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News - December, 2010
22 Dec 2010 EA wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happpy New Year
21 Dec 2010 Shepparton Pacific League World Cup Qualifier 2010
13 Dec 2010 Super Summer Showjumping Classic at SIEC
13 Dec 2010 WEG Wrap-Up
13 Dec 2010 2011 Dressage Rulebook now available online
13 Dec 2010 Exell back on track in Geneva
1 Dec 2010 Horse-owning community to sign the EADRA: industry collaborates to secure future
13 Dec 2010 FEI Registration form for 2011 now available
13 Dec 2010 Chantal & Ferero dance away with the Pacific League World Cup Final
9 Dec 2010 Looking for a present to give a friend this Christmas?
9 Dec 2010 Loan Horses required for the 2011 Sydney CDI
9 Dec 2010 Riders selected for the YR Derby in NZL 2011
8 Dec 2010 Equitana Comes to Sydney in 2011 for the very first time
7 Dec 2010 Jan Geary wins a NSW Sport Federations Award
7 Dec 2010 Rolex Isabell Werth Interview
7 Dec 2010 Rolex Edwina Alexander Diary
6 Dec 2010 Sport for Australians with a disability receives a Federal Government boost
6 Dec 2010 Olympic coach who saved equestrian event to hand over reins
6 Dec 2010 Emily Anker wins Camperdown CCI3*
3 Dec 2010 Wayne Roycroft resigns
2 Dec 2010 Three-day event record: Lakes and Craters lures top riders
2 Dec 2010 2011 Dressage Rule Changes available
2 Dec 2010 Call for Nominations - Para-Equestrian National Selectors
1 Dec 2010 WODONGA JUMPING WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
1 Dec 2010 Excitement builds for Pacific League World Cup Final
1 Dec 2010 WEG horses back on Aussie soil
 

EA wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happpy New Year

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

All the staff at Equestrian Australia wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

The National Office will be closed from 24th December to 04 January 2011.

 

 

Shepparton Pacific League World Cup Qualifier 2010


Kristy and Harbarty being presented with their awards for winning the WC Class
2010 Shepparton CSI-W
Photograph:Derek O'Leary
Philippa Davison, Shepparton, Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Kristy Bruhn riding Harbarty from Mount Gambier in South Australia broke through for her first Pacific League World Cup win at the Shepparton World Cup Show on Saturday 18th December.

 

Kristy, who has been a great supporter of the Shepparton event, was all the more thrilled with her win, when she said that Harbarty is a completely home bred, broken and educated horse. Harbarty was untouchable over all three days, winning each of the three classes that he started.
 
International course designer, Leeson Sirett built, what turned out to be a tough track. Kristy was the first out on Harbarty, a foot perfect round made it look so simple. Another SA representative, Anthony Thomas on Levitation NZPH also added a clear round.
 
A difficult line at fence 4 spread then 5a and b a double of uprights then out to No. 6 another spread was the most influential of the combinations through out the course. The permanent open water, which caused problems in the warm up class on Friday, presented no issues in the World Cup.
 
It wasn’t until our 2nd last horse and rider combination Brook Dobbin and Advisor, that we had our 3rd clear round. All horses with less than 8 faults were invited back into the second round.
 
Harbarty set out at a sparkling pace and left everything up, and was not to be caught with a clear in time 64.11. Brook and Advisor were faster with a time of 61.38 but with a rail put this combination into 2nd place. 
 
Levitation NZPH had 2 down and had to settle for 3rd. Ally Lamb was very pleased to have finished 4th on Penrose, while globe trotting and state trekking Wendy Schaeffer on Koyuna Sun Storm looked great in both rounds, but had to settle for 5th this time. Wendy won the D Grade Championships. Jamie Coman riding Melissa Froesch’s Glenara Bollinger finished a pleasing 6th, a great result; given that Bollinger was only C grade less than a year ago.
 
Brook Dobbin finished off a great year by winning both the Pacific League and the Golden Grand perpetual trophy for the most successful horse, a feat that has not occurred by a Victorian combination since 1997! Billy Raymont was ranked 2nd at the conclusion of the Australian League and Cathy Graham was just 4 points behind in 3rd position. Congratulations riders! For the full results of the FEI World Cup Australian League please refer to the link below.
 
Despite Shepparton receiving record rains in the last 4 months causing the initial scheduled event date to be postponed, the main arena looked sensational and held up to three days of heavy traffic of jumping. Even the tractor that was put on standby was cancelled! Rain showers tried to spoil the weekend on occasions, but the sun shone through before the start of the World Cup and didn’t go behind the clouds until well after the presentations had been cleared away.

Other Links
 FEI World Cup Jumping webpage
 Full results

Brook Dobbin in action with Advisor

Brook Dobbin and Advisor

Australian League winner Brook with the David Asimus perpetual trophy

Kristy Bruhn and Harbarty showing great style

Victory lap, Kristy and Harbarty celebrating after their win
 

Super Summer Showjumping Classic at SIEC


World Cup Qualifier Derek Major with winner Brook Dobbin & Michael Benson
2010 Summer Show Jumping Classic
Photograph:Christine Johnson
Christine Johnson, Monday, 13 December 2010

Once again Jane Frankum and John Vallance of Equestrian Sports Promotions have excelled and staged a superb four day Summer Showjumping Classic Show at SIEC from 9th to 12th Dec 2010 on behalf of the NSW Jumping Council.

 

The precedent of bringing   Leopoldo Palacios, arguably the best course designer in the world, out each year, has ensured the international reputation of this show, as has the attendance of Chief Judge & Chairman of the ground Jury Mr Ny Ho from Singapore.
 
The weather was perfect, entries high and event director, Jane Frankum said, “This has been one of our most successful shows to date. We have been running at this venue since 2003 and it is improving every time.
 
We have a loyal group of helpers who come back every year and they work tirelessly, as do the assistant course designers who come to work & learn with Leopoldo.
 
Our event could not be run without our sponsors: Equestrian NSW, Equestrian Australia, Australian Sports Commission, The Oaks Sport Horses, Winning Appliances, Department of Sport & Recreation NSW.
 
Southern Cross Horse Transport, Amcal Pharmacy Bargo, Wentworth Saddles, Rivenlee Horse Floats, Edwena Mitchell Catering, Yalambi Farm Stud, Cudgegong Warmbloods, Cera Performance Horse, Global Entries Online, The Horse Magazine, Stallions at Stud, Redgum Saddlery, Equissentials, Equine World  & Printhie Wines.”
 
The feature event of the show, the CSI World Cup Qualifier, attracts an informed and enthusiastic audience, and this year, a record number of entries. Despite the absence of some upper echelon riders, the field was even and saw the encouraging debut of some younger combinations.
 
The first round was big but fair and in typical Leopoldo style, rewarded the forward thinking rider.
 
The field boasted eight riders from Queensland, eight from NSW, five from Victoria and one from South Australia. Father and daughter combinations are not often seen in World Cup events and Hayley & Jamie Coman were a stylish duo.
 
Only three were clear and the top nine went through to the second round, which was changed, heightened and was much tougher.
 
Victorian Brook Dobbin on Advisor won with the fastest four faults from Queenslanders Billy Raymont on Stardom second, Cathy Graham on Da Vincis Pride third and Brett Warren on Cheezy Z fourth. Julia Hargreaves on Vedor was fifth for NSW, Adam Prime on SaddleUp Darn Good sixth (Victoria), Anthony Thomas on Levitation (SA) seventh and Sheridan Manuel on Renmano (Qld) eighth.
 
Sadly absent from the WC field was Nik Taliano from Wilberforce, who has been performing well in a limited number of World Cup starts on his exciting young horse Ambrose. Nik lost a finger in a work accident during the week and will be out of action for a while.
 
The other finals classes on the World Cup day were equally exciting and saw some excellent performances.
 
The Wentworth Saddles Mini Prix was a tough class with only 5 clears from 45 starters. James Mooney from Kulnura was masterful on Sue Knox’s talented imported mare Yirrkala Cortina to win against the clock.
 
“This arena and Leopold’s tracks suited my mare perfectly,” a delighted James explained at the presentation.
 
The Southern Cross Horse Transport Young Rider Final was confirmation of the talent and consistency of one the most successful young riders we have seen in many decades. Tom McDermott of Wagga won the final with SL Limerick, after running first in the first qualifier on Friday, and first second and third in the second qualifier on Saturday.
 
The Oaks Sport Horses Super junior Final was stylishly won by Georgie Harvey, daughter of electrical retail magnate Gerry Harvey, on the former eventer Glenorchy Hope.
 
The Amateur Championships was a popular win to Les Simmons and the Winning Appliances Future Stars Final (or Futurity), was won by Jamie Kermond on BWS Lincoln.
 
Day one was devoted to Oaks Young Horse Medallion Finals. This day is growing in popularity and is proving popular amongst breeders to showcase their progeny and is an interesting event for spectators to see how different trainers prepare their young stock.
Judged by four judges, points are awarded for 20% conformation, 30% flat work and 50% jumping. The judges for the flat work and conformation were Tony Norman and Paul Athanasoff, both very successful showjumping riders and performance horse breeders.
 
The judges for the jumping were Shane Davidson from Fairbanks Stud in Queensland and Leopoldo Palacios from Venezuela, our chief course designer for the show, who described our system of young horse competition as one of the best he had seen.
 
 A fantastic evening’s social gathering was held in the sponsors’ marquee on the first night to hear Leopoldo talk about WEG and World Showjumping, the importance of Young Horse Classes and much more. What a Very interesting man and great evening for riders, organisers, coaches, and everyone interested in our sport. 
 
 The Oaks Medallion   4 YEAR OLDS class was won by 1.Yandoo Constellation ridden by Jamie Kermond, 2.Rhapsody Blue-Emily Longhurst, 3.Baloubet du Roman-Jono Berry, 4.Caliente-Rebecca Nichol, 5.Ego Landmark -Emma Smith. 
 
The 5 YEAR OLDS was won by the delightful mare PB Fleur de Lys, owned & ridden by Peter Carcary, 2.Costa Bravo Sandro Melo, 3.Echo Jess Brown, 4.Tulara Balouch J Kermond
 
6 YEAR OLDS was won by 1.Yandoo Lady Gold, owned by Jennifer Vasallo and ridden by Jamie Winning, 2.Cadeette- Jess Brown, 3.Verdelait- Amanda Madigan 4. Sweetshot -Jen Mitchell, 5.Puma des Hayettes-Vicki Roycroft
 
The award for outstanding Young Horse was given to Yalambi’s Carpino Z owned and ridden by Rory Hovell of Yallambi Farm Stud in Margaret River WA.
 
Congratulations to organisers, sponsors and competitors on a very successful show!
 
Full results. Friday Olympic Arena
Class 1 1.20

1
Greenbah
Colleen Brook
2
Step Sister
Aaron Hadlow
3
Alices Wonderland
Robert Agnew
4
Dreamtime Invader
James Arkins
5
Stoneleigh New Edition
David Cameron
6
Kinnordy Genuine
Stuart Tinney

 
Class 2 NSW DSR YR Qualifier

1
Statford Delight
Tom McDermott
2
Twins Zenith
Greer Butcher
3
Twins Lovesong
Greer Butcher
4
CP Rolex
Tom McDermott
5
Vasandra
Natalie McNeill
6
Isle Of Nahru
Jack Erickson

 
Class 3 1.30m

1
Amira
Andrew Inglis
2
Wondaree Sprite
George Johnson
3
Alondra
Michelle Barrera
4
Cumo Z
Brett Warren
5
Tequila
Coco Miles
6
Clovers Luck
David Leaver

 
Class 4 Wining Appliances Future Stars
25 went through to Final
 
Class 6 Oaks Sporthorses 1.40m

1
Cortaflex Nicalette
Billy Raymont
2
Penrose
Alley Lamb
3
CP Aprilla
George Sanna
4
Nolisco
Kym Hilly
5
Kartoon de Breve
Vicki Roycroft

 
Saturday
 
Class 6 1.25m

1
Incrediboy
Anthony Thomas
2
Licara
Jenny Sheppard
3
Explore
David Cameron
4
Amira
Andrew Inglis
5
Wondaree Sprite
George Johnson
6
Noblewood Park Casino Royale
Vicki Roycroft

 
Class 7 ENSW Junior Qualifier 2

1
SL Eclipse
Tom McDermott
2
Dreamtime Invader
James Arkins
3
Capone
Tom McDermott
4
Deo Juvante
Monique Barrett
5
Glenorchy Hope
Georgie Harvey
6
Yandoo Lady Gold
Jennifer Vassallo

 
Class 8 NSW DSR YR Qualifier 2

1
Twins Limerick
Tom McDermott
2
Stafford Delight
Tom McDermott
3
CP Rolex
Tom McDermott
4
Twins Zenith
Greer Butcher
5
Noblewood Park Cassini's Girl
Sarah Meale
6
Umbro Lod. Lavki Z
Nicholas Sheehan

 
Class 9 Winning Appliances Future Stars Final

1
BWS Lincoln
Jamie Kermond
2
Cortaflex Ocean
Billy Raymont
3
CP Ulixes
Sharon Slater
4
Yalambi's Val D'Isere VDL
Rory Hovell
5
Silverton
Alley Lamb
6
Alpha Centuri
Jamie Winning
7
Cashe
Vicki Roycroft
8
Yirrkala Cortina
James Mooney

 
Class 10 Oaks Sport Horses 1.45m

1
Cheezy Z
Brett Warren
2
Cumo Z
Brett Warren
3
Davincis Pride
Cathy Graham
4
Advisor
Brook Dobbin
5
Saddle Up Darn
Adam Prime
6
Glenara Bollinger
Jamie Coman

 
Sunday
Class 11 The Oaks Sport Horses Super Junior Final AM5 1.25m

1
Glenorchy Hope
Georgie Harvey
2
Hollywood Attraction
Monique Barrett
3
Dreamtime Invader
James Arkens
4
Gota Go Go
Zoe Boulten
5
Mandle BJ
Cloe De La Vaga
6
Capone
Tom McDermott

 
Class 12 Wentworth Saddles Mini Prix AM5 1.40m

1
Yirrkala Cortina
James Mooney
2
Tiqulja
Coco Miles
3
Explore
David Cameron
4
Congranda
Sheridan Manuel
5
BWS Lincoln
Jamie Kermond
6
Invadon
James Mooney

 
Class 13 Southern Cross Horse Transport Young Rider Final

1
Twins Limerick
Tom McDermott
2
Vasandra
Natalie McNeill
3
Bonadventure
Nicholas Sheehan
4
Diamond B Vermont
Jess Stalling
5
Welsom
Ben Blay
6
Twins Quantum
Danielle Butcher

 
 
 
Class 14 Equestrian NSW World Cup Qualifier

1
Advisor
Brook Dobbin
2
Stardom
Billy Raymont
3
Davinci's Pride
Cathy Graham
4
Cheezy Z
Brett Warren
5
Vedor
Julia Hargreaves
6
Saddle Up Darn Good
Adam Prime
7
Levitation NZPH
Anthony Thomas
8
Renmarno
Sheridan Manuel


World Cup Qualifier winner Brook Dobbin with wife Angela and Equestrian NSW Chairman Derek Major

Jamie Coman in the World Cup class

George Sanna in the World Cup class

Jamie Kermond in the World Cup class

Cathy Graham in the World Cup class

Jess Brown on Higgins

Hilary Scott on Oaks Miss Scarlet

Bonnie Martin

George Johnson

James Mooney

Brett Warren

Michelle Barrera

The World Cup trophy

Emma Smith in the 4yo Young Horse class

Alyssa Mathers in the 5yo Young Horse class

Michelle Barrera

4yo Young Horse Class winner Jamie Kermond

Peter Carcary in the 5yo Young Horse Class

Adam Prime

James Mooney

Toni, Jane, George & Franz

World Cup Qualifier George Johnson on Ozbred

World Cup Qualifier Derek Major with winner Brook Dobbin & Michael Benson

Dave Cameron

Amanda Madigan

Vicki Roycroft and Mr. Ho
 

WEG Wrap-Up

Nicola Turner, Monday, 13 December 2010

With all the WEG horses now safely home we have released our final issue of the Bluegrass Banter. Click on the link below.

Bluegrass Banter -  WEG Wrap-Up

 

2011 Dressage Rulebook now available online


Dressage Australia
Michelle Battams, Monday, 13 December 2010

The new 2011 Dressage Rulebook is now available in A4 format for free download.

This is a clean, up to date version, with only the changes from 2010 being shown in red. All earlier changes or updates from the 2008 rulebook are included within the black text of the rulebook.

The rulebook will be available for purchase mid-January 2011, complete with index (which the on-line version does not have).

The order form will be available with a purchase price early next year.

From 2011 onwards, the rulebook will be updated once per year with changes marked in red.

You can view all Dressage rules and tests here.

Alternatively, you can download the new rulebook using the link below.

2011 Dressage Rulebook

 

Exell back on track in Geneva


Exell crossing the exciting water splash on the course in Geneva
2010 FEI World Cup Driving Series, Geneva
Photograph:Rinaldo de Craen (FEI)
by Cindy Timmer (FEI), Monday, 13 December 2010

Boyd Exell is back on track after winning the fifth qualifier of this season's FEI World Cup Driving in Geneva. Exell was too strong for IJsbrand Chardon and Tomas Eriksson and claimed his only victory rewarded with World Cup points this season. This is Boyd Exell’s third victory at Geneva's Palexpo after his win in 2008 and the series Final last April.

 

Leader of the standings
After his wild card wins in Hannover and Stuttgart for which he did not receive World Cup points, Exell claimed ten points in Stockholm where he came second behind wild card driver Tomas Eriksson. In Budapest, it was Switzerland’s Werner Ulrich who beat the Australian World Cup and World four-in-hand Driving Champion. Thanks to his victory in Geneva, Exell has taken over the lead in the standings and has secured his ticket for the FEI World Cup™ Driving Final in Leipzig at the end of April 2011. Exell will start once more this season in Mechelen, Belgium, where he will compete with his third wild card for the season.
 
The older the faster
Boyd Exell competed with the same four horses in all five competitions he has done so far. The Britain-based Australian title holder has been travelling with seven horses in order to be able to replace one if any injuries occurred during the long trips between World Cup events. But the geldings, which on average are 17-and-a-half years old, went faster and faster at every competition. Boyd noticed this in Budapest last week and cut down their feed supplies to help them slow down.
 
Kentucky marathon carriage
IJsbrand Chardon drove his marathon carriage for the first time since Kentucky. The carriage arrived only two weeks ago and the carriage manufacturers took two days to replace the break line, change the break oil and replace the covers of the pole and cushions, which were damaged in Kentucky before he started in the marathon. This gave Chardon confidence to go for it in Geneva with his team of Lipizzaner horses.
 
Top speed
Although Chardon tried very hard, the four-time World Champion lacked the necessary speed in the Winning Round to put Boyd Exell under pressure. Exell scored a top time in an easy looking superbly driven round and left the arena knowing that it would be quite a challenge for last starter Tomas Eriksson to beat his time. Eriksson, who drove the same team as during his win in Stockholm using one outdoor marathon horse, went too fast and made two mistakes. This made him drop to third place, but with one more FEI World Cup™ Driving competition to go, Eriksson still has a chance to make it to the Final.
 
Wild card
Switzerland’s Werner Ulrich received a wild card and came fourth in front of his home crowd. Ulrich had made a mistake on the first day, which caused him to somewhat lose confidence. The 16-time Swiss Champion went much better today and even got a little too confident which slowed him down. However, Ulrich enjoyed driving in Geneva and used the opportunity to give his team additional practice.
 
The second wild card for Geneva went to Thibault Coudry from France. Coudry drove the same team of horses with which he had won the FEI World Cup™ Driving competition in Bordeaux earlier this year with a wild card. With his Polish warm blood geldings and one French trotter, the 30-year old farmer and lorry driver came in fifth.
 
Bad luck
Daniel Würgler started off very well in Budapest last week during his first competition for the season, but made a mistake in the second marathon obstacle in Geneva, which cost him precious seconds. Würgler ended in seventh place, behind Zoltan Lázar of Hungary. Lázar has not been very lucky this season and was unable to qualify for the FEI World Cup™ Driving Final in Leipzig.
 

Quotes:
Boyd Exell (AUS):
“I did not have such a good feeling at the last two shows, but during the first day in Geneva, the good feeling came back again. My horses have been too fit, but I made some changes to the settings and this helped me be more in control. My tactics for today were to drive full gas and even though I had one mistake in the first round, I still put IJsbrand and Tomas under pressure. The big arena was an advantage for me and I liked the course. We enjoyed great sport and the water, the bridge and the hill helped us put on a fantastic show for the spectators.”

Tomas Eriksson (SWE):
“I went a little too fast and made two mistakes. My carriage started sliding halfway through the course so I had to slow down a bit. I had heard Boyd’s fast time before I went in and I just put too much pressure on my team and myself. But I proved in Stockholm that Boyd is beatable and Werner Ulrich beat him in Budapest so we know we can beat him, nobody can win forever!”

IJsbrand Chardon (NED):
“My horses go better and better and now it is time to start driving faster. I am very pleased that I was able to drive three clear rounds in Geneva. My goal was to qualify for Leipzig and I am happy that I achieved this. I now have the opportunity to test some things in Mechelen in two weeks’ time.”
Results CAI-W Geneva 2010:
1. Boyd Exell (AUS) 243,60
2. IJsbrand Chardon (NED) 254,50
3. Tomas Eriksson (SWE) 256,71
4. Werner Ulrich (SUI) 149,00 wild card
5. Thibault Coudry (FRA) 152,30 wild card
6. Zoltan Lazar (HUN) 157,56
7. Daniel Würgler (SUI) 165,03
 
Standings after 5of 7 events:
1      Boyd EXELL                       AUS        27
2      Jozsef DOBROVITZ            HUN        22
3      IJsbrand CHARDON           NED         21
4      Koos DE RONDE                NED         18
5      Werner ULRICH                SUI         15
6      Zoltan LAZAR                    HUN        9
7      Daniel WURGLER               SUI         7
7      Tomas ERIKSSON              SWE        7
9      Theo TIMMERMAN             NED         4
10    Fredrik PERSSON               SWE        3
 
The 2010/2011 FEI World Cup™ Driving series now moves on to Mechelen, Belgium on Thursday, 30 December 2011.
For information on the next leg go to www.jumping-mechelen.comor contact Press Officer Edith de Reys, phone: +32 475 659281, e-mail: edith.dereys@skynet.be.

More information:
www.feiworldcup.org
 
FEI World Cup™ DRIVING 2010/2011
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
  1. Hannover (Ger) 28-31 October 2010
  2. Stuttgart (Ger) 17-21 November 2010
  3. Stockholm (Swe) 26-28 November 2010
  4. Budapest (Hun) 3-5 December 2010
  5. Geneva (Sui) 9-12 December 2010
  6. Mechelen (Bel) 26-30 December 2010
  7. Bordeaux (Fra) 4-6 February 2011
  8. FINAL Leipzig (Ger) 27 April – 1 May 2011
 

Horse-owning community to sign the EADRA: industry collaborates to secure future

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Equestrian Australia has worked with other Australian horse organisations to gain commitment from the horse-owning community to sign the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA) and ensure government support in the event of an emergency horse disease.

 

As an EADRA signatory the horse-owning community has a guarantee that a response to an emergency animal disease that affects horses will be responded to quickly and effectively. Any uncertainty over management and funding arrangements is minimised.
Whilst all the major livestock industry groups have signed the EADRA, the horse-owning community has, until now, not been able to reach the necessary agreement to do so.
The Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC) agreed in early 2010 that governments would not underwrite, or necessarily support, a future horse disease outbreak unless the horse-owning community was a signatory to the EADRA and had an appropriate levy mechanism in place for repayment of industry costs.
In meeting the 1 December deadline set by PIMC, the horse-owning community has taken a significant step towards becoming a signatory. EA has been a key participant in the recent negotiations, representing its membership on this important issue and working towards consensus for the whole community.
Grant Baldock, Equestrian Australia CEO said “The consultation involved had been quite extensive and we are pleased with the outcome. EA members understand the necessity for the levy mechanism.”
“The levy mechanism would be zero-based and that no costs would be incurred unless there was a response, and even then not until after the response was completed,” he said.
“Wide consultation and consideration of all aspects of this agreement has occurred and we are comfortable that signing the EADRA is in the best interests of our membership and the larger horse-owning community,” added Mr. Baldock.
“There is still work to be done but this important milestone represents a significant achievement. It reflects the hard work of the horse-owning community and the cooperation it has taken to get here.”
“I would encourage horse owners to speak to their representative bodies for more information and to look at the EADRA document so they can see what it means for themselves,” he said.
The formal submission from the horse-owning community went to the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on 1 December.  
 

FEI Registration form for 2011 now available

Michelle Battams, Monday, 13 December 2010

It is now the time to start renewing your FEI registration for 2011, should you be planning to compete in International events next year.

Please note that registration is required prior to attending an FEI event, and should you compete unregistered the FEI will disqualify you from that event.

Important notice for EVENTING riders:

The FEI have introduced the following as a mandatory part of registering for Eventing:

In an attempt to improve risk management in Eventing, the FEI has added a mandatory release of medical/veterinary information to the registration procedure for Eventing.
This release allows the FEI to collect and evaluate medical/veterinary data regarding injury and treatment information of you as an athlete and/or of your horse. This is being done to support the analysis of the exact types of injuries sustained in Eventing, the value of protective equipment, and the quality and nature of medical & veterinary services.
All such information will be treated as strictly confidential, and used primarily for production of cumulative statistics which will assist us in continuously improving the risk management of the sport. Thank you for helping us in this effort.

Please note that by re-registering for 2011 FEI registration, you will be automatically agreeing to the above waiver. Any data obtained regarding falls at events will be communicated to the FEI via Australia's National Eventing Safety Officer.

The FEI registration form is listed below in both PDF and Word versions.

FEI Registration 2011 (pdf)

FEI Registration 2011 (word)

 

Chantal & Ferero dance away with the Pacific League World Cup Final


Chantal Wigan and Ferero win the Pacific League World Cup Final
2010 Saddleworld Dressage Festival
Nicola Turner, Monday, 13 December 2010

Performing to a compilation of Abba music, including Dancing Queen, Chantal Wigan and Ferero literally danced away with this year's Pacific League World Cup Final after scoring 69.0% to win the Grand Prix Freestyle on Saturday night at the Saddleworld Dressage Festival.

 

They also won the Grand Prix on Friday. Chantal was delighted with Ferero’s Freestyle performance saying “we managed to pull it all off”, and international judge Susie Hoevenaars who was filling the role of guest commentator for the night added “Chantal rode a really nice test”
 
Mary Hanna and Sancette in only their third Freestyle delivered an exciting test with lots of promise for the future to fill 2nd place with 68.150% and up a placing from Friday’s Grand Prix. Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi climbed from Friday’s 6th placing in the Grand Prix to finish 3rd in the Freestyle with 66.760% “Not our best show but that’s life, so you just keep on going!” commented Heath who then went onto win the GP Special on Sunday.   Only 0.05% behind Heath and in 4th place was a beaming Rozzie Ryan who was “very pleased with his (Jive Magic’s) confidence and how much he tried for me.” Fifth to Gitte Donvig and Port Said 10 on 66.10% who had “so much fun riding to this music, I’m really pleased with him”, and sixth to Caroline Wagner and W.S Nevada on 64.2%
 
Maree Tomkinson and Diamantina IV continued their winning form from the recent Australian Championships and Equitana to dominate the Small Tour with wins in both the Prix St Georges and Intermediate I with scores of 70%+. Maree chose not to start the talented mare in the Inter I Freestyle which was won by Rozzie Ryan and GV Bullwinkle on 70.75% following their strong 2nd placings in the Prix St Georges and Inter I.
 
The Marcus Oldham Aachen Challenge was a popular victory to Alexis Hellyer, ahead of Elliot Patterson and previous winner, Alycia Targa.   Elliot’s horse, Leandro, won the “Best Horse” award in the final, having the highest combined score from the 3 riders. It was a good weekend for Alexis who also placed 4th in the Prix St Georges with a score of 67.895% which won her the Statene Park Trophy for achieving the highest % in an official FEI test, by a rider aged 25years and under.
 
Full competition results available from: www.equestrianvictoriaevents.com.au/DF

Chantal Wigan and Ferero win the Pacific League World Cup Final

Chantal Wigan and Ferero win the Pacific League World Cup Final

Maree Tomkinson & Diamantina IV won the PSG & Inter 1

Alexis Hellyer wins the Marcus Oldham Challenge; with judge Susie Hoevenaars & Emma Morel, Director of the Horse Business Management at Marcus Oldham

Alexis Hellyer winner of the Marcus Oldham Challenge
 

Looking for a present to give a friend this Christmas?


Top Spot Marquee Gift Voucher
Michelle Battams, Thursday, 9 December 2010

Why not buy them a gift voucher for the Top Spot Marquee at the Sydney CDI in 2011?

For more information, please see the following page of the Sydney CDI website: Christmas Gift Idea

 

Loan Horses required for the 2011 Sydney CDI


2010 Syd Jenny Gehrke PSG Derby Presentation
Michelle Battams, Thursday, 9 December 2010

Loan Horses for International Riders

Prix St Georges/Intermediate I level
 
The Organising Committee of Sydney CDI is now inviting owners of suitable horses of Prix St Georges/Intermediate I standard to offer their horse as Loan Horses for the visiting International riders.
International riders (except for New Zealand who usually compete on their own horses) are allocated a horse prior to the event for the Prix St Georges (held on Thursday) and the Intermediate I (on Friday). 
 
On Saturday for the Prix St Georges Derby - two riders from each nation take part (including two Australia representatives). The riders draw a horse out of a hat. The Prix St Georges Derby is the most important event for the riders as they all start on equal terms. It’s an exciting event.
 
Some items of interest for prospective loan horse owners:
·         $500 will be paid to all owners who provide horses for the duration of the event. (This does not apply to horses lent just for the Derby. All Derby owners receive prize money and rosettes);
·         no entry fees are required;
·         feed and stabling during the event is provided by the OC;
·         all prize money goes to the owner;
·         Top Spot Marquee passes are allocated to each owner along with other privileges;
·         you will be making a significant contribution to dressage in Australia;
·         you will have a great time and meet new people from all around the world.

If you have a horse that you feel may be suitable, or if you would like to obtain more information, please contact:
·         Toni Venhaus (02) 8824 8065, e-mail: tvenhaus@tpg.com.au or Cathie Drury-Klein (02) 6365 4267 (ah), e-mail: cathiedk@bigpond.com
 
A “Loan Horse” expression of interest form can be downloaded from the web site, see here

 

 

Riders selected for the YR Derby in NZL 2011


Eliott Patterson - Leandro
Michelle Battams, Thursday, 9 December 2010

Congratulations to Elliot Patterson from QLD and Stephanie Spencer from WA who have been selected as the Australian Team for the YR Derby at the NZL Pony and Young Rider Championships in Feilding, January 19-20, 2011.

The two riders will compete against the NZL team on borrowed horses at the event, with the title of the Derby currently retained by NZL after their win in January this year.

We wish our riders the best of luck and EA will report on their progress once they arrive in NZL.

Other Links
 Further details - NZ Equestrian Federation
 Schedule

Stephanie Spencer
 

Equitana Comes to Sydney in 2011 for the very first time

Equitana Press Release, Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Horse lovers from all over Australia and around the World will now be able to experience the biggestand most exciting equine event in the Southern Hemisphere - EQUITANA - in Sydney.

 

EQUITANA Sydney will be launched at Sydney Showground in November 2011. This inaugural event will also incorporate the Equestrian Australia – Australian Grand Final.  Equestrian Australia has joined forces with Definitive Events, the organisers of EQUITANA in Australia, to develop a national annual Grand Final for Dressage, Jumping and modified Eventing.
“The Equestrian Australia Grand Final is a really exciting venture and we are pleased Definitive Events has come on board to help create a spectacular multi-discipline event. The Grand Final is consistent with Equestrian Australia’s strategic priorities, and promises to help Equestrian Sport grow and develop,” commented Grant Baldock, CEO Equestrian Australia. The Grand Final will be conducted within EQUITANA annually and will alternate between Sydney and Melbourne.
EQUITANA Sydney will also incorporate Australian Grand Finals in Campdrafting, Reining and Cutting.
This exciting announcement for the equine community is the culmination of 2 years of planning and negotiation with Equestrian Australia, Events NSW and Sydney Showground.
Sydney Showground will play host to four days of competition, entertainment, education and exhibition.  The transformation will include seating for over 6,000, 250 stables and yards, accommodating nearly 1,000 horses and 100 head of cattle, 300 cubic metres of sawdust and 2000 tonnes of soil. 
Peter King, Chief Executive, Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW, said “The RAS is looking forward to expanding its long association with the equine community and is thrilled that Sydney Showground will be host venue for EQUITANA Sydney, one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the world,”
“Sydney Showground is part of the premier major events precinct in Australia – Sydney Olympic Park, and is renowned for delivering the best event experiences in the country. We welcome EQUITANA Sydney and look forward to working with the team on what’s sure to be an unprecedented success.
Watch an interview with Grant Baldock, CEO of Equestrian Australia at www.equitana.com.au
 

Jan Geary wins a NSW Sport Federations Award


Jan Geary received 2010 NSW Sports Frederation Award for 'Outstanding Official International/National'
Nicola Turner, Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The NSW Sports Federation is proud to recognise and celebrate achievement in sport through the NSW Annual Sports Awards and the NSW Officials Recognition Scheme.

 

Dressage and Para-Equestrian Judge Jan Geary has won a NSW Sport Award for Outstanding Official International/National.
The award is judged on the period from May to December 2010, in which time Jan was a member of the Ground Jury at the following events:
The World Equestrian Games Para-Equestrian events
The Sydney International CDI3* Dressage at Sydney International Equestrian Centre,
New Zealand National Championships for Riders with a Disability, Auckland
Japanese National Championships for Riders with a Disability, Kanagi Riding Park, Shimane.
Australian Championships for Riders with Disability, Toowoomba, Queensland.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Jan “it is nice to be recognised and important that the officials in our sport are nominated for such award, it helps to boost the profile of the sport as well as reward the people involved.”
Jan was nominate by Dressage NSW.
During the nomination period Jan also was the Chair of the NSW Judges Committee,  a member of the Australian Judges Dressage Committee - training and supporting approximately 200 Dressage Judges in NSW plus the National Judges Committee work son rules and tests and educational material and shadow Judging training at Dressage NSW and other clubs.
Jan was the organiser for Sydney CDI International Workshop for World recognised Dutch Judge;  power point material and  Grand Prix Horses, Young Horses and Young Riders. Over 200 from all States, Japan and New Zealand.
In June she organised an FEI Level Seminar for Judges organised for Dressage NSW with 5* Judge Mary Seefried. NSW, Qld and Tasmanian judges attended.
In July she presented first Introductory Level Judges Seminar for DNSW.
At the Australian Championships Jan co-ordinated the Grand Prix and Intermediate I Exams for 4 candidates. She was Member of Ground Jury and the Judges contact for Event. Jan judged the FEI Intermediate I Championship and the FEI Grand Prix Special.
At WEG Jan received commendation from FEI regarding being on of the 5 judges remaining at closure of competition to due illness of other judges.
Whilst not relevant to the award Jan, in previous years, has been on the Ground Jury at the Belgian World Championships in 2003 and the British World Championships, 2000 Sydney Paralympics, 2004 Athens Paralympics and Hong Kong (Beijing) 2008 as well as the 2009 European Championships held at Kristiansand in Southern Norway.
Jan has also enjoyed trips to judge at WEG qualifiers in Japan, China and Belgium. 
Jan says the extent of her involvement has "been beyond her expectations and one she has embraced whole-heartedly."
Jan lives at Wilberforce, NSW and is actively involved in the sport as a Judge Educator, an EA 'A' Level Judge, Chair of Dressage NSW Judges Committee, Vice President of Dressage NSW, a member of the National Judges Dressage Committee, the National Championships Committee and the Sydney CDI Committee.  Jan was a founder of Hawkesbury Dressage Club and was the President for five years. 
Congratulations to Jan for an outstanding achievement.
NSW Sport Federations Award winners announced 
Outstanding Official International/National
Jan Geary   - Equestrian
Michael Hart   - Waterpolo
Matthew Wells   - Wheelchair Basketball 
Outstanding Official State/Regional
Graeme Field   - Swimming
Matthew Gestier   - AFL (NSW/ACT)
Katie Lousie Patterson   - Football 
Outstanding Young Official
Kate Murphy    - Waterpolo
Sam Skinner   - AFL (NSW/ACT)
Tara Warner   - Netball
Officials Contribution Award
 Allan England - Tennis
John Hart   -  Swimming
Toni Jennar   - Surf Life Saving 
The Officials Awards presentation were on Wednesday, 15 December 2010. The finalists for the NSW Official of the Year and NSW Young Official of the Year in the 2010 NSW Annual Sports Awards were announced mid December and our Toni Venhaus (also from Dressage NSW) was announced as a finalist in the "administrator of the Year" category. Well done Toni and Jan.
 

Rolex Isabell Werth Interview


Isabell Werth
Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Isabell Werth is writing her final diary for Equestrian Australia following her performance at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Here is Isabell’s final entry...

 

Since the WEG…
 
I’ve been very pleased with how everything has gone since the WEG, notably my wins in Odense (with Satchmo), in Lyon (with Hannes) and in Stuttgart (with El Santo). Each competition went very well and my horses are in great form. When we were in Stuttgart, I rode El Santo in the Freestyle to music by Roberto Blanco – the one from Aachen. It’s fun, and it’s different to other music and that made it exciting! Then for the last qualifier in Frankfurt I’m actually not sure which horse I will take – Satchmo or Hannes.
 
Hannes was in good shape when he got back to Germany from the WEG, and I was surprised he had no problems and how fit he was. Quite soon after he arrived home he was back to his normal fitness. He wasn’t necessarily as supple as he should have been but in general I was really happy.
 
However, I could tell that Hannes was getting bored and that he was desperate to compete, which is why I took him to Lyon. He can be really awkward sometimes – he’s biting, he’s kicking, he’s running around – he ignores me, and he just does his own thing doesn’t really listen to me! Then it’s as if he is shaking his head and he’s running away – so it’s quite funny when he starts to become bored. He’s a real character in the respect that he can be really strong, and it’s something that’s completely out of my control.
 
Thoughts on the WEG…
 
I was really impressed with the showground in Lexington and it was amazing to see all of the different disciplines, horses and riders together in the Horse Park. But, I think because of the size of the event and the venue, it was difficult for the organisers to get everything under control and please everyone involved. But that’s a question of experience, I think. They also had a hard time as everyone compared Kentucky to Aachen four years ago. Aachen was just outstanding so it was a tough act for them to follow. There were lot of positives to take from the event and overall I was happy with my experience there.
 
Performance-wise, we were happy to get the team bronze medal, although we were hoping to get the silver, but Laura (Bechtolsheimer) was so strong and we were happy with the overall result. Next was the Special and for me there was no real chance for an individual medal but I said ok, I will give everything I have. I was faultless for the whole week and then I made a few mistakes but that’s the game – at the end it doesn’t matter if you are fifth or tenth.
 
To be honest, the scoring was a bit strange. I don’t think that’s a secret and I don’t think it’s impolite to say that differences of 8-10 % between the judges are not acceptable. No one was happy about it. But ok, it happens. The problem that we, the riders, have with these inconsistencies is when the judge or the judgement makes a difference to the medal standings, and this isn’t fair at all – something has to be done.
 
I really didn’t expect to get the bronze medal but when I saw the mistakes of the other riders, I said ok, it’s not the time to be angry or worry about it. The most frustrating thing is that I can’t see a solution to this (the judges scoring). I was really pleased for Edward (Gal), which was the most important emotion in the end – joy for fellow riders.
 
Laura Bechtolsheimer and Edward Gal…
 
Laura was super in the Grand Prix with one of the best tests I have ever seen. I thought she was going to win and I don’t think I was the only one thinking that. It shows that it’s not always one horse that is going to win, and this ultimately makes the sport exciting.
 
I don’t think she was as good in the Special as in the Grand Prix. I didn’t see him (Mistral Hojris) in the Freestyle, but the horse is super. He and Laura grew up together, they are very close now – a great partnership. In the past, they had a lot of good competitions but they were never as close as they are now – I think with the experience and confidence they have gained from the WEG, they will be the top favourites for the World Cup and then we’ll see what happens further into the future.
 
As for Edward, I was very disappointed by the sale of Totilas and I felt very sad for him to lose an incredible partner. No rider wants to lose his horse, especially such an iconic horse such as Totilas. I can’t imagine what it would be like if I had to sell Satchmo – it’s not even worth thinking about.
 
Other news…
 
The transition from outdoor to indoor competitions has been quite easy. Odense was a very big showground with a lot of space, so it’s easy for the horses to start there. Satchmo went quite well but he was a bit tense in the Grand Prix. However, in the Freestyle he was relaxed and put in a very encouraging performance. Don Johnson was easy – I worked him in the morning and he was a bit spooky, but then I competed him in the St. George and he was very good there.
 
We have also just bought a six-year-old – Laurenti (Oldenburger) – who I think is a super horse, just brilliant – very huge, very powerful and with a lot of energy and presence. With my horses in good form and an exciting season ahead of me, I am thoroughly focussed and full of confidence.
 
Isabell Werth, multiple Olympic Games gold medal winning dressage rider, is a Rolex equestrian sports Testimonee.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rolex Edwina Alexander Diary


Edwina Tops-Alexander
Edwina Alexander, on behalf of Rolex, Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Edwina Alexander is writing her final diary for Equestrian Australia following her performance at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). Here is Edwina's final entry...

 

Since the WEG…
 
I’ve been to Helsinki, Oslo Lyon and Verona since returning from Kentucky, and the horses have all been fine, but it involved a lot of travelling. Itot will have only a few more shows left this year, and then he might do one or two in January, and then I’ll give him a break before the outdoor season starts. I have a pretty hectic schedule between now and Christmas and have only had one free weekend lately, which I spent in Abu Dhabi for the Formula One Grand Prix. I have a good bunch of horses at the moment to cope with this busy schedule; Socrates is back and was in Lyon, and Kisby has been fantastic, and I think she might be a horse that could surprise a few people. Ciske hasn’t been the easiest of horses but she is getting better show by show and I’m very happy with the progress that she’s making.
 
Thoughts on the WEG…
 
The arena was fantastic and the ground was very good, but I was disappointed with a few aspects, and I know that a lot of the other riders feel the same. The huge scale of the event meant that everything was quite far away and generally inconvenient (stabling from the arena), which wasn’t ideal. The way that the warm-up was organised was not very well thought out at all. We (the riders) had high expectations of the Games as American competitions are usually so well organised, but compared to Aachen we felt frustrated.
 
I was happy but also disappointed with Itot. He felt in really good form and was sharp, almost too sharp, as though he was bursting out of his skin. When he came out of the ring he wasn’t sweating or blowing at all, and he felt top fit. I had a few unlucky faults, for example, on the first day in the speed class when I put the last fence down. In the second round I felt that Itot got a bit strong with me and he was quite aggressive, but maybe that was my fault for not getting him back quickly enough.
 
I felt that the courses weren’t as big or as difficult as Aachen, that’s for sure. The first day and the Nation’s Cup weren’t very big; however, a lot of riders were saying that the semi-final was quite big and was a huge difference in comparison to the other rounds. I was disappointed at how many double-clear rounds there were, which meant that those with just one fault finished so low down the leader board.
 
Team-wise it was a great result by Australia in the Nation’s Cup to finish in seventh place and to also qualify for the Olympics. Considering the countries (USA, Holland and Spain) that we finished ahead of, we had reason to be extremely satisfied with our performances.
 
The 2010/2011 season…
 
I’m hoping to make the Top 10 in Geneva in December, and of course to qualify for the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Leipzig in April. I don’t necessarily think I will take Itot as I’d like to give him that time off, but you never know how things might change. Fortunately for me I don’t have a championship next year so that will make my schedule a bit less demanding, and I can also make an easier programme for the horses. Other than that, I will be focusing on the Global Champions Tour.
 
It’s going to be interesting to see which riders perform well this season, and which make it to the Final. Christian (Ahlmann) had a great start and I expect him to be joined by a pretty big German contingent in Leipzig. Christian’s a great rider with a fabulous horse. I’m very happy for him as he’s had a lot of tough times with the FEI, so it’s great to see someone like that coming back on to the scene.
 
Overall, this season is going to be quite different compared to 2009/2010 in the way that I approach it and the number of competitions that I take part in. I have these two new eight-year-olds (Ciske and Kisby) and some horses that have had a good season who are turning nine soon, so I hope to have a really strong team next year. This season will give me valuable time to prepare all of my younger horses for next season rather than purely focusing on competitions with Itot and Socrates.
 
Edwina Alexander, Olympic and World Equestrian Games Jumper, is a friend of Rolex.
 

Sport for Australians with a disability receives a Federal Government boost

Australian Paralympic Committee, Press Release, Monday, 6 December 2010

Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) President Greg Hartung today announced an annual funding boost of $300,000 from the Australian Government to expand the APCs world class classification program.

 

Mr Hartung said the funding boost would help ensure Australia continues to remain a world leader in classification for athletes with a disability. The classification project was part of the APC’s submission to the Federal Government for support of its development and participation initiatives.

The establishment of a national classification program, which can be applied to all disability sport participants at an entry level, is a key element of increasing sport participation opportunities.
 
“We are pleased that the Federal Government recognises and acknowledges the role of the APC in classification and its importance in developing opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sport,” Mr Hartung said.
 
“Classification is unique to Paralympic sport, and no organisation is better placed to deliver classification opportunities for people with a disability across Australia than the APC.”
 
The extension of the APC’s successful classification program will enable the development of resources, the training of more classifiers, and the development and maintenance of a database to coordinate classification services throughout Australia.
 
Mr Hartung said: “The APC takes very seriously its responsibility in classification which it operates under the authority of the International Paralympic Committee.
 
“We are pleased to receive the support of the Federal Minister for Sport, Senator Mark Arbib,” Mr Hartung said.
 
Since the inception of the APC’s national classification program four years ago, 1,950 athletes have been assessed, including 665 in the last 12 months. The funding injection will enable the APC to expand on those numbers even further, providing more Australians with a disability with more opportunity to participate in the sport of their choice.
 
Mr Hartung said: “The expansion of the APC’s classification program will see a greater focus on classification opportunities for indigenous athletes, junior athletes and also those living in regional and rural communities.”
 
 

Olympic coach who saved equestrian event to hand over reins

Margie McDonald, Tha Australian, Monday, 6 December 2010

An Article on Wayne Roycroft in 'The Australian'

 

Written by Margie McDonald
From: The Australian December 06, 2010 12:00AM
AFTER being a part of eight Olympic Games either riding or coaching, Wayne Roycroft has decided it's time to get back on his own horse.
The 64-year-old, whose surname is synonymous with equestrian in Australia, is stepping down as the Australian Olympic equestrian coach.
Roycroft plans to return to farming on the NSW central coast. He began riding horses with his father Bill -- Australia's oldest Olympian at 95 -- on the family farm in Victoria in the 1940s.
"I might actually get myself back up on a horse," Roycroft told The Australian yesterday.
He and his brothers Barry and Clarke were Olympians like their father, becoming one of the most effective and enduring sporting dynasties in Australia.
Although Wayne's retirement ends a 40-year association with the Olympic Games, Barry is still a selector with Equestrian Australia and Wayne's former wife, Vicki Roycroft, is still chairwoman of EA's jumping committee.
With the London Olympics just over 18 months away, the timing does seem strange."In my heart I intended to stay until after London. But then I thought perhaps it might be better to go now as everything seemed to be in perfect working order," said Roycroft who switched from Olympic athlete to coach in 1988 and was the leading force behind the hat-trick of golds in team eventing at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Games.
"There's a strong group of experienced riders there now and they'll be absolutely fine.
"I'll certainly assist the next person appointed with any background they need."
EA chief executive Grant Baldock      held no fears about the change in coaching so late in the four-year Olympic cycle.
"The high performance program is well-progressed and has a lot of mature riders in it. So it's not going to be a big hit for us as it would be for a lot of other sports," Baldock said.
"But it's still a big challenge for us, don't get me wrong.
"You're talking about a man who's been directly involved in eight of the 11 eventing Olympic medals Australia has won."
The Christmas-New Year holiday season will unavoidably delay the appointment of a new coach.
"We'll commence our recruiting process straight away and hope early in the year to announce someone," the CEO said.
As for Roycroft, he divides his best memories into two categories: administrative and athletic.
"To keep team eventing in the Olympic Games was probably my biggest achievement," he said.
"Then of course winning three golds in a row was the other."
The International Olympic Committee moved in early 2002 to drop eventing. But Roycroft produced his pencil and scissors and cut two components from team eventing, including the steeplechase, to shorten the format.
"That enabled us to stay in the Olympics," Roycroft said.
He thanked the Australian Olympic Committee and the Australian Sports Commission for supporting and funding equestrian so well.
"I've had a marvellous time. I'm the luckiest person alive to be involved with something I love for so long."
Roycroft is not sure where he will be on July 27 in 2012 when the London Games opens. He might have to take up a position on the couch as most Australians do.
"It would be hard for me to be there and not sneak over the fence and have something to say."

Link to the article in the Australian 

 

Emily Anker wins Camperdown CCI3*


Emily and Keniski at Adelaide 3DE
Nicola Turner, Monday, 6 December 2010

Congratulations to Emily and Keniski. Tim Boland and GV Billy Elliot were 2nd.

Experience paid off for Emily Anker (Vic) and her 15-year-old grey gelding.  Having fronted up to four CCI4*s Keniski is the most experienced horse in the class.   Emily finished the Dressage in 5th place and moved into 2nd after cross-country.  There were ten combinations in the class.
“He was just magnificent. He was an absolute cross-country machine,” said Emily of Keniski.
Tim Boland (NSW) enjoyed a good result on GV Billy Elliot.  This was the first CCI3* for the 9-year-old gelding.  They were in the lead after the Dressage and put in a good clear cross-country round (slipping to 4th due to time faults) and jumped clear on Sunday moving up the order to finish just behind Emily.
Hamish Cargill (NSW) finished 3rd on Sandhills Tiger.  Hamish had an up and down weekend on his other CCI3* horse Agent Arthur.  The pair was placed 9th after the Dressage then flew around the cross-country in the fastest time of the day to take the overnight lead.  Unfortunately, 5 rails on Sunday dropped him back to 9th. 
Tegan Lush (WA) continued her good form on Tempus Fugit to win the CIC3*.  This pair was 2nd in the CCI2* at the Australian 3 Day Event in Adelaide last month. 
Shay Smith (Vic) finished 2nd on Hitmonchan in the CIC3*. Shay was 6th of 6 after the Dressage but was by far the fastest on the cross-country (she incurred 8.4 time faults, Tegan was the next fastest rider with 27.6 time faults) to take the lead by more than 10 points. However, 16 faults in the show jumping cost her the win but she was able to hang on to 2nd place.
Danielle Marwood (Vic) won the CCI2* on Bumble Bee. This class proved the most challenged on cross-country day. Of the 19 horses that started the cross-country there were only 5 clear rounds, with 8 horses either eliminated or retired on course. Only 9 horses show jumped and there were no clear rounds.
Luke Jones (SA) and Charlatan finished 2nd. Luke had one rail on Sunday and moved up from 3rd. Which was a great improvement from Adelaide where he lost his CCI2* lead with 5 rails. Young Rider Andrew Heseltine (Vic) has also improved his final phase since Adelaide dropping just one rail to finish 3rd on Warrego Winchester.
Overnight leader Jenni Hodgins was not so lucky, 12 faults on Lambourne Park Teacher’s Pet dropped her to 4th place.
Queensland’s Isabel English (Jnr) and Chironic High Noon finished on their Dressage score to win the CCI1*. Chris Height and Blackall Park D Artagnan improved from 14th after Dressage to eventual 2nd place by a fast cross-country (1.2 time faults) and a clear Show Jumping. Annabel Armstrong on Bel Canto was the only rider other than Isabel to finish within the time on Cross-country and was in the lead going in the final phase. However, 2 rails and 12 time faults on Sunday dropped her to 3rd.
The event organisers did well to some adverse conditions.  A torrential storm on Friday afternoon saturated the grounds and the start of competition on Saturday morning was delayed.  However, the footing held up well and the day ran without trouble.
The new grass Dressage arenas are looking good and will be a great asset to the event in 2011.

 


Tim Boland on GV Billy Elliot

Tegan Lush Tempus Fugit win the CIC 3 Star

Isabel English on Feldale Mouse
 

Wayne Roycroft resigns


Wayne Roycroft
Nicola Turner, Friday, 3 December 2010

Eventing coach Wayne Roycroft announced today that he has stepped down from his position as Head Coach of the Australian Team.

 

“Now is the time for change and I am looking forward to new challenges and pursuing other interests,” commented Mr. Roycroft.
Paul Cargill, President of Equestrian Australia acknowledges Roycroft’s enormous contribution to Equestrian Sport “Wayne is the single greatest contributor to Australia’s extraordinary Eventing success over the past twenty years that he has been coach,” he said.
“It is with great regret that we accepted Wayne’s resignation today. He is a legend of the sport with a wealth of experience and it will be difficult to fill his shoes. The international Equestrian Community, as well as our own members, will be saddened by this news. We will remember Wayne for his great achievement at Sydney 2000 and at Atlanta and Barcelona. He has been an inspiration for young Eventing riders at home and abroad.”
Whilst there is not an immediate replacement for Roycroft, Cargill explains that the team will continue to look forward.
“We will now go through a process of assessing our options and our coaching structure leading into London 2012. Our London campaign is on track,” he said.
Equestrian Australia thanks Mr. Roycroft for his unwavering dedication and exceptional accomplishments.
BACKGROUND: Since his appointment in 1988, Roycroft has proved to be one of Australia’s most successful Olympic coaches. He is widely credited as the architect of Australia's three successive Olympic team gold medals; Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. Two individual medals were also achieved in that time (Gold by Matt Ryan in 1992 and Silver by Andrew Hoy in Sydney).
Roycroft also led Australia to a team Silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.
The Australian Eventing Team has achieved 11 Olympic medals in total. Roycroft has been directly involved with 8 of them.
Under his leadership the Australian Eventing Team finally broke the World Equestrian Games ‘drought’ winning the team bronze and individual silver medals in Aachen in 2006.
In addition to his coaching commitments, Roycroft has been a visionary for the sport of Eventing. In 2000 he was elected as Chairman of the FEI Eventing Committee, a position he was to hold for nine years.
In 2002 the future of Eventing at the Olympic Games was under threat. Roycroft, supported by an FEI delegation, was instrumental in revising the format to the satisfaction of the International Olympic Committee.
The future of Eventing in Australia has been a priority for Roycroft. Since 2005 he has been the driving force behind the Australian Talent Search program. Each year he assesses hundreds of horses and riders to select those he sees as talent for the future.
Roycroft has also been a mentor to Australian Sports Commission scholarship coaches to help develop emerging coaches for the future.
Before his coaching days Roycroft was a three-time Olympian; 1968, 1976 and 1984 (he was also selected for Moscow in 1980, which was boycotted). Roycroft won two bronze medals (Mexico and Montreal).
A tireless contributor Roycroft also served many years as the Chair of Equestrian NSW and Equestrian Australia.
With over 40 years contributing to Australian Eventing at an elite level he is well deserving of his Associate Membership of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Wayne Roycroft receives the 2008 Coach of the Year Award pictured with Andrew Hoy and Paul Cargill

FEI Eventing Chairman Wayne Roycroft

Wayne Roycroft and Athens Competition Manager Nikolas Karidis

Brett Mace, Wayne Roycroft and Denis Goulding

Eventing Chef Rob Hanna with Coach Wayne Roycroft

Sydney 2000 Eventing Team celebrate their Gold

The successful Eventing Team at Atlanta

The AUS Silver Medal Team and Chef on the Podium
 

Three-day event record: Lakes and Craters lures top riders


Let's Impress wins Lakes and Craters 3DE 2009
Photograph:Sara Botten
Meagan Rooth, The Warnambool Standard, Thursday, 2 December 2010

A record number of riders will saddle up at this year's Lakes and Craters three-day event which starts tomorrow.

Camperdown’s annual international tournament has received 270 registrations.  Event director Barry Roycroft expects at least 240 horses to arrive in the south-west for the event.  Three-time Olympian Roycroft said the entry boom was an indication of the competition’s growing popularity.
“The event has been building a reputation over the past years,” he said.  “This is the style of event where riders can qualify for world championships and Olympics.  “It’s recognised as a very safe jumps course.”
Olympians Wendy Schaeffer and Amanda Ross will headline the event, with judges from Germany, Japan and Australia taking the sidelines.  But it is the junior brigade which has bolstered the entry figures.
More than 100 riders have nominated for the preliminary class, forcing organisers to split the section into three categories.
The top three-star grade is also boasting some quality names in the sport.  “We’re very pleased with the number of three-star entries and we’re really happy with the number of juniors,” Roycroft said.
“Junior numbers are up by 75 per cent from our last event.”
Roycroft, who has directed the tournament for more than 10 years, said the future of the sport was looking bright.  He said the expanding group of younger participants was giving equestrian a strong foundation.
“It augurs well for the future,” he said.
“It shows people are willing to do the work at a younger level.  Like any sport, it runs in cycles,” he said.
“If you don’t have many riders at the bottom of the pyramid you won’t have any at the top of the pyramid (in later years).”
Different phases are offered on each day of this year’s event.  Tomorrow will feature dressage, followed by cross country on Saturday and show jumping on Sunday.
Roycroft said there were only two other three-day events in Australia. “This is the last event of the season and we provide a very friendly atmosphere,” he said.
“People like to come and let their hair down.
“The (other) reason why a lot of people like coming here is because the fences are inviting and the horses like jumping them.”
While the Camperdown Sporting Complex currently “looks magnificent”, forecast thunderstorms could derail the event’s program.  But Roycroft is remaining upbeat.  “With thunderstorms you could get no rain or you could get a lot of rain,” he said.
“We will have technical officials on site. If the going is not suitable then we will have to cancel or make alterations.  But at the moment, the going looks very good and the event is going ahead as planned.”
Riders will inspect the course and have a competition briefing today.
 
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2011 Dressage Rule Changes available


Top Hat
Michelle Battams, Thursday, 2 December 2010

The 2011 rule changes for Dressage are now available here

They can also be viewed on the Dressage rules page of our website.

The new 2011 Dressage rulebook will be posted on the Dressage rules page very shortly. It will be available in A4 format initially and will be available for free download, or for purchase through the EA National office. An A5 format will follow shortly after the A4 version.

 

 

Call for Nominations - Para-Equestrian National Selectors


Para-Equestrian Australia logo
Michelle Battams, Thursday, 2 December 2010

The EA National office is now calling for nominations for two positions as National Selectors for Para-Equestrian.

The general appointment procedure for sport-technical positions is summarised in the EA Committee By-Laws Rule 2.3[g] Appointment procedure. The position description is also listed below.

To be considered for one of the two positions as a National Selector, please complete the nomination form and submit with your brief resume to Michelle at the EA National Office either by fax 02 9763 2466 or email michelle@efanational.com 

Applications close at 9am, Monday 13th December.  

 

WODONGA JUMPING WORLD CUP QUALIFIER


Becky Arthurs wins the Wodonga City World Cup Qualifier on Saturday night riding RSB Jacana
Photograph:Jenny Sheppard
Jenny Sheppard, Wodonga CSI-W, Wednesday, 1 December 2010

30 year old Becky Allen from Arthurs Creek now based at Marbury in Queensland won her seventh career Jumping World Cup qualifier at the 2010 Wodonga Showjumping Spectacular on Saturday night (20th November).

 

Becky riding the lovely mare RSB Jacana, bred by NSW Dressage rider Debbie Warne, jumped the only double clear round to win the 26th City of Wodonga Jumping World Cup Qualifier. The Wodonga Showgrounds Indoor Exhibition Centre was literally bursting at the seams with more than 2800 spectators enjoying watching 22 of Australia’s best jumping horses compete in the $6,900 event. Allen was last to go in the seeded second round against the clock, needing a fault free round to clench victory, the crowd cheered in appreciation when she passed the finish flags, jumping a picture perfect round.   Becky first competed at the Wodonga Spectacular some 17 years ago when at just 9 year old won the infamous Mulwala pony race, her career direction changing just a little since then!
Tim Amitrano from the Sunshine Coast was the runner up riding his grey part quarter horse gelding Mr Innocent, Cathy Graham from Queensland was third riding Davinci’s Pride, Julia Hargreaves from Wilberforce fourth and Nick Taliana from Wilberforce fifth.
Leeson Sirett from Colbinabbin designed the courses for the Indoor Stadium, his World Cup course a testing 1.45m to 1.55m course including a double of oxers and a treble combination. 
The double of oxers at fence 5 causing penalties for 10 of the 22 starters in round one, 5a a 1.40m square oxer 1.50m wide and 7.40 meters to 5b set at 1.45m square x 1.50m wide. Fence number 10 saw faults from 8 horses, a oxer 1.48m high and 1.50m wide set on a bending line 7 or 8 strides from the 1.50m x 1.80m triple bar at fence 9.   Becky jumped the only clear first round with Julia Hargreaves, Cathy Graham and Tim Amitrano just one rail down. The 8 faulters from round one also made the cut into the second round – Peter McMahon, Billy Raymont, Brook Dobbin, Merrick Ubank, Robert Goodwin and Nick Taliana.
Sirett’s second round bigger and less technical saw clear rounds from Hargreaves (Vedor), Graham (Davinci’s Pride), Taliana (Ambrose), Amitrano (Mr Innocent) and the winning ride from Allen.
The event was full of surprises, Danielle Butcher riding Twins Big Higgs jumped fault free to the treble and headed for the double at 5 for the second time, and clear, only to hear the bell to end her ride. Local Des Gleeson had a fall at 8c the 1.60m vertical to end his ride aboard Wild Honey. Shane Davidson and Fairbanks Catargo retired at the treble, Vicki Roycroft and Kartoon de Breve had to retire after the girth points broke above fence 4 and Brett Warren’s Cumo Z was eliminated at 5a. 
The proactive Border District Showjumping Club was the main sponsor of the featured event and their organising committee doing a first class job to create a friendly and attractive competition.
George Sanna from Glossodia won Friday’s Betty McVean Memorial A and B grade Championship riding CP Aprille, the championship sponsored by Quadrant Securities is the featured outdoor championship and traditionally one of the toughest Grand Prix’s in Australia
Former Olympian Russell Johnston from Whittlesea riding Borealis Centurion won the Walsh Earthmoving Futurity class on Saturday for the up and coming horses, Russell jumping the tough 1.55m jump off course designed by Bob Pritchard from Barnawartha faultless and with ease. 
Amanda Madigan from Glossodia won the John Hossack Funeral Services 2010 Mini Prix Championship riding Oaks Aaltes, Andrew Inglis from Maroota riding Amira the runner up. National Champion young rider Tom McDermott from Wagga Wagga won both junior championships riding Capone and Georgie Lucas from Tumut won the Young rider championship riding Jetsetter B. Queenslander Merrick Ubank won the B and C grade Championship with a fast clear round aboard Aladino, and Clem Smith from Toowoomba won the D grade championship riding Guru. Local star Jess Bertram won Sunday’s C and D grade one rounder riding her big Clydesdale cross gelding Ceejay Park Major Tom.
Queenslander Billy Raymont heads the World Cup leader board after the Wodonga event on 84 points, Brook Dobbin is on 80 points, Becky Allen is third on 77 points and equal fourth is Clem Smith and Cathy Graham on 75 points. World Cup jumping heads to Sale, then Tonimbuk, Sydney and the final 2010 event will be at Shepparton on 18th December.

Amanda Madigan wins the Mini Prix riding Oaks Aaltes

Anne Garner (right) with the indoor ring crew

Cathy Graham and Davinci's Pride 3rd

George Sanna from Glossodia wins the Betty McVean Memorial A and B Grade Championship at Wodonga riding CP Aprille

Julia Hargreaves 4th

Nick Taliana and Ambrose 5th

Tim Amitrano and Mr Innocent 2nd
 

Excitement builds for Pacific League World Cup Final


Rozzie Ryan on Jive Magic
Winner of the Goldin Grand Prix
Photograph:Franz Venhaus
Nicola Turner, Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Twelve of Australias best Grand Prix Dressage combinations, plus one rider from New Zealand, have been selected for this years Pacific League World Cup Final.

The Final will be held during the Saddleworld Dressage Festival (December 9 – 12) at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre.   The winner of the Grand Prix Freestyle qualifies for the FEI World Cup Final to be held in Leipzig, Germany in April 2011 and will also create a favourable impression on selectors looking ahead to the 2012 London Olympics.

In alphabetical order the competitors will be:  
Nadia Coghlan (NSW)               Northern Campion
Gitte Donvig (VIC)                     Port Said 10
Shiwon Greene (NZL)                Gosh
Mary Hanna (VIC)                      Sancette
Mary Hanna (VIC)                      Umbro
Blas Lago (NSW)                       Northern Hector
Heath Ryan (NSW)                     Regardez Moi
Rozzie Ryan (NSW)                   Jive Magic
Lesley Anne Taylor (NSW)         Welpe’s Countess
Lesley Anne Taylor (NSW)         Weltklasse
Maree Tomkinson (VIC)              Rodrigo III
Caroline Wagner (VIC)                WS Nevada
Chantal Wigan  (QLD)                Ferero
The riders will need to impress the international judging panel made up of Linda Zang (USA) who judged at the recent World Equestrian Games (WEG), Uwe Spenlen (GER), Jan Bird (NZL), and Australians Mary Seefried (also a judge at the WEG) and Susie Hoevenaars.   Riders will compete in the Grand Prix test on Friday, with the Freestyle competition being held on Saturday night indoors. A large and appreciative audience is expected who will also enjoy entertainment from Peter Denahy, who is highly acclaimed for his music and comedy.
Last year, Brett Parbery and Victory Salute thrilled the audience with their winning Freestyle performance setting an Australian record score of 75.3%. This performance preceded their overseas campaign which saw them finish 9th in the FEI World Cup Final and 9th at the World Equestrian Games.    Whilst both Australia-based WEG horses – Victory Salute and Jaybee Alabaster – are missing from this year’s Final, it is still shaping up to be a very exciting and close competition, based on results at the recent Australian Dressage Championships. 
Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi won the Pacific League World Cup Final in 2008, and would love to win it again this year!   Having made a clean sweep of all the Grand Prix classes at the Australian Championships recently they are certainly back in the top form necessary to do so. Amongst those challenging him will be Gitte Donvig and Port Said 10 who placed 2nd to Heath at the Australian Championships in both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle and achieved a personal best Freestyle score of 70.3%, actually equal to Heath’s score, but 2nd on a count-back! 
Mary Hanna, 3-time Olympian and a former World Cup Final representative, has two horses qualified for the Final, including the newly imported Sancette who wowed the crowds at Equitana, but she can only ride one in the Freestyle. Heath’s wife Rozzie, also a former World Cup Final representative, was 3rd here last year with Jive Magic and won the Grand Prix at Sydney CDI-W earlier this year so they are capable of a winning performance. Of special interest to spectators will be Chantal Wigan and Ferero. This pair has returned to Australia after training and campaigning in Europe for the past three years. They won the Grand Prix at Equitana and finished 4th in the Grand Prix Freestyle.
The Pacific League World Cup Final is one of the feature events of this year’s Saddleworld Dressage Festival which incorporates the Victorian Dressage Championships, and also the Marcus Oldham Aachen Challenge for riders aged 16 – 25 years. There is also a Grand Prix CDN class which has attracted twelve entries. More than 300 horses from all states of Australia will be competing over the four days of the Festival at all levels of competition, from Preliminary to Grand Prix. There are also pony classes from Preliminary to Medium. Spectators will also enjoy an extensive trade village for Christmas shopping.
General admission tickets will be available daily at the entrance gate at a cost of $10 per car or $25 for a 4 day pass, with Saturday night tickets $25 per person for general viewing.  
More event information available from: www.equestrianvictoriaevents.com.au/DF
Enquiries: Event Director - Caroline Coleby 0432 505 774     dwts@live.com.au

Maree Tomkinson - Rodrigo III

Mary Hanna - Sancette

Heath Ryan on Regardez Moi, winner of the Goldin Grand Prix Freestyle

Chantal Wigan and Ferero, prize giving ceremony CDI3* Vierzon
 

WEG horses back on Aussie soil


Loading horses on to the plane
Nicola Turner, Wednesday, 1 December 2010

All the Australia-based WEG horses have finally returned to Australia.

 

The last horses to leave Kentucky Heatherton Park Al Capone (ridden by Kate Doughty) and Wirragulla Nicklaus (Paul Athanasoff) arrived into quarantine at Eastern Creek on Friday afternoon, where they will spend the next three weeks.
The other team horses, which had been in quarantine in New Zealand, touched down in Sydney and Melbourne on Sunday night.  Kirby Park Joy (Grace Bowman) and West Coast Archaron (Norbert Radny) arrived in Melbourne whilst Victory Salute (Brett Parbery), Jaybee Alabaster (Rachael Sanna), Nikshar Nomination (Nicole Kullen), Applewood Eldorado (Sharon Jarvis) , Holstein Park Leilani (Chris Burton), Vettori (Stuart Tinney) , Ringwould Jaguar (Sonja Johnson), Don ( Penny Toft) and Tarrongower Crecendo (Matt Sample) flew into Sydney. These horses have now headed home.
Kirby Park Irish Jester (Megan Jones) left quarantine at Eastern Creek on Monday 22nd November after a direct flight from Los Angeles.
It has been three month journey for our team horses. The Endurance horses left Australia on 29th August. The Eventing, Dressage and Para-Equestrian horses left on 13th September.
The West Australian horses Ringwould Jaguar, Applewood Eldorado  and West Coast Archaron still have to cross the Nullarbor, where Jag will retire to a nice paddock.
Equestrian Australia would like to thank Amy McGregor, Bree Furze, Jennifer Calver and Tarsha Macklinshaw,  the grooms who looked after the horses in quarantine.
We also thank IRT for all their work in getting the horses back safe and sound.
Thank you to the owners who were supportive during the whole process and appreciate their support through such a long and drawn-out process.
 
 
 

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