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News - December, 2010
EA wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happpy New Year
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.
With all the WEG horses now safely home we have released our final issue of the Bluegrass Banter. Click on the link below.
2011 Dressage Rulebook now available online
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.
Exell back on track in Geneva
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 Exellâ€™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.
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information: www.feiworldcup.org
FEI World Cup™ DRIVING 2010/2011
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
Horse-owning community to sign the EADRA: industry collaborates to secure future
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
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.
Looking for a present to give a friend this Christmas?
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
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: email@example.com or Cathie Drury-Klein (02) 6365 4267 (ah), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A “Loan Horse” expression of interest form can be downloaded from the web site, see here
Equitana Comes to Sydney in 2011 for the very first time
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'
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 is writing her final diary for Equestrian Australia following her performance at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Here is IsabellÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢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.
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 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 (APC) President Greg Hartung today announced an annual funding boost of $300,000 from the Australian Government to expand the APC’s 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
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."
Three-day event record: Lakes and Craters lures top riders
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
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
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 email@example.com
Applications close at 9am, Monday 13th December.
WEG horses back on Aussie soil
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.