Dicavalli Diesel has had quite some time off but showed that he is back and ready to take on the world this morning at the Mitsubishi Motors Australian 3 Day Event in Adelaide in the RM Williams CIC3* class. Rider Amanda Ross wasn't that pleased with the test afterwards.
"He was so feral, he felt really strong and was spooking. He saw himself on the big screen and went 'look at me on the TV!' Lucky he is fancy," she said. "It felt like I was competing in the girl rider class at a show, I keep smiling but was muttering under my breath all the time!"
Despite what Amanda said, the trot work looked fantastic, and the crowd, and the judges, really appreciated his test. "He really is mighty fancy," Amanda conceded. "He loves to show off, he is a bit of a peacock and it is his favourite thing to be fancy."
As to the cross country, Amanda said that it looked good. "We will not be going for time on this run, it is about getting back into the swing of things." Amanda thinks the horse has the potential to represent Australia at the Tokyo Olympics, and wants to make sure that the path there is smooth for her lovely horse.
Amanda's score is 31.5. Deon Stokes and Koyuna Levi are in second place on a score of 33.7 with Shane Rose on Ultimate Victory in third place on 35.7.
Dressage photos from Adelaide are available on this link.