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Posted by Equestrian Australia on 23/04/2015.

Neale Lavis inducted into EA Hall of Fame

Equestrian Australia is pleased to announce that Neale Lavis will be inducted into the EA Hall of Fame in the Individual Achievement category.

Inductees will be celebrated at the annual Sport Achievement Awards night on Friday 5 June in Melbourne. 

Neale Lavis

Neale Lavis was a member of the four-man Australian equestrian team that made history by winning gold in the three-day team event at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games.

Lavis, a former rodeo rider who farmed cattle, finished second to Morgan in the individual event. Lavis, 30 at the time, was the youngest of the Rome Olympic team. Riding 'Mirrabooka', he was almost faultless over the three days of competition. He bought the horse in Cooma for £100, and after the Olympics was offered £10,000 for him but refused to sell him.

Lavis won the inaugural Australian three-day event in Sydney in 1957 and the Great Auckland one-day event in 1960. He went to England in 1960 and competed successfully in jumping, fox-hunting and team events in Surrey, White City, and Badminton.

Lavis competed again at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. In 1999, Lavis was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the equestrian sports as a competitor, coach, and administrator, and to the community.

Neale Lavis & Mirrabooka

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