Winning at Sydney is a goal of almost every elite eventer in Australia. In the lead up to the Sydney International Horse Trials 2016 – we caught up with last years winners to find out, what it’s like to win at Sydney, what they are up to now and what you can expect to see from them at Sydney in 2016?
Libby Lowery – 2015 CCI 3*
Last year – “It’s an incredible feeling to win a prestigious event such as Sydney International CCI3***. It truly makes you appreciate your horse and how far you have come. In terms of my career its encouraged me to further pursue my eventing dreams and to attempt another Adelaide CCI4****.”
This year – “At this point in time I have three competition horses which I am thoroughly enjoying. I will be back at Sydney this year but in the short format CIC3*** and I am very much looking forward to seeing all the effort that has been put in to creating a bigger and better cross country track. As it’s an Olympic Qualifier I am very excited also to watch and learn from those vying for a place on the Olympic Team.”
Hayley Frielick – 2015 CCI 2*
Last Year – “Winning the CCI2* last year with My Happiness was totally surreal and a complete fairytale given the odds he had to defy just to be competing there after two colic surgeries, let alone to finish on his dressage score and win! It was a really special win for me because he is a really special horse – it was a long road there but totally worth it!”
This year – “ I’m still at uni now but riding lots more horses having started my own business while we are based at a beautiful property in the Hawkesbury. We did happen to find a half brother to My Happiness not long after last year’s win and given Happy’s performance we couldn’t turn his relative down! So he will hopefully be here this year in the CIC2*, as well as My Happiness again but this time in the CIC3*, Galactic in the CIC1* and a lovely young event horse in the 5yo class too”
Shaun Dillon – 2015 CCI 1*
Last year– “The Sydney International Horse Trials was a real mixed bag for me in 2015. I started off with three horses in the event but then I had a fall on the XC with GV Anzac and then in the showjumping Kinnordy Rubino had the biggest spook (right in front of the VIP tent) and sent me clean over the handles but TS Fantasia kept the dream alive and managed to win the CCI1* – which was really quite special”
LISTEN to Shaun Dillion’s memories of the #SydHT 2015
This year – “One thing I really look forward to and love about the Sydney International Horse Trials is the course Mike Etherington-Smith builds. I find it’s always got a good flow, its horse friendly but there is always a lot of challenges in the course”
Isabel English Update
Isabel English was the recipient of the Rod Winchester award in 2015. Unfortunately, you won’t be seeing Isabel at Sydney this year.
On the back of her win in 2015, Isabel has just taken her horse over to Germany to base herself with Michael Jung. We wish her well and hope to see Isabel back at the Sydney International Horse Trials in 2017.
Teegan Ashby – #SydHT 2015 Ambassador Update
Later this year Teegan will be travelling to the UK to work with William Fox-Pitt. Teegan will be competing in the CCI2* class at Sydney this year. The Sydney International Horse Trials may be one of your last opportunities to see to Teegan compete on home soil.
Come and see who will take out the honours at the Sydney International Horse Trials 2016 on the #RoadtoRio.
When: 29 April to 1 May
Where: The Sydney International Equestrian Centre, Saxony Rd Horsley Park
VIP Tickets: Buy tickets online at Eventbrite
Information: Please see www.sydneyeventing.org for the full schedule of events