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News - August, 2011
Australia’s greatest inducted into Paralympic Hall of Fame
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
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.
Jubilant Germans take double gold at HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships at Luhmuehlen
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.”
ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL MEDALLISTS
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.
Bronze: 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)
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
Expressions of Interest - Pony Jumping Riders - South Africa
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:
The riders will be responsible for:
The Official/Chef’d Equipe will be responsible for:
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.
EA member survey “iPad winner” announced
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
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
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:
(iii) What else Equnect does provide
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.
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.
In time, Equnect will offer online television which will provide opportunity to further promote the sport nationally and internationally.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will ensure that a member of our team responds to you as quickly as possible.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
Dates and locations of each Eventing TID are available here.
An exciting opportunity to go behind the scenes at Sydney International 3 Day Event!
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)
OPTION TWO: - Saturday ($25 per head)
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.
Any enquiries please contact Rose Read on 0418 216364 all email email@example.com
2011 FEI European Dressage Championships, 17-21 Aug - Watch it live
FEI TV has comprehensive live coverage of the 25th FEI European Dressage Championships from Rotterdam, Netherlands
Watch the Land Rover Burghley CCI4* 'free of charge'
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.
Buy Saturday's SMH paper for story on Edwina Alexander
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
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
Member Survey ends this Sunday- thers an iPad up for grabs!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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New CEO for Australian Sports Commission
SENATOR THE HON MARK ARBIB
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.”
Sam Griffiths wins Express Eventing qualifier at Gatcombe
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
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
Hendra Virus information - please read
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:
Minimise the risk to yourself and your horse by:
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)
Hendra virus overview http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/cps/rde/dpi/hs.xsl/4790_11127_ENA_HTML.htm
Flying foxes and Hendra virus http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/cps/rde/dpi/hs.xsl/4790_15094_ENA_HTML.htm
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:
Focus of current research:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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
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 21‐22. 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@example.com 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
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.
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
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
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:
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
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: