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.
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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.
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.
“The way our system is structured we are definitely missing out on the young guns of today. “HEATH RYAN
“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
“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
“It’s a very special moment when you realise you’ve got someone like Hazel Shannon who has star qualities”HEATH RYAN
“It almost seems like the system is skewed towards professional riders with multiple horses in the stable.”BERNI SAUNDERS