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Trailblazers: Australia's First Olympic Equestrians
     

Trailblazers: Australia's First Olympic Equestrians

by Wyatt Thompson, Petronella McGovern
 
Trailblazers is the story of the first Australians to compete at an international level in equestrian events. While Australia now excels in the sport, in 1955 the country was focused on rough riding and polo with little exposure to classical riding. The six men selected for the 1956 Olympic Games had just 14 months to perfect their skills on the English show circuit.

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Trailblazers is the story of the first Australians to compete at an international level in equestrian events. While Australia now excels in the sport, in 1955 the country was focused on rough riding and polo with little exposure to classical riding. The six men selected for the 1956 Olympic Games had just 14 months to perfect their skills on the English show circuit. They had never competed in a three-day event, didn't understand dressage, and had little experience of Olympic-style showjumping. They were battling against numerous odds. Their horses were struck down by equine flu. They had to buy and train new horses in less than a year. Their first event was badminton - the qualifier for the Olympics. At the Olympics, they competed in one of the most difficult cross country courses in history and stunned the world by going into contention for a medal. They blazed a trail for the Rome Olympic team and set the course for the future of Fédération Equestre International / International Equestrian Federation events in Australia. Author Wyatt (Bunty) Thompson is the last surviving member of the first Australian Olympic equestrians. He tells a tale of determination with the resilient Australian spirit - of setbacks, tragedy, and triumph.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781877058639
Publisher:
Rosenberg Publishing Pty, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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