Day Event in Adelaide.

The only CCI4*
event in the Southern Hemisphere has attracted 21 entries,
including six Kiwi combinations – Donna Edwards-Smith (Te
Kauwhata) has both DSE Mr Hokey Pokey and DSE Tangolooma,
Samantha Felton (Matangi) is in on Ricker Ridge Pico Boo,
Rio Olympian Clarke Johnstone (Matangi) has entered on
Balmoral Sensation, Andy Daines (Kumeu) is back with Spring
Panorama, and Ginny Thompson (Kaukapapa) is entered on Star

Johnstone, who placed sixth at the Rio Olympic
Games and fifth at his first Badminton start, says Balmoral
Sensation is feeling “fantastic – really fit and

The 13-year-old grey gelding has won most events
in New Zealand, and previously placed third at the CCI4* in
Adelaide. The New Zealand warmblood was bred by David

Edwards-Smith says both her horses are ready to

“DSE Tangolooma is in fantastic shape and has his
game face on while DSE Mr Hokey Pokey has still got his ears
forward and will be ready to give Adelaide 110%,” she
said. “We are really excited about this

Both horses have been very consistent for
Edwards Smith, with Mr Hokey Pokey second in the CCI3* at
Taupo this year and Tangolooma winning the Puhinui CIC3* in

Thompson’s Star Nouveau, who is rarely out of the
top 10, has had great build-up to the 4*.

“She is
feeling fit and ready to go.”

The 13-year-old bay mare
placed fourth in the CCI3* at Melbourne earlier this year,
was fourth in the CIC3* at Sydney and won Puhinui CCI3* in

This is the second Adelaide 4* start for Daines and
Spring Panorama.

“Pete (Spring Panorama) is feeling
amazing and on track.”

The combination won the CIC3* at
Taupo last year and backed that up with a second placing
this year. Daines brought the Irish Sport Horse home with
him from the UK.

Felton is rarely off the podium with her
13-year-old bay gelding Ricker Ridge Pico Boo. The horse was
second in the CCI3* in Melbourne in June.

All of the New
Zealand Adelaide-bound combinations had training with ESNZ
high performance dressage coach Isobel Wessels as part of
their build-up. The Britain-based specialist was hugely
complementary about the “super talent”.

Included on
the card are some top Australians, including Olympic
medal-winners Megan Jones, Sonja Johnson, Stuart Tinney and
Wendy Schaeffer-MacDonald, along with 2016 winner Hazel

Australia-based Kiwi Laura Wallace has Van Heck
entered in the CIC3* class and Black Crest in the

The New Zealand riders are also vying for valuable
points in the ESNZ Eventing Super League, which is currently
being led by Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation.

Australian event was just recently crowned best event of the
year by international equestrian magazine L’Anne Hippique,
as voted by readers from across the globe.

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day

WHEN: November 16-19, 2017

WHERE: Adelaide,



The horse details –

Balmoral Sensation
(owned by the Johnstone Family), DSE Tangolooma (owned by
Donna and Elise Edwards-Smith and Graham Smith), DSE Mr
Hokey Pokey (owned by Elise Edwards), Star Nouveau (owned by
Virginia Thompson), Spring Panorama (owned by Leanne and
David Jensen and Andrew Daines), Ricker Ridge Pico Boo
(owned by Dale and Nanette Felton), Van Heck (owned by the
Selby Syndicate) and Black Crest (owned by the Selby


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