High Performance Media Portal

Equestrian Australia's High Performance Program is dedicated to the support and development of its athletes and to driving podium outcomes. In addition, the program nurtures and identifies Australia’s next generation of athletes, providing the right support at the right time to ensure Australia continues to achieve international sporting success.

In order to celebrate and communicate the many successes of our athletes a portal, and dedicated social media channels, housing High Performance content was established in January 2019 for those who have an interest in following the Australian Equestrian Team.

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Facebook - Australian Equestrian Team 

Instagram -  @ausequestrianteam 

For all EA High Performance Media enquiries please contact: Kirsty Pasto, EA High Performance Sports and Media Consultant, [email protected]

Oceania Championships 2019 Australian Teams Announced

Equestrian Australia is pleased to announce the final teams for the 2019 Oceania Championships, to be held in Taupo, New Zealand from 10-12th May 2019.

This will be the first time that three Australian teams will be competing in the challenge, the largest contingent of Australian athletes to attend the biennial event to date.

The Oceania Championships represent a critical component of the High-Performance programs preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, providing a unique opportunity for athletes to experience the new Olympic format....


High Performance Gen Next Coaches Leading for the Future

This week members of the High Performance Gen Next Coaching Program, and High Performance Management, had the opportunity to develop their leadership skills during a workshop focusing on sporting vision, culture, development and success.

As part of the workshop participants were invited to spend the morning at the Waratahs training grounds at UNSW, Daceyville, where head coach, Daryl Gibson, spoke to the group about the importance of athlete driven leadership, team philosophy and creating a healthy culture to bring out the best performance in a team of athletes....

Eventers "Practice Perfection" with Nelson Pessoa at Lier CSI2*

The wrath of the Belgium weather with its strong winds and torrential rain couldn’t stop our eventers as they spent the week training with jumping legend, and Australian High Performance jumping coach, Nelson Pessoa in Brussels.

UK based High Performance Gold Squad riders Andrew Hoy and Chris Burton spent a week with Pessoa focusing on a variety of exercises designed to prepare both horse and rider for the pressures of competition. This included focusing on the flexibility and adjustability of the horses, and ensuring that riders understand the mechanics of their equine partners – like a Formula 1 racecar everything should be precisely tuned...  

DaVinci L Opens the Event With A Masterpiece


On the opening day of the 2019 Willinga Park Dressage By The Sea CDI4*, it was the Queensland pairing of Jaydyn Brown and Lauren George’s DaVinci L who scored a well-deserved 74.676%. This overall included two scores over 75% from two of the international judges to secure the win in the Boutique Equine Prix St Georges competition held on the magnificent Otto Sport Australia Outdoor Grand Prix Arena.

Remarkably, this pair have only been together for five months after this stunning 8-year-old gelding was imported from Germany. Well credentialled before his arrival, including winning second place in the World Young Horse competition with scores of 9’s in a number of paces, DaVinci L has enjoyed success at every level...

High Performance Workshop for State Squad Riders in Queensland

Yesterday Dr Alison Alcock presented at an off horse High Performance workshop for State Squad riders in Queensland. Dr Alcock who specialises in Sports Science Medicine ran sessions on the attributes of an elite equestrian, athlete well-being, competition review and anti-doping.

"It is important to educate our emerging elite athletes so they are prepared for their career ahead. Seeing the young riders engage with important subject matter such as identifying key characteristics that are shared by elite athletes and the importance of clean sport for riders is a positive indication of the bright future Equestrian has in Australia" said Dr Alcock.  Also presenting at the workshop was 7 News Brisbane presenter Kay McGrath and Suzanne Stark from Media Potential. The workshop is the first of many State off horse workshops that will be run across the country in the coming year.

High Performance Squad Riders Jump Away the Winter Chill in Brussels  

High Performance Eventing Squad Riders who are based in Europe took the opportunity this week to shake off the winter chill and thaw out during a jumping clinic held in Brussels, Belgium with jumping legend Nelson Pessoa.

The focus of the clinic was on improving technique and the musculoskeletal function of the horses. There was a lot of practical work on balancing the bodies of horse and rider, approach to the fences, harnessing impulsion and improving the horse's shape over a fence...

Aaron Hadlow and Vahlinvader Reign Supreme  

Sale World Cup marked the end of the Australian League FEI Jumping World Cup 2018/2019 season, and it was Aaron Hadlow who topped the leader board in impressive style.

Hadlow who hails from Dapto, NSW, led the series by such a margin that the final standings were determined even before the first horse stepped into the ring at Sale... 

Clay Simmonds Named Rookie of the Year 


As the 2018/2019 Australian FEI Jumping World Cup™ season came to a close it was 18-year-old Clay Simmonds who was announced as ‘Rookie of the Year’.

This is the first year the accolade has been presented with the award aiming to recognise the incredible achievement of riders who have completed their first season at the peak level of jumping in Australia... 

Rozzie Ryan Wins Pacific League Final  

What a performance by the incredible Rozzie Ryan and Jarrah R who won the highly anticipated Grand Prix CDI-WLF Freestyle in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Boneo Classic 2019!

This win in the Pacific League Final qualifies Rozzie and Jarrah R to represent Australia at the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final at Gothenburg in April... 

Meet The Team: Larsens Showjumping Championships  


This week a team of four young riders will travel to New Zealand to embark on the trip of a lifetime representing Australia at the Larsens Showjumping Championships taking place in Gisborne from 25th – 27th January 2019.

The Trans-Tasman challenge is an annual event hosted by New Zealand welcoming friendly competition and the opportunity to experience being part of a team environment. The event has traditionally seen a gripping battle between the nations in a display of exciting and close competition.... 

Australian Para-Equestrian Riders Take First Step Towards Tokyo 2020 

Para-Equestrian athletes from across the country made the journey to the picturesque Mornington Peninsula over the Australia Day long-weekend to take their first steps toward Paralympic qualification.

Boneo Classic 2019 marked the first of eight (8) selection events for the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020 Team Selection... 

 High Performance Program on Target for Tokyo 2020 

Following the successful qualification of all three Olympic disciplines at the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon, North Carolina, in September 2018, the Equestrian Australia High Performance program is firmly on track ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.....