THE GOLDEN YEARS

The 60’s were a golden era for eventing in Australia.

In Rome in 1960, Australia secured their first Olympic equestrian medals, including both the individual and team gold, and the individual silver medals. To add to the medal tally even further, the Australian team also secured the bronze medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

It’s going to be a tough ask to decide on the standout horse of the 1960’s – so here’s a little background on each of the nominated horses to help sway your decision.

  1. OUR SOLO – was the first Australian horse to take out Badminton in 1960 and with Bill Roycroft aboard this horse also secured the team gold medal for Australia at the Rome Olympics.
  2. MIRRABOOKA – and Neale Lavis placed fourth at the Badminton Horse Trials in 1960, took out Great Auclum in the same year and won team gold and individual silver at the Rome Olympics.
  3. SALAD DAYS – with Laurie Morgan, won both team and individual gold medals in 1960, in addition to winning Badminton in 1961.

Let us know which horse you think deserves to be crowned Horse Of the Decade by voting in the poll below.

 

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