MMAI3DE Wrap Up with Andrew Cooper
December 27, 2017
MMAI3DE 2017 is done and dusted, how did your team go?
I was really happy with my horses this year. Tasman Park Ovation stepped up to do her first 4*, and although green at times I couldn’t have asked her to go any better, or try any harder than she did. She placed 4th which I was extremely happy about, an excellent achievement for her first time at the level! Lagoes Choice also stepped up a level and did it in style finishing third in the 3*. I couldn’t have asked any more from him. Unfortunately for Darwin Park Echo some soundness issues arose which meant he couldn’t complete the event, but he will come back ready to make his mark for the 2018 season!
And you had a win off the course when you won the Anna Savage best and Fairest Award, how did that feel?
This is by far the most rewarding and significant accomplishment to date in my Eventing career. I’m very honoured to have received this prestigious award, and can’t quite believe that I am now included amongst the list of names in our sport who have been privileged enough to receive it. It is very special to see your name on the trophy as Anna was such an amazing rider, sport and horse lover.
How were the tracks of the 4*? Did it feel harder than previous years?
I felt that this year the 4* track was much more demanding then previous years, with a lot of questions that needed serious negotiation to be able to jump clear. I felt I was really lucky to be sitting on such a scopey mare as there were lots of big jumps out there.
Where to from here? What’s your next focus for your team?
From here I will aim Tasman Park Ovation and Hunters Hill towards Sydney 3DE to hopefully gain good enough performances to possibly get a look in for selection for the World Equestrian Games which will be held in Tryon in the USA. I will also aim Lagoes Choice towards Melbourne 3DE. I then hope to have these three horses at the Mitsubishi Motors Australian 3DE in the 4* in 2018. Fingers crossed!