On the final day of the 2019 Sydney International Three-Day Event, the Australian team of Matilda Carnegie (Grade IV), Victoria Davies (Grade II) and Sarah Sherwood (Grade IV) posted a score of 388.764.
This was the first of the international qualifying events for Australia-based riders campaigning for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, and the first qualifying event in the Oceania region that will count towards a team ranking on the Paralympic ranking list.
The winners of the freestyle competition were Davies and Celere on 68.33%, and Matilda Carnegie (Grade IV) and Devils Chocolate on 66.13%.
“She [Devils Chocolate] felt incredible,” Carnegie said. “She had all this energy and the music just seemed to pick her up and she almost grew a foot taller and went to power on. I have loved the event and it has been such an incredible opportunity to be able to compete under international judges.
“I am hoping long-term to make it to Tokyo [the 2020 Paralympic Games] on her. Short-term I just want to keep on building on our marks.”
The overall champions of the event were Davies and Celere, and Zoe Vorenas and Neversfelde Kipling.
Equestrian Australia’s High Performance Sports Coordinator Stefanie Maraun said: “It was wonderful to have riders from four states attend the Sydney CPEDI [International Para-equestrian Dressage Event] in conjunction with the Sydney 3DE [Three-day Event]. We have some wonderful combinations in the mix at the moment and it is really exciting to see these combinations improve at each event.
“The riders were full of praise for the event, and I would like to thank the Sydney Eventing Committee for their inclusion. We hope to be back in 2020.”
By Equestrian Australia