My Olympic bid is over

Hi all,

Sadly this is true.

Here is todays announcement from Equestrian Australia about my withdrawal, in case you hadn’t caught up with the news.


“Rachael Sanna out of Olympic contention.

Sydney 2000 Olympian Rachael Sanna is now out of contention for the London 2012 Olympic Games after her number one horse Jaybee Alabaster was forced to withdraw based on veterinary advice.

Sanna is currently in Europe with Alabaster to contest the Dressage Nomination events for the London Games, and despite contesting the first nomination event in Mannheim have since been advised not to continue.

While the injury sustained is not long term, Sanna admitted it was just a case they had run out of time for the Games.

“It is hugely disappointing for me and my wonderful supporters, but we have been trying to resolve the issue, and it has finally caught up with us.

“While the issue is not long term and will be fine, unfortunately it won’t be resolved in time for the Olympic Games.

“I would like to thank everyone who has tried to get us to the Games, especially my groom Helen Bray who has worked tirelessly, but we have just run out of time. We gave it our best shot”, said Rachael.
While Sanna’s departure from the nomination process is a loss for the Australian team, Equestrian Australia’s High Performance Manager Brett Mace said the Dressage shadow team showed strong depth.

“While it is an unfortunate blow losing one of Australia’s leading combinations over the past two years, such is the quality of combinations we currently have contesting the selection events, I am confident we will still have a very strong team for the Olympics and achieve what we have set out to do in London,” said Mace.

Selectors together with the remaining combinations will now turn their attention to the final nomination event will take place at the Compeigne CDI in France from 31 May – 3 June 2012.”

I wish the rest of the Australian team the very best wishes for the selection event next weekend at Compiegne and then for the London Olympics.  Go well guys – will be with you all the way.

I will be heading back home very shortly.  Looking forward to catching up with many of you then.


10 thoughts on “My Olympic bid is over

  1. OH BUGGER! A great loss for the AUSSIE team but at least Bastie will be fine, such bad luck..:(
    such a great role model for those up and coming riders, wishing you all the best and a safe trip home
    looking forward to catching up when you return
    Michelle xx

  2. Oh Rachael, I hope Alabaster will be OK. It must be so very disappointing for you…….you have been very inspiring and have given us here at home, the best coverage of how the Aussie’s and the rest of the International riders have been going……………wishing you and Alabaster all the best……..Suellen

  3. very sorry to hear the news Rach, I now how hard you and Helen have worked to get ready for the games. I hope his recovery goes well. Comiserations too to Bev. cheers

  4. Raechel,
    You are a truely magnificent ambassador for Australia. Under such disappointing circumstances for yourself you have maintained incredible dignity and displayed the utmost consideration for everyone else. Our heart goes out to you, we wish you a safe trip home and look forward to watching you continue to pursue your dream and achieve your goals.

  5. Oh no! all the best to bastie & to you rachael next time promises to be bigger & better! just wasn’t meant to be THIS time. Xxxcc

  6. Hey Rach, I’m very sorry to hear the news – I was cheering for you from down under, at least Bastie will be OK and your still a champion in the eyes of all of your supporters 🙂

  7. That is a very sad news, my heart goes out to you & your support team. I hope Alabaster will get better soon.

  8. Oh Rachael, how disappointing for you! So sorry to read this news. Am crossing fingers for a speedy and successful recovery for Alabaster, very best wishes Sam

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