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Marcus Oldham College26 July 2012


Geelong rider competing at London Olympics



James Paterson-Robinson member of the Australian Equestrian team is the third Marcus Oldham graduate to ride at Olympic Games.  

Currently based at GerPoels Horses stables in The Netherlands, James 33, established himself as a very successful junior rider, having made his international debut at the Young Rider Challenge tournament in India in 1998.

Two years later, at the age of 21, James moved from his hometown near Geelong, Victoria, where he was based at Barwon Heads Pony Club, to pursue his riding career in Europe. In 2001 and 2003, James won the five-year-old division of the FEI World Breeding Young Horse Jumping Championships, and many notable wins followed.

James and 11-year-old black stallion, Niack de l’Abbaye, had many successes in 2010, having won the CSI4* Geesteren (NED) Grand Prix; finishing in second place at both the CSIO3*-NC Linz-Ebelsberg (AUT) and the CSIO4*-NC Lummen (BEL); and placed 13th at the CSI5* San Patrignano (ITA) Grand Prix. In May this year, as the Olympic season drew closer, James produced a wonderful tied win aboard 11 year-old gelding, Um Diabo, at the CSIO4* Champion of Linz Grand Prix.

The first weekend of June 2012 was a great success for James and his 13-year-old gelding, Lanosso, who clocked the fastest time at the CSI4* Bourg-en-Bresse (FRA) Grand Prix, and was rewarded with automatic selection for the London Olympic Games. “I was a little bit nervous because it was a difficult course and there weren’t too many clear rounds,” James said. “But the incentive to jump well for the Olympics was stronger than the nerves.”

Marcus Oldham graduate, Imtiaz Anees, rode for India at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and Tim Amitrano represented Australia at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.

Michelle Robson, graduate of the Waurn Ponds located Marcus Oldham and winner of the inaugural International Best Groom Award in 2009, is travelling to London with Australian Equestrian Olympian, Shane Rose of Bimbadeen Park NSW as groom.  Michelle has worked with Shane for several years caring for his competition horses and also working with young racehorses, and has travelled extensively internationally and nationally as his groom. Shane annually conducts clinics at Marcus Oldham. While Shane and Michelle are in London, Marcus graduates Rachel Watts and Will Forrester are doing their part towards Shane’s bid at the Olympics, for as employees of Shane’s they will be caring for the horses and property back home at Bimbadeen Park.

Chef d’equipe for the Para-Equestrian team at London Paralympics, Sally Francis from at Tooradin, graduated from Marcus Oldham and has made a national and international career leading and coaching with Riding for the Disabled. This year Sally is accompanying the Australian Para-Equestrian Team of four riders to the Paralympics in London. Such responsibility and achievement is not new to Sally. She was Chef d’equipe for the Para-Equestrian Team in 1996 at the Paralympics in Atlanta USA, and in 2010 at the World Equestrian Games at Kentucky USA. Sally also held the position of Assistant Coach at the Paralympics 2008 in Beijing, China, and at the Sydney Paralympics 2000, she was National Technical Official.

 

 

 


 

 

Stuart Wins the CCI 4star

 

 

Stuart wins The Deloitte Australian CCI**** The HSBC challenge on Tim Game’s Panamera. 

 

Sunday 20th November saw Stuart clench the winning score to take out the CCI**** in Adelaide. With HSBC and Deloitte backing the event it was well worth the trip! (3 tyres plus a fan belt in all)

 

Panamera, a sensational mare part owned and (sometimes ridden) by Tim Game has just peeked at the right time.. With a 4th at Canberra CIC*** a lead up to the big event in Adelaide she was ready to take all the glory!

 

Running 4th into the last phase of show jumping it was imperitive Stuart and Panamera had a clear round to keep their 4th. It was a nail biting finish as there was not one rail between 2nd and 3rd and 2 rails for the win. Unfortunately for the other elite riders there was not one clear round between them..Leaving Panamera to take the blue ribbon.

 

On another note, Jaymee and King rode to take out 18th overall, 6th Junior and win the NSW junior team, sponsored by Horseland.

We are so proud of her performance! Plus thanks to Aude and Hannah who helped keep Jaymee focused!

 

A big THANK-YOU to our owners Tim Game ( Panamera) Jane and John Pittard ( Pluto Mio) Our Sponsors, CopRice, Horseland, Bates and NatureVet Ceva.. Without you all we could not have been able to bring home this win!

 

Also EA Australia, NSWIS, Kingsland and Ecomist for their ongoing support

 

 

 


 

 

Stuart Tinney Shocked at Win

 

OLYMPIC equestrian gold medallist Stuart Tinney produced show jumping perfection to claim an unexpected Australian International Three-Day Event title.


Tinney, riding Panamera, captured his second Australian International title in three years with a faultless performance at Adelaide's east parklands on Sunday.


The Sydney 2000 Olympic teams gold medallist recorded no jump or time faults in the defining show jumping phase to overhaul the leaders.


Tinney finished on 51.30 points, eclipsing Sonja Johnson, on Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison, with 53.80 points and emerging rider Emma Mason, on F1 Pharinelli, on 55.20 points.


Overnight leader Shane Rose, on Taurus, endured a horror show jumping stage with 16 jump faults - only one rider jump faulted more times - and slid to fifth place.


Rose's slip-ups allowed Tinney, aiming to ride for Australia at his fourth Olympics in London next year, to rise from a fourth position overnight to take overall honours.

 

"She (Panamera) is a very good jumper and I knew if I rode her well enough then I had a good chance to jump a clear round, but I didn't expect to win," Tinney said. The Adelaide event was only one of six on the international equestrian calendar given FEI Classic status - the highest level competition for eventing in the world.


But Tinney was undecided on his immediate future in the classic series. "I haven't really thought about that just yet, I didn't know I was going to win," he said. "The main focus is the Olympic Games."


The Adelaide event was crucial preparation for Australian based riders in their bids to win selection for the London Games, with more than 10 combinations competing in the frame for the Olympics

 

 


 

 

 

Stars Shine at the AI3DE

 

Record crowds packed into Victoria Park in Adelaide to watch the best eventers in the country go head-to-head in the 2011 Deloitte Australian International 3 Day Event.


Now part of the international HSBC FEI Classics™, the event is the most prestigious eventing competition in the southern hemisphere with a prize pool of more than $100,000 on offer.


With the who’s who of the Australian eventing circuit taking part, the event also forms an important part of riders’ preparation for the London 2012 Olympics.Olympic gold medallist Stuart Tinney took out the HSBC CCI 4* class riding Panamera, with Beijing silver medallist Sonja Johnson (Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison) and Emma Mason (F1 Pharinelli) rounding out the minor placings.  (For a full wrap of the HSBC CCI 4* click here).


Despite a disappointing showjumping round in the CCI 4*, it wasn’t all bad for Shane Rose, the Olympian having a clear round in the Bates Saddles CCI 2* with Virgil to win the class on 50.40 penalty points. Sonja Johnson had to settle for the bridesmaid tag once more, finishing in second place with Belfast Mojito on 55.10 with Annabel Armstrong and Sentry Vision rounding out the minor placings on 59.60.


In the Logan Floats CIC**, Christine Bates left her competitors for dust taking out the top spot with 46.70 on Delago.  The next placegetter on 63.20 was Jade Findlay and As Tully, with Cassie Low and Contango Columbus finishing in third place on 64.50. 


Held as part of the CCI2* competition, awards were given for the Horseland Young Rider competition which this year was taken out by Makayla Wood and Just Corona on 65.5 penalty points.  In second place was Isabel English and Feldale Mouse (67.8) and Joseph Waldon and Spring Vale All Black in third on 71.1.Craig Barrett (Branxton, NSW) won the Anna Savage Memorial Award for best and fairest rider of 2011. 


F1 Pharinelli, ridden by Emma Mason, was awarded the Peppermint Grove Memorial Trophy for best Australian based horse of the year as determined by the national selectors.


Event Director Gill Rolton praised the new venue layout and said having the Deloitte Australian International 3 Day Event featured in the HSBC FEI Classics ™ has taken it to a new dimension. 


 “Having this event now part of the HSBC FEI Classics ™ gives us great profile in Australia and around the world including being part of FEI TV, who beamed images around the world.


“This year’s event is the culmination of many years of hard work to get it to this point - but we only want to grow and build it from here.


 “I think it will be fantastic to think the likes of Mary King and William Fox-Pitt those internationally recognised riders who have a big steam of horses will come down to Adelaide to get the points for the HSBC FEI Classics ™ - it will really showcase the sport,” she said. 
For full results visit www.australian3de.com.au 

 

 

 


 

 

Olympics Dreams in the Balance at AI3DE

 

 

Olympic dreams in the balance at Adelaide 3-Day event

 

The horses and riders are rolling into town for the Southern Hemisphere’s greatest equestrian showdown, the Deloitte Australian International 3-Day Event to be held in Victoria Park Racecourse and the surrounding parklands, 18-20 November 2011.

 

Adelaide hosts the only 4-star eventing class south of the equator and this year for the first time the event joins the HSCB FEI Classics™, a series which includes the six CCI4-star events held worldwide. The Deloitte Australian 3-Day Event will host the second leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™ 2012 season.

 

The event, which also runs a two star level competition, will boast a total of 99 horses with 35 in the elite CCI4-star. Seven Australian Olympians, including six medallists (Shane Rose, Megan Jones, Stuart Tinney, Clayton Fredericks, Sonja Johnson and Wendy Schaeffer) will compete across the two classes alongside riders from New Zealand, USA, Australia, United Kingdom and Italy for a total prize pool of more than $100,000.

 

With London2012 just around the corner national selectors will be paying close attention this week. This is the only opportunity for riders to put in a 4-star performance on home soil ahead of next year’s Games.

 

Australia’s Eventing National Performance Director, Prue Barrett, explains the significance of the event in terms of the Olympic Games. “Adelaide a key event in preparation for Australian based riders in their bid to be selected for London. We have more than ten combinations competing at Adelaide that could possibly be chosen on the team so this is a hugely important competition,” she said.

 

“The Deloitte Australian International 3-Day Event is the country’s premier equestrian competition and one of only six 4-star events held around the world,” explained Event Director and dual Olympic gold medallist Gillian Rolton (AUS).

 

“For the last 10 years, Adelaide has been the chosen host city of this hallmark equestrian event. We are now extremely proud to take our place in the HSBC FEI Classics™ 2012 season and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors and competitors to an action-packed event in our unique City of Adelaide Parkland setting.”

 

Riders will be judged by an international Ground Jury, which includes visiting judges Anne-Mette Binder (DEN) and Vanda Robinson (IRE) as well as Australia’s Barry Roycroft. Also travelling from abroad is the Great Britain’s Alec Lochore, who will be the Technical Delegate for the four-star class.

 

Course Designer Wayne Coping (AUS) will challenge riders with a spectacular course winding through the city parklands. A new water complex in Rymill Lake promises to test combinations and thrill the spectators during Saturday’s cross-country action.

Event Timetable

Thursday 17 November

10:00am Logan’s Floats CIC2* Dressage

12:30pm - 2:00pm First inspection of horses CCI2* and CCI4*

2:30pm - 5:30pm Bates Dressage CCI2*

Friday 18 November

8:00am - 10:30am Bates CCI2* Dressage continued

12:30pm – 5:15pm HSBC Adelaide CCI4* Dressage

Saturday 19 November

10:00am – 5:00pm Qantas Cross-country

Sunday 20 November

8:30am Final horse inspection all classes

10:00am – 4:00pm ATCO Show jumping

4:30pm HSBC CCI4* presentation ceremony

 

HSBC FEI Classics 2012 calendar

12-16 October 2011 Les Etoiles de Pau 4* (FRA)

18-20 November 2011 Australian International 3 Day Event (AUS)

26-29 April2012 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event (USA)

04-07 May 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR)

14-17 June 2012 Luhmuhlen CCI 4* (GER)

30 August-02 Sept 2012 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR)

For media accreditation for the Deloitte Australian International 3-Day Event please contact Event Media Manager Carol Neller on 0418 896 359. All media and spectators are welcome

For event information please see www.australian3de.com.au

For information regarding the HSBC FEI Classics please see www.fei.org/hsbc/hsbc-fei-classics

 


Heath’s gamble pays off at Equestrian Grand Final

 

Sunday 13 November 2011: Olympian Heath Ryan took a big gamble last night when he decided to try out new music for the Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle at the Equestrian Grand Final – but that gamble paid off when he took out the inaugural title at the Sydney Showgrounds in front of a packed house.

 

The shake up to the routine certainly impressed the judges with Heath and Regardez Moi finishing on 71.950% ahead of New Zealand’s Louisa Hill and Bates Antonello (70.275%) and Chantal Wiggan and Ferero (69.475%).

 

Heath was able to go one better from his performance at Friday’s Grand Prix where he finished second to Louisa. It was a tense wait for the Olympic veteran, who had some tough competition to come after his strong performance.

 

“I was biting my fingers nails when the last girls went round. They were in great form and it was just one of those nights where things went well for me and they had the odd glitch so I snuck in there – but I’ve got to keep going now.”

 

“It was great for him as well (Regardez Moi ) – his owner passed away last week and I know she would have been really pleased and would be smiling down on us,” he said.

 

The win comes off the back on an impressive result at the National Dressage Championships where the duo finished third and Heath believes this may well be the comeback he needs ahead of selection for the London 2012 Games.

 

“I don’t know if the Olympic team was selected tomorrow I’d make it but I think I’d be one of the final combinations they’d talk about.

 

“His (Regardez Moi ) form is not getting any worse, he’s on a comeback trail for sure. But those girls are so good and they have the history of being consistent as well.

 

“This event was for me about establishing form – but it can’t be a one off, he’s got to do it again and we’ve got to keep on getting better,” said Ryan.

 

The new Dome Arena setting has provided athletes with the rare opportunity of competing in a European style atmosphere, which Heath believes is critical for the sport.

 

“This is one of the few occasions where we get a great arena and great atmosphere and in Australia we get very little exposure to that. The guys in the Northern Hemisphere however are used to performing in an arena like that - we’re desperate for this sort of exposure and this event has provided us with that,” he said.

 

From here, Heath will head to South Australia for the Adelaide International 3DE which will kick off next Friday 18 November through to Sunday 20 November – for more details on the event click here.

 

Today will see the final day of competition at the Equestrian Grand Final with the Exhibition Eventing.

 

 

Top placings from the Dressage Grand Final:

1 Heath Ryan Regardez Moi 71.950%
2 Louisa Hill Bates Antonello 70.275%
3 Chantal Wigan Ferero 69.475%
4 Vanessa Way KH Arvan 68.800%
5 Rozzie Ryan GV Bullwinkle 68.325%
6 Tor Van Den Berge Fishermans Friend 67.425%

For full results click here

 

 


 

 

Rose takes out Exhibition Eventing title at Equestrian Grand Final

 

Sunday 13 November 2011, Sydney Showgrounds: Beijing Olympic silver medallist Shane Rose tonight took out the inaugural Exhibition Eventing title in front of thousands at the Equestrian Grand Final at Sydney Showgrounds.

 

Thousands cheered on some of the country’s best stars in action with plenty of excitement including a few spills, a few near misses and overall red hot competition.

 

An arena based format Exhibition Eventing captured the elements of Eventing including Dressage, Jumping and Cross Country with the key to secure the least amount of penalties in the fastest time.

 

Rose, riding Il Vici, took out the major prize pool ahead of Craig Barrett and Sandhills Brillaire and Dominic Karina Ingvall on Corambo.

 

While Rose admits that Exhibition Eventing will never replace the traditional three-day event, he said it has the potential to help grow the sport.

 

“By providing a taste of what the sport has to offer hopefully this (Exhibition Eventing) will open the sport up to a new audience and excite them enough to come along to our major events,” said Rose.

 

“It was really fun out there and the atmosphere was fantastic. It was loud and you could hear people getting behind you.”

It was a star studded field with UK based riders Clayton Fredericks (Beijing silver medallist), Paul Tapner (winner Badminton CCI4*) and Sam Griffiths (World Games representative) all riding borrowed horses which added an additional level of excitement to the night.

 

“It’s always challenging riding these courses at the best of times let alone on borrowed horses, so I think those guys did really well,” said Rose.

 

For Fredericks, his new partner tested his horsemanship skills with the “joker” fence becoming their undoing when he fell from the horse and was eliminated. He wasn’t the only one to succumb to the joker fence, with Tim Boland also eliminated due to a fall.

 

The Exhibition Eventing bought to a close the inaugural Equestrian Grand Final that was held as part of EQUITANA Sydney.

The event attracted some of the best riders from at home and abroad, as tens of thousands packed both the arenas and stadium to catch equestrian at its best.

 

Top results:

1. Shane Rose Il Vici

2. Craig Barrett Sandhills Brillaire

3. Dominic Karina Ingvall Corambo

4. Stuart Tinney Orchard Hill

5. Megan Jones Cavallo Park Apollo

6. Emma Mason Bijou II

Full results click here

 


 

 

14/11/11- Dobson takes out Jumping title at Equestrian Grand Final

 

Sydney Showgrounds, 11 November 2011: Hailing from Wanneroo in Western Australia, David Dobson tonight took out the Jumping title at the Equestrian Grand Final at Sydney Showground.

 

In front of a full house of more than 4,000 spectators at the Dome Arena, Dobson cleared the second round in enough time to take top honours ahead of Cathy Graham and Chris Chugg.

 

Riding AS Akon, a horse which he bred himself, the two-time Australian representative said he knew exactly what he had to do heading to the second round.

 

“I went into the second round thinking if the guys behind me go clear they’ll go faster than me because they’re on more experienced horses.

 

“So I had to take in account the crowd, atmosphere and the jumps got fairly big towards the end I was just proud he (AS Akson) was able to jump the clear round.

 

Queensland’s Cathy Graham riding Da Vinci’s Pride was in the lead after the first round and was the only person to have a clear first round. But with two rails down in the second round, she was forced to settle for second place.

 

In third place was five-time National Jumping Champion Chris Chugg riding ASB Alondra who rounded out the podium places – he also finished in sixth place on Diamond B Vigo.

 

“This is five-star class show at an equestrian centre in the middle of the city - you can’t get any better,” said Chugg.

 

The testing course resulted in some upsets, with crowd favourite Vicki Roycroft eliminated after two refusals in round one on her young French horse, Kartoon De Breve.

 

Held as part of EQUITANA Sydney, the inaugural Equestrian Grand Final was kicked off in spectacular fashion and is certain to become a highlight on the equestrian sporting calendar.

 

Equestrian Australia’s CEO Grant Baldock said the combination of the venue, calibre of riders and concept has kicked off the new event well.

 

“We couldn’t have asked for a better way to launch the Equestrian Grand Final. The concept is something that Equestrian Australia and Equitana organisers have been working on for some time and I think tonight was a great showcase of what is special about our sport.

 

“The Equestrian Grand Final has a strong future and will continue to be bigger and better each year,” he said.

 

Tomorrow will see the Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle competition take centre stage in the Dome arena.

1. David Dobson, AS Akon 4+0 (56.03)

2. Cathy Graham, Da Vinci's Pride Graham 0+8 (55.48)

3. Chris Chugg, ASB Alondra 4+ 8 (50.79)

4. Amanda Madigan Oaks Altes 12+0 (55.88)

5. Jamie Kermond Colthaga 8+4 (57.24)

6. Chris Chugg Diamond B Vigo 9+13 (56.33)

 

For all the results please click here

 

For all the highlights from the Equestrian Grand Final please click here.  

 

 

 


11/11/11 - Dressage riders give Equestrian Grand Final tick of approval

 

Sydney Showgrounds, 11 November 2011: Dressage riders have given the Dome Arena at the Equestrian Grand Final a big tick of approval, as day one of competition gets underway.

 

For a full media guide click here.

 

Held as part of EQUITANA Sydney, thousands of people have rolled through the gates to catch a glimpse of some of the country’s best athletes as well as enjoy everything equine.

 

Olympian Heath Ryan narrowly missed taking the top honours finishing second to New Zealand’s Louisa Hill and Bates Antonello who scored an impressive 68.468%.

 

Heath together with Regardez Moi recorded a 66.319% with Chantal Wiggin and Ferero rounding out the podium on 65.553%.

 

Competitors marvelled at the European style venue and Heath said he is excited for tomorrow.

 

“I’m going to go out there and give it my best shot and hope I can go one better,” he said.

 

“This is a great event. The surface is good…the arena gives us a feel for how they compete in Europe and the northern hemisphere which is what we need as riders.

 

“Tomorrow night when they have a packed house, with the lighting and the big arena it’s going to be great,” he said.

 

Sixth place rider Tor Van Den Berge and Fishermans Friend was very pleased to have finished with such a strong result for his young horse.

 

“He (Fishermans Friend) is relatively new at riding at a Grand Prix level so I’m really happy with the result.

 

“After the Nationals where we did well, we travelled back to Brisbane and then back for this event.

 

“It’s a really good arena and I’m looking forward to tomorrow night,” he said.

 

The top six places were:

1. Louisa Hill Bates Antonello – 68.468%

2. Heath Ryan Regardez Moi – 66.319%

3. Chantal Wiggin Fereo – 65.553%

4. Rozzie Ryan GV Bullwinkle – 65.000%

5. Vanessa Way KH Arvan – 64.915%

6. Tor Van Den Berge Fishermans Friend – 63.957%

Tonight’s competition will feature the Equestrian Grand Final Jumping which will get underway from 7.30pm (AEDST).

Tomorrow night is the Dressage Freestyle.

 

For full results and highlights visit http://www.equestrian.org.au/?ID=27403

 

 

 


 

 

Season wrap up - Megan Cheeseman

 

September saw the kick off of our first shows for the 2011/2012 show season.

 

Our results for September included:

 

  • Newcomb Whittington Moolap Pre-Royal Show- Champion Showhunter Hack
  • Royal Melbourne Show- 2nd Novice Hunter Hack over 16h, 2nd Open Showhunter hack over 16h, 1st Gentleman’s showhunter, 4th Esquire Turnout.

 

Results for October:

  • Seymour Ag show- Champion Showhunter Hack
  • Royal Geelong show- Reserve Champion Showhunter Hack, Reserve Champion Senior Rider
  • Lancefield Ag Show-Champion Showhunter Hack
  • Croydon Ag Show- Champion Showhunter Hack, Champion Senior Rider

Results for November so far:

  • Heathcote Ag Show- Champion Showhunter, Champion Senior Rider
  • Whittlesea Ag Show- Champion Showhunter, Champion Senior Rider.

 

 Upcoming shows for November:

  • Alexandra Ag show
  • Dandenong Ag show
  • Show Horse Council Victoria Horse of the year- Werribee

 

Over December Giorgio will have a bit of a break before getting back into it in the new year. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Australian Dressage Team Qualifies

 

 

Overnight the Australian Dressage Team secured a start at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

 

The qualification was a two-part process, the first leg was held in Sydney (AUS) on 28 October and the final leg in Ermelo (NED) last night, 2 November.

 

Three teams, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa competed for the two slots available to nations from the FEI Olympic Groups F (Africa and Middle East) and G (South East Asia and Oceania).

 

The Australian Team, consisting of Rachael Sanna on Jaybee Alabaster; Chantal Wigan and Ferero, Lyndal Oatley on Potifar and Mary Hanna aboard Sancette scored an average result of 69.255% (team total 207.765%) which put them in first place.

 

The New Zealand team, as well as Australia’s Sanna and Wigan, competed in the Sydney leg whilst the South African team and the two remaining Australians, Oatley and Hanna, competed in the Ermelo event last night.

 

Whilst it was a tense wait for the Australian’s back home, both Hanna and Oatley excelled each scoring over 69.00% to put Australia in the top spot.

 

Recently crowned National Grand Prix Champion Rachael Sanna, was thrilled with her team-mates performances.

 

“It is absolutely awesome that we have qualified and that Australia now has a place in the Olympic Games.

 

“Lyndal and Mary did an amazing job to help secure our place at London. It is peace of mind that we have a team place and now all the Aussie combinations will be fighting out to earn their selection on that team.” she said.

 

Brett Mace, Equestrian Australia’s High Performance Manager said the performances from the athletes in the last week demonstrates the Dressage Olympic campaign is on track.

 

“It is the result that we had been hoping for. The team performed extremely well and it is a confidence boost ahead of the tough selection process our athletes will now face leading into the Games next year.”

 

Team New Zealand, which was composed of Louisa Hill on Bates Antonello; Vanessa Way on KH Arvan; Nicky Pope on Fabarchie; and Shiwon Green riding Gosh finished second on an average team score of 64.922% (team total 194.767%). Team South Africa, consisting of Zilla Pearse on Sarkozy; Nicole Smith on Victoria; Denise Hallion on Bomond and Adriaan van Wijk riding Othello 216, were a close third with an average score of 63.00% (team total 188.999%).

 

The complete results are available at this link.

 

This event completes the direct team qualification process for Dressage at the 2012 Olympic Games and brings the number of teams to 11, as follows: Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden and the USA. The total number of teams competing in Dressage at the 2012 Olympic Games may exceed 11 since additional composite teams made up of three individuals from the same nation can qualify through the FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings.

 

The updated Olympic qualification system is available at this link

 


Notes about the Australian team:


*Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster - Sydney


Rachael Sanna- Age: 38 Hometown: Glossodia, NSW 


Sanna has been competing in dressage professionally since the age of 19. She is one of Australia’s most accomplished and experienced competitors, having competed in 1999 World Cup Final, Sydney 2000 Olympics, 2002 World Championships, 2006 World Championships, 2010 World Championships. Sanna is married Olympic Showjumper, George Sanna in 2001 and together they have two children. They run Sanna Equestrian Bloodstock, riding, training, competing, mentoring and selling showjumpers and dressage horses.

 

Jaybee Alabaster - 1999 Chestnut gelding Owners: Bev and John Edwards of Jaybee Farm Breed: Hanoverian Sire: Alabaster Dam: Gloria (imp) Performances: 2011 World Equestrian Games GPS 27th, 2011 Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle 1st, 2011 Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix Special 1st, 2010 Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix 2nd

 

*Chantal Wigan and Ferero - Sydney

 

 Age: 37 Hometown: Cleveland, Queensland 

Wigan was born outside Brisbane where her family owned and operated a state of the art equestrian centre. She holds several degrees from the British Horse Society. Wigan is no stranger to the international circuit as she lived and trained in Europe throughout her career. Wigan’s returned from her most recent training and competition tour of Europe in 2010 after winning the Vierzon CDI3* in France. Also in 2010 she and Ferero won the World Cup Pacific League Final. This year they won three consecutive Pacific League World Cup qualifier events.

 

Ferero - 1998 Dark bay gelding Owners: Mr. G. Fairman & C Wigan Breed: KWPN Sire: Ferro Dam: Lou Lou Performances: 2010 CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Vierzon FRA 1st, 2010 FEI World Cup Pacific League Final 1st, 2010 CDI-W Grand Prix Equitana 1st, 2011 CDI3* Grand Prix Boneo Park AUS 1st, 2011 CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Boneo Park 1st, 2011 CDI-W Grand Prix Melbourne1st, 2011 CDI-W GP Freestyle Melbourne1st

 

*Mary Hanna and Sancette - Ermelo


Mary Hanna – Age: 55 Hometown: Bellarine, Victoria

A three-time Olympian, three-time World Equestrian Games representative and three-time competitor at the FEI World Cup Finals Hanna is no stranger to the international stage. Hanna was born into a very horsey family in the Western District of Victoria and rode from an early age. She now lives with husband and business partner Rob at their beautiful equestrian property Statene Park on the Bellarine Peninsula in Drysdale. Hanna works as a full time equestrian coach and dressage trainer. She holds a bachelor of teaching and gives much of her time in the sport as an NCAS Level III dressage instructor and is currently the coach for the Victorian Dressage Team.

Hanna was originally a jumping and eventing rider, converting to dressage in her 20’s. Hanna has been the Australian National Grand Prix Champion on six occasions. She is currently based in Europe training towards London 2012.

 

Sancette – 2001 Bay gelding Owners: Mary Hanna Breed: Hanoverian Sire: Sandro Hit Dam: Cascade Performances: 2011 CDI3* Grand Prix Biarritz (FRA) 4th and Grand Prix Special 2nd, 2011 CDI3* Saumur (FRA) Grand Prix Freestyle 7th, 2011 CDI3* Leudelange (LUX) Grand Prix 9th, 2011 CDI5* Hickstead (UK) Grand Prix Special 5th, 2011 CDI3* Compiègne 5th, 2011 CDI3* Sydney 3rd, 2010 CDI-W Freestyle Werribee 2nd.


*Lyndal Oatley and Potifar - Ermelo


Lyndal Oatley – Age: 31 Hometown: Nottuln, Germany. Formerly from Galston, Sydney

 

Oatley is following in her family’s tradition of representing Australia in dressage as her cousin Kristy Oatley has so successfully done in years past. Whilst watching the 2000 Olympics she decided that dressage would be her new focus. Until this, Oatley competed show horses, twice becoming Australian Champion and was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year in sports for her achievements in the sport. Potifar is Oatley’s first Grand Prix horse, and together have grown as a pair reaching the Australian team for the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA. Oatley has a degree in Business, majoring in Marketing with a minor in Business Management. She is based in Germany with and husband and trainer Patrik Kittel.

 

Potifar - 1997 16.3hh Bay gelding Owner: Mr. Andrew Oatley & Mrs. Carol Oatley Breed: KWPN Sire: Jazz Performances: 2011 CDIO5* Aachen Grand Prix 31st, 2011 CDI3* München-Riem Grand Prix 13th, 2011 CDI4* Lingen Grand Prix 15th, 2010 World Equestrian Games Grand Prix 46th, 2010 Aachen team 7th.

 

*Riders who are part of a team successful in the team qualifying event are not necessarily the riders who may represent the Australia at the London Olympic Games.



 


 

 

World-Class Equestrian Line up

 

 Stuart Tinney
                     Rachel Sanna                    Chris Chugg

            Olympic Gold Medallist

          Stuart Tinney and Vettori

 

 Olympian Rachel Sanna

  and Jaybee Alabaster

 

          International Jumping star

             Chris Chugg and Vigo

 

 

Australia’s top equestrian athletes are gearing up for the ultimate show-down at the inaugural Equestrian Grand Final at Sydney Showgrounds from 11-13 November 2011.

 

This is the only event in Australia will bring together the elite athletes from all the Olympic disciplines of dressage, jumping and eventing as they battle it out for an attractive prize pool. There will be an undoubted Olympic flavour to the Equestrian Grand Final, with former Olympic representatives and many of the 2012 Olympic hopefuls set to take centre stage.

 

One of the major attractions of the Equestrian Grand Final will be ‘Exhibition Eventing’ which is the fast, fun and testing modification to traditional eventing whereby it will be held on one day, in an arena format and will test the skills of our riders like never before.

 

This popular event is created specifically for spectator viewing and has attracted the best Aussie names in the sport including UK-based riders Clayton Fredericks (Olympic silver medallist, two time World Cup Champion and World Championships silver medallist), Paul Tapner (Badminton CCI4* winner and World Games representative) and Sam Griffiths (World Games representative and placegetter at Badminton and Burghley CCI4*s). This line up will provide a rare opportunity to see these overseas stars compete in Australia.

 

Couple this with Australian based stars Stuart Tinney (Olympic gold medallist); Shane Rose (Olympic silver medallist) and Megan Jones (Olympic silver medallist) and what you have is the biggest show down in eventing you’ll see ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

 

Both the dressage and jumping line ups are equally impressive, with dressage queen Rachel Sanna, Sydney 2000 Olympian representative and London 2012 hopeful, coming off the back of a successful National Championships where she made a clean sweep and took the trifecta of the grand Prix classes. Australian Jumping Champion Paul Athanasoff and his magnificent stallion Wirragulla Nicklaus will be challenged by jumping legends Chris Chugg and Vicki Roycroft as well as many upcoming stars.

 

Held as part of EQUITANA Sydney, the largest equine tradeshow in the southern hemisphere, the Equestrian Grand Final is set to attract thousands of spectators across the three days of competition.

 

Equestrian Grand Final

Jumping Friday 11 November, 7.00pm

Dressage Saturday 12 November, 7.30pm

Exhibition Eventing Sunday 13 November, 4.30pm

 

For further media enquiries on the Equestrian Grand Final please contact Equestrian Australia’s Commercial Manager Lauren Ryan on lauren.ryan@equestrian.org.au or 0402 162 807.

 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

For media accreditation please refer to the EQUITANA Sydney website by clicking here or contact Adele Ormando (Media Coordinator) adele@equitana.com.au or 0402 064 078.

 


 

 

Rachel Sanna

 

Rachel Sanna

 

     Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster are the newly crowned Australian Dressage Champions following a clean sweep of      the three Grand Prix events at the Bates Australian Dressage Championships over the weekend.

     Sanna, 38, and Bev Edwards 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding Jaybee Alabaster started the event in winning form taking the      honours in Friday’s Australian Sports Commission Grand Prix CDI-W on a score of 69.11%

 

     Sanna, from Glossodia, NSW was very happy with Jaybee Alabaster despite his disobedience on the first diagonal. The          pair was quick to regain composure and performed the remaining movements with precision and maturity to receive a score      of 72.13% from Stephen Clarke (GBR). Clarke will be Head of the Ground Jury at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

 

“He was on edge,” explained Sanna, “and it wasn’t going to take much, the cameras were enough to set him off. Mistakes can happen and it is about how you recover and he did that well today. He did some of his best work and I am really pleased with him.”

Five-Star judge Gotthilf Riexinger (GER) commented on Sanna’s pirouettes. “I must congratulate her on very good pirouettes, these were 8s.”

Sanna continued her winning form in Saturday night’s Hamilton Island CDI-W Freestyle. Performing her test to Star Trek she posted the winning score of 74.13%. New Zealand’s Louisa Hill (Bates Antonello) claimed second place on 72.28% followed by Heath Ryan on Regardez Moi (71.13%)

Making it a trifecta Sanna again stole the show in the Pryde’s Easifeeds Grand Prix Special. Jaybee Alabaster this time was rewarded with a total score of 71.08%. The next best was again Louisa Hill and Bates Antonello on 67.29% and third to Heath Ryan (64.92%).

 

Results from all three Grand Prix classes determine the Australian Championship. This year Sanna was a clear winner. Sanna has won multiple Australian Grand Prix Championships, but this is the first on Jaybee Alabaster.

 

“Alabaster is now confident and powerful at the Grand Prix level,” said Sanna. “He felt awesome to sit on. He just kept improving throughout the weekend.”

 

With a view to the 2012 Games Sanna said she “is now working to consolidate Alabasters work and improve his confidence leading towards London.”

 

Sanna has been competing in dressage professionally since the age of nineteen. She is one of Australia’s most accomplished and experienced competitors, having competed in 1999 World Cup Final, Sydney 2000 Olympics, 2002 World Championships, 2006 World Championships, 2010 World Championships. Sanna is married Olympic Showjumper, George Sanna, together they run Sanna Equestrian Bloodstock, riding, training, competing, mentoring and selling showjumpers and dressage horses.

 

In other grades the Australian Champions are as follows;

Gow Gates Intermediate I Champion - Alexandra Berns, Kings Legend

Needs for Steeds FEI Prix St Georges Champion - Matthew Dowsley and PSI De Caprio

Mulawa Advanced Champion - Brett Parbery, QEB Good as Gold

Hanoverian Horse Society Medium Champion - Nicole Tough, Flavio

Wagners Elementary Champion - David McKinnon, Bradgate Park Jatzz

Ranvet Novice Champion - Matthew Dowsley, Don de Sandro

 

NSW won both the FEI team competition and the Equestrian Australia team competition.

 

Full results can be found at http://www.dressagensw.com.au/?ID=27113

 

 

 


 

 

Australian Dressage team for Olympics

 

 

The Australian Dressage Team’s bid for Olympic qualification got underway on Friday 28 October at the Australian Dressage Championships, Sydney International Equestrian Centre.

 

The Grand Prix CDI-W class served as the first leg of the Dressage Regional Olympic qualifier. Due to quarantine restrictions, the qualifier will be held in two parts, one in each hemisphere, as riders and horses are based in both Australasia and Europe. The Sydney competition was the first leg whilst the second leg will be in Ermelo (NED) on 2 November.

 

The qualifier is open to teams from the FEI Olympic Groups F (Africa and Middle East) and G (South East Asia and Oceania). Three nations – Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa – are seeking Olympic qualification. The two best placed teams overall will join Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the USA, which have already qualified.

 

The same Ground Jury will judge at the two events. The panel consists of FEI 5* judges Stephen Clarke (GBR), who will also be the President of the Ground Jury at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Gotthilf Riexinger (GER) and Susan Hoevenaars (AUS), plus FEI 4* judges Mariëtte Sanders-van Gansewinkel (NED) and Raphaël Saleh (FRA).

 

On Friday Australia was represented by Rachael Sanna on Jaybee Alabaster and Chantal Wigan on Ferero, with the remaining two Australian team members (Mary Hanna on Sancette and Lyndal Oatley on Potifar) to compete in the Ermelo event on Wednesday. The full South African team will also compete in Ermelo.

 

Sanna was the best performed rider winning the class on 69.11%. Wigan finished the class in 11th position overall scoring 62.47%.

 

New Zealand fielded their full team in Sydney. The New Zealand Team finished with a total score of 194.77. Louisa Hill and Bates Antonello posted the highest percentage for the Kiwis (66.13%) followed by Vanessa Way on KH Arvan (65.51%) then Nicky Pope on Fabarchie (63.13%). The discard score was Shiwon Green on Gosh (61.36%).

 

“We were really really happy with our performance,” commented New Zealand’s Louisa Hill following their team performance in Sydney.

 

“It is now up to the riders in Ermelo,” said Equestrian Australia High Performance Manager Brett Mace. “We managed a solid result in Sydney so it depends on the performance of our second two riders and of course the South African team.”

 

A notable absence from the Australian Team was Brett Parbery and Victory Salute. Parbery was not available for selection due to an injury sidelining Victory Salute for the remainder of the year.

 

Results will be posted in the Equestrian Australia web site following the competition.

 

Results for the Grand Prix CDI-W Sydney 28 October can be found here

 

 


 

 

Edwina Tops-Alexander


Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander and her new young horse Vleut delivered an impressive performance overnight to win the Equita Masters at the 5 star show in Lyon, France.

 

Her first Grand Prix riding Vleut, the combination proved a winning formula for Tops-Alexander, who has been competing with Vleut since August this year.

 

Currently ranked eighth in the world and leading the Global Champions Tour, Tops-Alexander has had an impressive season on the international Jumping stage and proving her 2012 Olympic Games campaign is well on track.

 

The Equita Masters features the best of the best, with the top 12 riders from the FEI Rolex world rankings along with the current World Champion Belgian Philippe Le Jeune and Boyante de Muze taking part in the event.

 

Tops-Alexander and Irish star Denis Lynch, were the only two riders to jump clear in both rounds, with the Aussie star recording a faster time on 52.14 seconds to claim victory.

 

Heading into the Equita Masters Tops-Alexander was unsure as to which horse she would be riding.

 

“At first I did not know which horse I was going to jump, but then I decided to save Itot du Château for tomorrow (Sunday), for the World Cup.

 

“It’s my first Grand Prix with this horse and at the age of 9 he is still quite young. He already participated in a few Grand Prix at two or three star level, some with Maikel van der Vleuten and some with Eric van der Vleuten, but this was his first class at 1,60m.

 

“The course today was rather delicate than massive… there were some big jumps and big, wide oxers… I had several options for some lines, and for me it was great, I’m very happy with the result.”

 

Tops-Alexander will line up in the Rolex World Cup Jumping in Lyon tonight (local time) riding her number one horse Itot du Château, with the final of the Global Champions Tour taking pace in Abu Dhabi, UAE – November 24-26 2011.

 

To see Edwina in action at Lyon, France:

 http://www.equitanews.com/Equitanews/CSI_5_-W_ENG/Entrees/2011/10/29_Equita_Masters_by_Equidia__Mrs_Tops_and_her_debutant.html

 

 


 

 

Australian International 3 Day Event

 

 

The Deloitte Australian International 3 Day Event is one of only six HSBC Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Classics Series™ in the world.

 

Experience the Olympic level action in the Adelaide Equity Partners Hospitality Marquee, located on the Heritage Oval in Adelaide’s picturesque Victoria Park.

 

Wine and dine on some of South Australia’s finest produce and wines, and rub shoulders with riders and past and present Olympic medallists in the hosted venue.

 

Dancing with the Stars Dressage Day - Friday 18 November:

  • -$195 per person
  • -Dressage is a test of elegance in motion, challenging horse and rider to complete a series of choreographed movements with precision and flair. 
  • -The rider must find the balance between expression and control, keeping their super fit horse calm and obedient.
  • -Each movement is marked for accuracy, rhythm and expression.
  • -“Dancing With The Stars Luncheon” - enjoy the dressage ‘Masterclass’ fashion parade and internationally acclaimed horses and riders showing the art of dressage to music, the equine version of ‘Dancing with the Stars!'

 

Qantas Cross Country Day - Saturday 19 November:

  • -$195 per person
  • -Witness the fast and thrilling action of this challenging Qantas Cross Country competition.
  • -The course commences directly in front of the Heritage Grandstand in Victoria Park, before making it’s way into Rymill Park. 
  • -See the start and finish from the Adelaide Equity Partners Hospitality Marquee.
  •  -Sit back to watch the Qantas Cross Country action take place on the ‘Big Screen’ or walk through Adelaide's beautiful parklands whilst watching the worlds top horses and riders negotiate the challenging fences including the water jumps in Rymill Park.

 

ATCO Australia Showjumping Day - Sunday 20 November:

  • -$195 per person
  • -Showjumping is the final stage of the competition, requiring the precision of stadium jumping against the clock, where a single miss-step can mean the difference between winning and losing. 
  • -Watch all the Showjumping action whilst enjoying a Gourmet South Aussie Barbecue in the Adelaide Equity Partners Hospitality Marquee. Adelaide Equity Partners Hospitality Marquee includes:

                                             -Entry to the event with exclusive access to the hospitality marquee

                                             -Program draw and score sheets each day

                                             -Morning & Afternoon Tea

                                             -A two course lunch on Friday & Saturday (lunch from 12 noon)

                                             -Aussie BBQ lunch on Sunday (lunch from 12 noon)

                                             -South Australian fine wines, beer and soft drink (served until 5.30pm).

 

-Purchase each day for $195 per person or $500 for all three days.

-Tables of ten are available $1800 per day or $5000 for all three days.

-Ticketek Hospitality 1300 645 229 

 

-Want more info? Please follow this link for more details: www.australian3de.com.au

-Need tickets? Click here (link to http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=HORSETRI)

 

 

 


 

 

Bates national Dressage Championships

 

Competition starts today at the Bates National Dressage Championships held at Sydney International Equestrian Centre Horsley Park.

 

Around 180 competitors from across Australia as well as six New Zealand riders will take part over the four days of competition with classes ranging from Novice level to Grand Prix. Competitors range in age from 15 years to well into their sixties.

 

All eyes will be on the Regional Olympic Dressage qualifier which takes place on Friday as part of the Grand Prix CDI-W from 1:30pm – 5:40pm. This is the first of two “legs” of the Group F/G qualifier. Due to quarantine restrictions it is necessary to hold the qualifier in two parts, one in each hemisphere as riders and their horses are based in both Australasia and Europe. On Friday New Zealand will field their full team of four riders, whilst Australia will compete with just two riders. The final two riders for Australia will compete in the second “leg” which will take place in Ermelo, Netherlands, on 2 November. Also competing in Ermelo will be a team from South Africa. The two best placed teams will gain qualification for London 2012.

 

Saturday night features the crowd favourite CDI-W Freestyle competition, where riders choreograph their own tests and compete to music of their choice. The Grand Prix Freestyles will take place from 7.45pm and will feature Olympian Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster with their spectacular new Star Trek routine. Queenslander Chantal Wigan and her 13-year old Dutch bred gelding Ferero, winners of the 2010 World Cup Pacific League Final, will perform their well-known Abba freestyle. Wigan says a new freestyle will be revealed next month at the Equestrian Grand Final.

 

Wigan welcomes the kiwi competitors to the Australian Championships. “The Nationals brings together the best Australian competitors and this year also the top New Zealand riders. This provides an opportunity to compete against some fresh competition which is always good,” she said.

 

“Australian squad riders have just completed a national training clinic with Ton de Ridder (GER) which was a great lead-up to this event. I have been working hard on some extra expression and I feel that the clinic has prepared me well to put in my best performance,” added Wigan.

 

In addition to the equine action you may enjoy some shopping. An extensive trade village provides the perfect opportunity to make a start on the Christmas shopping.

 

Spectators are welcome to all events.

 

A press conference will be held on Friday at 6:40pm following the Grand Prix CDI-W (Olympic qualifier). All media are welcome to attend.

 

Event information and live scoring can be found at http://www.dressagensw.com.au/?page=14324

 

 


 

 

Equestrian Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday the 28th will be an important day in the road to the 2012 London Olympic Games for the Australian Dressage Team with the start of the Olympic Regional Team Qualifier at the Bates Australian Dressage Championships to be held at Sydney International Equestrian Centre, Horsley Park.

 

The national selectors have named the team to contest the Group F/G Group Team Qualifier. Due to quarantine restrictions it is necessary to hold the qualifier in two parts, one in each hemisphere as riders and their horses are based in both Australasia and Europe.

 

The first leg, held in Sydney on 28 October in the Grand Prix CDI-W at the Australian Dressage Championships, will commence at 1:30pm and conclude at 5:40pm. The second leg of the Olympic qualifier will take place in Ermelo, Netherlands, on 3 November. Australia will field two riders at each competition.

 

The two best placed teams from the Olympic Group F/G qualify to send a team of three horses and riders to the 2012 Games. Each nation will name four riders to compete at either Sydney or Ermelo, with the best three scores to count toward the team score.

 

Australia will be competing against New Zealand and South Africa, Japan has withdrawn. Australia and New Zealand will be fielding team members at the Sydney qualifier, whilst South Africa and remaining Australian team members will compete in Ermelo.

 

Judging at each leg of the qualifier will be FEI 5* judges Stephen Clarke (GBR) who will also be the President of the Ground Jury at The London Olympic Games in 2012, Gotthilf Riexinger (GER), Susan Hoevenaars (AUS) as well as FEI 4* judge Mariëtte Sanders-van Gansewinkel (NED) and Raphaël Saleh (FRA).

 

 

The Australian team will be as follows:


*Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster - Sydney


Rachael Sanna- Age: 38 Hometown: Glossodia, NSW 


Sanna has been competing in dressage professionally since the age of 19. She is one of Australia’s most accomplished and experienced competitors, having competed in 1999 World Cup Final, Sydney 2000 Olympics, 2002 World Championships, 2006 World Championships, 2010 World Championships. Sanna is married Olympic Showjumper, George Sanna in 2001 and together they have two children. They run Sanna Equestrian Bloodstock, riding, training, competing, mentoring and selling showjumpers and dressage horses.

 

Jaybee Alabaster - 1999 Chestnut gelding Owners: Bev and John Edwards of Jaybee Farm Breed: Hanoverian Sire: Alabaster Dam: Gloria (imp) Performances: 2011 World Equestrian Games GPS 27th, 2011 Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle 1st, 2011 Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix Special 1st, 2010 Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix 2nd

 

*Chantal Wigan and Ferero - Sydney

 

 Age: 37 Hometown: Cleveland, Queensland 

Wigan was born outside Brisbane where her family owned and operated a state of the art equestrian centre. She holds several degrees from the British Horse Society. Wigan is no stranger to the international circuit as she lived and trained in Europe throughout her career. Wigan’s returned from her most recent training and competition tour of Europe in 2010 after winning the Vierzon CDI3* in France. Also in 2010 she and Ferero won the World Cup Pacific League Final. This year they won three consecutive Pacific League World Cup qualifier events.

 

Ferero - 1998 Dark bay gelding Owners: Mr. G. Fairman & C Wigan Breed: KWPN Sire: Ferro Dam: Lou Lou Performances: 2010 CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Vierzon FRA 1st, 2010 FEI World Cup Pacific League Final 1st, 2010 CDI-W Grand Prix Equitana 1st, 2011 CDI3* Grand Prix Boneo Park AUS 1st, 2011 CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Boneo Park 1st, 2011 CDI-W Grand Prix Melbourne1st, 2011 CDI-W GP Freestyle Melbourne1st

 

*Mary Hanna and Sancette - Ermelo


Mary Hanna – Age: 55 Hometown: Bellarine, Victoria

A three-time Olympian, three-time World Equestrian Games representative and three-time competitor at the FEI World Cup Finals Hanna is no stranger to the international stage. Hanna was born into a very horsey family in the Western District of Victoria and rode from an early age. She now lives with husband and business partner Rob at their beautiful equestrian property Statene Park on the Bellarine Peninsula in Drysdale. Hanna works as a full time equestrian coach and dressage trainer. She holds a bachelor of teaching and gives much of her time in the sport as an NCAS Level III dressage instructor and is currently the coach for the Victorian Dressage Team.

Hanna was originally a jumping and eventing rider, converting to dressage in her 20’s. Hanna has been the Australian National Grand Prix Champion on six occasions. She is currently based in Europe training towards London 2012.

 

Sancette – 2001 Bay gelding Owners: Mary Hanna Breed: Hanoverian Sire: Sandro Hit Dam: Cascade Performances: 2011 CDI3* Grand Prix Biarritz (FRA) 4th and Grand Prix Special 2nd, 2011 CDI3* Saumur (FRA) Grand Prix Freestyle 7th, 2011 CDI3* Leudelange (LUX) Grand Prix 9th, 2011 CDI5* Hickstead (UK) Grand Prix Special 5th, 2011 CDI3* Compiègne 5th, 2011 CDI3* Sydney 3rd, 2010 CDI-W Freestyle Werribee 2nd.


*Lyndal Oatley and Potifar - Ermelo


Lyndal Oatley – Age: 31 Hometown: Nottuln, Germany. Formerly from Galston, Sydney

 

Oatley is following in her family’s tradition of representing Australia in dressage as her cousin Kristy Oatley has so successfully done in years past. Whilst watching the 2000 Olympics she decided that dressage would be her new focus. Until this, Oatley competed show horses, twice becoming Australian Champion and was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year in sports for her achievements in the sport. Potifar is Oatley’s first Grand Prix horse, and together have grown as a pair reaching the Australian team for the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA. Oatley has a degree in Business, majoring in Marketing with a minor in Business Management. She is based in Germany with and husband and trainer Patrik Kittel.

 

Potifar - 1997 16.3hh Bay gelding Owner: Mr. Andrew Oatley & Mrs. Carol Oatley Breed: KWPN Sire: Jazz Performances: 2011 CDIO5* Aachen Grand Prix 31st, 2011 CDI3* München-Riem Grand Prix 13th, 2011 CDI4* Lingen Grand Prix 15th, 2010 World Equestrian Games Grand Prix 46th, 2010 Aachen team 7th.

 

*Riders who are part of a team successful in the team qualifying event are not necessarily the riders who may represent the Australia at the London Olympic Games.


The New Zealand team to compete in Sydney will be as follows:


*Shiwon Green - Gosh (Cambridge)

*Louisa Hill - Bates Antonello (Clevedon)

*Nicki Pope - Fabarchie (Whitford)

*Vanessa Way - KH Arvan (Oakura) 

 


Spectators are welcome so come along to support the Australian team.

Event information and live scoring can be found at http://www.dressagensw.com.au/?page=14324

 

 


 

 

PCA National Update

 

ESB Irish Patience (AKA Mr Wilson) and myself were selected to represent Doongala Pony Club and Victoria in the Senior Eventing Champs at Werribee last week. It was a long week, but well worth it! Here is a summary of our exciting week.

 

We arrived on Monday to set up and prepare for the week ahead.

 

On Tuesday we had an early morning trot up and warm up dressage test. With no worries passing the trot up we place 6th out of 30. This was an average test Wilson and I produced in the Elementary test 3A.

 

Wednesday we had warm up SJ round… walking the course these looked massive!! Asking the course designer how big were the fences he said 1.15m. SJ not being our best of the three phases, Wilson and I jumped a super round with only two rails down.

 

The competition began on Thursday. With dressage at 3.20pm I had most of the day to get prepared. The weather was pretty awful, we had lots of rain! We warmed up and produced a wonderful test to put us in the lead of the competition, with 70% from one judge and 72% from the other. This gave us a 3.8 point lead going into XC.

 

Friday, the weather held up nicely and the wind overnight made the footing great! Wilson and I cruised around the course clear and under time with no trouble in the world! With the rider currently in 2nd place having two unlucky stops this gave Wilson and I a 5.2 point leading going into SJ.

 

The nerves set in on Saturday. I could afford one rail to win the championships. They jumped us in order from last to first place, which made it even more nerve wracking because we were on last. The rider in 2nd place had one rail down, which was very unlucky for her but lucky for us. This gave me a 9.2 point lead. I entered the indoor, silence, the bell rang and we were off. Clear 1, clear 2, clear 3 (with a rattle but stayed up), clear 4. Didn’t quite make the distance to 5 got a long spot and had the rail down, five fences to go and only a 5.2 lead. Clear 6, clear 7 and 8A, didn’t get Wilson sitting up in time and had 8B down. One last fence to go, I couldn’t afford to have this down. Keeping my canter, I cantered pasted the doorway seeing 2nd place watching, making me more nervous. I kept my cool and rode the last fence like I was at a lesson… clear 9! Silence turned in to the most exciting noise you could possibly hear!! The cheer for us was amazing.

 

Wilson and I did it - PCA National Eventing Champions!

 

Wilson and I would like to thank DPC and all the members for their support and for getting me to this stage. Wilson and I did our best and it paid off!

 

Remember, you work hard for what you want and it will eventually pay off!

 

Bek and Wilson xx

 


 

 

Queensland Health Update

 

Queensland Government, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation



Biosecurity Queensland has confirmed a Hendra virus case on a property in the Gold Coast hinterland. Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Rick Symons said Biosecurity Queensland officers had quarantined the property.

 

"Samples were taken from a sick horse on the property yesterday with results confirming today that it was infected with Hendra virus,” Dr Symons said, "We understand there are a number of other horses on the property and full tracing is being undertaken to assess if these or any other horses have been in contact with the infected horse. "Biosecurity Queensland and Queensland Health staff will be on the ground doorknocking neighbours to gather information on their animals and provide them with information about Hendra virus. The property has been quarantined to restrict the movement of horses on and off. Remaining horses on the property will be monitored and sampled, undergoing three rounds of testing before they are cleared - this is typically 30 to 35 days."

 

Queensland Health, key horse industry groups and the Australian Veterinary Association have been notified of this latest case. Queensland Health Chief Health officer Dr Jeannette Young said staff were on the property today to assess the situation and whether any testing or treatment was required.

 

“Queensland Health staff will continue to undertake contact tracing work to ensure all people potentially exposed to the sick horse have been identified. Preliminary advice shows there have been two people who may have had limited contact with the horse. Queensland Health stands ready to provide any assistance, counselling, information, testing or treatment that m ay be required.”

 

Dr Symons said this Hendra virus infection highlighted the need for horse owners across the state to be vigilant for signs consistent with Hendra virus infection. "Hendra virus is not highly infectious and, consequently, the horse industry is not subject to movement restrictions for Hendra virus - except for the properties currently under quarantine,” he said. "However, horse owners need to take precautions on their properties to protect their horses from Hendra virus infection.For example, owners could remove horse feed and water containers from under trees and, if possible, place them under a shelter. Remove horses from paddocks where flowering/fruiting trees are attracting flying foxes and return horses only after the trees have stopped flowering/fruiting and the flying foxes have left. Owners should also consider fencing off access to trees that are identified as attractive to flying foxes. An information pack for horse owners on Hendra virus is available from the Biosecurity Queensland website.”

 

Nine locations in Queensland have had confirmed Hendra virus cases this year including Beaudesert, Mt Alford, Park Ridge, Kuranda, Hervey Bay, Boondall, Logan, Chinchilla and now the Gold Coast.

Up-to-date information on Hendra virus is available at www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or phone 13 25 23.