Strong Team Selected for World Equestrian Games Endurance Race
Australian is sending perhaps its strongest ever team to take on the best in the world at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen Germany , August 2006.
The team announced this week includes Australia?s best performed combinations.
With a history of world class performances this will be a powerful team indeed.
The team :
Chef D?equipe: Dr. Patricia McKay-Annetts
Team Veterinarian: Dr. Anne Barnes
Assistant Chef D?Equipe Kerry Spratt
Assistant Veterinarians Dr. Pat Hodgetts and Dr Robyn Mather
Crew Manager and Team Co-ordinator John Simpson
Equine Therapist Emma Kirby
Horses and Riders :
Meg Wade and China Doll :
This combination have recently completed their Aachen preparation with a top ten placing at the 2006 Tom Quilty Gold Cup ,Australia?s National Championship ride .
Meg had a good run with this horse under European conditions last year , placing a gutsy 5th over the WEG track at the European championships in 2005.
Penny Toft and Bremervale Justice :
Our most experienced combination , Penny with many miles of desert and continental racing experience , and Justice the wonder horse, arguably the most successful endurance horse ever , with many placings and team medals in International competitions.
Peter Toft and the incredible Electra BBP Murdoch :
Affectionately known the world over as the ?lil ?ol appy? , this appaloosa arab cross gelding has carried his heavyweight rider to complete and compete on four continents . Most notable are Two tevis USA top ten completions , and a 17th overall and Team Silver Medal in the 2005 World Endurance Championships.
Brooke Sample and La Mancha Archduke :
Brooke is a household name in Australia with a reputation as a determined and talented rider , he has won the Australian National Championship Tom Quilty Gold Cup five times . Brooke and his WEG mount , La Mancha Archduke won the recent CEI*** 160k Trans Tasman Challenge and just yesterday , a few days before flying to Aachen , they were equal second at a tough local 80km ride.
Jennifer Gilbertson and Bramall Jazzmin :
Jennifer and Jazz were a part of out Silver medal winning team at the 2005 Dubai World Endurance Championship. Jazzmin is owned by Toft Endurance.
Joyce Corbett and Reeflex
Joyce is a new face on the International stage , although well known to the Australian endurance community . With her purebred Arabian Mare Reeflex , Joyce was the co-winner of the 2004 Australian National Championship Tom Quilty Gold Cup held in South Australia.
Donna Wiesman and Hirstglen Fargo :
Donna is an experienced rider . This combination have completed 2 x160km rides for a second and a third placing
Danielle O?Loughlin and Pravado :
Danielle is steadily working her way up into the top ranks of Australian endurance riders.
With Pravado , Danielle has completed 3 x 160k rides including a second place and best conditioned middleweight at the 2005 Queensland State Championships
Please note that the AERA has also announced the inclusion of four Reserve Horses :
Wybalena Lodge Shuska as a reserve for Meg Wade . ( Shuska is already in Europe )
Harriet as a reserve for Penny Toft ( Harriet is already in Europe )
Carnarvon Cavalier as a reserve for Brooke Sample
Tora Blar Zay , owned by Toft Endurance , will travel to Europe at the owners discretion as an uncommitted reserve horse
Kristie McGaffin will be In Europe for the event and has been included as a reserve rider
AERA Web Site
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