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EQ Life November magazine: Aussies reign at Worlds Down Under

 Gabe Smith riding for Australia's Under 18 team. Image by Fernbank Photography.

Gabe Smith riding for Australia's Under 18 team. Image by Fernbank Photography.


Aussies reign at Worlds Down Under

By EQ Life

Australia has a huge future in the exciting sport of mounted games judging by our success at the ‘Worlds Down Under’ – the Under 18 Australian team made history by becoming the first ever Australian team to become World Champions!

The Australian Open team also made the podium, beating the northern hemisphere powers to place third behind England and Ireland. The action-packed event saw teams from around the world descend on Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre for the 37th annual International Mounted Games Association (IMGA) World Teams Championships. It was only the second time the event has been held in Australia.

Besides our Aussie teams, there were contingents from Belgium, England, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales and the USA demonstrating their skills, most of whom were on borrowed pones, with a spectacular display of racing on each and every day of the four-day event.

Ponies had been supplied for all of the 100 international riders and were sourced from Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia. Some riders had self-sourced, while others selected their ponies after watching them being ridden by their owners. They then only had one hour to train with their ponies each day for the two days prior to the start of the competition...

Read the full article in the November 2023 issue of Equestrian Life magazine here.





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