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. Continue reading “THE GOLDEN YEARS”

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES STILL AVAILABLE

The Sydney International Horse Trials is Australia’s oldest three-day event. This year is our 60th Anniversary and it’s a fantastic opportunity to become a #SydHT sponsor.

Contact Bradley Hayden bradley@sydneyeventing.org or 0412 461 392, or Hannah Brooks hannah@shopthestrip.com.au or 0412 257 882  – to discuss the sponsorship packages still on offer for 2017.

A big THANKS to the sponsors below who have already come on board to celebrate our 60th Anniversary:

 

 

 

HONOURING OUR EVENTING GREATS

They say the memory of a special horse can live with you for a lifetime.

In honour of our 60th Anniversary celebrations we wanted to commemorate our “equine ambassadors” by asking  you to cast your vote for your favourite eventing horses of all time.

Each week we will be asking you to vote for your favourite horse of each decade, for the last 60 years. Let’s start at the beginning…the 1950’s. Continue reading “HONOURING OUR EVENTING GREATS”

SEE YOU AT “SYDNEY”

Since 1957 Australia’s best eventers have had a “love affair” with the Sydney International Horse Trials.

No less than 17 winners of the event have gone on to represent Australia and we are proud to say that our leaderboard includes 13 Olympic medallists.

WATCH this video to find out more about the history of the event.

SHOW US SOME LOVE

SAVE THE DATE – Please join us May 11-14 2017 and honour the successes of our eventing greats both past and present at our 60th Anniversary celebrations.

 

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF EVENTING IN AUSTRALIA

Sixty years ago, Neale Lavis and his mount Benalong were awarded the Three-Day Horse Trial Trophy at Australia’s first three-day event.

 It was the beginning of a proud tradition of the sport in Australia, and the Sydney International Horse Trials remains a premier fixture on the eventing calendar to this very day.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the event, the Sydney International Horse Trials will be celebrating the achievements of our eventing champions, both past and present. Continue reading “CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF EVENTING IN AUSTRALIA”

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE, OI OI OI

I have always marvelled at the lack of press coverage our equestrian athletes receive in the mainstream media. Ever since Australia’s Olympic Equestrian debut in 1956 (the team came fourth) our riders have punched well above our weight on the Olympic stage. Australia’s eventing success is something to be celebrated and on the eve of the Rio Games  – it’s time to give our Olympic equestrians the recognition they deserve!

Eventing is in fact one of Australia’s most successful Olympic team sports. The Australian three-day event teams medals include:

  1. GOLD at Rome in 1960
  2. BRONZE at Mexico City in 1968
  3. BRONZE at Montreal in 1976
  4. GOLD at Barcelona in 1992
  5. GOLD at Atlanta in 1996
  6. GOLD at Sydney in 2000
  7. SILVER at Beijing in 2008

Australia equals the USA and Germany (4 Gold medals each), as having won the most team gold medals in eventing since the competition was first held in Stockholm in 1912.

The 1956 team (pictured above), were the quintessential pioneers of the sport. The team comprised of Brian Crago, Wyatt (Bunty) Thompson, Ernie Barker and Bert Jacobs. They had never competed in a three-day event before they headed to England to qualify the the Melbourne Games (the event was held in Stockholm due to Australian quarantine restrictions). The team shocked the European establishment by narrowly missing out on a bronze medal. With that performance the Australian Olympic eventing tradition was born.

Given Australia’s recent win at the Nations Cup in Aachen – the Rio Eventing team appear to be poised to join the list of medal winning equestrian teams below.

GOLD – ROME – 1960

The Team at Rome

Laurie Morgan, Neale Lavis, Bill Roycroft & Brian Crago.

BRONZE – Mexico City – 1968

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Bill Roycroft, Wayne Roycroft, Brian Cobcroft & James Scanlon.

BRONZE – Montreal – 1976

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Bill Roycroft, Wayne Roycroft, Merv Bennett, & Denis Piggot.

GOLD – Barcelona – 1992

Barcelona Team

Matt Ryan, Andrew Hoy, Gillian Rolton & David Green.

GOLD – ATLANTA – 1996

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Phillip Dutton, Gillian Rolton, Wendy Schaeffer & Andrew Hoy.

GOLD – SYDNEY – 2000

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Andrew Hoy, Phillip Dutton, Matt Ryan & Stuart Tinney.

SILVER – BEIJING -2008

Beijing Olympic Silver medallist

Shane Rose, Sonja Johnson, Megan Jones, Lucinda Fredericks & Clayton Fredericks.

The Sydney International Horse Trails would like to wish Chris Burton (Santano II), Sam Griffiths (Paulank Broackagh), Shane Rose (CP Qualified) and Stuart Tinney (Pluto Mio) the best of luck at Rio- we look forward to seeing the Australian’s standing on the podium once again !

Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi

By Hannah Brooks.

CONGRATULATIONS SONJA JOHNSON

Our congratulations go out to Sonja Johnson on taking out the Horseware Australia CCI3* class at the Sydney International Horse Trials 2016.

Today’s results are as follows:

CCI3* HORSEWARE AUSTRALIA

  1. SONJA JOHNSON – PARKIARRUP ILLICIT LIAISON – 48.90
  2. HAZEL SHANNON – CLIFFORD – 54.10
  3. SONJA JOHNSON – MISTY ISLE VALENTINO – 68.90

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CIC3* EQUESTRIAN AUSTRALIA

  1. SHANE ROSE – VIRGIL – 46.90
  2. SHANE ROSE – CP QUALIFIED- 57.00
  3. JUDITH CLARKE- DIABLITO – 59.90

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CIC2* EVENTING NSW

  1. ANDREW BARNETT – BRADGATE PARK DANTE – 47.60
  2. LAUREN BROWNE – SKY’S DA LIMIT – 54.20
  3. JESSICA RAE – RASCAL – 64.80

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CCI2* TARRALEAH PARK

  1. EMMA BISHOP – CP ISSEY MIYAKE – 45.70
  2. SHENAE LOWINGS – VENTURE SKY HIGH – 49.80
  3. ROBERT PALM – KOKO STORY – 68.50

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2016 has been a challenging year for the Sydney International Horse Trials.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ground Jury, the officials, the volunteers, our supporters and of course the riders – all who made this re-run of the Sydney International Horse Trials 2016 possible.

STANDINGS – DAY 2

It was an emotional day for everyone, as riders headed back out on course at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre, for Day 2 of the Sydney International Horse Trials 2016.

The results from Day 2 are as follows.

CLASS – CIC3* EQUESTRIAN AUSTRALIA

  1. SHANE ROSE- VIRGIL – 46.90
  2. SHANE ROSE – CP QUALIFIED – 51.00
  3. JUDITH CLARKE – DIABLITO – 54.90

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CLASS – CCI3* HORSEWARE AUSTRALIA

  1. SONJA JOHNSON – PARKIARRUP ILLICIT LIAISON – 44.90
  2. SONJA JOHNSON – MISTY ISLE VALENTINO – 49.90
  3. HAZEL SHANNON – CLIFFORD – 50.10

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CLASS – CIC2* EVENTING NSW 

  1. ANDREW BARNETT – BRADGATE PARK DANTE – 47.60
  2. JESSICA RAE – RASCAL – 48.80
  3. LAUREN BROWNE – SKY’S DA LIMIT – 50.20

CLASS – CCI2* TARRALEAH PARK

  1. EMMA BISHOP – CP ISSEY MIYAKE – 45.70
  2. SHENAE LOWINGS – VENTURE SKY HIGH – 45.80
  3. MOLLY ANNE BARRY – LA MUSO – 55.70

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Join us for the final day of competition to pay your respects to Caitlyn, who will be remembered during a minute’s silence following the conclusion of the Show Jumping.

Thanks to our official photographer, Stephen Mowbray Photography for these amazing photos.