Australian Showjumpers book spot for Rio Olympic Games | Equestrian Australia

Australia’s Showjumpers have booked their spot for the Rio Olympic Games after finishing second at the Regional Qualifier in Hagen. Dual Olympian and Team Captain Edwina Tops-Alexander lead her team out strong with Julia Hargreaves, Scott Keach and Jamie Kermond putting in solid performances to bring home the result the Aussies needed to secure their place at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Australia finished in second place behind Japan.

Australian Showjumpers book spot for Rio Olympic Games | Equestrian Australia.

2015 Australian International 3 day event Promo Video

This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. This year there will be several other equestrian attractions happening apart from the obvious main attraction the 4 star three day Event.

Thursday 19th November will feature the start of CCI2* Horseland Dressage section plus the Equestrian Australia Grand Final dressage

Friday 20th November will see the completion of the CCI2* Horseland Dressage section and the Adelaide CCI4* Dressage section. Later in the afternoon will be the Equestrian Australia Grand Final Freestyle Dressage to Music Competition. If that is not enough for you it will then be followed by Polo in the Park.

Saturday 21st November will of course feature the Horseland CCI2* Cross Country and the Adelaide CCI4* Cross Country. Later in the afternoon the action will center on Rymill Park for the Equestrian Australia Grand Final Exhibition Eventing. Then in the evening it will move to the main arena for the Equestrian Australia Grand Final World Cup Showjumping warm up class.

Sunday 22nd November will be another big day featuring the Horseland CCI2* Show Jumping. This will then be followed by the Equestrian Australia Grand FinalWorld Cup Showjumping after lunch. If can find the time on the western side of Victoria Park there will be the Australian International Three Day Event Combined Driving Event will be a Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) classified competition, comprising of two CAI 1* events, a driven dressage and cones competition. The final conclusion of the weekend will be the Adelaide CCI4* Show Jumping in the afternoon.

Book now, early bird ticket prices end 1 September 2015. http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=HORSE15

2015 Aus3de Promo Video – YouTube.

High Performance Squads | Equestrian Australia

The Equestrian Australia High Performance squads have been announced. High Performance Squads will include riders and/or combinations identified as having the potential to represent Australia at a major championships (Olympic/Paralympic Games and/or World Equestrian Games) between 2016-2020. High Performance Squads Explained

High Performance Squads for each Olympic/Paralympic discipline are categorised into three groups – Gold, Green and Generation Next. 

In order to be eligible to be nominated as part of the 2016 Australian Olympic Shadow Team athletes must be named in the Equestrian Australia High Performance Squads.

High Performance Squads | Equestrian Australia.

The 2015 Equestrian Grand Final is coming to #Aus3de – YouTube

Now here is an added bonus for all going or planning to go or even thinking about going to Adelaide this year for the Australian International three day event

Equestrian Australia is pleased to announce a new home for the Equestrian Grand Final in 2015 – Australia’s International Three Day Event, happening in Adelaide from 19-22 November.

EA is excited to be taking the Grand Final to a new city and having it run alongside one of Australia’s most spectator friendly events. For competitors it presents a chance to compete in the heart of Adelaide, in front of big crowds and unique atmosphere.

While the location may be changing, you can be assured of a Grand Final as spectacular as ever, bringing together the best of the best in the Olympic disciplines, offering big thrills, big suspense and big prize money.

What is the Equestrian Grand Final?

Featuring Australia’s top riders in jumping, dressage and eventing, the Equestrian Grand Final brings together the best of the best in the Olympic disciplines, offering big thrills, big suspense and big prize money.

When and where is the 2015 Equestrian Grand Final being held?

The 2015 Equestrian Grand Final will be held in conjunction with Australia’s International Three Day Event, happening from 19-22 November 2015.

What is the significance of the 2015 event?

In Adelaide for the first time and running alongside Australia’s premier equestrian event – Australia’s International Three Day Event – the Equestrian Grand Final will offer a unique viewing experience for spectators while providing athletes the chance to compete in the middle of the city, in front of big crowds and atmosphere.

With a little over a year to go to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Australia’s International Three Day Event in 2015 will be a key focus for Olympic Eventing hopefuls.

How many athletes will compete in the Equestrian Grand Final?

More than 60 horse and rider combinations are anticipated to compete in the Equestrian Grand Final, breakdown is as follows:

Jumping: 30

Dressage: 16

Exhibition Eventing: 15

Ticket Information

Tickets for Australia’s International Three Day Event and Equestrian Grand Final are now on sale through Ticketek

The 2015 Equestrian Grand Final is coming to #Aus3de – YouTube.

Review: In the Quiet by Eliza Henry-Jones · Readings.com.au

Set on a farm in rural Victoria, the book is filled with dirt, dust and plenty of horses. The novel follows Cate’s three teenage children, along with her husband, her sister, her best friend and her best friend’s nephew, as they deal with their grief over Cate’s unexpected death and the general ups and downs of everyday life.

Review: In the Quiet by Eliza Henry-Jones · Readings.com.au.

Tom Roberts Legacy Project

Join the opportunity to support  Horse SA and the writing of a book telling the story of Tom Roberts horse training principles, and how one man’s vision for a kinder approach to training continues to help horses world-wide. The book will be co-authored by internationally renowned horse training and behaviour modification expert Dr. Andrew McLean.

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Tom Roberts Legacy Project.

What’s out there for an ex racehorse?

The British racing season is in full swing and before we know it, it will be coming to an end for another year. The career span of a racing horse is a short one, lasting around three years, but this is not to say that after retiring from racing, your horse cannot go on to have a long and fulfilling life.

For some, there is a certain stigma around horse racing, whether it is the questionable animal welfare issues, or the betting element. The latter is slowly being phased out by other modern day gambling alternatives taking people away from the betting element of horse racing and instead offering them online casino games.

However, despite the stigma, there are a multitude of options available to ex-racehorses. For example, dressage or eventing are ideal options for those horses who may not be as physically capable of racing as they once were.

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In an open letter from Thoroughbred trainer Katie Ramsay, she says: “Some people think when a racehorse has retired from racing, that’s it.

“But just like us humans, retirement isn’t the end. For most, it’s only the beginning.”

Ramsay notes that, owing to a lifetime of physical exertion, racehorses are capable of going on to do great things in the field of polo, showing, show jumping, dressage, leisure riding and eventing. Indeed, having noted the potential of these beautiful animals, Ramsay set up her own business in re-training racehorses.

She says: “Having worked for several racehorse trainers during my 16 years in the industry, I can honestly say that the vast majority work extremely hard to re-home the horses once they retire from racing.

“I have personally re-trained and re-homed many horses.”

So what qualities do ex-racehorses possess that make them so apt for this career? According to Equestrian Life magazine, the opportunities are seemingly endless. Thoroughbred ex-racers have not only physical but also the mental agility to enter into any one of these disciplines, along with a versatility that will equip them for business or pleasure.

Having been bred to gallop, an ex-racehorse can guarantee a good performance in any of the aforementioned events, giving the concerned horse trainer a whirlwind of opportunities to let his or her horse enjoy life and even bring home a little extra money.

It is important that we do not deem ex-racehorses dispensable – just like humans, they have so much more to give when they come to the end of their careers, and whether it’s for sport or for show, these options can bring years of pleasure for both horse and trainer.