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Congratulations to the Australian Equestrian Team for Winning gold at the Sydney Olympics




This website is designed to be a tribute to the magnificent Australian Equestrian Team who have shown the world over and over how to ride a 3 day event!. May they continue their success well into this new millenium


Andrew Hoy and his larger then life Warmblood Australian Thoroughbred cross gelding, Darien Powers, have led Australia to their third successive Olympic championship in the teams 3 day event.

The now triple gold medalist from headed a strong line up of combinations to swipe the gold medal from under the noses of Britan and the USA. They lead all the way through the competition, from their sparkling dressage tests to the near faultless showjumping round where they consolidated their performance to grasp the gold. /p>

The Australians got off to a smashing start with Andrew Hoy getting the ball rolling in the Dressage. He had been to Germany for the winter to train specifically on his dressage and this showed through his phenonemal score of 30.6P. Stuart Tinney and Jeepster provided a solid mark, and House Doctor the young mount of Phillip Dutton also produced a beautiful and workmanlike test, Matt Ryan and Kibah Sandstone provided the discard score.

The Cross Country started on a pleasant morning and Andrew Hoy was the first Australian out on the course, the big grey warmblood Darien Powers ate up the course. He was held due to a fall from Constantine Vanreykervosol and was forced to wait while the injured rider was removed from the course, he carried on and produced a lovely clear round, as did all the Australians.

Former world champion from New Zealand Vaughn Jeffris, commented on the Australian horses as being donkeys in the showjumping ring!, his words were shoved back into his mouth as the Australians graced the podium once again. The New Zealand team had a hard run of luck with Mark Todd (Diamond Hall Red) and Blyth Tait (Reddy Teddy) both having shocking dressage tests. The New Zealand team tackled the Cross Country course with flair and battled their way into the Bronze position coming up to the showjumping phase. But tradgedy struck when Paul O'Brian's mount, Enzed, didnt present for the trot up because of a tendon injury and Ready Teddy, the mount of Blyth Tait failed the inspection due to a bruised toe. All the New Zealand equine injuries were sustained on the Cross Country phase. Mark Todd completed the event, on Diamond Hall Red as his Farewell to the internatinal Eventing Arena.

Following on from what is fast becoming a tradition, the Australian team has again clinched the teams 3 dat event gold medal. This follows a brilliant track record when the Australians picked up the gold in Barcelona 1992 (with Andrew Hoy and Matt Ryan in the team), again in Atlanta 1996 (again with Andrew Hoy, joined by Phillip Dutton) and now in Sydney 2000. Phillip Dutton (House Doctor), Andrew Hoy (Darien Powers), Matt Ryan (Kibah Sandstone) and Stuart Tinney (Jeepster) have truly done Australia proud.


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