It Was Never to be Again
While Judy Mackay was the first Australian rider to represent the Fifth Continent at international championships (Olympic Festival Goodwood 1980) with her stock horse Debonair, Australian individual riders competed at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on Australian bred thoroughbreds.
Well into the 1990s these horses were no uncommon sight in Australia whereas today the warmbloods rule, like everywhere else on the globe.
One of Australia’s most accomplished and experienced international dressage riders, Rozzie Ryan, launched her dressage career on an Australian thoroughbred called Stirling Wilton xx. Both were members of the first Australian dressage team ever which competed at the 1990 WEG in Stockholm.
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