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News - August, 2011
29 Aug 2011 Australia’s greatest inducted into Paralympic Hall of Fame
29 Aug 2011 Countdown to the Land Rover Burghley CCI4* 1-4 Sept
29 Aug 2011 Jubilant Germans take double gold at HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships at Luhmuehlen
26 Aug 2011 A report from Club Campestre Guaymaral – FEI Category B competition
26 Aug 2011 The Brisbane Isuzu and Isuzu Australia Caboolture Jumping World Cup Qualifier
26 Aug 2011 High Performance Program releases the new 'Roadmap to Success' 2011-2016
26 Aug 2011 Expressions of Interest - Pony Jumping Riders - South Africa
26 Aug 2011 EA member survey “iPad winner” announced
24 Aug 2011 Bates Australian Dressage Championships - latest info
24 Aug 2011 Letter from Equestrian Australia’s Chairman and State Branch Chairs
24 Aug 2011 Reminder - Half Marks to be introduced as of 1/1/2012
23 Aug 2011 Education Conference DVDs on sale now!
23 Aug 2011 Eventing Talent Identification for National Future Squad
23 Aug 2011 Saddleworld Dressage Festival schedule available now
23 Aug 2011 An exciting opportunity to go behind the scenes at Sydney International 3 Day Event!
22 Aug 2011 Australia’s Burton finishes 2nd in FEI World Cup Eventing Series
18 Aug 2011 World Cup Jumping at the EKKA – Kermond takes a stronger hold of the leading purple armband
18 Aug 2011 2011 FEI European Dressage Championships, 17-21 Aug - Watch it live
16 Aug 2011 Burton challenges for the FEI Eventing World Cup title
1 Aug 2011 Watch the Land Rover Burghley CCI4* 'free of charge'
15 Aug 2011 Bill Levett wins Hartpury CIC3* and CCI2*
15 Aug 2011 Beezie Breezes to victory on new horseat the GCT of Valkenswaard
15 Aug 2011 Riders selected for FEI Children's Jumping, Bogota
13 Aug 2011 Buy Saturday's SMH paper for story on Edwina Alexander
12 Aug 2011 Calling for nominations for election to the EA National Board
29 Jul 2011 Member Survey ends this Sunday- thers an iPad up for grabs!
9 Aug 2011 Jamie Kermond wins the Toowoomba World Cup Qualifier
9 Aug 2011 New CEO for Australian Sports Commission
8 Aug 2011 EA Education Conference - a great success!!
8 Aug 2011 Sam Griffiths wins Express Eventing qualifier at Gatcombe
8 Aug 2011 A southern hemisphere sweep of the British Open
27 Jul 2011 Hendra Virus information - please read
5 Aug 2011 New date for Boneo Park CDI3* - Jan 25-28
4 Aug 2011 The Equestrian Grand Final Qualifying series heads to Toowoomba
3 Aug 2011 Eventing Talent Identification Days - Criteria for Attendance
3 Aug 2011 Equestrian athletes featured in new book
3 Aug 2011 London 2012 Dressage Judges Long List announced

Australia’s greatest inducted into Paralympic Hall of Fame

Australian Paralympic Committee Press Release, Monday, 29 August 2011

The Australian Paralympic Committee has officially launched the Australian Paralympic Hall of Fame with three inaugural inductions announced tonight at a ceremony in Sydney.


On the day which also marked one year to go until the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Paralympic legends Louise Sauvage and Frank Ponta became the first female and male athletes to be inducted along with Sir George Bedbrook, the first associate member.
President of the Australian Paralympic Committee Greg Hartung said the three inductees could not be more deserving of such an honour.
“The names Louise Sauvage, Frank Ponta and Sir George Bedbrook will now be immortalised in the world of Australian Paralympic sport and rightfully so,” Hartung said.
“The contributions of the three inductees to the Australian Paralympic movement personify the finest ideals of Paralympic sport – outstanding sport performance, inspiration, and generous and indomitable spirit.
“By recognising individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Paralympic movement in Australia, the Australian Paralympic Committee aims to enhance the understanding of Paralympic sport and promote the Paralympic movement in Australia and around the world.”
Now a coach of some of Australia’s leading prospects for wheelchair racing medals at next year’s Paralympic Games, Sauvage said that while the honour of being the first female inductee came as a surprise, it is one she will savour.
Sauvage dominated wheelchair racing for more than a decade and became the public face of Australian Paralympic sport in the process.
On top of her nine Paralympic medals from four Games, she lit the Paralympic cauldron for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and still has a Sydney ferry, a street and a pathway named after her, as well as numerous school sport houses around Australia.
“It is such a great honour to be the first female inductee, I am so happy,” Sauvage said.
 “When you retire you don’t expect to keep on getting accolades, but the launch of the Australian Paralympic Hall of Fame is a great way to acknowledge the contribution of people who have contributed to Australia’s Paralympic past, and I’m just honoured to have been seen as someone who has made such a worthy contribution. It’s a great feeling.”
Being inducted with her mentor, one of the most influential names in Australian Paralympic history Frank Ponta, made the occasion all the more special for Sauvage.
Ponta, who passed away recently, was one of Australia’s most talented and versatile Paralympians and his contribution to the Paralympic movement in Australia as an athlete, coach and administrator is unsurpassed.
Among his many achievements during a stunning international sporting career, Ponta was part of the Australian Team at the first Paralympic Games in 1960, and retired with a career tally of four Paralympic medals across two sports.
Ponta was also a devoted and successful volunteer coach and mentor of junior athletes in Western Australia, a role he played for almost 50 years. He produced athletes who became Paralympic champions, like Sauvage, and assisted countless others to enjoy sport.
Widely regarded as one of the father figures of Paralympic sport in Australia, Sir George Bedbrook joins Sauvage and Ponta in the Paralympic Hall of Fame.
Having established Australia’s first spinal unit in Perth in 1954, Dr Bedbrook believed strongly in the virtues of sport for people with a disability and in 1957 led Australia’s first ever international disability sport team to England for the Stoke Mandeville Games. He also orchestrated Australia’s attendance at the first Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960 and with the Games a resounding success, was invited to lead the Australian Team to the second Paralympics in 1964.
Dr Bedbrook was also one of the founding members of the International Co-ordination Committee of World Sports Organizations for the Disabled (ICC), which became the International Paralympic Committee in 1989.
Held at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, the ceremony was attended by such dignitaries as Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Senator Mark Arbib, the Federal Minister for Sport.

Countdown to the Land Rover Burghley CCI4* 1-4 Sept

Monday, 29 August 2011

With just days to go to the start of the 50th anniversary of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials we take a look at the field.


Arguably the toughest eventing competition in the world, Burghley is one of the bench mark events leading into next year’s Olympic Games.  
88 entries from 11 countries have been received and as expected the field is very strong.  Great Britain naturally has the largest representation including five-time Burghley winner,Olympic and World Championship medallist William Fox-Pitt. William is entered on four horses including Cool Mountain on which he won the 2010 Kentucky CCI4* winner and the individual silver medal at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.
Fellow British eventing icon Mary King, a four- time Olympian will be riding 2011 Kentucky CCI4* winner Kings Temptress as well as Apache Sauce.
Oliver Townend has three rides including Carousel Quest, on which he won the Burghley title in 2009. 
The Kiwi’s are sending 15 combinations including the inform Andrew Nicholson who will ride Nero, Avebury and Armada. Nero and Avebury were 1st and 2nd at the recent British Open at Gatcombe. Nero was the also horse on which Andrew won individual bronze at last year’s World Games.  Clarke Johnstone, the 2011 FEI World Cup Eventing winner and 2010 World Equestrian Games Team Bronze medallist will be fronting up on Orient Express. Rider of the Century, five-time Burghley champion and 2011 Badminton winner Mark Todd, will be aboard Major Milestone. Together this pair finished 2010 Badminton in 11th place.
In an extraordinary come-back ex-Aussie Boyd Martin who now represents America, will be riding his Australian thoroughbred Neville Bardos. Neville was critically injured in a barn fire that killed 6 horses in May this year. It was not expected that Neville would live, let alone ever compete again and yet after a miraculous recovery he will now front-up to Burghley.  Martin rode this horse to 10th place at the World Championship in 2010. This is an experienced combination with a very good jumping record.  Boyd will be joined by five other Americans competitng at Burghley.
Canada will be represented by three combinations, two of whom, Kyle Carter and Hawley Bennett-Awad were on the 2010 WEG silver medal winning team.
Australia will be represented by five combinations at this year’s Burghley. Sam Griffiths will ride Happy Times. After a 3rd place at Badminton earlier this year they will be looking for a spot on the podium.
Chris Burton has hit the ground running since landing on British soil earlier this year, most recently finishing 2nd overall in the 2011 FEI World Cup series.  Burton will ride his 2010 World Games mount 15yo mare Holstein Park Leilani.   
Lucinda Fredericks, a team silver medallist from the 2008 Olympic Games will ride the 11-year-old mare Prada. After a solid 16th place finish at the horse’s first CCI4* this year at Badminton, Lucinda will be aiming to make her mark at Burghley.
Bill Levett is riding Political Trump, a 16yo Irish Sport Horse. Political Trump has completed four CCI4*s, three of them with his former rider. Bill acquired the ride on this horse in 2010 and together they completed 2010 Badminton CCI4* (they unfortunately missed out on a start at this year’s Badminton). After developing a partnership over the past year this pair has the combined experience to put in a good performance.
28-year-old Hamish Cargill will compete at his first Burghley. In April Hamish and Sandhills Tiger completed Kentucky CCI4*.  Hamish, normally based in Glen Haven on the outskirts of Sydney, has honed his craft on the Australian circuit. Hamish will be looking to jump a clear round and gain valuable international experience.
To get all the up-to-the minute news go to the Burghley web to down load the free Land Rover Burghley iphone App.

Other Links
 Land Rover Burghley web site

Jubilant Germans take double gold at HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships at Luhmuehlen

Germany claimed team gold and all three individual medals on home ground at the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships at Luhmühlen Sandra Auffarth
2011 European Eventing Championships Luhmühlen (GER)
Photograph:Kit Houghton_FEI
FEI Press Release by Kate Green, Monday, 29 August 2011

There were jubilant scenes as Michael Jung (GER) was crowned European Champion and his team deservedly took gold in a nail-biting finale to the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships at LuhmĆ¼hlen (GER).


Although a German victory had never been in doubt, the final score sheet was considerably re-arranged after the unfortunate Ingrid Klimke (GER), who had led the first two phases with such flamboyance, suffered the devastating experience of hitting six fences and dropping to 11th place.
The individual medals were still a German whitewash, though, as the hugely talented Sandra Auffarth jumped clear to take individual silver and Frank Ostholt moved up two places to achieve his first individual medal.
Ostholt’s wife, Sara, who was best of the fourth-placed Swedish team, also suffered a dramatic drop down the order. There had been a run of clear rounds as the higher-placed riders found the key to this technically-demanding track. Algotsson-Ostholt had her much-admired mare Wega jumping beautifully until a misunderstanding on the approach to the final double at fence 11. The mare hit the first part and then ran out at the second element. Eighteen penalties dropped her to 12th place but the team held onto fourth and, more importantly, earned their ticket to next year’s Olympics in London.
“It’s very disappointing for my wife,” Ostholt said. “I know how she’s feeling and feel very sorry for her. Most of the year she’s always been ahead of me. Normally her horse jumps so well so it was a real surprise. She’s completely devastated, but pleased that Sweden has qualified for the Olympics.”
The French were only fifth after Dressage but the dashing trio of Donatien Schauly, Nicolas Touzaint, and Stanislas de Zuchowicz (Pascal Leroy was eliminated after a Cross Country fall) all jumped superb clear Jumping rounds and moved up to take team silver and earn their slot at London 2012.
“We’re very happy with the result,” former European Champion Nicolas Touzaint said, “and I’m especially happy with the horse. It’s only his second three-day. He’s learnt a lot this week and is definitely a horse for the future.”
Great Britain dropped to bronze – the first time they’ve missed gold since 1993. The defending champions started to look vulnerable when Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz hit the first fence and, with another error from Piggy French, William Fox-Pitt had no room for error. When Cool Mountain rapped the third fence, it was all over.
“We knew it had to end some time,” said Fox-Pitt. “This might be the result that gives us the motivation for the Olympics in London next year, which is our big goal.”
The last time there was a one-nation whitewash of the medals was in 1991 when Great Britain took team gold and all three individual medals. Naturally enough, the Germans were ecstatic with the result.
Michael Jung – “It’s an absolute dream,” Michael Jung said, “and that it happened in Germany and here in Luhmühlen is even more exciting. To have four first places is exceptional for any nation."
Jung now joins Mary Gordon Watson (GBR), Ginny Elliot (GBR) and Zara Phillips (GBR) in the elite band of riders who have held World and European titles simultaneously. He is Germany’s first individual European Champion since Bettina Hoy in 1997, and this is Germany’s first European team gold since Kiev (RUS) in 1973.
Ulrich Sprenger of HSBC Trinkaus was thrilled with the way the Championships had gone. “I’d like to thank the remarkable organising committee,” he said. “Julia Otto and her team have done the most remarkable job. I’d also like to than the volunteers for their dedication and hard work that brings this event together, also the the riders and their horses, and the incredible teams behind them. We told you in the beginning of 2011 that we had extended our sponsorship contract for a further three years, and now we’re looking forward to seeing you at the Championships in 2013 in Malmö.”
Event Director Julia Otto was of course delighted with the German result, but was quick to compliment all the riders. “I raise my glass to all the riders, to your wonderful horses and your chefs d’equipes. I’m glad you’re all back here and smiling today. It’s been a fantastic European Championships and we look forward to seeing everyone back here in June 2012.”

Gold: Michael Jung (GER)
Michael, 29, is perhaps the most talented natural horseman to emerge from Germany in recent years. He made his CCI4* debut in 2009 at Luhmühlen and won, on La Biosthetique-Sam, following up with victory in the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing™ Final at Strzegom (POL) and an individual bronze medal in the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships at Fontainebleau (FRA) in the same year. In 2010, he again topped the HSBC FEI World Cup rankings and went on to win the individual World title at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky, again on Sam, owned by Sabine Kreuter. His family runs a riding establishment at Horb, in the south of Germany near Stuttgart.

Silver: Sandra Auffarth (GER)

Sandra, 25, has been the discovery of the championships, making her debut on the senior German team. She won a team bronze medal in the Young Rider Europeans in 2006 and is a former national Young Rider champion. She took over the ride on Opgun Louvo, one of the youngest horses in the championships, three years ago and finished ninth at Boekelo CCI3* last year. She made her CCI4* debut at Luhmühlen in June, finishing second. Sandra is based at Warendorf.

Frank Ostholt (GER)

Frank, 36, has been a member of the senior German team since 1993. Riding his best-known horse, Air Jordan, he was a member of the fourth-placed German team at the Athens Olympics in 2004, won European team bronze in 2005 and World team gold in 2006. They also won Luhmühlen CCI4* in 2006 and were placed at Badminton CCI4* in 2007. Riding Mr Medicott, he won Olympic team gold in 2008 in Hong Kong. Frank is married to Swedish team member Sara Algotsson-Ostholt. They are based at Warendorf and have one young daughter, Wilma.
HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships Individual standings:
1 Michael Jung/La Biosthetique Sam FBW (GER*) 33.3 + 0 + 0 = 33.3
2 Sandra Auffarth/Opgun Louvo (GER*) 35.4 + 1.6 + 0 = 37.0
3 Frank Ostholt/Little Paint (GER) 34.0 + 6 + 0 = 40.0
4 Dirk Schrade/King Artus (GER) 36.7 + 6 + 0 = 42.7
5 Stefano Brecciaroli/Apollo van der Wendi Kurt Hoeve (ITA*) 35.8 + 9.2 + 0 = 45.0
6 Donatien Schauly/Ocarina du Chanois (FRA*) 45.6 + 0 + 0 = 45.6
7 William Fox-Pitt/Cool Mountain (GBR*) 42.7 + 0 + 4 = 46.7
8 Nicolas Touzaint/Neptune de Sartene (FRA*) 37.9 + 9.2 + 0 = 47.1
9 Piggy French/Jakata (GBR*) 40.4 + 6.8 + 4 = 51.2
10 Joris van Springel/Lully des Aulnes (BEL*) 51.0 + 1.6 + 0 = 52.6
(* denotes team member)
Team standings
1 Germany, 124.3; 2, France, 151.1; 3, Great Britain, 154.6; 4, Sweden, 199.2; 5, Ireland, 206.7; 6, Italy, 209.2; 7, Netherlands, 217.5; 8, Spain, 316.0; 9, Switzerland, 373.2; 10, Belgium, 1,121.6; 11, Poland, 1,229.2
Full results on www.luhmuehlen.de

A report from Club Campestre Guaymaral – FEI Category B competition

Jess at the start
2011 Bogata Columbia FEI Category B Competition
Friday, 26 August 2011

Bogota Columbia

25 August 2011  - First competition day

Jessica Tripp from New South Wales and Bianca Hodge from Western Australia arrived in Bogota Columbia a couple of days early to prepare for their FEI Category B competition and adjust to the altitude change to 2600 metres above sea level.
Thirty hours after they left Sydney they have been given a very warm welcome by the Federacion Ecuestre de Columbia and have been pleasantly surprised by the very high quality of the South American horses supplied for this competition. The Columbians have shown the International riders plenty of culture and food delights particular to this eight million people city spread across a large plateau on the top of the Andes mountains.
The first day of competition and Jessica on Insignia del Juncal had to wear two rails but rode with style and rhythm which were some of the attributes that helped her in gaining selection on this FEI Category B team. With plenty of riding to go yet Jess has high hopes for a clear round in Thursday’s round before the finals on Sunday. A faultless display in the warm up round gives Jess good reason for future success.
Bianca had mixed success in the warm up rounds on her two horses but came out on with a very controlled and effective round on Milenio to finish with the second fastest clear round and a good chance of competing in the top fifty percent which will progress to Final A of her group after the second round of tomorrow’s competition. Castaway had a lazy rail but was still a good chance of progressing to the final after his time and faults are calculated. As Bianca’s second horse he should ensure she will be competitive in the final which will be from a clean slate and calculated on optimum time.
The Australian girls have made plenty of friends and are looking forward to the rest of the competition and whatever the Columbians can throw their way.
Other nations competing besides Colombia are Chile, USA, Spain, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Panama, Mexico, Puerto Rico; a very multicultural competition.

Bianca receiving her rosette on the first day

Support crew

A typical fence

Bianca Hodge and Jessica Tripp

Silver medalist from Singapore youth Olympics Mario Gamboa shows his style over 1.55 metre fence

The Brisbane Isuzu and Isuzu Australia Caboolture Jumping World Cup Qualifier

Billy Raymont and Stardom, 2nd in the WC.
Photograph:Jenny Sheppard
Jenny Sheppard, Friday, 26 August 2011

Tim Amitrano from Cooroy on Queensland's Sunshine Coast won his fourth career Jumping World Cup qualifier on Sunday when he jumped a double clear round in the Brisbane Isuzu & Isuzu Australia Caboolture Jumping World Cup Qualifier.


Sunday’s win was a back to back victory for the 32 year old coach and trainer riding his evergreen little grey gelding Mr Innocent who also won this class in 2010.  The pair jumped one of only three double clear rounds over the 1.45 to 1.50m course designed by International designer Leeson Sirett from Colbinabbin.
Tim, his partner Heidi and 19 month old daughter Kirra live on their 22 acre property where they train, bred and operate a saddlery and equestrian clothing business importing quality French saddles and tack plus specialising in Winston Equestrian Clothing. The 16 years young Mr Innocent, known as Spankie to his friends won his first World Cup qualifier at Caboolture aged 7 years and then scooped the title in 2010 followed by this year’s title. The 16hh (who only measures 15hh on his rump) Mr Innocent won the Australian World Cup league in 2006 after being the runner up in 2004. Tim and Spankie are world travellers and have won Grand Prix’s in Belgium and France plus the Belgium National Championships in 2008.
Tim did not start showjumping until he was 17 years old and his first notable win was when he was 18 years old riding Baby Animal for a win at the Queensland State Championships.
Mr Innocent was bred by Tim’s partner Heidi, a quarter horse thoroughbred cross, his mother died when he was just a few weeks old and thanks to Heidi’s care he survived. Asked of the plans for Mr Innocent Tim said “ I will place him for events that suit. He has been a wonderful horse to me and it is now time for me to look after him. Spankie is my best mate.”
Tim and Heidi have just imported a 4 year old Centolano stallion, they have high hopes for the lovely brown jumping machine who will also add another quality stallion to the Australian breeding programs.
The horses jumped super in the World Cup qualifier, thanks to the work course designer Leeson Sirett had done on the jumping surface, eight horses jumped clear in the first round from the 21 starters. 13 horses returned for round two and only three jumped double clear, Mr Innocent, second placed Billy Raymont from Cooroy riding Stardom and Billy again this time riding Ocean Beach NZPH.   Fourth went to Becky Allen from Toowoomba riding RSB Jacana with 4 penalties for a rail down at 6C the oxer. Fifth was Brook Dobbin from Yarra Glen riding Advisor who jumped clear and carried 4 penalties from the first round for a rail down at 6C. Sixth was Merrik Ubank from Beaudesert riding Aladino jumping clear in round two carrying 4 penalties from a rail down at 6A in the first round.
In the supporting classes Ron Easey from Quipolly won the Mini Prix riding Town Man, Alex Rooney from Garfield North won the C Grade Championship riding Hilton Park Calypso, Queenslander Sarah Jones won the D Grade Championship riding Immenhof Fame, Shane Davidson from Beaudesert won the Future Stars Futurity riding Fairbanks Casper. Kate Hinschen from far North Queensland continued her super form and won the Junior Championship riding Not Over and Nelson Smith won the Tekna Young Rider Championship riding Classic Mischief.
World Cup jumping now moves to South Australia where the Gawler and Adelaide qualifiers will be held starting with Gawler this Sunday.

Other Links
 Full World Cup Results

Tim Amitrano, winner of the Caboolture WC 2011

Becky Allen and JSB Jacana, 4th in the WC.

High Performance Program releases the new 'Roadmap to Success' 2011-2016

Friday, 26 August 2011

EA's High Performance Program today unveiled the new pathways program for 2011-2016 titled 'Roadmap to Success'.

In September 2010, Equestrian Australia received an additional $750,000 per annum for the High Performance Program. This funding was awarded based on submissions from EA which were in line with the recommendations accepted by the Federal Government from the Crawford report. In our submission EA outlined the framework for a National Pathways Program, supported by our State branches that provided for a systemised, national approach to the development of future elite riders and horses from an early talent identification level right through to Olympic and World Championship Teams.

Equestrian Australia is very grateful to the Federal Government and the Australian Sports Commission for not only their financial support, but also their confidence in Equestrian Australia and the High Performance Program to deliver these new initiatives which further enhance and develop the High Performance Program to a new higher level.
Further evidence in the confidence of the High Performance Program by the Australian Sports Commission, Equestrian was only one of ten sports to receive special funding through the ‘Green & Gold Program’ aimed at further enhancing our medal chances in London.
Below is the High Performance Program "Roadmap to Success". The newly updated High Performance Handbook will be available in September.

Expressions of Interest - Pony Jumping Riders - South Africa

Friday, 26 August 2011

Equestrian Australia has received an invitation from the South African Federation for a team of 4 pony riders (aged up until they the year in which they turn 15) and 1 official to compete in a borrowed horse event at the International Classique for Pony Riders, Benoni, South Africa 29 Sept – 2 Oct 2011. 

The event will consist of three days of competitions, each with a maximum height of 1.10 and a width of 1.30.
Equestrian Australia would like to invite members to indicate their interest to compete at this competition in Benoni. All interested riders will need to complete the Expressions of Interest form.
The Show Organising Committee will provide the following:
  • Transfer from (airport - hotel - airport) and to and from the show ground.
  • Accommodation in private homes with other competitors
  • The competition horses
  • Meals
  • Social Events
The riders will be responsible for:
  • Return airfares to South Africa
  • Insurance (The EA National Office can assist with this insurance)
The Official/Chef’d Equipe will be responsible for:
  • Return airfares to South Africa
  • Receiving and returning the team uniforms from the EA
  • Liaising with Team Members to coordinate travel so that all team members travel together
  • Provide team results and an event report/story post competition
  • Complete the EA Chef report within 5 working days post competition.
  • Insurance (The EA National Office can assist with this insurance)
The EA National office will provide administration support and a uniform for the selected riders.
Please complete the form below and fax to the National Office on (02) 9763 2466 if you would like to be considered for the International Classique for Pony riders, Benoni, South Africa.
Applications close at 5pm, Wednesday 31st August, 2011.
Please contact Michelle at the EA National Office on (02) 8762 7777 if you have any questions regarding this competition.

Other Links
 Expression of Interest
 Chef Expression of Interest
 Show Schedule

EA member survey “iPad winner” announced

Toni Scattergood
Friday, 26 August 2011

Congratulations to Toni Scattergood the lucky winner of the Apple IPAD WiFi + 3G 32GB (valued at $658.95)

Hailing from Yarra Glen in Victoria, 20-year-old Toni is a competitive jumping rider and member of the National Young Riders Squad.  She has been a member of EA “for as long as she can remember.”

Toni went in the draw to win the iPad by completing the recent member survey and answering the question “In 25 words or less, tell us why did you join EA?”
Toni’s winning answer was “EA provides the pathway to my dreams and aspirations by giving me endless opportunities and essentially being the backbone of the sport I love.”
Happy iPading Toni!

Bates Australian Dressage Championships - latest info

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The Bates Australian Dressage Championships will be held at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre from the 27 - 30 October 2011.


The event will be held over 4 days, Thursday to Sunday and features the best dressage horse and rider combinations from across Australia.
Competitors can download the entry schedule from the website and entries close 14 September 2011. www.dressagensw.com.au/nationals 
An exciting addition this year is the inclusion of the Regional Dressage Team Qualification Event for the 2012 London Olympic Games
The FEI Dressage Qualification Procedure for the 2012 London Olympic Games, provides that the “2 best placed teams from the Olympic Group F/G from a FEI approved Asia Pacific Dressage Championship” qualify to send a team of three horses and riders plus a reserve to the Games.
The Groups include countries from the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific region. Australia, Japan and New Zealand are likely to field teams at this event.
The Judging Panel includes: Mr Stephen Clarke, 5* Level Judge from Great Britain; Mr Gotthilf Riexinger , 5* Level Judge from Germany; Mrs Susan Hoevenaars – 5* Level Judge from Australia; Mr Raphael Salle, 4* Judge from France; Mrs Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel, 4* Judge from Netherlands.
The Regional Team Qualifier will be held in two parts. 
The Judges will travel to Sydney to judge selected athletes from Australia and New Zealand in the Grand Prix held at the Bates Australian Dressage, Following Sydney, the same Judges will judge other remaining athletes at a specially convened event in Ermilo in the Netherlands. 
The FEI will shortly thereafter advise which Teams have qualified for the London Games.
Information is available on the website and tickets are available now on line. 
Special hospitality tickets for the Top Spot Marquee still available for the Saturday Evening Dinner.
For more information go to: www.dressagensw.com.au/nationals 

Letter from Equestrian Australia’s Chairman and State Branch Chairs

Equestrian Australia, Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Dear Member,

We write to update you on Equestrian Australia’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) project that is currently underway, called ‘Equnect’. 

This exciting project is being developed by EA in close consultation and cooperation with the states branches and is designed to meet the needs of the branches and the broader membership.

(i) The current ICT system and the need to replace it

EA's ICT system needs to be the central system for all of our communication and operations between our members and the state branches that administer the sport. It should also be an effective tool for the promotion of the sport and all of the projects that are underway both at a national and state level.

Our members, sport committees and state branches have told us over many years that the current system does not support the sport effectively, it is difficult for the State branches in their day to day operations, inaccurate when members perform online searches for performance results and is built in old, unreliable technology that does not allow the sport to grow for the future.

The state boards have urged the EA Board for a number of years to either fix the present system or replace it.  The two main stipulations have been that the system has to be useful (i.e. it has to be workable without the constant crashing as well as do what is needed to effectively administer the sport in this day and age) and it has to come at minimum cost to the membership.

Although attempts were made at reviving the current system, the constant failings of the systems deemed it beyond repair and as such the EA Board decided in 2010 the system must be replaced. This has become the major priority of the EA Board.

The EA Board sought information for an entirely new ICT system from many leading providers in the marketplace, such as Evolve, DataTorque, IBM and Microsoft via various consultancies.  The results found that EA’s requirements for an ICT platform were unique in terms of both back of office (state branches) and front of office (membership) requirements and those existing service providers didn't offer a fully inclusive system that would adequately meet the majority of our needs. 

After extensive research, quotes were received and options presented back to the EA Board where it was decided that utilising an online platform that could be adapted to meet the specific needs our sport would be the best approach.  The options presented compared the following platforms - Hybrid, IBM, Silverstripe, and SharePoint 2010. Using extensive criteria, along with a detailed financial modelling (both short term and long term), and following a thorough risk assessment, the EA Board (after consultation with the state branches) agreed to the recommended system, SharePoint2010.  SharePoint's platform is well renowned and a system of choice for many leading businesses and sporting organisations globally. Based on the quotes received, SharePoint came out as the most cost-effective option that would best meet the needs of EA and the state branches. 

Cost was and is the biggest issue facing a project of this scale. Funds are limited and the state branches were keen to ensure that the cost of the new system did not fall directly back on to the members.  This placed the EA Board with a significant challenge as it did not want cost to compromise the quality and capability of the new system through cost cutting measures. 

It was clear that commercial support was needed to underwrite the project to ensure EA could get it off the ground in the near future.  As with all EA sponsorships, we needed to find a sponsor who was the right fit with our sport, who shares the same passion and wanted to work with us to achieve our vision and create true partnership. With this sponsorship model in mind, EA approached two prospective sponsors who fitted the criteria - Inglis & Sons Limited (through their online brand Horsezone), as well as an existing partner of EA.  The Inglis proposal impressed the Board and was unable to be matched by an existing EA sponsor andas such Inglis/Horsezone has become the sponsorship partner of Equnect and will fund the majority of the costs needed to develop our ICT project. 

The state branches supported the Inglis arrangement and are happy with the extensive commercial due diligence carried out by EA and take comfort from the risk assessments undertaken and the use of independent IT, legal and accounting professionals.

(ii) What you will see with Equnect

The membership system is the key to the entire Equnect project – it is the heart of the system.  We know the frustrations you have experienced over the years and as such we are pleased with functionality we will have to offer you once the project is launched.  This includes:

  • Ability to join and renew your membership online
  • Ability to register your horse(s) online – all details can be automatically managed online
  • Update and manage your own member profile and your own horse profile pages – similar to a MySpace page
  • Ability to integrate you and your horses on your own profile page
  • The option to record and display your results
  • Enter events that are relevant and available to you – you’ll receive automatic updates for events that you are qualified to compete in
  • Receive immediate competitive entry approval
  • Also the ability for clubs to promote and grow their membership
  • The development of Equnect is an ongoing process and the benefit of using Sharepoint is that it allows flexibility for the future and the ongoing changes within the sport.

(iii) What else Equnect does provide

Event Management

Equnect has the capacity to provide our clubs and event managers with a fully integrated, automated, event management system that links directly into the broader EA membership database. Event organisers will have competitor results and qualifications at their fingertips, so there is no need to come back to you (the competitor) with performance related queries.  Results will automatically be posted on the EA website and event websites in real time, not days or sometimes weeks later when all interest around the event has been lost.

Online Education

Equnect will incorporate online education which will be aimed at improving coaches’ and officials’ resources, developing greater efficiencies with registrations and renewals, as well as creating improved services for our coaches through the ability to promote/better communicate with the equestrian community.

Online television

In time, Equnect will offer online television which will provide opportunity to further promote the sport nationally and internationally.

Social Networking

With a fully automated system that allows for greater communication, display of results and promotion of events, EA and the state branches will be able to better integrate social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more into our communication with members and potential fans of the sport.


(iv) Obtaining the Facts

Equnect is not simply a project that has been developed to help the sport in the next 12 months to two years – it is about establishing the infrastructure and technology that will help us improve our sport in the long term.  What is important is that Equnect will be built, managed, owned and operated solely by Equestrian Australia and the state branches – it will be for your benefit.  This is a project that all levels of the sport are committed to working towards to help support our members and grow our great sport.

We encourage all our members to read over our ‘Fact Sheet’, ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ and ‘Circular’ which outline all the details of the ICT project, our relationship with Inglis and what this system will mean to you.  You can read all this on the EA website www.equestrian.org.au.  As we approach the launch date of the new ICT project, you will be hearing more about the system, its features and how you can better utilise it.

Members may email any questions to [email protected] and we will ensure that a member of our team responds to you as quickly as possible.

Yours Sincerely,


Paul Cargill                  


Equestrian Australia


Derek Major, Chair ENSW

Victor Nichols, Chair EQld               

Wendy Hunt, Chair ESA          

Karen Ruzsicska, Chair ENT   

Barry Roycroft, Chair EVic      

Laurie Smith, Chair ETas         

Theresa Marshall, Chair EWA




Reminder - Half Marks to be introduced as of 1/1/2012

Judges Seminar with Mary Seefried
Clarendon event June 2010
Photograph:Franz Venhaus
Wednesday, 24 August 2011

A reminder that as of 1/1/12, Judges will have the option to use half marks for both movements and collectives when judging. Please ensure your clubs have a scoring system with the capability to allow for half marks. All EA clubs are urged to use the EA scoring system which has the capacity for half marks.

The Australian Dressage Committee and the majority of State Dressage Authorities have approved the introduction of half marks effective from 1/1/12. By approving this change early in the year, affiliated clubs can ensure that the scoring system they are using can be enhanced to cope with judges giving half marks and also so that the judges can be informed and have an opportunity to discuss this option at judges seminars.
The FEI Objective to the introduction of half marks is as follows:
-          To give more accurate and consistent results
-          More flexibility for the judges; feedback to the riders in their score sheets and to be more accurate
The successful FEI trial took place in 2010 and the FEI rule book now provides for the use of half marks in all international events/competitions (including all CDIs in Australia) from 1/1/11. The results of the FEI trial indicated that judges found the half marks easy to use, and that if anything the percentages were fractionally higher, or at least no lower.  The experience has been that judges did not need any additional training to introduce the use of the half marks, many finding it allowed a finer ranking in the collective marks.
It is suggested that at any educational situation e.g. seminars or workshops, that judges have a test run at using half marks.  
Feedback from those judges that have already had the opportunity to use half marks is very positive.
The rule book will be amended from 1/1/12 as follows:
3.13 – Scale of Marks - Add as a dot point under the table the following:
All half marks from 0.5 to 9.5 may also be used both for movements and collective marks, at the discretion of the judge
10.6 – Allocation of Marks and Scoring - Add the following as the 2nd dot point:
All half marks from 0.5 to 9.5 may also be used both for movements And collective marks, at the discretion of the judge
The National Office will arrange for the National Scoring System to be enhanced and a new version distributed and available on the web.
We hope that the decision to introduce half marks to all competitions will be welcomed by the riders.

Education Conference DVDs on sale now!

Leanne Kingsbury, Tuesday, 23 August 2011


The 2011 Equestrian Australian Education Conference held over two days, included an impressive line-up of speakers who provided delegates with a stimulating and thought evoking series of presentations.

If you would like a copy of the presentations given at the 2011 EA Education Conference then please fill in the attached order form.

EA thanks the presenters for making these videos available. Note not all presentations are available. The list below indicates which videos can be purchased.

To enhance your personal and professional development (EA members and non-members alike) place your order now:

** Click on the presenters name in the table below to watch a 2 minute demo of their presentation.

Presented by
Innovation & Leadership
Wayne Goldsmith - one of the most respected and authoritative sporting minds in Australia
Using Social Media in Sport
Rosemary Towner - National Player Development Manager from Rugby Union Players Association
Geoff Trip – former Events & Marketing Manager for Basketball Australia
Performance Horse Nutrition
Dr Clarissa Douglas-Brown - Kentucky Equine Research
Horse Behaviour & Training
Dr Andrew McLean - PhD (Equine cognition and learning), BSc (Zoology), Dip Ed
Sustainable Horse Keeping & Pasture Management
Mariette van den Berg - Equine Nutritionist/animal scientist
Mental Skills Training
Gareth Mole - Condor Performance Psychology





EVOLVE: An enduring quest for knowledge, best practice and outcomes for EA members, affiliates and the broader equestrian community.

Eventing Talent Identification for National Future Squad

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Nominations are rolling in for the Eventing Talent Identification Days in each State.

If you have a horse aged between 5 and 10 years old, and you are competing successfully at 1* level or higher, you may be eligible to attend a Talent Identification Day for the National Future Squad.

This Squad is aimed at horse/rider combinations with exceptional talent, and the potential to reach the highest levels of the sport.

Nominations forms are available in Word and PDF.

Dates and locations of each Eventing  TID are available here.


Saddleworld Dressage Festival schedule available now

Alexis Hellyer & Waca winners of the 2010 Marcus Oldham Aachen Challenge
2010 at Saddleworld Dressage Festival
Photograph:Derek O'Leary
Nicola Turner, Tuesday, 23 August 2011

The entry schedule for this year’s Saddleworld Dressage Festival (December 8 – 11) is now available.


The schedule can be downloaded from www.equestrianvictoriaevents.com.au/DF. Competitors should note that entries will close on Wednesday 26th October. The schedule for the CPEDI 3* is also avalable from the website.
Held at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre, the Festival incorporates the Victorian Dressage Championships for all levels from Preliminary to Grand Prix, pony classes from Preliminary to Medium, and young horse qualifiers for competitors looking ahead to next year’s PSI DJWTS.
Feature events include the highly coveted Marcus Oldham Aachen Challenge for young riders aged 16-25 years and the Pacific League World Cup Final which provides the winner with the opportunity to represent Australia at the World Cup Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) in April 2012. There is also an international Para Equestrian competition being held in conjunction with the Festival this year, offering riders an opportunity to qualify for PE at the London Olympics.
Enquiries:         Event Directors - Bryony Giusti 0425 499 477,
Caroline Coleby 0432 505 774, or email: [email protected]

Chantal Wigan & Ferrero, winners of the 2010 Pacific League World Cup Final

An exciting opportunity to go behind the scenes at Sydney International 3 Day Event!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Sydney International Three Day Event organising committee invites interested students, teaching staff or Pony Clubs to have a special “behind-the-scenes¯ look at one of Australia's premier equestrian events.


Sydney International Three Day Event organising committee invites interested students, teaching staff or Pony Clubs to have a special “behind-the-scenes” look at one of Australia’s premier equestrian events.
Sydney International Eventing is offering two packages for schools and pony clubs, as outlined below.
OPTION ONE: - Friday ($25 per head)
  • Walk the cross country with an elite rider. 
  • Tour the stables and hear all about what it takes to care for top eventing horses with top international groom Amy McGregor.
  • Watch the Australian Young Event Horse Championships and the CCI3* Dressage from a special area set aside for premier viewing.
  • Lunch and signed souvenir event program included.
OPTION TWO: - Saturday ($25 per head)
  • Walk the cross country with former Australian Eventing Coach, Wayne Roycroft.
  • Tour the stables and the finish box for a glimpse of how Australia’s elite horses are cared for as they finish the grueling cross country phase with top international groom Amy McGregor
  • Watch the action in the CCI2* and CCI3* from a prime viewing position at the water jump.
  • Lunch and signed souvenir event program included.
We look forward to welcoming your students / members to Sydney International Three Day Event.
Please RSVP with numbers and payment by Friday 2nd September using the attached booking form.

Australia’s Burton finishes 2nd in FEI World Cup Eventing Series

Chris Burton and Newsprint
Monday, 22 August 2011

Australia dominated the final leg of the FEI World Cup Eventing Series at Le Pin au Haras (FRA) over the weekend, claiming the top four places.

The second place finish by Australia’s Chris Burton gave him enough points to take out second place in the global FEI World Cup Eventing Series behind New Zealand’s Clarke Johnstone (NZL).

The FEI World Cup Eventing series consists of seven CIC-W3* events in seven different countries across three continents, with the three most successful riders will share a valuable prize fund worth € 32'000.

Johnstone won the first two rounds of the competition, Kihikihi (NZL) and Sydney and also finished third in the Kihikihi competition.   Burton finished as runner-up at Kihikihi, Sydney and Le Pin au Haras to secure 114 points, just four points shy of Johnstone.

The Aussie young gun recently moved to the UK as part of his London 2012 Olympic Games preparations and this second place ranking would be the results he is looking for less than 12 months out from the Games.

Burton and Newsprint were former winners of the prestigious Adelaide International CCI 4*event and more recently finished fifth place Gatcombe British Open.

Australia finished with three riders in the top 10 in the 2011 FEI Eventing World Cup final pointscore. Clayton Fredericks finished 5th and Shane Rose 6th.

Australia has an excellent record in the FEI World Cup Eventing since its inception in 2005. Clayton Fredericks has won the title twice, in 2005 and 2008 and Megan Jones finished second in 2010.

With Fredericks winning in Le Pin au Haras and Burton taking the second and third places, Australia National Eventing Performance Director, Prue Barrett, said things are looking on track ahead of London.

“We have two high performance programs running in parallel – a domestic and international program. Clayton is part of our international outfit and Chris hails from the domestic program, so to see them both finish on the podium, on the global stage, proves the whole program is on track.

“The results from the weekend are a testament to both Clayton and Chris and their owners, who have worked hard over many years to deliver these world-class performances.

“It was a great result from all the Aussie riders over the weekend who are a part of our squad listed riders,” she said.

2011 FEI Eventing World Cup top 10

Aliaksandr FAMINOU
Michael JUNG
Shane ROSE
Yoshiaki OIWA

FULL standings from the 2011 FEI World Cup

Final Round World Cup Eventing - Le Pin au Haras

Forty-seven combinations contested the final leg at Le Pin au Haras. Clayton Fredericks won the class on Dunges Laurent Rose, Christopher Burton finished second and third riding Newsprint and Holstein Park Leilani while Fredericks also claimed fourth place aboard Be My Guest. Further down the list were Australia’s Paul Tapner in 10th (Kilfinnie II) and Sam Griffiths 15th (Real Dancer) and 19th on Paulank Brockagh.

Fredericks was pleased to clinch victory in France, especially given he had equipment failure during the show jumping.

“It's really good to win here.  One of my stirrups broke so I jumped the last six fences with just one,” said Clayton.

“I really want to congratulate all the organising committee for all the work which have been done here, on the ground and the course

“I am thrilled to win the class and it is great to have two horses finish in the top four in a World Cup class,” he said.

For all the results from Le Pin au Haras http://www.sportequi.fr/pin/pin.html


Clayton FREDERICKS (AUS) riding Dunge's Laurenrose receives his awards from Franck Le Mestre, director of the National Stud Farm of Le Pin

Clarke Johnstone riding Orient Express- winners

World Cup Jumping at the EKKA – Kermond takes a stronger hold of the leading purple armband

Jamie Kermond rides Valhalla to victory with a capacity crowd watching
2011 Brisbane CSI-W
Photograph:Jenny Sheppard
Jenny Sheppard, Thursday, 18 August 2011

Australia's fourth Jumping World Cup Qualifier was held at the Brisbane Royal Show last night in front of a more than 30,000 spectators who packed the affectionately known EKKA stadium to see 25 jumping horses and riders strut their stuff.

Jamie Kermond, the 26 year old blonde from Warrnambool in Victoria, who now lives at Ebenezer in NSW jumped two perfectly executed rounds to win the Equestrian Queensland and Millewa Lodge Jumping World Cup qualifier riding the beautiful grey flying machine Valhalla. Valhalla owned by Des Russell from Tynong North in Victoria’s Gippsland who purchased this Clinton stallion as a two year unbroken in Holland. This wonderful 9 year old has now added a Jumping World Cup qualifier to his mantle piece – asked how he feels about this lovely horse owner Des Russell said “My horse is beautifully ridden by a very, very talented young rider. I have had horses for 40 years he is the nicest horse I have ever put a bridle on, he never fights me or the rider. His temperament is unquestionable everyone loves him”.  

The capacity crowd roared as each rider jumped the 750 meter course of 16 jumping efforts set by International course designer Leeson Sirett from Colbinabbin in Victoria.   Sirett set a strong 1.50m to 1.60m course using the full arena, the fences optically big due to the solid board infill’s making each fence look and jump bigger. Although not technical, the long track and the effect of the lights onto the big shinny solid board infills meant there were plenty of penalties.
Kermond wining with a time penalty in each round, the runner up was Chris Chugg from Glossodia who jumping a sensational clear first round and added 3 time penalties in the second riding the 8 year old mare Diamond B Vigo. Third was the inform Brisbane Royal rider Kristy Bruhn from Mt Gambier who from first in the draw jumping clear riding Harbarty, a rail down at the 1.60m vertical and a slick time left her with 4 penalties in 61.58 seconds. Kristy was also fifth riding Belcam Cosmic and is in an unbeatable position for the leading jumping rider of the 2011 Brisbane Royal Show placing 1st and 2nd in three classes so far.
Fourth went to 19 year old Olivia Hamood from Kilcoy just North of Brisbane riding the tall grey GHP Nero with just the last, a 1.50m square spread, down in the first round and then jumped one of only two penalty free rounds in the second round in 64.13 seconds. Olivia putting her hand up as a young rider to watch, her cool accurate riding under pressure a pleasure to watch.
Kathy Graham from Helidon in Queensland finished 6th riding her gelding Davincis Pride, adding on the six stride line to fence 6 the 1.55m spread fence saw a refusal and rebuild. Cathy finishing on 7 penalties in round one followed by a foot perfect round two in 65.84 seconds and clear.
21 year old Danielle Butcher from Pheasants Nest South of Sydney finished 7th riding the former Victorian horse Twins Big Higgs, a rail down at the 1.50m vertical 5a and one time penalty in round one and a rail down at the 1.50m spread 12a from the first round and the fourth fence in the jump off plus two time penalties giving her an overall total of 11 penalties.
Queenslander Brett Warren riding Cumo Z placed 8th, a rail down at fence 7 the 1.60m spread in round one and two rails down and a time penalty in the second round left them on a total of 13 penalties.
Jamie Kermond sails to a 24 point lead on the Australian rankings with 64 points from Cathy Graham on 40 as the riders head to the 5th round being held at Caboolture on Sunday. Sirett will be the course designer of the Caboolture Jumping World Cup qualifier, jumping will be indoors at the Caboolture Showground Indoor Stadium on Sunday 21st August.

Other Links
 Full World Cup Results

Jamie Kermond keeps the winner's purple armband

Jamie Kermond and Valhalla

The crowd

Cathy Graham 6th

Chris Chugg and Diamond B Vigo

Chris Chugg, 2nd

Danille Butcher, 7th

Kristy Bruhn 3rd and leading rider at the Brisbane Royal

Kristy Bruhn clear in round one

Leeson Sirett - a happy course designer

Olivia Hamood

More crowd

On the big screen

2011 FEI European Dressage Championships, 17-21 Aug - Watch it live

Thursday, 18 August 2011

FEI TV has comprehensive live coverage of the 25th FEI European Dressage Championships from Rotterdam, Netherlands



Burton challenges for the FEI Eventing World Cup title

Christopher Burton and Holstein Park Leilani
2011 Albury CIC
Photograph:Main Event Photography
Nicola Turner, Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Australian Christopher Burton will join riders from 12 countries on 47 horses in France this weekend to contest the final leg of the FEI Eventing World Cup series at the Haras du Pin national stud-farm in Normandy.

Australian Christopher Burton will join riders from 12 countries on 47 horses in France this weekend to contest the final leg of the FEI Eventing World Cup series at the Haras du Pin national stud-farm in Normandy.

29-year-old Burton is currently in second place on the World Cup leader-board behind Clarke Johnstone of New Zealand. Burton will start two horses in his bid to claim the 2011 FEI World Cup Eventing title, his 2010 World Equestrian Games mount Holstein Park Leilani and  Newsprint, a winner of the 2008 Adelaide CCI4* and runner-up in 2010.
Points gained at each qualifier count towards a prize pot awarded to the best riders at the end of the series. After eight CIC-W3* events in eight countries across three continents, the three most successful riders will share a valuable prize fund worth € 32'000.
In 2010 Australia’s Megan Jones finished 2nd overall out of 133 riders from 25 nations.
In June Burton relocated from Sydney to the United Kingdom to campaign for next year’s Olympic Games. He took a strong team of horses with him. He recently placed fifth at the British Open Championship at Gatcombe on Newsprint.
Johnstone and Burton have gone head-to-head twice in the World Cup series so far this year, at Kihikihi (NZL) and Sydney (AUS).  Johnstone has won both classes aboard his talented New Zealand Thoroughbred Orient Express whilst Burton finished a close second on both occasions riding Holstein Park Leilani. Johnstone will be competing on Orient Express this weekend.  
Johnstone sits on 118 points, Burton on 108 and in third place is Aliaksandr Faminou of Belarus, who will not be competing this weekend.
Australia will also be represented in the CIC3*-W class by world class competitors Clayton Fredericks (2005 and 2008 FEI World Cup winner and Olympic Silver medallist), Sam Griffiths (2010 World Equestrian Games representative) and Paul Tapner (2010 Badminton winner and 2010 World Equestrian Games representative).
The CIC3*-W start list  includes some of the best riders from around the world. The living legend Mark Todd (NZL), 2011 Badminton winner and dual gold medallist, will return to  Le Pin.  Last year’s Le Pin winner, Emily Baldwin (GBR) is back to defend her title.
The Haras du Pin national stud-farm will welcome a record 266 horses from 14 nations participating in three international classes over the weekend. Riders from Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, France, Great-Britain, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, USA are taking part.

 2011 FEI World Cup Eventing Leader board

Other Links
 Le Pin au Haras web site
 FEI World Cup Eventing web site

FEI Wolrd Cup Eventing logo

Clarke Johnstone and Orient Express

Chris Burton 2010 winner of the World Cup Eventing

Watch the Land Rover Burghley CCI4* 'free of charge'

Monday, 1 August 2011

This year's Burghley.tv goes live on Monday 1st August and once again offers 'free of charge' a unique opportunity for you to play, replay and analyse the Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping performances of every rider competing in this year's Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.


The rider performances will be available to view from the first day of competition on Thursday 1st September until 30 September 2011. However, beginning today Burghley.tv also offers the following pre-competition information and opportunities including:

    Captain Mark Phillips personal 'Cross Country Preview' in association with Tattersalls Ireland Event Horse Sale

    The 2011 Cross Country Track Map & Fence Guide   

    The 'Best of Burghley' - highlights of the past 21 years

    Burghley.tv's 'free to enter' 2012 competition: your chance to win one of ten great admission prizes to next year's post Olympic competition.

Visit Burghley.tv Now


Bill Levett wins Hartpury CIC3* and CCI2*

Bill Levett and One Too Many NJ
2011 Saumur CCI3*
Monday, 15 August 2011

Australia's Bill Levett won a division of the CIC3* at Hartpury (UK) over the weekend, as well as the CCI2*.


The NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials is a truly international competition attracting over 300 entries from 17 nations. 
Levett, 48,  and One too Many NJ led from start to finish in a field of 69 horses the CIC3* (Division D). Their impressive dressage score of 39.8 (the only sub 40 of the class) put them 2.5 points ahead of Zara Phillips on Lord Lauries.  
“He did I think his best ever test to score 39.8 which I was thrilled with. He went fantastically and the exciting thing is that both Bettina and I believe there is more to come,” said Levett of One Too Many NJ (Coco). " “I’m very grateful to Bettina who gives me such great help (and confidence),” he added referring to Bettina Hoy.
A clear jumping round kept them in the lead heading into the cross-country.  The beautifully constructed cross country course, designed by Eric Winter was watered continuously for the past two weeks and Equivated on Friday. All three courses contained two water complexes and the CIC*** course has been designed to prepare horses for Blenheim or Burghley.
Levett flew around the course adding  just 0.8 time faults (only one combination made it within the optimum)  to claim victory by more than  8 points over Sarah Cohen and Treason (48.5) and Kitty King (High Havoc) on 48.9. (Phillips has slipped down the order with one rail in the jumping and was then eliminated on cross-country).
Levett tells us about the event, "Hartpury has always been part of the plan for One Two Many NJ (Coco) in his Blenheim preparation. I like the venue as the dressage and show jumping takes place on a good surface and there is a lot of atmosphere at the venue and the cross country track is always well built, and technical with up to height questions requiring forward accurate riding. I was thrilled with how Coco went, he did his first three star here last year and so it’s interesting a year on to come back, he felt a much more mature horse this year coping very well with all phases. He did a great test to score 39.8, big thanks to Bettina my dressage coach for her help at the event. He then jumped a good show jump round around a square and up to height track where time was tight. He's a horse that really 'comes up for it' in the ring - a real competitor which is a great feeling as you feel like he's really with you and will do his upmost to try and jump a clear.

He was in the lead after the dressage and then stayed there with a clear show jumping, we then decided to have a crack cross country as the owners were keen to and I also felt it would bring him on mentally in his preparation for Blenheim.

The three star track was beefy and technical with the fences coming thick and fast, as in previous years the corners were a strong question requiring forward, committed and accurate riding and the water jumps were tough enough again requiring forward committed riding.

I felt the track had some good questions on it which would continue to round out his education and it would also put down a marker as to his ability to deliver a strong performance. The plan was always to run here and then aim for Blenheim. Thankfully all went to plan (not often you can say that with horses!) He went like an absolute star - he felt very mature and confident galloping well and mentally coping with the questions asked of him, I could not have been more pleased with him. I was very very excited, it is so special to have a top horse like him especially one you've produced since a young horse. He finished well and won the class, a great result for Team Levett and Coco's owners Mary and Gerry. Very pleasing."
 One too Many NJ, owned by Gerry and Mary Kemp (GBR), is a 9-year-old bay Irish bred gelding by Chacoa. Levett and One too Many NJ (aka Coco) have had a good season finishing 2nd at Saumur CCI3* in May and placing 4th at Burnham Market CIC3* (GBR) in April.
Bill and Jenny Levett found One Too Many NJ in Ireland as a four-year-old, and just had to have him.
“He's always been a special horse and one that we have thought would make the big time. We've taken him slowly as he's always found everything very easy and it would have been easy to do too much when he was very young. I've always thought Coco has the potential to be a team horse,” said Bill.
All the horses Bill and Jenny own/produce carry the suffice NJ at the end of their competition names. Bill explained “It’s in recognition of Neale 'NJ' Lavis who got me started in the sport, lent me kit and gave me a horse when I had nothing. A true horseman and a great man.”
In the same CIC3* division Lucinda Fredericks finished 8th on Latina 43 (Dressage 49.6, clear show jumping and 8.4 XC time).
Brook Staples finished 17th on Tova (Dressage 44.4, 3 SJ time and 24 XC time).
Christopher Burton withdrew Jaybee Calypso before XC (46.2, 20 SJ with 15 SJ time, WD XC).
In CIC3* Division C Sam Griffiths and Happy Times finished 10th. After a god dressage score (43.5 Griffiths had 3 rails in the show jumping but a clear cross-country with 8.8 time secured a top 10 finish.
Bill Levett was also 13th in this class on Ballymore Rich Cat (Dressage 50.8, clear SJ and 18.4 XC time).
Brook Staples was 25th on Ever So Clever III (60.8, Clear SJ and 27.2 XC time).
Warren Lampard finished 35th on CTS So What (60.0, 24 SJ, 40 XC and 16.8 time).
Following a cracking dressage test (39.8) and clear jumping round Christopher Burton was in the lead on Underdiscussion – but the pair was unfortunately eliminated on cross country.
Lucinda Fredericks decided to withdraw Prada after a good test (45.2)and clear jumping round.
Catherine Burrell was another to choose to withdraw her horse Urzan after a good start to the competition (Dressage 47.1, 4 SJ).
In both CIC3* divisions almost half the field either withdrew before cross-country or were eliminated/retired on course.  
In the CCI2* The day got even better for Levett with a win in the 2* with Baggrave Summertime (byYarlands Summersong), an 11 year-old 16.3hh chestnut gelding owned by Caroline Edwards and Pam Scott. 
Formerly ridden by Caroline Edwards, this is only the second event that the pair has done together.
The two star track was tough enough. There were a couple of bigger spreads that had the ground lower on the landing side; "Sunny" was so bold at these fences it took him by surprise a little bit there were times when I needed to hold him off the front of some fences as he makes up so much ground to a fence. Hopefully over time he will realise when I am trying to help him out and tell him there is a drop and he will be ready for it. The ground was OK, they have worked really hard on it,” said Bill
"Sunny is a new ride to me, he's a beautiful model of a horse a striking chestnut with a lot of blood. This was only our second outing together, he's a complex chap and I think is definitely a man's ride as at times you have to make his mind up for him and he's a tall strong athletic horse. He went like a complete star leading from the front in the dressage and going clear inside the time cross country. He jumped well on the final day just rolling a pole to secure a win and top off what had been a very special day.
“Sunny really feels like a horse who will go all the way to four star – he has scope, gallop and jump. Very exciting!
Two wins in a weekend, "I would never have expected that at the beginning of the week – but a great outcome. All of the horses have gone very well,” added Bill.

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Bill Levett and Baggrave Summertime

Beezie Breezes to victory on new horseat the GCT of Valkenswaard

Winners Beezie Madden & Cortes C
2011 Global Champions Tour of Valkenswaard
Photograph:Stefano Grasso (GCT)
Global Champions Tour, Monday, 15 August 2011

She is steady, accurate and very focused. She has a great team around her and today it all came together.


USA rider Beezie Madden romped off to an emphatic win in the VDL Groep sponsored Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Valkenswaard. Beezie claimed the win with a new team horse Cortes "C' that she has only had for a few months.
This is just her second Global Champions Tour start this year and although Beezie has been competing on the Global Champions Tour since 2006, this is her finest result to date.
Course designing by Italian Uliano Vezzani was a delight for the spectators and riders.  The 15,000 spectators were not kept away by the wet conditions and stood shoulder-to-shoulder ringside and the stands were packed. The VIP marquee was buzzing with activity from the 500 or so guests all involved in the spirit of the competition.
Round two presented a completely unique track with many new fences added and nothing resembled from the first round.
Of the top eighteen combinations that travelled through to the second round, 12 were clear and it looked like too many at this stage.  Three riders on one time fault also went through along with the fastest three riders with four faults.
At this point on calculation Australian Edwina Alexander would remain leader of the Global Champions Tour ranking as none of eighteen could come near her current ranking points of 195, even if she did not gain any points here.
Although the second round didn’t look that tough, the eleven obstacles took their toll with only four going through to jump-off.
First on course, Dutch rider Jur Vrieling took the risks with the Baloubet du Rouet stallion ‘VDL Bubalu’.  A tight turn up to the ‘Jaeger-LeCoultre’ oxer, the second last fence, resulted in a rail down before they headed home in a time of 35.92 seconds.
Itot du Chateau had shown formidable form over the first two rounds and as they covered the first part of the course all looked very promising.  There appeared to be some miscommunication and Itot took off a stride too early to the ‘Triumph Project’ oxer.  A very clever scramble back to the saddle and a circle to re-compose the pair came home with 8 penalties in 43.68 seconds.
Denis Lynch concentrated solely on his own concerns with Lantinus 3 setting sail conscious of having to be clean yet knowing Beezie was to follow. The horse was really getting in the air and they crossed the line clear in a time of 38.92 seconds.
Sitting in prime jump-off position Beezie lost no time with Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’ and the duo jumped to victory in a time of 38.38 seconds.
With the 8th leg of the 10 round series put to rest, the tour moves to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil 2-4th September.  The concluding round of the 2011 series will be held at the Al Forsan International Sports Arena.
Beezie Madden winner of the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Valkenswaard said her victory came as a surprise as she was riding her new horse Cortes.
Speaking after her thrilling win in 38.38, the star American rider said: “It is a new horse for me.
“I have had him for several months and this was only my second Grand Prix with him, so I am a little shocked but very happy.”
Asked about runner-up Denis Lynch’s speedy clear round ahead of her Beezie said: “I saw him go and tried to match his round. I made up a stride at one of the fences and was a bit quicker to fence nine, so that is what made him do it.”
Denis Lynch, closely behind Beezie on 38.92, said: “I was very happy with the way Lantinus jumped.
It was a really good course today and it is amazing how the ground put up with the conditions we jumped.”
When asked whether the frequent and often heavy rain affected the performance of horses and riders Denis quipped: “Not me, I come from Ireland and it rains quite a lot there!”
Dutch rider Jur Vrieling said he was pleased with his third place despite four faults in the jump off and said: “This is my first time in the Global Champions Tour and so I am really happy. I am really happy to be behind the top riders.”
Asked if the Valkenswaard show on home ground in the Netherlands was extra special, Jur said: “Absolutely. It is really nice to ride here and Jan Tops makes a really nice show and it is great to do this for your own public and sponsors.”
Edwina Alexander spoke of her delight at holding on to the top spot in the Global Champions Tour rankings despite a close call in the jump off.
Edwina, the world’s top ranked female rider, said she only just managed to stay on her champion horse Itot du Chateau: “He just lost the footing a bit and when I went to go forward he got a bit stuck so I had no chance.
“I managed to stay on, but I don’t know how I did it. I had a lot of mud on my face, so I was pretty close to the ground.
“Of course I would have liked to have won. It was a great competition.”
Global Champions Tour President Jan Tops said the new high-tech surface with special drainage had worked superbly in the rainy conditions during the weekend.
He said: “I was happy today with the ground which held up well in the rain.”
Jan and the riders heaped praised on course designer Uliano Vezzani saying: “Uliano knows how to build courses.
“I think he did a great job getting four in the jump off.”
The GCT President and Founder also thanked the sponsors of the Valkenswaard show and said: “I want to thank our sponsor VDL, which has been our sponsor for seven years. We are very lucky to get this kind of prize money because without that we cannot get this kind of level for the sport.”
Yiannis Broustas, The Netherlands Managing Director of Global Champions Tour sponsor Jaeger Le-Coultre, explained why the prestigious Swiss watchmaker teams up with GCT.
He said: “It is totally to do with the DNA of who we are.
“Luxury is not instant and winning an event like that is not instant either. It takes a lot of effort, a lot of talent and great passion.
“These are the values that we have and why we are very proud to be at this great event.”
Top 10 Placings
1.          Beezie Madden, USA, Cortes ‘C’, 0/0/0/38.38
2.          Denis Lynch, Ireland, Lantinus 3, 0/0/0/38.92
3.          Jur Vrieling, Netherlands, 0/0/4/39.52
4.          Edwina Alexander, Australia,  Itot de Chateau, 0/0/8 43.68
5.          Marcus Ehning, Germany, Plot Blue, 0/1/72.20
6.          Athina Onassis de Miranda, Greece, AD Crosshill, 1/2/76.56
7.          Marco Kutscher, Germany, Cash 63, 4/0/65.51
8.          Alvaro de Miranda Neto, Brazil, AD Norson, 0/4/67.14
9.          Christian Ahlmann, Germany, Taloubet Z, 4/0/67.29
10.    Alexandra Thornton, Great Britain, 0/4/67.94
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2012 Donges Champs

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Riders selected for FEI Children's Jumping, Bogota

Bianca Hodge
Monday, 15 August 2011

Congratulations to Bianca Hodge from WA and Jessica Tripp from NSW, who have been selected to compete in a borrowed horse FEI Children's Jumping competition in Bogota, Colombia, 24-28 August 2011.

Bianca and Jessica will compete in the 12 years and 12-14 years categories respectively, and will ride against many other nations. They will be accompanied by Jim Scobie as the Chef d'Equipe and their parents.

EA will post the results from the competition once they become available.

Good luck Bianca and Jessica!

Jessica Tripp

Buy Saturday's SMH paper for story on Edwina Alexander

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Grab a copy of Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald to read a great article on Edwina Alexander, written by Chris Roots.



Calling for nominations for election to the EA National Board

Felicity Dubois, Friday, 12 August 2011

At the EA Annual General Meeting to be held in October 2011, two Directors, Mrs. Natalie Nichols & Mr Graeme Bowker will be up for re-election. We now call for nominations of members who wish to be considered for appointment by the National Board. The EA National Board is appointed by EA's 'Shareholders' (the EA Branches) from nominations received from the EA membership. Other persons may also nominate but need to become EA members before their appointment to the Board. Directors on the National Board cannot at the same time be on the Board of an EA Branch or chair a National Discipline Committee. Becoming a Director on the EA National Board is a great opportunity for people from a wide range of backgrounds to contribute with their sport, business and professional experience to the governance and direction of the organisation. If you wish to nominate for election to the National Board please submit your application to Grant Baldock by 5pm Friday 9th September 2011

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Member Survey ends this Sunday- thers an iPad up for grabs!

Friday, 29 July 2011

All current Equestrian Australia (EA) members are invited to participate in the 2011 EA Member Survey


This survey will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and gives you the opportunity to contribute to the future of your sport.
For EA members who complete the survey, you have the opportunity to go in the running to win a new Apple IPAD WiFi + 3G 32GB (valued at $658.95).
You must be a current EA member in your State to participate in the survey and may only submit answers and enter the prize draw once, per member. As only current EA members are eligible to participate, any non-member who would like to opportunity to contribute is encouraged to contact EA directly on [email protected] or via phone 02 8762 7777
The survey close date is 11:45pm Sunday 14th August 2011. Keep an eye on the EA website for announcements of the prize winner and the analysis report of the survey results.

The questions within this survey have been designed to capture information about members outside of their equestrian activities. EA is looking to improve member servicing in areas that apply to any member in the everyday life, such as the car you drive and where you shop. This information will be used to identify potential member benefits through attracting major sponsors that could potentially provide relevant and beneficial opportunities for EA members.

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·       You must be an EA member to complete the survey

·       An EA member may only complete the survey once

·       All information collected within the survey will be held by EA

·       An analysis report of the survey results will be developed and posted on the EA website. This report will not include any personal details given in questions 39 or 40 – nor will these details be passed on to any third party.

·       An EA member may only enter the prize draw once

·       Prize winner will be announced Tuesday 16th August 2011

·       The winner of the prize draw will be contact by email or phone to confirm delivery address of prize

·       The prize winners answer to the question “Why did you join EA” will be posted along with the name and State on the EA website from Tuesday 16th August 2011

·       EA takes no responsibility for the faults of any postal service that may lose or damage the prize on-route to the recipient.

·       Any damages, issues or technical questions regarding the prize should be directed towards a registered Apple store, not EA or EA State Branches. 

·       No personal information collected in this survey will be given to any third party.


Jamie Kermond wins the Toowoomba World Cup Qualifier

Jamie and Colthaga
Photograph:Jenny Sheppard
Jenny Sheppard, Toowoomba, QLD, Tuesday, 9 August 2011

26 year old Jamie Kermond, who calls Warrnambool in Victoria home and is currently based at Ebenezer in Sydney's Hawkesbury region, convincingly won his fourth career Jumping World Cup qualifier at Toowoomba in sunny Queensland on Sunday.



Kermond riding the lovely grey mare Colthaga owned by Bob and Jacqui Cox from Melbourne jumped the only double clear round to win the third leg of the Australian League.
A rail down at the 1.50 x 1.60m spread fence coming out of the treble and a super slick clear round in the jump off crossing the finish line in 57.61 seconds, saw Andrew Inglis from Maroota the runner up riding the big Darco mare Amira.
Clem Smith from Gatton in Queensland was third riding the Neville Rose bred Dark Ages. Darkie having the back rail of the 1.45 x 150m spread fence at number one to also finish with 4 penalties, jumped a faultless round two in 62.24 seconds.
Warwick breeder Robert Goodwin was fourth riding the evergreen grey stallion Warrego Sandon, a rail in each round to finish with 8 penalties in a time of 58.84 seconds. National Jumping Committee Chair Vicki Roycroft from Mt White showed her experience as she guided the imported Kartoon de Breve around for a rail down in each round to finish on 8 penalties in 62.68 seconds. We will see a lot more of this son of Quidam de Revel, formerly campaigned by French champion Edouard Couperie, as it is scopey and careful.
Sixth went to the youngest starter 18 year old Tom McDermott from Wagga Wagga showing why he is the current National Young Rider champion. Merrick Ubank from Beaudesert was seventh, and Danielle Butcher from Pheasants Nest rounded out the placing’s for 8th.
National Jumping Selector and International course designer Graeme Watts from Nobby, just south of Toowoomba, designed the course for the CSI-W. His track was well up to size enabling it to double as an MES (Minimum Eligibility Standard) Olympic Games qualifier. The course contained 16 jumping efforts with two verticals at 1.60m high, four spread fences 1.60m wide, two spread fences 1.70m wide, a triple bar 1.55m high and 2.10m wide and the open water set at 3.50m wide. The only fence not to cause a fault from the 25 starters was the 1.55m x 2.10m triple bar at fence 5. Nine horses faulted at the open water including one elimination and one retiring after problems. The 1.50 x 1.60m square spread fence coming out of the treble was on the floor nine times in round one and six horses collected a rail at the 1.50 x 1.60m square oxer going into the treble. The treble was set on a sharp 45 degrees turn-back and very much running up the rise of the ground, the turn back and the rise taking away much of the power, with 70% of the field faulting here.
Watts’ course was well up to International standard in size yet less demanding technically allowing the less experienced horses to learn about jumping bigger. All 22 riders had praise for the course designer; he created great sport on less than perfect footing and saw all but 5 horses home through the finish flags over a course more testing size wise than we have seen in Australia for some time. The three large tour events leading up into Sunday’s qualifier from Thursday to Saturday were also praised by the riders – improving the horses jump and keeping them confident.
Kermond, a full time trainer has been riding for as long as he can remember. Riding is in his genes, his mother a professional racehorse trainer and his father a professional jockey. Jamie represented Australia at the 2006 World Equestrian Games on a thoroughbred his mother found ‘off the track’.
In featured supporting jumping classes young West Australian Evie Buller won the Antares Australia Mini Prix riding Yalambis Landor, 14 year old Kate Hinschen from Mackay in far north Queensland won the junior qualifier and the Finch Farm Junior Championship riding Not Over – an amazing feat for Kate competing at her first National level show – we will see more of her no doubt.
Sydney rider James Arkins won the Tekna Young Rider National Qualifier riding his speedy Dreamtime Invader. Sheridan Manual from Laravale in Queensland won the David Overton Memorial Futurity riding his imported mare Congranda.
Jamie Kermond now leads the Australian Jumping World Cup leader board on 44 points from Andrew Inglis on 34 points, Queenslander Billy Raymont who did not start at Toowoomba holds third on 32 points, fellow Queenslander Cathy Graham is fourth on 28 points and Vicki Roycroft jumps up to fifth on 26 points.
World Cup jumping stays in Queensland for the Brisbane World Cup qualifier to be held at the Brisbane Royal (Ekka to the locals) on Wednesday 17th August.

Other Links
 Full World Cup Qualifier results
 Coverage of the event in The Chronical

Winners Jamie Kermond from VIC and Colthaga

Jamie and Colthaga

Jamie Kermond, winner of the Toowoomba World Cup

Jamie Kermond and Colthaga in action

Andrew Inglis and Amira 2nd in the WC class

Merrick Ubank and Hue and Cry

Robert Goodwin, 4th place

Vicki Roycroft 5th in the WC class

Danielle Butcher and Twins Big Higgs

Becky Allen, best presented for the WC trot up.

Evie Buller winning the Mini Prix

Kate Hinchen riding Not Over take out the Junior Championship

New CEO for Australian Sports Commission

Senator the Hon. Mark Arbib, Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Media Release

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for Sport
Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness
8 August 2011
Minister welcomes appointment of new Australian Sports Commission CEO
Minister for Sport Mark Arbib today welcomed the appointment of Simon Hollingsworth as the new Executive Director of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).
Mr Hollingsworth, a former Olympian and senior public servant, was appointed by ASC Chairman the Hon Warwick Smith AM today.
“Simon has a unique combination of experience as both a former Olympian and Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder and as a respected and accomplished senior official in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet,” Senator Arbib said.
Mr Hollingsworth competed as a hurdler and member of the 4 x 400m relay teams in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, as well as being a Rhodes Scholar and being awarded an Oxford University Blue in 1999 and 2000.
“Simon is currently the Executive Director of the Policy and Cabinet Group in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, and will bring a substantial set of administration and governance skills to the ASC,” Senator Arbib said.
“He also has great knowledge of sport and the issues that face our elite athletes.
“I look forward to working with Simon and the team at the ASC and the Australian Institute of Sport to both support our elite athletes and to increase the opportunities for all Australians to participate in sport.”

EA Education Conference - a great success!!

The delegates
2011 EA Education conference
Monday, 8 August 2011

The first-ever Equestrian Australia Education Conference was a resounding success.


Held over the weekend at Sydney Showground the conference was attended by 110 delegates from around the country. It was a great opportunity for various groups across the industry to come together and share new ideas and technologies and to learn from other industry professionals.
“It was fantastic,” commented Christine Johnson of Nelson, NSW, “a great initiative. I would highly recommend it to everyone for next year. It really inspired thought and interaction."
“Avril Henry was awesome, as was Jacqui Cooper, those women were so inspirational that I would have been happy if they were the only speakers at the whole conference,” laughed Jody Rybarczyk from Tasmania.
“I thought it could be boring, but I really enjoyed it. There was a great mix of horsey and non horsey speakers. It catered for a broad range of people, a pony club mother, business person or elite athlete” added Jody.
EA Education Manager Ben Harris was happy with the feedback from the delegates and pleased that people took time out from their busy lives to give a new initiative a go.
“Being the first conference many people did not know what to expect but I think they were all very happy with the outcome. The feedback was very positive with many people grateful for the opportunity. We came away from it with confidence that people are open to new things and want to learn, which is great.”
“It was really good, very beneficial. Although I was presenting I thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the speakers,” commented Clarissa Brown-Douglas from Kentucky Equine Research.
It really encouraged you to think outside the square and apply principles from other industries. From a sponsors point of view KER and Barastoc were very happy and have received lots of inquiries from people that attended wanting nutrition advice.”
Congratulations to Christine Johnson who won the lucky door prize of a PerformAir Animal Transport Ventilation System and a 1 year supply of PerformAir filters. Thank you to PerformAir for their generosity.
EA would like to thank everyone that attended as well as the fabulous speakers who made the conference a success.
Avril Henry - Popular speaker, author and corporate motivator
Jacqui Cooper - a five-time Olympian (Aerial Skiing)
Wayne Goldsmith - one of the most respected and authoritative sporting minds in Australia
Rosemary Towner - National Player Development Manager from Rugby Union Players Association
Geoff Trip – former Events & Marketing Manager for Basketball Australia
Lynne Dalton - The Centre for Volunteering
Brett Mace - EA High Performance Director
Ben Harris - EA Education Manager
Dr Clarissa Douglas-Brown – Kentucky Equine Research
Grant Baldock – CEO Equestrian Australia
Dr Andrew McLean - PhD (Equine cognition and learning), BSc (Zoology), Dip Ed
Dr Bidda Jones - RSPCA
Mariette van den Berg - Equine Nutritionist/animal scientist
Gareth Mole -  Condor Performance Psychology
It is planned for the EA conference to be held every second year, and given the positive response it is expectd it to be even bigger and better next time.

Jacqui Cooper

The venue

Avril Henry

Dr. Andrew McLean

Mariette van den Berg

Winner of the lucky door prize Christine Johnson recives her ventilation system from Cassi Tonkin & Jianni Bercich of PerformAir

Grant Baldock, EA CEO

Jeremiah Malek - Malaysian Federation in audience

Clarissa Brown-Douglas from KER

Sam Griffiths wins Express Eventing qualifier at Gatcombe

Express Eventing press release, Monday, 8 August 2011

Australian rider Sam Griffiths jumped his way to victory in a spectacular final qualifier for the Express Eventing Series 2011 at The Festival of British Eventing, Gatcombe Park.


Sam Griffiths takes home £3,000 in prize money after his Express Eventing debut as well as qualifying for the Express Eventing Final at the Horse of the Year Show at Birmingham’s LG Arena on 4th October 2011. Joining him after winning a qualifying place in the Final is Sienna Myson-Davies as the highest placed Young Rider. Oliver Townend came a close second to Griffiths with just 0.8 penalty points separating the two. Townend had an incredibly busy weekend at The Festival of British Eventing running nine horses in total and Griffiths ran three.
Sam Griffiths rode a breathtaking freestyle dressage to music test on Saturday evening which left the huge crowd of spectators stunned. Artistic Judge, Amanda Birch of Amanda Birch Dressage Writing commented “Spectators here have truly witnessed something very special’. Griffiths lead from the outset and was closely followed by Olympian Alex Hua Tian on legendary stallion Grafenstolz until the showjumping phase. Griffiths produced the lowest dressage score of the entire Express Eventing Series 2011 qualifiers, being awarded a 7.9. He then jumped clear in his Cross Country phase seeing him leading into the final show jumping phase. The show jumping proved tricky for some with only two clear rounds, and Griffiths had two poles down meaning that he had to jump and clear the eraser fence (which is optional but if cleared knocks 4 points of the total score) which he did with ease, clinching him the top spot.
A delighted Griffiths said of the event: "I have loved every minute of this competition, it’s been very exciting and winning has topped it off. I think it’s a great concept and one that really suited my horse, it has been my first time competing today and I wish I’d done the others [previous 3 qualifiers]”
As Myson-Davies was the highest placed Young Rider, she was entitled to a place in the Express Eventing Final.
From four qualifiers, there are eight qualified riders including Matthew Wright, Fiona Hobby, Harry Meade, Sam Griffiths, Paul Sims, William Murray, Alex Hua Tian and Sienna Myson-Davies all will ride at the Express Eventing Final at Horse of the Year Show on Tuesday 4th October. These riders will be joined by eight runners up, which are yet to be announced.
Stephen Renouard, Express Eventing Equestrian Director, said:
“We are really pleased with how the competition ran today, we have had an incredibly strong field of competitors here at the Festival of British Eventing and all have enjoyed the event. It was a very exciting and nail biting finish for the 2011 Express Eventing Series and well received by the audience here at the Festival.
“Having now concluded the final qualifier for this 2011 series we will soon be in a position announce the full line-up for the Express Eventing 2011 Final at Horse of the Year Show in October.”
For footage of today's qualifier and the previous qualifiers at Bolesworth, Lincolnshire and the CLA Game Fair, please visit www.expresseventing.co.uk
Final results:
1st – Sam Griffiths on Real Dancer – 11.9
2nd – Oliver Townend on Neo Du Breuil – 12.7
3rd – Matthew Wright on If You Want II – 13.8
4th – Alex Hua Tian on Grafenstolz – 19.3
5th – Sienna Myson-Davies on Tambourine – 27.5
6th – Georgie Spence on WII Limbo – 27.9
7th – Rachael Lupton on The Chenko Artist – 30.15
8th – Nicola Baguley on Millie on Air – 30.65
For more information on Express Eventing Series 2011, please visit our website at www.expresseventing.co.uk or join our Facebook page www.facebook.com/expresseventing

A southern hemisphere sweep of the British Open

Chris Burton and Jaybee Calypso
2011 British Eventing Festival, Gatcombe
Photograph:Al Crook - www.horsetalk.co.nz
Nicola Turner, Monday, 8 August 2011

New Zealand claimed the top 4 places and Australia's Chris Burton took 5th in teh British Open at Gatcombe over the weekend.


Andrew Nicholson has continued his winning streak at Gatcombe, finishing 1st and 2nd in  the British Eventing British Open Championship at The Festival of British Eventing presented by The British Trade Association. Nicholson also won the two Advanced sections.

The Veteran New Zealander (who celebrated his 50th birthday at the beginning of the week) won the Festivals feature class with Nereo and for good measure finished in second place with Avebury. It was the second Open win for Andrew who last won the class in 2002 with Mallards Treat. 

Andrew's fellow countrymen Johnathan Paget (Clifton Lush) and Mark Todd (Major Milestone) took third and fourth while Australian Christopher Burton (Newsprint) took fifth.

Pippa Funnell and Mirage d,Elle was the highest placed British combination and therefore won the title of British Champion, a title Pippa first won here aged 24 in 1992 when she won the Open Championship outright with Sir Barnaby and again ten years later in 2002 with Badminton and Burghley winner Primmores Pride.

Once again Jon Doneys show jumping course made its mark on the closely marked dressage scores. Mary King withdrew her dressage leader and European Team ride Imperial Cavalier, saving him for the European Championships in Luhmuhlen in just under three weeks time and then Kings Temptress who had three fences down.

Andrew and Rosemary Barlows Jumbo sired Avebury rolled just one pole to add four faults to his good dressage score while Andrew and Libby Sellars Nereo, winner of individual and team bronze at last years World Equestrian Games, kept them all standing to move into the top spot and thus would be the last to go on the cross country that is run in reverse order of merit.

Having produced a clear round inside the time with Avebury to move to pole position, Andrew knew he had the class in the bag – even with four time penalties Nereo could be second. However the Spanish bred Nereo, a full brother to his horses Armada and Fenicio, came home inside the time to demote his stable mate to second. ‘They are both good horses and I knew they could go well,’ said Andrew. ‘Nereo made it feel very easy. He makes it feel like he's been here before as he seems to know the jumps, even when I make a mistake he makes it feel like it wasn't too bad.’

Surrey based Johnathan Paget who is based here to prepare for next year’s London Olympic Games also produced a clear round inside the time with Joe Meyers former ride Clifton Lush. ‘He,s a very fast horse and is a lot of fun to ride,’ said Jonathan of Clifton Lush. Achieving a clear round inside the time meant Mark Todd and Major Milestone rocketing up the leader board from 30th after dressage to a final fourth place.
Australia’s Christopher Burton is currently based at fellow Aussie Sam Griffiths’ yard in Dorset. In his bid for London 2012 Burton has taken a team of Aussie horses with him to the UK, including the accomplished 16-year-old thoroughbred Newsprint, winner of the 2008 Adelaide CCI4* and runner-up in 2010.
Chris had a good Gatcombe. In the British Open class, Chris (on Newsprint) was equal with Mark Todd for 4th - the result went back to the closest to optimum time. Chris was so fast on cross-country that Mark was closer to the optimum time and was awarded 4th and Chris was relegated to 5th. His very fast cross-country riding had more pleasing results in the Advanced class (Section 1) on Jaybee Claypso.  A good Dressage test was followed by three rails in the show jumping - so it seemed as if they were out of contention with cross-country yet to go.  Yet, after a blistering round, the only combination to make time they finished 2nd overall.
British Eventing Open Championship
NEREO Andrew Nicholson (NZL) 29.9 - - (6:34) - 29.9 1
AVEBURY Andrew Nicholson (NZL) 28.0 4 - (6:31) - 32.0 2
CLIFTON LUSH Jonathan Paget (NZL) 30.1 4 - (6:32) - 34.1 3
MAJOR MILESTONE Mark Todd (NZL) 35.8 - - (6:36) - 35.8 4
NEWSPRINT Burton, Christopher (AUS) 31.8 4 - (6:35) - 35.8 5
MIRAGE D'ELLE Funnell, Pippa 33.2 - 2.8 (6:44) - 36.0 6
IMPERIAL MASTER Townend, Oliver 31.5 4 3.2 (6:45) - 38.7 7
KINGS GEM Tattersall, Gemma 35.8 - 3.6 (6:46) - 39.4 8
KILFINNIE II Tapner, Paul (AUS) 32.8 4 4.0 (6:47) - 40.8 9
BRIARLANDS MATILDA Taylor, Izzy 35.4 4 1.6 (6:41) - 41.0 10
QWANZA Andrew Nicholson (NZL) 34.1 4 3.6 (6:46) - 41.7 11
LEAD THE WAY Phillipps, Clea 34.4 - 8.0 (6:57) - 42.4 12
INCOGNITO III Johnstone, Clarke (NZL) 39.2 4 1.2 (6:40) - 44.4 13
UPLEADON Neil Spratt (NZL) 35.9 8 Eliminated X.C.
CLIFTON PROMISE Jonathan Paget (NZL) 30.4 - Withdrawn X.C.
Advanced Section 1
CALICO JOE Andrew Nicholson (NZL) 27.9 - 4.0 (6:50) - 31.9 1
JAYBEE CALYPSO Burton, Christopher (AUS) 27.9 12 - (6:37) - 39.9 2
DRY OLD PARTY McEwen, Tom 32.0 - 8.0 (7:00) - 40.0 3
MCKENZIE Berkeley, Daisy 35.4 - 4.8 (6:52) - 40.2 4
SILK STONE Levett, Bill (AUS) 33.2 - 8.0 (7:00) - 41.2 5
ON Q FOR GOLD Hunt, Laurence 28.6 - 13.2 (7:13) - 41.8 6
THE NAVIGATOR Fredericks, Lucinda (AUS) 30.2 4 12.0 (7:10) - 46.2 7
KOLORA STUD ARCHIE Aston, Jo 33.8 4 9.2 (7:03) - 47.0 8
HUGO'S THERE III Neil Spratt (NZL) 30.0 5 12.4 (7:11) - 47.4 9
MR POTTS Skelton, Louise 34.1 - 14.0 (7:15) - 48.1 10
SPORTING HERO Tim Price (NZL) 43.0 12 22.0 (7:35) - 77.0 24
VISCOUNT BARNABY Dan Jocelyn (NZL) 35.9 4 Retired X.C.
Advanced Section 2
QUIMBO Andrew Nicholson (NZL) 27.5 1 9.2 (7:03) - 37.7 1
MACCHIATO William Fox-Pitt 32.3 4 7.2 (6:58) - 43.5 2
GAUCHO William Fox-Pitt 35.2 - 8.8 (7:02) - 44.0 3
NEUF DES COEURS William Fox-Pitt 33.4 - 12.4 (7:11) - 45.8 4
HAPPY GO LUCKY Powell, Rodney 35.4 - 14.0 (7:15) - 49.4 5
SHADY GREY Andrew Nicholson (NZL) 33.9 8 7.6 (6:59) - 49.5 6
CAICOS Tapner, Paul (AUS) 40.0 - 10.8 (7:07) - 50.8 7
SPECIAL ADVOCATE Dan Jocelyn (NZL) 34.8 8 8.4 (7:01) - 51.2 8
CHATAIGNE FILICE Hunt, Sharon 35.9 4 12.8 (7:12) - 52.7 9
ELTON II Neil Spratt (NZL) 36.4 3 14.8 (7:17) - 54.2 10
JUST IRONIC Craig Nicolai (NZL) 42.7 - 14.0 (7:15) 20 76.7 21
AS YOU LIKE IT IV Anne-Marie Styles (NZL) 33.9 8 Withdrawn X.C.


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Hendra Virus information - please read

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

19 Jan 2012 - Dept. Primary Industries NSW invites horse owners to take part in a HENDRA SURVEY

5 Jan 2012  - A new Hendra case in Townsville area

Equine Veterinarians Australia 2011 HENDRA FACTS FOR HORSE OWNERS 
A new Hendra virus information pack has been developed by DEEDI Qld that updates and consolidates existing biosecurity advice to horse owners.
The pack can be downloaded from http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/4790_20718.htm
Alternatively it can be ordered on line at http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/4790_2900.htm or by phoning 132523 (number only available in QLD).
For up-to-date information please check the following web sites
Biosecurity Qld  www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or phone 13 25 23
Animal Health Australia www.animalhealthaustralia.com.au
Home - Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 
RISK TO WORKERS Employers in the horse industry please read this WorkCover NSW Fact Sheet relating to Hendra Virus 
For further information or if you suspect a horse may be infected with Hendra virus please contact:
Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888
For further information or assistance relating to human health please contact:
It is important that all sectors of the horse industry understand the risks posed by Hendra virus. Hendra virus is carried by fruit bats, and may cause fever, respiratory and/or nervous illness when it infects horses. While horses rarely become infected, infected horses may infect humans, and the disease has severe consequences. It is usually fatal in horses, and four of the seven people known to have become infected have died, despite intensive therapy in hospital.
Minimise the risk to yourself and your horse by:
  • preventing horses from eating or drinking feed or water that may be contaminated by body fluids from fruit bats roosting, feeding or flying overhead and
  • knowing the signs of Hendra and what to do if you suspect infection.
  • practise good HYGENE. Wash you hands thoroughly after touching your horses, especially when dealing with secretions. Secretions transfer the virus, do not spread them.
The following links provide information on Hendra virus that will assist you to understand the disease and how to minimise the risk of infection. I&I NSW strongly recommends that you pass this information on to your members and industry contacts and/or staff who may handle horses.
A Primefact on Hendra virus is available on the NSW DPI website at
CSIRO, the organisation responsible for identifying the virus has published summary information at
The Queensland Government Primary Industries and Fisheries website provides comprehensive information on Hendra virus
What is Hendra virus? (includes reducing the risk to horses)
Signs of infection in humans
A detailed article from the Australian Biosecurity CRC
This list is to assist you to find information on Hendra virus. Additional information may also be found at other sites.
Report: Biosecurity Queensland Briefing Friday 22nd July 2011 to HBMALG
Written by Erica Bates QTBA
On Friday afternoon 22nd July 2011 HBMALG members were addressed by Chief Executive Officer Science Leader, Dr Linfa Wang from the Australian Animal Health Laboratory AAHL.
Dr Wang is recognised as the world’s leading scientific authority on Hendra Virus and has been working together with Dr Hume Fields, Principal Veterinary Epidemiologist with Queensland Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, on researching Hendra Virus and its transmission for over 15 years.
His presentation gave HBMALG members an insight into the virus itself and the most up to date findings of research.
There have only been a very small number of cases to research, a total less than 60 horses world wide. A lot of data has been gathered but much more data is needed to fully understand how the spillovers from bat to horse occur. There are many variables involved and also the randomness of the spillovers needs to be taken into account.
Understanding Hendra Virus itself:
  • Genetically Hendra Virus is a very stable virus  as opposed to viruses like the human flu which change regularly
  • Hendra looks to be a very old or ancient virus within the bat population. i.e.: It is NOT a new virus
  • There are a large number of similar viruses present in bats around the world.
  •  It’s natural host is bats and as such  it does not kill them ( the intention of viruses in general is not to kill the natural host but to multiply and live on within them)
  • When transmitted to another host, ie: horses, it is highly virulent, which means it kills the new host very quickly. It is one of the most virulent viruses discovered to date.
  • The virus is VERY unstable in the environment. It is a fragile virus unlike Equine Influenza
  • It is spread by droplet transmission. Direct contact is necessary.
  • It does NOT spread by aerosol transmission as opposed to viruses like Equine Influenza and human flu.
  • The virus has little chance of living in a decomposing animal
  • All in all it is not very transmissible.
  • Hendra virus has recently been found in 30%-60% of  urine samples collected from bats, however this does not mean that all bats carry the virus in levels high enough to cause a spillover from one species to another such as bat to horse
  • A low percentage of bats may have very high levels of the virus in their system to enable them to excrete enough of the virus to cause a spillover between species: ie. one individual bat may have massive levels of the virus and the ability to excrete high levels. This may help to explain the randomness of spillover events.
Focus of current research:
  • The scientists at AAHL are looking for potential biomarkers (a substance used as an indicator of a biological state – such as a hormone) in flying foxes in order to develop strategies to be better able to predict potential Hendra Virus “spikes” that may flag the potential risk of spillover events.
  • More study of the dynamics of the bat populations: ie. Are family and colony dynamics changing? What is happening to their habitat? What changing stresses occur in their colonies and season to season? Are numbers growing or are they just more visible to us because they are moving into more settled areas than in the past? And if so, why?
  • Distribution of Black Flying Foxes.
  • Study of bat urine from individual species of bats to identify levels of virus within each species of bat, ie: is it possible that one species naturally carries higher percentages of Hendra Virus than others? If so, this may explain in part why certain areas have more spillovers due to the specific bat species present.
Why now? 
Bearing in mind the fact that this virus has been present in bats for a very long time, perhaps since ancient times, why are we only seeing outbreaks in relatively recent times? (ie. since  Hendra Virus was first discovered after the Vic Rail outbreak)
There are two main changes that have occurred over past decades and centuries that scientists identify as impacting on changes to virus transmissions around the globe:
  1. Human activities in the environment such as:
  • Landscaping changes
  • Farming changes
  • Urbanisation
Dr Wang used the SARS virus as an example. Just 30 years ago the area where the SARS virus broke out was a fishing village. Now it is an area supporting millions of people. Farming culture has changed and the whole landscape of the environment is now urbanized.
  1. Advances of Technology
  • Have enabled the virus to be detected
  • There is a rapid increase in new technology
 Continual upgrading of technology has enabled discovery of viruses such as SARS. Just 10 years ago the technology did not exist and the virus could not have been isolated and discovered.  Technology for research into Hendra Virus is continually advancing.
Developing new technology to enable further research into discovering the facts about transmission between bat / horse and horse / human is ongoing.
Where to from here?
With the limited data available from past outbreaks (less than 60 individual horses and 2 dozen properties worldwide), it is apparent there is no easy fix answer at this stage of research.
An effective vaccine for horses has been developed under laboratory conditions and will be ready for field tests to occur by early 2012. The longevity of the vaccine in the system still needs to be determined which could see commercial availability some months later.
It should also be mentioned that although the vaccine works well and will provide protection from Hendra Virus to vaccinated horses, no vaccine is ever the “be all and end all” of managing a disease.
In the meantime what can we do?
Unfortunately the unpleasant reality we now need to come to grips with is that:
                                              “The world has changed forever”.
Hendra Virus and the impacts and issues that arise from it are not just going to go away. It is here and impacting on all horse owners, and we must learn to deal with it as calmly and effectively as possible.
Nobody likes this fact, but as we have seen over the past two months, Hendra Virus outbreaks have been on the rise and are not confined to tropical areas or Queensland any longer.
While we wait for scientific answers as to why this is so, for further research to keep ourselves and our horses safer, and for the vaccine to become available, we can bear in mind that we are fortunate to have the most knowledgeable experts and facilities available worldwide at AAHL.
The experts tell us that given what we already know about the disease, and more importantly what we still need to learn, the best that can be done for the moment is:
·         To learn how to forecast potential outbreaks
·         To use Risk Management to minimize the chance of exposure between bats and horses on a day to day basis
In the laboratory and in the field the scientific experts are endeavoring to identify factors that may lead to early detection of potential outbreaks to better enable early warnings, and also how to achieve better responses to actual outbreaks.
On our properties we as horse owners can implement good Biosecurity Practices and Risk Management strategies in order to minimise risks to our horses and ourselves.
 Risk Management
It has been determined from evidence discovered at the most recent June-July 2011 cluster of outbreaks that all cases occurred in paddocked horses with access to trees with either fruit or blossoms that are attractive food sources to bats.
This is very valuable information.
As spillovers of Hendra Virus from bats to horses must occur via droplet transmission, and bearing in mind that the virus is very fragile and does not live long in the environment, planning to reduce the potential for bat activity around our horses is a good first step.
·         Identify trees that may be a potential food source on your property. Some examples of the trees and vegetation where Hendra virus in horses has occurred this year include - a range of fig trees (including the Moreton Bay fig tree), melaleucas (including paperbarks), eucalypts and wattles and passion fruit vines. Other trees known to attract flying foxes include flowering or fruiting trees with soft fruits and stone fruits (e.g. mangoes, pawpaw), palms, lilypillies and grevilleas.
·         Observe   your trees for budding blossoms and fruits or learn when this is seasonally likely to occur.
·         Isolate horses completely from any area where bats may roost during the day, and also from the “drip zone” which is the area directly under and nearby the branches where bats feed. Resultant excrement on the ground and leaves or partially eaten fruit and chewed up spats from the bats may be ingested by horses seeking shelter under trees. This area has been found to be a place where the virus can live longer in a cool moist environment than out in the elements of sun, wind etc.
Restrict horses from access under and around these trees during fruiting or blossoming. Methods may include:
·         Removing horses from paddocks where flowering/fruiting trees are attracting flying foxes. They should be returned only after the trees have stopped flowering/fruiting and the flying foxes have gone.
·         If it is not possible to remove horses from paddocks, try to temporarily remove your horses during times of peak flying fox activity (usually at dusk and during the night)
·         Fence off access to trees that attract flying foxes (temporary or permanent fencing).
·         Safely clean up and dispose of any debris underneath the trees before returning horses.
·         Remove all feed and water containers from under trees
·         Feed horses under shelter and place water containers under shelter.
Other general good Biosecurity Practices include:
  • Washing hands after handling horses
  • Observing horses daily for signs of ill health
  • Use basic PPE : P2 respirator, gloves, and  goggles and cover open wounds when treating sick horses
  • If horses are suspected of Hendra Virus, do not approach the horse, call the Vet immediately.
Many valuable fact sheets and updates are available on the DPI website: www.dpi.qld.gov.au



New date for Boneo Park CDI3* - Jan 25-28

Friday, 5 August 2011

Boneo Park Equestrian is pleased to announce the dates for next yearā€™s Equestrian Festival featuring the now annually established CDI 3*


January 25 – 28 2012
The Competition program consists of a Small Tour and Big Tour CDI 3* and CDN, a Novice Jackpot, Advanced championship as well as Young Horse Classes.
The Festival program will include a Masterclass and various educational demonstrations, showcasing other elements of the equestrian industry.
The Boneo CDI 3* will again be an Olympic qualifying event. The Ground Jury includes at least four 5* judges from overseas and Australia. This group of experienced judges makes for a true international event.
Treehaven Equestrian Centre – only 20 minutes from Boneo Park is holding a competiton at all levels January 2122. This offers a great warm up event for the CDI and several championship classes will be run in conjunction. Further details from Marion on 0405 285 963, [email protected] or  www.treehaven.com.au
Boneo Park is situated on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula between Rosebud and Cape Schanck. This premier tourist destination offers excellent accommodation, restaurants, wineries, beaches, galleries and golf courses, making it the perfect get away for the whole family.
Summer is always a busy time on the Peninsula we therefore encourage you to put these dates in your diary and book your accommodation NOW.
Some helpful websites are:

The Equestrian Grand Final Qualifying series heads to Toowoomba

Olivia Hamood, one of the young riders that will contest the Toowoomba CSI-W
Thursday, 4 August 2011

Australia's leading jumping riders will converge on Toowoomba this week to compete at the Toowoomba World Cup Showjumping Championships.


 Sunday’s Grand Prix (CSI-W) is not only an FEI World Cup qualifying class but also the third of five jumping qualifiers for the Equestrian Grand Final.

The inaugural Equestrian Grand Final, to be held 10-13 November at EQUITANA Sydney, will be a spectacular multi-discipline event featuring Australia’s leading Jumping, Dressage and Eventing riders. The “coming together” of the best of the best from the three disciplines is an exciting opportunity for fans, media and the athletes.
“I am aiming to ride at Equitana,” said World Equestrian Games representative Chris Chugg. “It will be a great event. Having all three disciplines there will really add to the atmosphere and excitement.”
The top three combinations from each jumping qualifier will gain automatic eligibility for the final. Equestrian Australia will also offer three wild cards.
The competition at Toowoomba will be wide open. The CSI-W has 25 starters including some of the most accomplished names in Australian Jumping including Chris Chugg and Vicki Roycroft. However, a highly talented group of young riders such as 19-year-old Olivia Hamood and 18-year-old 2010 Youth Olympic medallist, Tom McDermott, will challenge the veterans.
“There is a new crop of riders and horses in the field this year,” commented course designer Graeme Watts. “It will be a very competitive class as there are no clear standout combinations that are likely to dominate.”
The Toowoomba World Cup class also serves a partial qualifier for the 2012 Olympic Games, referred to as an MES (Minimum Eligibility Standard) class. Riders must achieve a clear round at two different MES classes in order to gain eligibility to ride at next year’s Games.
“I will be building the track to the required standard, the course plan has been approved by the FEI as an MES,” said Watts. “I hope that we get as many clear rounds as possible and riders gain their eligibility for 2012.”
“Toowoomba is a great show,” said Chugg. “It has a very nice grass surface and I will be starting two nice mares in the World Cup class, Alondra and Vigo.
“My goal is to gain my MES so the pressure is off later in the year.”
The January floods have raised some monetary challenges for the committee. There has been a clear reduction in the availability of sponsorship dollars.
“Any money that businesses would normally invest has been donated to the flood appeal,” said Watts. Yet, the committee has still managed to offer a prize pool of $23,000 across the four days of competition.
Whilst the dollars are down the numbers are up. Entries at this year’s show are better than ever, despite the incidences of Hendra virus.
“Hendra has kept a few competitors away,” said Watts “but most riders are not concerned about transmission of the virus at the show. It is quite difficult to contract the disease, a horse needs a lot of direct contact with the virus so there is a very low risk of infection.”
Following Toowoomba there will be two more FEI World Cup qualifiers in Queensland, Brisbane on 17 August and Caboolture 21 August before the circuit heads to South Australia.

Keep up to date with the Equestrian Grand Final leader boards here and the World Cup (Australian league) results, course plans and schedule here.

For more information on the Toowoomba World Cup Showjumping Championships please go to Equestrian Queensland at www.efaq.com.au
Tickets for the Equestrian Grand Final and EQUITANA Sydney can be found at www.equitana.com.au



Eventing Talent Identification Days - Criteria for Attendance

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

The criteria for attending an Eventing Talent Identification Day has been broadened to include a qualifying run at CNC*, as in some states there are a limited number of CICs.

More information [here]

Dates and locations of Eventing Talent Identification Days [here]

Application Form for Eventing Talent Identification Days [here]



Equestrian athletes featured in new book

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Stories From the Saddle: The tears, tantrums and triumphs of Australia's leading equestrian riders which will be published by ABC Books on September 1 this year.

This book is the first to feature stories from riders from all three Olympic disciplines and contains a foreword by Chris Hector.
Riders featured include:
Rachael Sanna
Mary Hanna
Brett Parbery
Rozzie Ryan
Heath Ryan
Prue Barrett
Hamish Cargill
Wendy Schaeffer
Jamie Coman
Laurie Lever
Colleen Brook
Vicki Roycroft
The author, Samatha Miles, is Sydney based rider and freelance writer and editor. Miles has been developing this book for a little over two years. For more information on the book please go to www.storiesfromthesaddle.com.
Available at all bookshops, ABC online www.shop.abc.net.au
HarperCollins Publishers www.harpercollins.com.au
Also available as an e-book from Amazon

London 2012 Dressage Judges Long List announced

FEI Press Release, Wednesday, 3 August 2011

The FEI has published its long list of judges for the Dressage event at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The long list is made up of 11 5* judges from eight nations:  

Stephen Clarke (GBR)
Maribel Alonso (MEX)
Evi Eisenhardt (GER)
Wim Ernes (NED)
Ghislain Fouarge (NED)
Isabelle Judet (FRA)
Gary Rockwell (USA)
Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA)
Mary Seefried (AUS)
Leif Törnblad (DEN)
Katrina Wüst (GER)

A blind draw of the long listed judges will take place at FEI headquarters in Lausanne (SUI) on 23 September 2011 to finalise the members of the London 2012 Olympic Ground Jury.  

Stephen Clarke, as a host country judge, has already been appointed as President of the Ground Jury.

Jacques Van Daele (BEL) will take on the role of Chief Dressage Steward for London 2012 and Wojtek Markowski (POL) is Technical Delegate.

“The FEI’s Dressage Committee has proposed the long list according to FEI rules, which state that there can be up to 12 5* judges, a maximum of two per country and from a minimum of eight countries,” explained Trond Asmyr, FEI Director Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage.

“We are now looking forward to announcing the final list of highly respected international judges who will form the Ground Jury for London 2012.”

Olympic Dressage gets underway at Greenwich Park on 2 August 2012 with two days of Grand Prix competition, the first qualifier for both team and individual standings. The top seven teams and 11 best-placed individuals go forward to the Grand Prix Special on 7 August, which will decide the team medals. The Freestyle to Music to decide the individual medals takes place on 9 August.

To view the full London 2012 Olympic timetable, please click here.


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