An equestrian career can often be a frustrating and lonely endeavour and even the most accomplished riders can sometimes find themselves in need of some good advice.
With the Sydney International Horse Trials 2016 just around the corner – who better to ask for some sage advice than the Ryan Brothers, Heath & Matt?
Few families can boost two Olympic equestrians in their midst and over the years both of the Ryan Brothers have had great success as members of the Sydney International Horse Trials family. Heath has taken out our highest honours four times including 1990, 2004, 2008 & 2010 and Matt in 1986, 1988 & 1992.
Heath has had the rare privilege of representing Australia in two disciplines. For eventing at WEG in 1990 and then for dressage at Beijing Games in 2008. Heath also acted as the assistant coach for the for the gold medal winning Olympic eventing teams at Atlanta and Sydney, as well as the Athens Olympics.
Heath Ryan on Regardez Moi. This incredibly successful combination has won over 40 Grand Prix’s in Australia
Heath Ryan after his win at the Sydney International Horse Trials in 2010.
Matt is one of Australia’s most awarded equestrians. Matt is one, of only two (Laurie Morgan, Rome 1960) Australian equestrians who has had the honour of winning both the individual and the team gold medals in the same year. Matt is a triple gold medallist who rode for Australia at Barcelona in 1992 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Matt Ryan as a member of the gold medal wining Australian Eventing team in Sydney 2000.
Matt Ryan on Kibah Tic Toc in his gold medal winning ride (both individual & team) at Barcelona in 1992
Not everyone has the chance to consult their own Olympic coach – so we took the opportunity to ask the Ryan Brothers if they had any advice to offer young equestrians who are looking to emulate their success.
Here’s their brotherly advice..
HEATH’S advice for young riders
MATT’S advice for young riders.
Thanks to Heath and Matt Ryan for supporting the Sydney International Horse Trials 2016.
The Ryan Brothers (left to right) James, Heath, Simon & Matt