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News - May, 2006
31 May 2006 James Paterson-Robinson qualifies for WEG Selection
29 May 2006 Kristy Oatley and Don Bolero second in Hamburg Derby
27 May 2006 Wayne Roycroft marries Frances
26 May 2006 WEG Dressage Selection to be announced mid-June
23 May 2006 Ernie Dingo named Ambassador for 160km-long Endurance contest
22 May 2006 Clayton Fredericks places 1st and 4th in Saumur CCI*** (FRA)
22 May 2006 Mixed fortunes at the Aachen CHIO World Horse Festival
19 May 2006 Lyndal Oatley and Kate Taylor-Wheat plus horses arrive safely in Germany
18 May 2006 Six Bar Success at the Royal Windsor Horse Show
15 May 2006 Clayton Fredericks and Shane Rose win Eventing World Cup Qualifiers
15 May 2006 Boyd Exell wins Royal Windsor Horse Show
14 May 2006 Dressage judging advice from Dr. Volker Moritz
13 May 2006 Interim FEI Secretary General steps down
6 May 2006 Rachael Sanna and Chatham Park Jac win Grand Prix Kür
8 May 2006 Andrew Hoy wins Badminton Horse Trials
1 May 2006 HRH Princess Haya of Jordan new President of the FEI
1 May 2006 Kristy Oatley and Quando Quando on a Roll

James Paterson-Robinson qualifies for WEG Selection

James Paterson-Robinson
Riding a young horse at the 2004 Dressage and Jumping with the Stars at Werribee
Photograph:Franz Venhaus
Kate Johnstone, Geelong Info, Wednesday, 31 May 2006

Europe-based James Paterson-Robinson had a clear first round at the Concours Hippique Eindhoven (NED) last weekend and thus got the second half-'COC'.

Geelong's big-time showjumping rider James Paterson-Robinson and his mount Splendid van de Heffinck are on track for the World Equestrian Games.

The duo finished sixth in the Grand Prix at Eindhoven in the Netherlands this week to gain another prized certificate of capability for the Games in Aachen, Germany, in August.

The international team had already qualified for the Games after jumping double clear rounds at the Grand Prix at Maubeuge, France, earlier this month.

A former Barwon Heads Pony Club rider, Paterson-Robinson has been riding in Europe for six years.

He came to prominence by being the first Australian rider to win the prestigious FEI World Breeding Showjumping Championship for Young Horses at Lanaken, Belgium, in 2001 and again in 2003.

Last season Paterson-Robinson was leading rider at Dunkerque, France, and won a class at the British Horse of the Year Show.

But it was not until he secured the ride on Neil Jones' Belgian warmblood gelding Splendid van de Heffinck that he looked toward the World Equestrian Games.

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 Full Grand Prix Results

Kristy Oatley and Don Bolero second in Hamburg Derby

Kristy Oatley-Nist and Wall Street
During the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Photograph:Franz Venhaus
National Office, Monday, 29 May 2006

The 2006 German Jumping and Dressage Derby in Hamburg is a traditional highlight of the sport. The Derby competitions involve a change of horses to determine the winner.

Kristy and Don Bolero got 2nd place in the Grand Prix with 71.083% and also second in the Kür with 76.6%.

In the Derby, Kristy rode Insterburg (and the others' horses) against Isabell Werth and Le Touquet and Jochen Vetters with Fanano.

Wayne Roycroft marries Frances

Done Deal
Wayne Roycroft's Wedding
Photograph:Franz Venhaus
National Office, Saturday, 27 May 2006

In a moving ceremony, FEI Eventing Committee Chairman and former EFA President Wayne Roycroft got married to Frances Emmerton.

Friends and families attended today's wedding of Wayne Roycroft to Frances Emmerton.  "Best Man" Denis Goulding recalled stories from yesteryear that are just as relevant today.
Sunday started with breakfast at the Royctrofts' Mt. White property, followed by a visit to Heath and Krissy Harris' place near by. Heath entertained the gathering with some of his "liberty" horses.

Bride Frances entering

Kissing the Bride

Signing off

Done Deal

The Clan

The Cake

Absolutely amazed!

Heath Harris showing his "liberty" horses

Heath Harris showing his liberty horses

Heath Harris showing his liberty horses

Heath Harris showing his liberty horses

Heath Harris showing his liberty horses

Heath Harris showing his liberty horses

Heath Harris showing his liberty horses

Heath Harris showing his liberty horses

Heath Harris showing his liberty horses

WEG Dressage Selection to be announced mid-June

2006 WEG Aachen
National Office, Friday, 26 May 2006

The EFA will publish an announcement on selection of Australian Dressage Representatives for WEG 2006 on this web late Saturday, 17 June 2006.

National Dressage Selectors will meet with National Training Advisor Ulla Salzgeber and National Team Veterinarian Denis Goulding at the Dressage High Performance Camp being conducted in Sydney 13 – 17 June. Following these consultations, the selectors will meet and then announce the Australian Dressage Representatives for the 2006 World Equestrian Games.

For further information please contact High Performance Manager Brett Mace on 02 8762 7777 or on 0412 174 257.


Ernie Dingo named Ambassador for 160km-long Endurance contest

Tom Quilty Ambassador Ernie Dingo swimming with his horse Warrier
Pamela Robson - AERA, Tuesday, 23 May 2006

Well-loved television and travel celebrity Ernie Dingo will be the Ambassador to the Tom Quilty Gold Cup 2006. And popular country music star Adam Brand will showcase Australian country music to the international and local riders and crews attending the event.

The punishing 160km–long endurance pursuit, which is being be held in Boonah, South East Queensland in June, has attracted 350 nominations from across Australia and around the world. Together with their entourages, they’re expected to swell the local population by 5,000.    Competitors will fly in from the Middle East, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the USA and Europe to test themselves alongside the Aussies, who are ranked world-first with more international medals to their name than any other country.

Organiser Dick Collyer said that Ernie Dingo was a most popular choice. “We want to showcase what is best about country Australia. Ernie makes a great representative. He has strong connections with horses and the country. We’re aware that he is an excellent, experienced, rider and a great horseman.  We’re absolutely delighted that he has been able to find time in a demanding schedule to represent the Quilty.

“Adam Brand has legions of fans here in Australia, and we’re thrilled that he has agreed to provide a concert for the riders, crews and officials – especially those visitors from overseas, who may not have experienced Australian country music.  It will help make the event a memorable one.”

The objective of the Quilty is to test horse and rider - ‘100 miles on one horse in one day’. Competitors will begin the ride over bush tracks at a freezing midnight on Friday 9th June.   Although they have a full 24 hours to complete, the winners are expected to cross the finish line in about 14 hours – arriving from 2pm on Saturday afternoon. Riders will also be vying for the coveted Best Conditioned awards, which reward the excellent physical condition of the top endurance horses.


A contingent of royal sheikhs more used to galloping across the deserts of Arabia , an American cowboy who trains among the bears, rattlesnakes and canyons of the Sierra Nevada,  a Japanese businessman who has battled for almost a decade to qualify, and a Malaysian prince who is also a top international rider.

These are just some of the overseas competitors who will fly in to the South East Queensland town of Boonah for the punishing 160km horse race, the Tom Quilty Gold Cup 2006. They are coming to test themselves alongside the Aussies, who are ranked world-first in the sport of endurance riding, with more international medals to their name than any other country.

The Australians are fielding some of their top riders, such as Queenslanders Peter and Penny Toft, Sydney’s Jennifer Gilbertson, Victorian Meg Wade and international junior champion, Brooke Warner from Newcastle.   But also lining up at the start will be local hopefuls such as the five Weier children from Boonah - who’ve been training on borrowed horses for the past two years and selling stable poo at $2 a bag to pay for their entries.  Eleven year old, Brianna Weier, will be the youngest rider in the field, and her horse, Thalara, who at a little more than 14hh is really a pony, is likely be the smallest in the 300-strong competition. Eric Tuennecke from Grafton, NSW, who admits to being over 80, will be the oldest rider.  Quilty hosts, the Fassifern Valley Pony Club have offered to crew for both Brianna and Eric.

Contenders will begin the ride in the foothills of the Scenic Rim at a freezing midnight on Friday 9th June.   Although they have a full 24 hours to complete, the winners are expected to cross the finish line in about 14 hours – arriving from 2pm on Saturday. Riders will also be vying for the coveted Best Conditioned awards, which reward the excellent physical condition of the top endurance horses. The objective of the Quilty, set out in 1966 by founders, bush legend, RM Williams, and Kimberly cattleman, Tom Quilty, is to test horse and rider - ‘100 miles on one horse in one day’.

Riders are expected to arrive in Boonah with their horses from as early as two weeks before the event.  One of Australia’s best-loved TV personalities will soon be named The Tom Quilty Ambassador and a well-known country music star will be identified who will be performing for the riders and their crews.

For further information, please contact:

Pamela Robson on (07) 3839 8747 or 0412 158 886 or email: pamela@robson-dixon.com

Dick Collyer on (07) 5463 1979 or email: collyer@gil.com.au




































































Clayton Fredericks places 1st and 4th in Saumur CCI*** (FRA)

Clayton Fredericks and Ben Along Time
Winners of the Chatsworth CIC-W World Cup Eventing Qualifier
Photograph:Ian Lamprell
National Office, Monday, 22 May 2006

Just a week after winning the World Cup Qualifier at Chatsworth (GBR), Clayton and Ben Along Time have won the 2006 Saumur CCI***.

Clayton placed 4th with his second ride Nullabor.
Congratulations, Clayton.


Full Results (PDF).

Other Links
 Saumur Web

Mixed fortunes at the Aachen CHIO World Horse Festival

Boyd Exell and his team
Doing the Ostable (Cone) Test at the 2006 CHIO Aachen
Photograph:Marie de Ronde-Oudemans
National Office, Monday, 22 May 2006

Boyd Exell finishes in 5th position after the third test in the Four-in-Hand Driving event at the biggest and most prestigeous European horse show.

Boyd had no penalties in this final test.

Boyd was in 6th place before the obstacle (cone) driving competition with 124.46 penalties after placing 8th in the Dressage and also 8th in the Marathon (cross-country) tests. The obstacle driving competition is the Driving equivalent to the Jumping test of the Three-Day Event.

The CHIO Aachen Press Service wrote after the Marathon:

In spite of the abysmal weather, 24,000 spectators watched the marathon competition in the Forest of Aachen (Wohnwelt Pallen Marathon). The heavy rainfall of the previous day and the resulting soft ground had induced the organisers to omit obstacle 7 from the course and extend the allowed time by two minutes. The 26 drivers all had problems with obstacle 4, which was located on a downhill slope. Fortunately, there were no accidents, but several teams collected time faults. The World Champion of 1998, Werner Ulrich (Switzerland) achieved the best marathon result, followed by the reigning Vice-World Champion, Zoltan Lazar (Hungary) and the World Champion of 2002, Ysbrand Chardon (the Netherlands).

Australia's sole competitor in the Dressage, Kristy Oatley, blamed herself for the not as good as expected result with Quando Quando in the CHIO Grand Prix.  They finished 26th with a respectable score of 66.5%.  The pair came 17th in the Grand Prix Special.  Kristy placed 9th in the CDI Grand Prix with her mount Don Bolero on 68.167% and another series of Olympic qualifying scores.


A report from Karen Everett, Boyd's assistant and Chef.

Boyd was 5th at Aachen and we are very pleased!  Aachen is always an extremely demanding competition on the team of horses and people with a very tough marathon - although for WEG the marathon will be at a new site on the show ground.  For CHIO the marathon is 40 minutes away in the forest of Aachen.

We arrived on site on Wednesday with the first inspection on Thursday which went smoothly for us going first.  However, for the later nations we had teams of horses warming up to use the practice arenas where horses were being walked prior to the trot up and it was chaotic.  This will be address before WEG!

Practise arenas were an issue as there was not enough space.  We had one set up dressage arena with times allocated to the various nations and there was another arena similar size next to this dressage arena.  The only other area was behind the stables which was rough, and this was all we had for 26 teams (they are wanting around 50 for WEG) so they are planning to create another training area.

We were on sixth in the dressage but thankfully we had a couple of good dressage  drivers on before us and parts of the test were superb, but Boyd's halt and rein back need working on.  However, people were muttering that this was a team that would win the dressage in the future!

Despite the weak halt , rein back and subsequent walk, Boyd was still 8th after the dressage so we were very pleased and as prize giving was down to 8th place the horses got the chance to go in the main arena, which is quite an experience.  The atmosphere is electric so great training for the horses!

Friday night they issued a severe weather warning, the weather was dire but coming from England we are well used to the rain and mud!  Due to the conditions they took out the last obstacle and gave us a five-minute window for section E.  The walk section had 12 manned video cameras filming the proceeding and spotters, but Boyd's horses manage the walk with no trouble - not so for others!

5 of the 6 obstacles drove really well and fluently, but on obstacle 3 he came in a little fast and pulled a turn too late and he also missed another turn in the same obstacle.  However, although Boyd was a little disappointed what he didn't realise is that every driver had a mistake somewhere on the marathon and we finished 8th, but the marathon scores were extremely close only three points between the top eight!

Back to the show ground for another prize giving ceremony although Boyd only took in a pair as three of the horses had each lost a shoe on the marathon so we were getting those replaced!

We were now lying in 6th place and Saturday evening we were all hoping to go and watch the dressage, but were all too tired!

The cones course was very tight on time, but Boyd and I worked out the split timings and he drove the best round I have ever seen him drive.  He was spot on with his timing, the rhythm never varied and he drove cleanly - there had only been 2 or 3 double clears when he went in the arena!  There were a total of 6 double clears by the end, but we had moved up to 5th place and definitely put pressure on the leaders!  There was a drive-off, in which we were fourth, but Boyd took it steadily - thank  goodness!  And other prize-giving ceremony.  Then time for packing up before the final prize giving-ceremony.  I think it is all these prize-giving ceremonies in the main arena that takes it out of you.  The horses’ harness and carriages are constantly being prepared!  However, we are not complaining!!

Boyd drove home through the night so should be back home for now giving the horses who were superb a well-earned rest!

Other Links
 CHIO Aachen Web with complete results

Lyndal Oatley and Kate Taylor-Wheat plus horses arrive safely in Germany

Horses being loaded for their return to their country
After the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Photograph:Franz Venhaus
National Office, Friday, 19 May 2006

After a longer than expected flight on the horse transporter, the two combinations are now with Ulla Salzgeber. Lyndal sent us this report.

Kate and I arrived at Ulla's stables after an epic journey of over fifty-three hours, taking us on an unexpected world journey including Melbourne, Hong Kong, Dubai, Frankfurt and then finally Bad Wörishofen. Would hate to see what a non-direct flight would be!!!!. We stayed overnight in Hong Kong waiting for our broken-down plane to arrive, which then did broke down again.

Luckily we had Snowy, a very good groom, who refused to have us moved off the plane to a non-airconditioned warehouse, and it was very humid and hot!!! Instead we stayed overnight on the plane with an airconditioning truck attached to it.

But all said, both horses arrived safe and well and have settled into to the stables well. We have begun our 'crank-up' lessons as Ulla calls them and are already seeing the results of attention to detail and Ulla's watchful eye!

The improvement in Cinderella is fantastic- Matthew is riding very well, with great collection and softness evident. The mare shall be very exciting to watch at Munich next week and then Wiesbaden, and has become quite the crowd favourite!!!!!

We shall send photos soon, but until then- TSCHÜSS!!!!!!!!

Editor's note: The horse transport photos below are from the last of the transports returning horses to Europe after the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Horses being loaded for their return to their country

Horses being loaded for their return to their country

Horses being loaded for their return to their country

Horses being loaded for their return to their country

Lyndal Oatley, Matthew Dowsley, Kate Taylor-Wheat

Six Bar Success at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Matt WIlliams and Contact
Victorian Young Rider you residing in England
EFA (Vic.) Office, Thursday, 18 May 2006

Victorian rider Matt Williams who now resides in England rode very successfully at the Royal Windsor Horse Show held 11 - 14 May 2006.

Matt who recently turned 21, is a former Junior Australian Showjumping Champion(2003) and World Cup placegetter. He has four Australian-owned horses stabled at his West Sussex base. It was with the 10yo grey Holsteiner gelding Contact that he finished equal first in the Six-Bar Competition at Windsor.


In a thrilling contest in front of a huge crowd both Matt and Irish rider Peter Charles jumped 1.95m to share the win. Among the other placegetters were English riders Guy Williams and Mark Armstrong with England-based South African David McPherson in 5th and Ryan Prater and John Whitaker in equal 6th..


Matt also rode his Irish-bred 10yo gelding Kimberley in the Young Rider classes picking up an 8th place in a qualifying event.


Matt received an invitation to ride Contact in the Young Rider Grand Prix where they jumped one of only six clear rounds in a field of 30 and finished in 6th place after having two rails down in the jump off.


After recent successes in Belgium and Italy with Contact and Kimberley, Matt is looking forward to more success on the European circuit this year.

Clayton Fredericks and Shane Rose win Eventing World Cup Qualifiers

Clayton Fredericks and Ben Along Time
Winners of the Chatsworth CIC-W World Cup Eventing Qualifier
Photograph:Ian Lamprell
National Office/FEI PRess, Monday, 15 May 2006

They did it on opposite sides of the world, Chatsworth (GBR) and Warwick (AUS-Qld.)

Shane Rose - Winners are grinners. 

FEI Eventing World Cup Update: Chatsworth (GBR) and Warwick (AUS)

Press Release 5

16 May 2006

Aussies dominate across the world

By Kate Green

It was Australia day all over the globe last weekend in the FEI Eventing World Cup series. Shane Rose (AUS) was victorious in the Horseland CIC-W at Warwick, Queensland (13-14 May) while, on the other side of the world at the Chatsworth SsangYong Horse Trials in Great Britain, Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks (AUS) became the first husband and wife to score a one-two in an FEI Eventing World Cup qualifier. 

The Aussies seem to be enjoying a purple patch after Andrew Hoy’s CCI 4-star double at Kentucky (USA) and Badminton (GBR) in the preceding two weekends, while Phillip Dutton (AUS) still leads the FEI Eventing World Cup rankings on 170 points.

There are now five Australians in the Top Ten of the FEI Eventing World Cup rankings after 11 of the 17 qualifiers for this year’s final at Malmö (21-24 September) have taken place. Clayton Fredericks is third on 152 points behind Karin Donckers (BEL, 165), Shane Rose is sixth on 118, Andrew Hoy seventh (114) and Lucinda Fredericks ninth (103).

Eight nations were represented at Chatsworth, but it was yet another Australian, Bill Levett, who held the clear dressage lead on Minuto (39.1). However, as the horse was returning to work after a year off, he decided to withdraw him after that phase.

The old turf cross-country going held up well during a damp weekend at the beautiful parkland of the Duke of Devonshire’s Chatsworth House, but it is an undulating course and no one came anywhere near the optimum time of 6min 40sec. 

Lucinda Fredericks (AUS) was second fastest on her 2002 Blenheim CCI 3-star winner Headley Bravo and added 15.6 to her third-placed dressage score (45.7) which was good enough to take her into a narrow lead for the final, jumping, phase on 61.3. However, the mare hit two rails to drop to second place (69.3) and allow her husband Clayton, the reigning FEI Eventing World Cup champion on Edwin and Peta Macauley’s Ben Along Time, to rise from third into the top spot (66.1) after he achieved one of only seven clear rounds.

Lucinda took her demotion in good humour, saying: “I’m hoping Clayton will get to the FEI World Equestrian Games so I have more chance of winning the World Cup final!”  

Cindy Rawson (USA) was second after dressage on Ashdale Davids Way (43.4), a place she just retained in the next phase by just 0.1 after adding 20.8 cross-country time penalties. However, an unfortunate three rails down plus a time penalty dropped her to eventual sixth (77.2).

Fiona Hobby (GBR), who works as a physiotherapist, was best of the home side and scored her best ever international result in third place on Smart Approach (71.2).  

Andrew Nicholson (NZL) atoned for a disappointing dressage mark (58.4) on the Spanish-bred Fenicio with a storming cross-country round – easily the fastest (9.6) - and rose to eventual fourth place with just one show jump down (72).

All but six of the 32 starters completed the competition and there was little trouble over Mike Etherington-Smith’s immaculately presented cross-country course David Evans, the same duo responsible for the track at the 2008 Olympics.  

There was one big form upset, though, when the favourite, William Fox-Pitt

(GBR) took a crashing fall over the second fence on Moon Man (fourth after dressage on 48.3) and was eliminated.

Matt Ryan (AUS) also caused excitement when Slight of Hand ran out and took off over the ropes, galloping through tradestands and crowds before Matt could get him back on to the course. He withdrew before show jumping. 

The winning horse, Ben Along Time, a quality 11-year-old son of the Irish jumping sire Cavalier, has rarely put a foot wrong in his Eventing career.

Clayton hopes the horse will gain him his first Australian squad placing since 1995, despite the pair not competing at Badminton. “The format of these World Cup qualifiers really suits this horse, so I’m hoping we have done enough to impress the selectors,” said Clayton, who is the hard-working chairman of ERA (Event Riders Association).

Clayton, 36, is from Perth, Western Australia, but has lived in Britain for many years. He met Lucinda, 38, who represented Great Britain as a young rider, at Blenheim and, after their marriage, she switched to Australian nationality. The couple, who run a busy and successful yard near Devizes, Wiltshire, have a baby daughter, Ellie. 

Full results on: www.bdwp.co.uk/cha


Over at Warwick, Shane Rose (AUS) took a commanding lead from the start on the appropriately named All Luck, who was returning from a six-month lay off, and was never headed.  Their closest rivals were the 2005 runners-up, Australian team coach Heath Ryan (brother of Matt), who finished second again on Diablo Heart, 11.1 penalties in arrears.

Shane produced a magnificent dressage test (38.2) and was easily the fastest across country (0.8), all of which proved somewhat fortunate when, admitting that All Luck’s show jumping was perhaps a little rusty, he hit three rails. 

His nearest rival after dressage, Craig Barrett (AUS) on Staccato (45.7), who scored the only other sub-50 mark in the field of 18 Australian riders, dropped down the order to eventual sixth (87.7) after a cross-country stop.

Carlene Barton was third on Covers (74.9), ahead of Robert Palm (The Regulator, 75.4) and Blair Richardson (Moneystone Equity, 78.3). 

A great deal of work had been done on the cross-country course at Warwick, with six new complexes and themed fences representing kangaroos, echidnas and wombats.

The FEI World Cup series stays in Australia, for Melbourne (9-11 June). The Swedish fixture at Segersjo (15-18 June) has been cancelled. 

For the full standings of the FEI Eventing World Cup, please check www.feiworldcup.org

Other Links
 Full Results for Warwick (PDF)
 Eventing Riders' Web

Boyd Exell wins Royal Windsor Horse Show

Boyd Exell and his team
On the way to winning the 2006 Royal Windsor Show Four-in-Hand Championships
Photograph:Ben Power @ Powersphotos
Brett Whiting, Monday, 15 May 2006

Australian Driver Boyd Exell has won the Four-in-Hand Driving at Royal Windsor CAI-W over the weekend. A total of 23 Four-in-Hand teams commenced the event with 20 completing the final section.

This is excellent news. Boyd, who is based in Leicestershire in Great Britain, finished on 151.26 penalties in front of his nearest rival Tomas Eriksson of Sweden on 154.78. Boyd achieved 2nd in the Dressage, 2nd in the Marathon and 5th in the Cones. Our congratulations, Boyd!

This is an excellent result for Australia as our Driving teams work towards the World Equestrian Games in Germany in August 2006.

Fellow Australian Bob Edwards was unfortunately eliminated in the Marathon section for failing to pass a Compulsory marker coming into marathon obsatacle 1. Whilst disappointed with his performance, Bob was still very happy with how the horses went considering they have only been in Great Britain one week.

A number of Aussies, including Judy Meredith's daughter Jessica, have been greatly assisting the team.

Rachel Haslau has arrived in Belgium and we hope to have more news soon about how she is going .

Other Links
 Complete Results

Bob Edwards and his team

Boyd Exell

Boyd Exell

Bob Edwards and his team

Bob Edwards and his team

Bob Edwards and his team

Boyd Exell and his team

Boyd Exell and his team

Boyd Exell and his team

Dressage judging advice from Dr. Volker Moritz

Dr. Volker Moritz (GER)
One of the world's most respected FEI O-Level Dressage Judges, during the 2006 Sydney CDI 3-Star
Photograph:Franz Venhaus
National Office, Sunday, 14 May 2006

At a Judges' Clinic during the recent highly successful Sydney CDI 3-Star, Dr. Volker Moritz impressed judges with his approach to judging.

Dr. Moritz also agreed to make some of his papers available to the Australian Dressage Judging community.  Go to page. 

Interim FEI Secretary General steps down

FEI Logo
FEI Press, Saturday, 13 May 2006

The FEI) has announced that Jean-Claude Falciola stepped down from his position as Interim FEI Secretary General as of 12 May 2006.

The decision followed a meeting with the newly elected FEI President, HRH Princess Haya, and the FEI 1st Vice President Sven Holmberg at the FEI Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI).

Michael Stone, FEI Sports Director, will take over from Mr Falciola as Acting FEI Secretary General. He will take up both the Sports Director’s and Secretary General’s responsibilities as of today, until a permanent appointment is made. Mr Falciola will remain available to the end of the month to allow a smooth transition. The selection process for a permanent FEI Secretary General will be initiated immediately and a decision will be taken after the FEI World Equestrian Games.

Jean-Claude Falciola took up the position of Ad Interim FEI Secretary General in September 2005 to manage the FEI’s day-to-day business with the view that he would allow a seamless handover to a permanent FEI Secretary General. At the FEI Executive Board Meeting held after the 2006 FEI General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur last week, it was deemed necessary to move the organization forward at pace, leading to the recruitment of a permanent FEI Secretary General. It was felt that although the appointment of Mr Falciola had been a sensible choice at the time, the election of a new FEI President and Bureau meant a new direction. One of the key conclusions of the meeting was that the permanent FEI Secretary General should have a sound working knowledge of the equestrian industry and the National Federations that make up the FEI.

The FEI President, HRH Princess Haya, said: “Jean-Claude has provided a level of stability in a particularly delicate period of flux for the FEI and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his valuable contribution. We now need an FEI leader with a solid knowledge of the equine and sports industry. With Michael Stone taking up the acting position we believe that we can keep the momentum of change going while actively seeking the man or woman who will help fulfill the aspirations laid out in my election Manifesto.”

Other Links
 FEI Web Site

Rachael Sanna and Chatham Park Jac win Grand Prix Kür

Rachael Sanna and Chatham Park Jac
at the Grand Prix Kür presentation with sponsor Sandy Oatley and Chief Judge Volker Moritz (GER)
Photograph:Franz Venhaus
National Office, Saturday, 6 May 2006

Before a packed house at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre, the pair became the resounding stars of the 2006 Sydney CDI 3-Star.

For more information, complete results and plenty of photos, please visit www.sydneycdi.com .

Other Links
 Time Draws and Results
 Cyberhorse Stories
 Equivents (Cara Whitham)
 Eurodressage report

Andrew Hoy wins Badminton Horse Trials

Andrew Hoy and Moonfleet
After winning the 2006 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials
Photograph:Kit Houghton
National Office, Monday, 8 May 2006

Andrew Hoy has won the 2006 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials on his mount Moonfleet. This is the first Australian victory at Badminton since Laurie Morgan’s in 1961. Bill Roycroft, who got the trophy in 1960, is the only other Australian to have won the event, before winning Team Gold at the Rome Olympic Games.

Download an article published in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age 13 May 2006 (PDF)

Fresh from his Rolex Kentucky (USA) CCI**** win, Australian rider Andrew Hoy put together an outstanding performance with Mrs Susan Magniers’ Moonfleet to convincingly win the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.  Hoy lead from the Dressage test and never looked like giving up the top spot. Moonfleet  and Hoy were foot-perfect around the cross-country and jumping tests and added no penalties to their winning Dressage score. They finished over ten penalties ahead of the second-placed competitor German rider Ingrid Klimke and her horse Sleep Late.

Moonfleet was one of only two horses that finished on their dressage score.

There are just five CCI**** events in the world each year around the world. Andrew Hoy has won the two held so far in 2006.  If he can go on to win the Burghley CCI**** in September this year, Andrew will become the second rider to win the CCI**** Grand Slam and walk away with a US$250 000 bonus. Only Pippa Funnell (GBR) has achieved the Grand Slam before; she did so in 2003.

Andrew won the competition with a total of 36.5 penalty points, a really fine achievement. In second place was Germany’s Ingrid Klimke on Sleep Late who added only four jumping penalties to finish with 47.2.  In third place was the young British rider Oliver Townsend on Flint Curtis with a total of 51.5 penalties after two rails down in the Jumping.

Andrew Hoy's second horse Mr  Pracatan added 12 penalties in the Jumping to move him from sixth after Cross-country to fifteenth on a score of 63.1. Clayton Fredericks on WP In Limbo moved up from twenty-fourth after cross-country to seventeenth with one rail down in the Jumping to finish on a total of 63.1.  Sam Griffiths on Connigar Bay stayed in twenty-sixth position after three rails down in the Jumping for a total score of 72.2 and Matt Ryan on Bonza Katoomba finished in thirtieth position with a total of 73.7 after only two rails down in the Jumping.

Five horses went successfully around Badminton from the original six starters.  This shows the great strength of Australian Eventing today.

Our congratulations to Andrew Hoy!

Complete results at http://www.badminton-horse.co.uk/

7 May 2006

Current standings for AUS riders are:

1 Moonfleet Andrew Hoy 36.6
6 Mr Pracatan Andrew Hoy 49.1 +12.6
21 GV Top of the Line Olivia Bunn 56.3 +19.8
24 WP In Limbo    Clayton Fredericks 59.1 +22.6
26 Connigar Bay Sam Griffiths 60.2 +23.7
36 Bonza Katoomba Matt Ryan 65.7 +29.2

6 May 2006

Jim Dunn reports

Beautiful weather blesses the riders at Badminton up to and including the second day of Dressage.

Andrew Hoy leaves no doubt about his focus and direction as he leads the field on Moonfleet with a score or 36.5, 3.9 points ahead of Ingrid Klimke (GER) on Sleep Late with 40.4. In third place just .2 behind her is Ruth Edge (GBR) on Two Thyme with 40.6 and in fourth position is Terry Boon (GBR) on Foreign Exchange with 40.9.

Andrew’s horse Mr Pracatan lies in equal ninth place with Olivia Bunn’s GV Top of the Line with 49.1 penalty points. Matt Ryan and Bonza Katoomba ended up in 29th position with a penalty score of 54.1, Clayton Fredericks on WP in Limbo scored 59.1 penalties to put them in forty-first position and Sam Griffith and Connigar Bay on 60.2 penalties for forty-fifth position.

Last year’s winner William Fox Pitt finished the day in 17th position on Ballincoola but has withdrawn his horse Tamarillo.







3 May 2006

What is claimed to be one of the biggest single-discipline sporting events in the world starts today in Badminton. Organisers expect around 200,000

Jim Dunn reports (after the Horse Inspection):

Matt has withdrawn Puzzle and will enter him for Luhmühlen on the 1 June. Hannigan and Enchanted withdrew a while ago. All other trotted well. The Ground Jury held seven and only spun one.

72 horses will start. we have Andrew Hoy and Mr Pracatan at about 10:15  tomorrow and all the rest Friday.
The course is stronger than at Lexington. It  is going anti-clockwise and the lake is in the first third. The weather is about 18 degrees [good] but rain may be here on Saturday.


27 April 2006

The famous Badminton Horse Trials will take place in the Great Britain 4-7 May.  Australia has a large contingent of riders that will be vying for the title of Badminton Champion.  Both Phillip Dutton and Andrew Hoy have a busy schedule, which includes competing in both the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** and in the Badminton CCI****, which are just days apart.  Olivia Bunn has travelled from Australia with her Athens Olympic partner GV Top of the Line to compete at Badminton.  Several other GBR-based Australians will compete at this prestigious competition.  For more information and results during the competition go to www.badminton-horse.co.uk .

Rider Horse
Olivia Bunn GV Top of the Line
Phillip Dutton Hannigan (now withdrawn)
Clayton Fredericks WP In Limbo
Sam Griffiths Connigar Bay
Andrew Hoy Mr Pracatan
Andrew Hoy Moon Fleet
Sammi McLeod Enchanted (now withdrawn)
Matt Ryan Bonza Puzzle (now withdrawn - to compete at Luhmühlen (GER) early June) 
Matt Ryan Bonza Katoomba
Both the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** and Badminton CCI**** are major selection events for the World Equestrian Games, which will be held in Germany later this year.  Several of Australia's selectors will attend these competitions to keep an eye on our horses and riders with the view to selecting the strongest team for the World Equestrian Games.

Other Links
 Badminton Web

Olivia Bunn and GV Top of the Line

Clayton Fredericks and WP In Limbo

Andrew Hoy and Moonfleet

Andrew Hoy and Moonfleet

Andrew Hoy and Moonfleet

Andrew Hoy and Moonfleet

Andrew Hoy and Moonfleet

Andrew Hoy and Moonfleet

Sam Griffiths and Connigar Bay

Matt Ryan and Bonza Katoomba

Clayton Fredericks and WP In Limbo

Andrew Hoy and Moonfleet

Andrew Hoy and Moonfleet

Andrew Hoy and Moonfleet

Andrew Hoy

HRH Princess Haya of Jordan new President of the FEI

HRH Princess Haya of Jordan
After winning the election for FEI Presidency at the FEI General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur
Photograph:Franz Venhaus
Franz-Josef Venhaus, Monday, 1 May 2006

After an exciting election campaign, final presentations and an electronic ballot at the 2006 FEI General Assembly, the winner was Princess Haya.

The vote clearly demonstrates the desire for change in the FEI among a substantial majority of National Federations. Many expect the Princess to bring a new vitality to the FEI and raise the profile of the sport.
This is the first time that the presidency has gone outside Europe, although the "royal connection" obviously continues.
The FEI Press news reports:
“I promise to do everything in my power and to work tirelessly to serve the institution and the people who have done me the honour of placing their trust and belief in me. Our beautiful, noble sport is seeped in tradition, history and grace. I will do all I can to protect and advance it, in all its forms,” HRH Princess Haya said.

HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein (JOR) is the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and wife of HH General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. She has been riding internationally since the age of 13. In 1992 she won the individual bronze medal in Jumping at the seventh Pan Arab Games and the following year she was elected Jordan’s athlete of the year. After years of intensive training in Ireland and Germany, she qualified for and took part in the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney in 2000 followed by a participation in the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games at Jerez de la Frontera. She has represented Jordan at the FEI General Assembly on several occasions. HRH Princess Haya is member of the IOC Athletes’ and Culture and Olympic Education Commissions and president and founder of the International Jordanian Athletes Cultural Association. She is the first Arab and first woman to ever become Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme.

HRH Princess Haya has been elected for a term of four years, i.e. until 2010.

HRH Princess Haya of Jordan embracing her assistant

HRH Princess Haya of Jordan being congratulated by HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark

1st round results

2nd round results

Kristy Oatley and Quando Quando on a Roll

Kristy Oatley
Siobhan Lapthorne, Monday, 1 May 2006

Kristy Oatley and Quando Quando continue their great form in the lead-up to WEG

They achieved 9th place in the Grand Prix at Hagen CDI 3-star in Germany on the weekend. The pair scored 68.958% to pull ahead of Hubertus Schmidt (GER), Cindy Ishoy (CAN) and Leslie Morse (USA) in a huge field of 43.  The class was won by Isabell Werth and Satchmo on 74.417%.
Ten combinations contested the Grand Prix Special. Kristy and Quando Quando placed 7th with a great score of 69.12%. Isabell Werth and Satchmo had a super show to take out the Special on 75.12%
This exciting performance at Hagen follows a great result at Braunschweig CDI 3-star recently where the pair again placed 9th - this time pushing Isabell Werth and Satchmo into 10th place by 0.08%. Quando Quando's stable mate Don Bolero was 5 places and just 0.75% behind in 14th place on 66.04%.  Kristy and Quando Quando then went on to win the Freestyle with a score of 72.475%

Kristy has entered Wiesbaden in early June and we look forward to seeing this consistent pair again soon.

Other Links
 Hagen CDI 3-star Grand Prix Results
 Hagen CDI 3-star Grand Prix Special Results
 Braunschweig CDI 3-star Grand Prix Results
 Braunschweig CDI 3-star Grand Prix Kür Results

State Branches

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