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Equestrian Australia

July 2016

July 8, 2016

Up up and away Australia's Rio 2016 Eventing horses depart Melbourne

Some of Australia's Rio2016 Eventing horses departed Australia. 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. Accompanying the horses is Australian Team Vet Dr Nathan Anthony as well as an IRT specialist groom.  MORE Facebook Like Button Tweet Button

Hanna ready to Boogie as Australia’s oldest competing Olympian

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. MORE Facebook Like Button Tweet Button

Four named on 2016 Australian Paralympic Equestrian Team

Three Paralympic debutants will join Beijing 2008 Paralympian Sharon Jarvis to make up the 2016 Australian Paralympic Equestrian team set to compete in Rio, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) announced.

Jarvis will lead teammates Emma Booth, Katie Umback and Lisa Martin on the equestrian arena at Deodoro Stadium. READ Facebook Like Button Tweet Button

Williams and Paterson-Robinson round out experienced Show Jumping Team

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. MORE Facebook Like Button

Winners recognised at Equestrian Australia Sport Achievement Awards

More than 220 leading members of the equestrian and sporting communities gathered in the Olympic Room of the MCG to celebrate the sport’s highest achievers of 2015 as part of the Equestrian Australia Sport Achievement Awards.

Equestrian greats and enthusiasts joined award finalists, their families and friends as well a host of industry members at the Rio themed occasion which was hosted by Olympic swimmer Nicole Livingstone.

As well as honouring the highest achievers within the sport of 2015, the annual awards dinner also paid tribute to the legends of the sport through a new round of Hall of Fame inductions. MORE Facebook Like Button Tweet Button

Equestrian Australia statement – Eventing Staging Camp

Equestrian Australia (EA) can advise the following Eventing horse and rider combinations will attend the Pre-Games staging camp in the UK beginning on 24 July. VIEW Facebook Like Button Tweet 

AACHEN - Australian Team for 2016 FEI Eventing Nations Cup

Australia’s team for the Aachen round of the 2016 FEI Nations Cup Eventing Series has been announced. MORE Facebook Like Button Tweet 

AACHEN - Australian Team for 2016 CDIO5*

Australia will field a team in the final round of the 2016 FEI Nations Cup Dressage Series at Aachen. MORE Facebook Like Button Tweet Button

Saddleworld Melbourne International 3 Day Event concludes on high note

Olympic gold medallist Stuart Tinney riding the horse War Hawk (owned by Corinna and Darren Huskinson) claimed victory in the Saddleworld Melbourne International Three Day Event CCI3*, finishing the event with a brilliant clear show jumping round.

The Olympic year has created excitement with all involved, which invited thousands of eager fans to catch a glimpse of Rio hopefuls and other emerging international contenders. MORE Facebook Like Button Tweet Button

Rio bound Tops-Alexander second in Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Cannes

An in-form Edwina Tops-Alexander has finished second in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Cannes.

In finishing runner-up the two-time Olympian and Rio bound Jumping rider overcame a competitive field which included eight of the top 10 riders in the world.

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Podium result for Rio bound Williams

Olympian Matt Williams capped off a milestone week with a podium result at the $130,000 Tyron (USA) CSI3* Grand Prix. MORE Facebook Like Button Tweet Button

Double victory for Wood at Bromont

Aussie Ryan Wood is the ARIAT RIDER OF THE MONTH, for his double victory winning the CCI3* and CIC3* at Bromont (Canada).

Partnering with the horse Woodstock Bennett in the CCI3*, the US based Wood won the class on his dressage score of 53.70. MORE  Facebook Like Button Tweet Button

Interview with Australian Team Vet, Dr Robin Bell

Australian Team Vet, Dr Robin Bell oversees the veterinary program for Australia’s Jumping team. In this interview he explains how horses cope with the travel between Australia and Europe as well as how he manages the veterinary program with athletes and horses spread across three continents. WATCH Facebook Like Button Tweet 

EQUITANA Australian Open a Grand Slam for Equestrian Australia

In an exciting evolution EQUITANA Melbourne, with the support of Equestrian Australia (EA), will move three Olympic disciplines into the EQUITANA Australian Open portfolio.

Tickets will be on sale later in July, more information at

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Flying horses - Q&A with IRT Managing Director Chris Burke

If you want to know something people don't know about flying horses around the world or understand the horse transport planned for the Rio Olympic Games, check Chris Burke's exclusive interview HERE Facebook Like Button Tweet Button

Interview with Australian Jumping Team Chef d'Equipe, Stevie Macken

“Australia has a very good group of riders and the talent is there so it’s just a matter of building on that talent" WATCH this interview with Australian Jumping Team Chef d’Equipe, Stevie Macken.Facebook Like Button Tweet Button

Ariat Pro-Team : Shane Rose

Ariat was founded with the goal of making high-quality footwear and apparel for the world’s top equestrian athletes. Ariat Pro-Team members are high performing equestrian athletes that Ariat hand picks to represent the Ariat Brand and its values. Olympic Equestrian – Eventing contender Shane Rose is a proud Ariat Pro-Team member.

To find the right English boot for you, we recommend visiting an Ariat stockist to determine which boots and technology will best meet your needs. 

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VIDEO - Equestrian Olympians celebrate Olympic Day at NSW Interschools Championships

Young Equestrians came face to face with their heroes on the opening day of competition of the NSW Interschools Championships as participants joined two of Australia’s leading riders to celebrate Olympic Day. READ & WATCH Facebook Like Button Tweet Button

DOWNLOAD: the Official AUS Olympic Team App

Get the latest Team content in your hand with alerts on breaking news and selections. Fan Messages are coming soon and at Games-time there will be live results and AUS specific schedules. Android and iOS. HERE Facebook Like Button Tweet Button

2016 EA Club Development Grant recipients announced

13 clubs from around Australia will receive a funding boost as part of Equestrian Australia (EA)’s recent round of Club Development Grants. It is the third time that EA has offered $30,000 in funding assistance to affiliated clubs and this recent round attracted 99 applications.

Some of the projects to be supported include funding for trailers, arena rakes, timing gear as well as jumping equipment, a new club room, carriage driving gear and different safety equipment. View the full list of recipients HERE Facebook Like Button Tweet 


The latest news on the Australian Equestrian teams competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be available at

#RideWithUs and follow the action of your favourite athletes on our website which will contain results, updates, a daily schedule and more.

There are limitations on the content which National Federations can and can’t share across its digital platforms during the Games due to an International Olympic Committee (IOC) policy, known as rule 40.3.

Be sure to check in daily for the latest news on Equestrian from Rio as it happens –


Equestrian Australia board appointment - Mr Leigh Clifford AO has joined the board of Equestrian Australia. MORE

Declaration of the Olympic Summit - The protection of the clean athletes and the fight against doping is and will remain a top priority for all the stakeholders of the Olympic Movement. MORE

Code of practice for managing risks when new and experienced persons interact with horses - Equestrian Australia will be submitting a response to SafeWork NSW following the release of the draft code of practice for managing risks when new and inexperienced persons interact with horses. MORE

FEI Event Calendar Applications for 2017 are open. VIEW

National NCAS Committee - Equestrian Australia (EA) has been undertaking a review of all of its National Committees. MORE


Adelaide Driving on a Roll - Adelaide will host carriage drivers from around Australia in the city parklands from November 4 - 6 2016 in conjunction with the Australian International Three Day Event (Aus3DE). MORE

FEI World Driving Championships for Young Horses 2016 allocated to Hungary. MORE


Official's Insight - Badminton Horse Trials 2016 MORE


Leap in the FEI Longines Jumping Rankings - The new FEI Longines Rankings, the world Jumping rankings, are out and each of Australia's Jumping Team of four for Rio have made a jump following good ranking class performances. MORE


Longines FEI World Endurance Championships 2016 allocated to Slovakia - A unanimous proposal from the FEI Endurance Committee recommending the Slovakian venue received the support of the full Bureau. MORE

Short list for the 2016 FEI World Endurance Championships for Seniors - VIEW

Imbil takes the reins for 2016 National Endurance Championships - The event has been awarded to the newly founded Imbil-based Sterling Crossing Endurance Association which is preparing to welcome over 50 competitors and their support teams to the region. MORE


2016 Australian Paralympic Team officially launched. MORE


EA is announcing the shortlist for the 2016 FEI World Vaulting Championships for Seniors MORE

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