London 2012 Olympics: The Big Day

The Opening Ceremony is always a great way to kick off the Olympics. I have attended every opening Ceremony at all four Olympics I have been to and London was certainly a highlight. We began by gathering outside our Australian House in the village, distinctive for the three life size Emus out front. This was…

Lead Up To London: Into Full Swing

Uniform day in the village was a great chance to catch up with all the other team members. The showjumpers made a quick dash in from Europe, as did Kristy and Lyndal. Being in the village and trying on all the uniform makes you realize that this is not just another horse show. The Olympics…

Lead Up To London: Compiegne

By now the news of the scores from Compiegne have been widely published, so I will just tell a few of my thoughts on our week in France. Firsty it was a week when I felt very proud to be an Aussie. Without exception every one of our riders did a great job. All the…

Lead Up To London: Hamburg Derby

The Hamburg Derby is one of the longest running and most famous shows in Germany. It is set on a big park next to the Elb river and is a beautiful venue. While the showjumping arena is huge and spacious with banks and water obstacles, similar to Hickstead, the dressage arenas have the crowd so close…

Lead Up To London: Aussies at Mannheim

Rain, mud and wind did not deter the eight Aussie riders that fronted up to Mannheim last weekend, for our first selection event. There were some top quality horses well presented by their riders. The arenas stood up well to the pouring rain the night before and during the Grand Prix. Poor Lyndal Oatley got…

Lead Up To London: Back in Germany

Well here we are back in Germany at last. Historically speaking not one of my favorite places… In fairness my opinion was probably negatively affected last time I stayed for a prolonged period of time by the fact that I had a herniated disk and two of my horses broke down… This time I feel…

Lead Up To London: Vidauban CDI, Week Two

fter only one day’s rest it was straight back to business, for the second week of Vidauban. Luckily the gorgeous weather continued,with warm days and clear skies. Brett Parbery stayed on for the second week, but Hayley set off back to Germany, for a stallion show. Brett was asking me what was the attraction of staying down…