Equestrian Australia (EA) has announced its National Eventing Squads.
Shane Rose, Sam Griffiths and Chris Burton have been named in the Gold Squad – for athlete and horse combinations that have achieved medal performances at the most recent World Equestrian Games and Olympic Games and are considered capable of a medal performance at the upcoming FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon and at Tokyo 2020.
The Green Squad – for athletes that have achieved results in the last six months at CCI*** and demonstrate the capability of medal performances at the upcoming World Equestrian Games and Olympic Games – includes Sammi Birch, Emma McNab, Katja Weimann, US-based Ryan Wood and Megan Jones.
The Generation Next Squad is made up of Andrew Barnett, Olivia Barton, Emma Bishop, Andrew Cooper, Isabel English, Shenae Lowings, Robert Palm, Amanda Ross, Katie Taliana, Gemma Tinney, Hazel Shannon and Emma Mason.
Georgia Widdup, an Equestrian Australia Eventing Selector commended all riders on their inclusion, saying: “This an important and exciting time in the sport of Eventing with just over six months until the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon. We currently have a very strong group of senior horse and rider combinations headed for the World Equestrian Games which is a major milestone in the journey towards Tokyo 2020.”
“Beyond our more experienced and high profile athletes the depth of talent in Australia’s Eventing ranks is immense and we are focussed on ensuring that we help them to realise their full potential,” said Widdup.
Equestrian Australia’s High Performance Director Chris Webb said; “The pool of riders and horses that we have to draw on for potential medal outcomes at the World Equestrian Games and in Tokyo is very encouraging. We have robust programmes in place to give them every opportunity to deliver to the very best of their ability. Tokyo is a little over two years away and this is a vital time in their preparation and development.”
Equestrian Australia will announce its WEG Eventing Coaching Team next week, but High Performance Director Chris Webb said some highly respected names will be joining the team and strive towards leading Australian Eventing riders to podium finishes at WEG and Tokyo 2020.
“We are looking forward to introducing a formidable coaching line up and I am confident they are the ideal people to bring the best out of our riders and their horses.”