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Australia’s Equestrian Team for Paris 2024

Equestrian Life

Published 7 Apr 2024

Inside Paris | Presented by International Horse Breeders

The nine-member Australian equestrian team plus three travelling reserves for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games has been announced by the Australian Olympic Committee.

Eventing:

Kevin McNab and Scuderia 1918 Don Quidam

Shane Rose and Virgil

Chris Burton and Shadow Man

Reserve: Shenae Lowings and Bold Venture

Jumping:

Thaisa Erwin and Hialita B

Hilary Scott and Oaks Milky Way

Edwina Tops-Alexander and Fellow Castlefield

Reserve: Amber Fuller and Nopal van Tallaert

Dressage:

Will Matthew and Mysterious Star

Jayden Brown and WillingaPark Quincy B

Simone Pearce and Destano

Reserve: Mary Hanna and Ivanhoe

Paris 2024 Australian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Anna Meares says the Equestrian team for these Games will live up to Australia’s wonderful heritage in Olympic competition.

“Congratulations to all nine athletes who are selected to compete in the beautiful venues at Versailles.

“It’s a very proud moment for the athletes, whether debutante or seasoned Olympian. But behind each of them are dedicated families, friends, support teams, mentors and others who will share this Paris journey.

“Their performances have earned them a deserved place in our Olympic history and I know they will do us proud,” she said.

Equestrian Australia (EA) Chair Christie Freeman says the sport is delighted to have had so many strong combinations competing for selection.

“We are incredibly proud of our athletes who have campaigned so hard to be chosen.  All of them exemplify the strength, courage resilience and determination our sport has been associated with for generations.

“Each of our teams is a great representation of the nature of our sport, where men and women and experienced and youthful athletes all pit themselves against each other and for the first time ever we have an all-female Jumping team.

“We have athletes on horses born and bred here in Australia who have campaigned and been selected from our home soil, ranging from a retired racehorse to purpose bred performance horses.

“Equestrian sport is defined by the unique relationship between horse and rider and these combinations have spent years developing a bond like no other.  We are truly excited to see them in the beautiful gardens of the Palace of Versailles for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

“We thank the ASC and the AIS for all the support of our athletes.

Hilary Scott says: “I am honoured to be selected to represent Australia at the Paris Olympics with my loyal partner Oaks Milky Way. I’m extremely grateful and proud of our entire team who have made this possible.

“Growing up in country Australia it was my childhood dream, and incredible to think it is now a reality. Kids, don’t give up on your dreams.”

Jayden Brown says: “I couldn’t be more excited about representing Australia at my first Olympics with Quincy B, a horse I have trained since he was 3 years old.

I’m incredibly grateful to Terry and Ginette Snow, Quincy’s owners who have supported this dream, and could not have done it without them.”

Shane Rose says: “It is always an honour to be selected to represent Australia but there is something very special about being chosen on the Australian Olympic team. For me, it has been a rough and rocky road to get to this point. It is a huge relief to gain selection.

“Our Eventing team is strong and together if we all perform at our best we have a great chance of standing on that podium. I look forward to the challenge and hope to make everyone who has supported me on this journey proud.

“So many people have contributed to having me 100% fit and ready to perform,” he said.

Mary Hanna, Shenae Lowings and Amber Fuller have been named as the travelling reserves (known as AP athletes under Games accreditation).

The travelling reserves can be selected as a replacement athlete onto the Australian Olympic Team in case of injury or other withdrawal of one of the selected athletes.

Note: The Australian team for Equestrian is subject to an ongoing appeal by a non-nominated athlete in the Dressage discipline. Any updates will be communicated in line with that process.

The Equestrian dressage, eventing and jumping competitions at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will be held at the Château de Versailles venue in Île-de-France. The Dressage competition from Tuesday 30 July to Sunday 4 August, the Eventing from Saturday 27 July to Monday 29 July and the Jumping Thursday 1 August to Tuesday 6 August 2024.

Note: The AOC press release did not announce all horse names. The aforementioned list is based on the images used in the press release.

Source: AOC website