Road to Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event with Andrew Cooper
October 17, 2017
Who are you? My name is Andrew Cooper. I am a professional horse rider and coach based on the Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne.
What’s your sport? Three Day Eventing
What are your biggest achievements? My biggest achievement to date would be being selected to represent Australia at this years Melbourne International Three Day Event. This was a great experience as it was my first time in a team environment. This was a great event for me also as I finished 3rd in the CCI*** class and was the top placed Australian rider.
Tell us about your current team of horses who will be competing at MMAI3DE? I currently have three horses that I am aiming to compete at MMAI3DE. My main focus will be on the two 4* horses. Evergem Perfection and Tasman Park Ovation. Evergem Perfection has been my main horse for many years now and this will be his 3rd 4*. I would love to back up another amazing result like last year where he finished 3rd.
Tasman Park Ovation is a very exciting young mare that has just come off a great 3rd place at MI3DE. This will be her first attempt at 4* and I'm really looking forward to seeing how she handles the upgrade.
I will also have Darwin Park Echo in the CCI**. This is a lovely horse who I have only had competing for 6 months. He has come up through the grades fast but is a true athlete and I'm really excited to tackle Adelaide on him. He hasn't yet competed 2* but he has just come off a fantastic result at MI3DE where he finished 10th and was the best placed off the track horse.
What’s your fondest memory of competing at Adelaide? My fondest memory would have to be last year 2016. This was my 4th time that I rode around the 4* and I couldn't have asked more from my horse Evergem Perfection as he tried his heart out all weekend and was the only horse to go clear and undertime cross country.
Why is the MMAI3DE such an important event? This is one of the most important events on the Australia Eventing calendar. Not only is it the only 4* in the Southern Hemisphere but it is a major event to catch the selectors eyes to hopefully be picked to represent Australia at WEG or the Olympics.
What do you look for in a tow car? I look for something that is sturdy on the road and something that isn't going to be overpowered by the float and horses moving around. I also look for something that is super comfortable to drive especially as we all travel very long distances to get to major events.
What do you think of the Pajero Sport? I absolutely love my new Pajero Sport. I can't get over how comfortable it is the drive and all the extras. I feel like there are cameras literally on every corner. This makes it so easy to park and hook the float up. For a car that offers 7 seats it doesn't feel like a massive car but certainly has heaps of room for everybody. I love the adaptive cruise control it's a fantastic feature that lets you maintain a safe distance between you and the car ahead. This really helps whilst towing as it helps reduce the need to suddenly slam the brakes on which unsettles the horses.
Be sure to check back and follow Andrew as he and his team prepare to take on this year's event!