Australia Names Short List for WEG Amidst Questions Over Course Length

Chris Burton and Quality Purdey at Aachen. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Equestrian Australia has announced the Australian Eventing Team short list for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, which will take place Sept. 12-16 at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina.

The short list of eight riders is as follows:

  • Chris Burton and Claire Poole’s Quality Purdey or Kate Walls’ Cooley Lands
  • Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh, owned by Steve and Dinah Posford, Jules Carter and Sam Griffiths
  • Andrew Hoy and Paula and David Evans’ Vassily de Lassos
  • Bill Levett and Elisabeth Murdoch’s Lassban Diamond Lift
  • Emma McNab and Fernhill Tabasco, owned by Kevin McNab, Dom and Poppy Worcester, and Julia and Jamie Dougall
  • Rob Palm and Cassie Lowe’s Koko Story
  • Shane Rose and Michelle Hasibar’s Virgil or Elizabeth and Felicity Wischer’s CP Qualified
  • Amanda Ross and Koko Popping Candy, owned by Christine Brown and Fraser Brown

Equestrian Australia will confirm the final team of five combinations and three reserves combinations “when it receives formal advice from the FEI and the Tryon Organising Committee of the details and distances of the cross-country course on August 10, 2018.”

Australian Eventing Team Chef d’Equipe Stuart Tinney said, “As the FEI have recently advised us that there may be some fairly significant changes to the length of the cross-country course this may have an impact on our selection tactics and so we are awaiting final notification before we select the five combinations to represent Australia at Tryon.”

EN has reached out to the FEI and Tryon Organizing Committee for clarification as to what changes may be made to the length of Capt. Mark Phillips’ cross country course. The track was expected to be a grueling fitness test set at an estimated 5,200 meters in length with approximately 42 total jumping efforts.

Stay tuned.

[Australian Eventing Eight for 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games]