Birch replaces Levett as travelling reserve | Equestrian Australia

Bill Levett has withdrawn as Australia’s travelling reserve for Eventing after his horse Alexander NJ sustained a minor injury. While Levett’s horse will make a full recovery, he won’t overcome the injury in time for the horses’ departure for Rio on Friday. Equestrian Australia (EA) is currently making arrangements for Samantha Birch and Hunter Valley II to fill the travelling reserve position. Australia is permitted one travelling reserve for Eventing.

Source: Birch replaces Levett as travelling reserve | Equestrian Australia

Adelaide will be jumping this November for the 2016 Aus3de

Australia’s premier equestrian competition, the Australian International Three Day Event (Aus3de), will be held on 3-6 November this year. The world’s best horse and riders in eventing, the Triathlon of Horse Sport, will compete for the biggest prize pool in the Southern Hemisphere at the prestigious 2016 Event.

Thousands of locals, visitors, and equestrian enthusiasts will flock to Adelaide’s beautiful East Parklands for four action packed days of world class horse sport with riders competing for more than $150,000 in prize money up in the heart of the city.

To add to the FEI Classic Adelaide 4* and Horseland CCI2*, for the first time, the 2016 Australian International 3 Day Event will include a new event, the RM Williams CIC3* and a Twilight Equestrian Gala on Friday 4 November.

Aus3DE Event Director Gillian Rolton said the 2016 Aus3de promises to be a fabulous showcase of equestrian sport at its best.

“The Australian International Three Day Event is a highly anticipated event on the equestrian calendar and 2016 is no exception,” she said. “Following the excitement from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, don’t miss the return of this premier event in the middle of the city.”

“We are also thrilled to announce the new RM Williams CIC3*, which will be a popular addition to the 2016 program A short course event, it will, provide a popular option for riders that are on their way to qualify for Adelaide CCI4* in 2017. We anticipate a good number of entries for this class and already have a bunch of Kiwis planning to jump the ‘ditch to compete this year!”

“There’s masterclasses and course walks by German Gold medal  Eventing Team coach Christopher Bartle, to look forward to, plus food and wine bars, great shopping and the Thomas Foods International World Cup Show jumping spectacular.

“We will also see the return of FEI Olympic Course Designer, Michael Etherington-Smith, who brings with him a wealth of knowledge and professionalism to the eventing cross country phase,” she said.

The 2016 Australian International 3 Day Event (Aus3DE) is the pinnacle of horse sports in Australia and is one of the six top level Federation Equestre International (FEI) Classic Series events held around the world annually. The event will be held in Adelaide Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th November 2016. For more information visit

The 2016 Australian International Three Day Event:

  • is the most prestigious event of its kind in the southern Hemisphere.
  • is one of the six top level Federation Equestre International (FEI) Classic Series events held around the world annually.
  • is the only event on its kind located in the heart of a city.
  • will host a new RM Williams CIC 3* event for the first time in 2016
  • will include Masterclasses, FEI Thomas Foods International World Cup Showjumping, Celebrity Course Walks and a bigger Market Place Shopping Village.
  • Welcomes Mike Etherington-Smith to return as the FEI Course Designer.

Hashtag: #aus3de #FEIclassics



31 horses in frame for Goodwood showcase

With events at Glorious Goodwood now just a matter of weeks away, a total of 31 top horses remain in contention for a place in the showcase event in Sussex, the Qatar Sussex Stakes. Expectation is certainly mounting in the build up to this race, along with a number of others, with this year’s field looking set to be one of the most competitive in recent history.

It is hardly surprising that such a large number of names still remain in the potential line up for the Group 1 race, with the renewal of the mile-long contest set to be worth over £1million this time around. The race takes place on July 27th, and with quality throughout the field, it is proving difficult for bookmakers and punters alike to select their favourites. have all the news in the build up to the race, with recent 2000 Guineas winner at Newmarket Galileo Gold currently tipped for the win.

With classic winners throughout the field, Aidan O’Brien trained duo Minding and The Gurkha will certainly be among the favourites with the bookmakers, alongside Awtaad and Jet setting, who are trained by Kevin Prendergast and Adrian Keatley respectively. With such young horses set to give their more experienced competitors a run for their money, it could well be a clash of the generations come race day. For all the horse racing tips in the build up to the race, head to, who have the latest news from all runners and trainers.

With little to separate these names over the past year, conditions in Surrey could well play a significant role in deciding the winner in just a few weeks’ time. Al Shaqab Racing’s Galileo Gold landed the opening British Classic of the season, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, before being beaten in the Irish equivalent by Awtaad. However, the duo again found themselves up against each other in the St James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, where Galileo Gold once again came out on top ahead of Awtaad in third place.

However, with Minding holding strong claims as being the best three-year-old in the whole of Europe currently, after classic wins in both the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and Investec Oaks as well as a victory over her elders in the Pretty Polly Stakes, her odds are certainly reflected in the betting odds. offer the best horse racing odds from a variety of online bookmakers ahead of the race.

Aidan O’Brien still has a decision to make regarding which race Minding will feature in however, with the three-year-old also among the fillies in contention for the Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes. The race is staged over nearly 10 furlongs on the fifth and final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, and could well be the preferred option for O’Brien.

Minding’s stablemate Even Song is also under consideration for the race, with this year’s event proving to be the richest of its kind in Europe, with a total prize money of £600,000 on offer. Even Song came out victorious in the recent Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, and along with Arabian Queen, is one of only two horses to defeat the great Golden Horn when successful in the Juddmonte International at York last season.

Eventing Team looking to get Australia back on the podium | Equestrian Australia

EQUESTRIAN: The four Eventing rider and horse combinations selected for the 2016 Australian Olympic Team – Chris Burton (Santano II), Sam Griffiths (Paulank Brockagh), Shane Rose (CP Qualified) and Stuart Tinney (Pluto Mio) – have already been on their own amazing journey to get to Rio, and are poised to add to Australia’s remarkable history in this event.

Source: Eventing Team looking to get Australia back on the podium | Equestrian Australia

Up up and away Australia’s #Rio2016 Eventing horses depart Melbourne | Equestrian Australia

Some of Australia’s #Rio2016 Eventing horses departed Australia overnight bound for the UK.  CP Qualified (ridden by Shane Rose), Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison (ridden by Sonja Johnson) and Stuart Tinney’s horses Pluto Mio and Carlchen departed a cargo plane in Melbourne for a 30 hour flight which will involve stopovers in Singapore and the UAE.

Source: Up up and away Australia’s #Rio2016 Eventing horses depart Melbourne | Equestrian Australia

Hanna ready to Boogie as Australia’s oldest competing Olympian | Equestrian Australia

EQUESTRIAN: Dressage rider Mary Hanna will become Australia’s oldest competing Olympian and just the third Australian woman to compete at five Games, when she competes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Cousins Lyndal Oatley and Kristy Oatley along with Olympic debutant Kelly Layne have also earned selection to compete in the Team and Individual Dressage competition.

Source: Hanna ready to Boogie as Australia’s oldest competing Olympian | Equestrian Australia

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