Australia named its long list for the World Equestrian Games squad last week and has just released the names of the six horses and riders selected for Normandy. The horses and riders in alphabetical order, along with interesting tidbits from the press release, are:
Chris Burton and TS Jamaimo (owners: TS Jamaimo Syndicate)
Chris represented Australia at the London 2012 Olympic Games and 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. He is a two-time winner of the individual eventing crown at Aachen CHIO.
Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh (owners: Mr and Mrs Posford, Jules Carter)
Earlier this year, Sam famously became the sixth Australian to win the Badminton Horse Trials. He represented Australia at the London 2012 Olympic Games and 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.
Sonja Johnson and Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison (owner: Nikki Harwood)
Sonja was part of Australia’s successful three-day event team which won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. She was also part of Australia’s three-day event team which won bronze at the 2006 Aachen World Equestrian Games
Bill Levett and Shannondale Titan (owners: Clare, Anne and Mike Prentice)
Bill was named as a reserve for the London 2012 three-day event team but withdrew after an injury to his horse. The 2014 Championships will be Bill’s first World Equestrian Games.
Shane Rose and CP Qualified (owner: Elizabeth Wischer)
Shane won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as part of Australia’s three-day event team. He is a two-time World Equestrian Games representative (1998, 2006).
Paul Tapner and Kilronan (owners: Fred and Penny Barker)
Paul won the Badminton Horse Trials in 2010 and went on to represent Australia at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.
The following combinations have been named to Australia’s reserve list:
Craig Barrett & Sandhills Brillaire (owners: Keith and Juliet Osborne)
Nat Blundell & Algebra (owners: John Glenn and Julia McLean)
Chris Burton & Graf Liberty (owners: Graf Liberty Syndicate)
Andrew Hoy & Rutherglen (owner: Andrew Hoy)
Bill Levett & Improvise (owners: Ali Butler, Elisabeth Murdoch and Jenny Levett)
Kevin McNab & Clifton Pinot (owners: Frances Stead)
Stuart Tinney & Pluto Mio (owners: Elizabeth and John Pittard)