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With controversial Olympic equestrian selections, dating back to the Sydney Olympics in 2000 – now is the time to review the Equestrian Australia High Performance program.

We asked two experts to weigh in on the controversy & we would love you to join the conversation at our Facebook page FAIR GO FOR HAZEL.

HEATH RYAN

OLYMPIAN |OLYMPIC COACH

Heath represented Australia at the Beijing games in 2008

Heath also acted as the assistant coach to the Australian eventing team, including the gold medal winning 1996 Atlanta & the 2000 Sydney teams.

EQUESTRIAN JOURNALIST

Berni has been writing about equestrian sports since launching CyberHorse in 1994.

Provocative & outspoken, Berni is a veteran of the sport covering both the World Equestrian & Olympic games.

BERNI SAUNDERS
Does Australia have to go back to selecting the young guns?

“The way our system is structured we are definitely missing out on the young guns of today. “

HEATH RYAN
Can Australia win eventing gold again?

“In the late 80’s we made a big effort to put a lot more emphasis on Australian based riders and that made a big difference. We instantly jumped into gold medal contention”

HEATH RYAN
A fair go for Hazel is a fair go for all elite riders

“We definitely targeted Adelaide because it’s the ultimate…in the run up to the Olympics to was somewhat of a surprise that it wasn’t very much a part of the Australian High Performance program.”

HEATH RYAN
How Hazel & Clifford moved up through the ranks

“It’s a very special moment when you realise you’ve got someone like Hazel Shannon who has star qualities”

HEATH RYAN
Do we give too much weight to FEI rankings?

“It almost seems like the system is skewed towards professional riders with multiple horses in the stable.”

BERNI SAUNDERS