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Posted by Kirsty Pasto on 13/06/2022.
The Australian Senior Green Team have won the 2022 Oceania Championships
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Australian Senior Green Team Win 2022 Oceania Championships Young Rider Team Finish Second

The Australian Senior Green Team have ridden to victory at the 2022 Oceania Championships, hosted by Zeep Melbourne International 3 Day Event. 

The competition culminated with the showjumping phase, seeing the Australian Green Team maintain their lead to win the overall Senior Championships on a score of 107.3. The Australian Senior Gold Team finished second on 111.9, followed by New Zealand with 125.6.

Australian Green Team members, Shane Rose on Easy Turn and Jessica Rae on Fifth Avenue, both jumped clear rounds in the final phase. Lauren Browne, riding Sky's da Limit, knocked one rail, while Sam Jeffree and Woodmount Lolita decided not to start in the showjumping following yesterday's cross-country effort. 

Shenae Lowings and Bold Venture, members of the Australian Senior Gold Team, won the overall Pryde's Easifeed CCI4*-L competition, marking the biggest win of the combination's career to date.

The pair finished with a score of 25.3, adding no jumping penalties to their dressage score for the duration of the event, and just 0.4 time in the showjumping.

When asked how the win feels, Shenae said the moment seems surreal but that her focus is now firmly on selection for the upcoming FEI World Championships, set to take place in Italy later this year, with a move overseas planned to boost her campaign. 

“I am extremely excited. I feel like there is still so much hard work to come and that this was the easy bit. I have got my World Championship qualification and I am just really looking forward to what the future holds and what we have planned over the next few months,” said Shenae. 

Following a very influential showjumping phase, the Australian Young Rider Team finished in second place on 157.5 points, behind Team New Zealand on 139.0, in the Oceania Championship competition.

Australia started the showjumping phase with a team of three after Edward Darby and Dawn of the Day elected not to present to the Ground Jury this morning. The David Sheppard (AUS) designed track proved tough in the Furphy Media CCI3*-L, with some unexpected difficulties for the Australian Young Rider Team. 

The highest placed Australian Young Rider was Riley Lyall, riding his off the track Thoroughbred GI War Machine, finishing in 10th position.

Australian Young Rider Team Chef d'Equipe, Andrew Barnett, said all members of the Team represented Australia admirably and that the future of Australian Eventing is bright.

“It has been a fantastic experience for all of them. They have all worked extremely hard, and really well as a team. We have experienced the highs and lows of being a Team, with Edward not being able to trot-up this morning. It all got very close in the end, but it didn’t go our way today. I think the experience these guys have had is fantastic and they are going to improve on their riding and come back stronger”.

Australian Team and individual scores can be found below; full results list can be found HERE.

Australian Senior Team (CCI4*-L)

Australian Green Team – Score 107.3
2nd Shane Rose and Easy Turn – 29.1
6th Jess Rae and Fifth Avenue – 38.8
7th Lauren Browne and Sky's Da Limit -  39.4
Sam Jeffree and Woodmount Lolita - WD

Australian Gold Team – Score 111.9
1st Shenae Lowings and Bold Venture -  25.3
11th Sam Lyle and BF Valour – 43.0
13th Emma Mason and Warrego Marco Polo – 43.6 
19th Annabel Cargill and Quaprice – 55.7

Australian Young Rider Team (CCI3*-L)

Australian Green Team - Score 157.5
10th Riley Lyall and GI War Machine – 42.3 
14th Oliver Barrett and Sandhills Special – 44.9
20th Georgia Tivendale and Star Allure – 71.5 
Edward Darby and Dawn of the Day - WD

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