Williams and Paterson-Robinson round out Olympics Show Jumping Team | Equestrian Australia

Show jumpers James Paterson-Robinson and Matt Williams have been rewarded for their impressive and consistent form to earn selection on the Rio 2016 Olympic Team. They join previously selected Edwina Tops-Alexander and Scott Keach to make-up an experienced show jumping team who are aiming for Australia’s best Olympic result. For Williams, 31, this is his third consecutive Olympic Team and he and his 14-year-old horse Valinski S are ready for clean jumping in Brazil.

Source: Williams and Paterson-Robinson round out experienced Show Jumping Team | Equestrian Australia

Australian Team for 2016 Aachen FEI Eventing Nations Cup | Equestrian Australia

Australia’s team for the Aachen round of the 2016 FEI Nations Cup Eventing Series has been announced.  The Australian team will comprise the following combinations: Sammi Birch and Hunter Valley II (Owners: Lyndon McLeod and Sammi Birch)  Chris Burton and Nobilis 18 (Owners: Sue Lawson, Carolyn Townsend and Chris Burton)  Sonja Johnson and Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison (Owner: Nikki Harwood)   Shane Rose and CP Qualified (Owners: Elizabeth Wischer and Shane Rose) Individual: Andrew Hoy & Rutherglen (Owners: The Rutherglen Syndicate)

Source: Australian Team for 2016 Aachen FEI Eventing Nations Cup | Equestrian Australia

Rio 2016 Equestrian Long List for Australia

Here is the Long List for Rio

Emma Booth – Mogelvangs Zidane
Sharon Jarvis – Ceasy
Lisa Martin – First Famous
Katie Umback – Gronskovlunds Marquis
Joann Formosa – Gb Winchester
Joann Formosa – Louisiana
Nikki Doogue – Dinant

Samantha Birch – Hunter Valley II
Christopher Burton – Santano II
Christopher Burton – Nobilis 18
Sam Griffiths – Paulank Brockagh
Andrew Hoy – Rutherglen
Sonja Johnson – Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison
William Levett – Alexander NJ
Shane Rose – CP Qualified
Shane Rose – Virgil
Paul Tapner – Prince Mayo
Stuart Tinney – Pluto Mio
Ryan Wood – Powell
William Levett – Improvise – Reserve
Stuart Tinney – Carlchen – Reserve

Chris Chugg – Cera Cassiago
Julia Hargreaves – Vedor
Julia Hargreaves – Blinky Bill 6
Steven Hill – Yalambi’s Bellini Star
Scott Keach – Fedor
Jamie Kermond – Yandoo Oaks Constellation
James Paterson-Robinson – Amarillo
Edwina Tops-Alexander – Lintea Tequila
Edwina Tops-Alexander – Caretina De Joter
Edwina Tops-Alexander – Ego Van Orti
Matt Williams – Valinski S
James Arkins – Rosthwaite Vigilante II

Mary Hanna – Umbro
Mary Hanna – Boogie Woggie 6
Suzanne Hearn – Remmington
Kelly Layne – Udon P
Kristy Oatley – Du Soleil
Kristy Oatley – Ronan 2
Kristy Oatley – Swagman 2
Lyndal Oatley – Sandro Boy 9
Brett Parbery – Dp Weltmieser
Marge Tomkinson – Diamantina 4

Strict Aussie quarantine laws forced equestrian events for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics to be held in Stockholm | Daily Telegraph

THE joyful procession through the streets of Stockholm on a bright June day in 1956, was part of one of the most unusual episodes in the history of the modern Olympic Games. The parade, largely riders on horseback, wound its way to the Stockholm Olympic Stadium where the flame was lit, five months before the games were scheduled to begin in Melbourne.

Source: Strict Aussie quarantine laws forced equestrian events for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics to be held in Stockholm | Daily Telegraph

Ryan Wood Goes Two for Two with Bromont Three-Star Wins | Eventing Nation – Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary

Ryan Wood dominated the three-star divisions at the Jaguar Land Rover Bromont CCI, winning the CIC3* with Frankie and then returning to the ring to win the CCI3* Todd Sandler Challenge with Woodstock Bennett. On

Source: Ryan Wood Goes Two for Two with Bromont Three-Star Wins | Eventing Nation – Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary

Rio hopeful Rose is confident in his horse Qualified | Equestrian Australia

Shane Rose is confident his top Olympic prospect CP Qualified has what it takes to challenge the world’s best in Rio. The Olympic silver medallist won the CIC3* class at the Saddleworld Melbourne International Three Day Event with a score of 40.20 and will use the 54 days to go to the Rio Opening Ceremony to improve that result.  “He’s very close to doing the test that I want him to do,” said Rose. “I think there are another four or five marks that I can get off that final score which would be great. Low 30s would be even better.

Source: Rio hopeful Rose is confident in his horse Qualified | Equestrian Australia

Aussies finish second at Houghton Hall Nations Cup

Andrew Hoy, Kevin McNab, Sam Griffiths and Tim Boland finished second
An Eventful Life

Australia has finished second in the Houghton Hall CICO3* Eventing Nations Cup, narrowly missing top honours which were taken by Germany.

The Aussie team of Sam Griffiths (Beaurepaire Nemo), Andrew Hoy (Rutherglen), Kevin McNab (Wonham What Next) and Tim Boland (GV Billy Elliot) ended the three day event with a combined score of 143.5 finishing behind the German team’s winning score of 137.1.

Australia and Germany tussled for the lead from the outset, with Australia trailing Germany after the Dressage. The Aussies went into the lead with strong show jumping rounds and they carried a marginal lead into Sunday’s cross country.

Tim Boland competing in his first Nations Cup produced a clear jumping round on cross country adding six time penalties to his overall score. Andrew Hoy riding his London 2012 Olympic horse Rutherglen was the best placed of the Aussies individually producing a clear cross country round to add to his clear show jumping round.

Australia was in the lead up until the final rider for Germany, Bettina Hoy, produced a near precise cross country round to add just 1.2 time penalties to her overall score. It was enough for the German’s to clinch victory by the smallest of margins.


Source: Equestrian Australia

Epsom is the start of high quality racing summer for Thoroughbred horses

It has been an exciting past year for racing fans across the globe with several high profile meetings and a lot of memorable results. Whether that’s in the UK with Rule the World as the 33-1 winner of the Grand National or in the Melbourne Cup, where Michelle Payne shocked the world to finish first on 100-1 shot Prince of Penzance and become the first female jockey to win the prestigious cup in the process. Thankfully, there is more excitement ahead for fans across the summer, with the Epsom festival one of the standout meetings that begins in early June.

Quite simply, when it comes to flat racing, there is nothing better than the Epsom Derby. For one mile, four furlongs and ten yards, the runners and riders will give it everything to come out on top in the richest race that Britain has to offer, with the winner collecting a cool £750,000, and carving their name in racing history while they do so. Currently, there is not much in the betting when it comes to the betting, Wings of Desire, ridden by Frankie Dettori will start off as joint favourite with Aidan O’Brien’s US Army Ranger at around 7/2 and you can follow Coral for all the horse racing tips and news. That is the joint biggest price this century for the favourite of the derby, demonstrating what a tough, competitive field we are anticipating. Of course, there are more races at Epsom than just the Derby and you can find Minding, Coral’s horse racing tip of the weekend in the Epsom Oaks race on the first day of the meeting. She is the daughter of Galileo, the successful Irish thoroughbred. Galileo is an example of what the race horses can do when they retire, a career as a stud is for the more successful runners. However, for a lot of them will retrain and become active in other disciplines such as polo, dressage and eventing because after all racing forms only half a horses’ lifetime.

As summer approaches there are also some big races coming up in Australia. The standout meetings for the Group 1 races include the Queensland Oaks on the 4th June and the Queensland Derby a week later, these will see some of the finest fillies in the continent racing. Obviously, the highlight of the racing year in Australia will be November 1st which is Melbourne Cup Day and a truly spectacular event. Whilst they are the main events for the summer there are of course daily races up and down the country and in many other parts of the globe including South Africa and America as well as obviously the UK that will let you keep track of what’s going on in the racing world.

Overall, it has been a successful time for racing on a global scale. With more sponsorship and prize money than ever before we are getting some excellent, high profile meetings that provide fans with superb runners and riders. The schedule is non-stop with many quality meetings lined up this summer, starting with Epsom.

How Do I Get My Horse To “Go”? – Jane Savoie

When teaching your horse to “go”, focus on two aspects of “thinking forward.” 1. Taking responsibility for his own energy 2. Reacting to light aids Responsibility The first thing you need to do is teach your horse to take responsibility for his energy. It’s not your job to keep him going by “legging him”, spurring […]

Source: How Do I Get My Horse To “Go”? – Jane Savoie

Top team horse trials 2016

At Oxley for the Top Team Horse trials after an early start and almost a 4 hour drive. Dressage done and camp set up. The dressage was moved to a sand arena due to the rain in the previous week making the grass arenas very slippery. Did very little work on smaller circles in my warm up but feel the test on the sand went ok — Regards Walter

Harry & Snowman – a captivating documentary about a show jumping champion

Harry & Snowman is a captivating documentary that follows the story of riding instructor Harry deLeyer and his remarkable tale of rescuing a white plough horse off the back of a truck, bound for the glue factory. Paying just eighty dollars for Snowman, in less than two years, Harry and Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, astonishing a nation.


There are very few horse stories that have been able to truly touch the hearts of audiences. Like the racing career of Seabiscuit in the 1930’s, Harry and Snowman captured the hearts of a nation during the 1950’s and 1960’s. This multi-award winning documentary will be the first time that Harry and Snowman’s remarkable and heartfelt story will be told by 85-year-old Harry himself. The film includes incredible archived footage that transports you to the triumphant moments in the dynamic duos lives.

Harry & Snowman in select cinemas from May 19 – check the website for details.

Watch the trailer here.