Lyndal Oatley’s last blog before she rode her Grand Prix Test

Congratulations to Kristy and Lyndal Oatley on your wonderful performances yesterday.  You can see the overall scores from the first day of the Grand Prix if you click here

Here she is talking about the amazing experience of the opening ceremony, the athletes village and the preparation for the test.  Thanks to Equestrian Life for bringing this to us.

Hope you got over the hay fever Lyndal.

Best wishes to Mary Hanna for your performance tonight.  We will be shouting for you!

Ride Well!


Thanks to Equestrian Australia

Lyndal Oatley’s dream comes true

At the Sydney Olympics in 2000 Lyndal watched Kristy ride for the Australian team and started following her own dream of one day competing for Australia at an Olympics.  Now her dream is coming true.  She has done an unbelievable and amazing job to achieve that in such a short time, and with a horse (Sandro Boy) who she has trained to Grand Prix level so quickly.

Here she is talking about the journey up to now, and the experience of her first Olympics.

Ride Well Lyndal, Mary and Kristy!

We are so proud of you all and will be glued to the screens tonight cheering you all on.


Thanks to Equestrian Australia

Olympic Dressage Draw is Published

Good News!  Sandro Boy (Lyndal Oatley), Clive (Kristy Oatley) and Sancette (Mary Hanna) all passed their final inspections.  Of the Aussie team Kristy is first to go on Day 1 (Thursday) and then Lyndal.  Mary is drawn on Day 2 (Friday).

Here is the Grand Prix Draw:

Should be a very exciting competition with the medal placings going to be very close indeed I think.  Watch Mary, Lyndal and Kristy give it their all – this is a great team and will do us proud.  Not forgetting Rozzie who will be right there too and very much part of the team!

Which teams are going to win gold,silver and bronze do you think? And where do you think our team is going to place?  Let me know!

If you need a reminder of how the olympic dressage competition works I have explained it if you click here.

Can’t wait!

Go Girls!

Go Aussie Go!


From the Olympic Village – Lyndal’s Personal Update

Am really loving Lyndal Oatley’s updates on her build up to the London Olympics – posted by Equestrian Life.  Hear her story as she and the Aussie Olympic Dressage Team (Lyndal, Kristy, Mary and Rozzie) get ready for the big day.

Ride Well!  Thinking of you all a lot.

Go Aussie Go! 🙂


Thanks so much to Equestrian Life for bringing this to us.

Judging the Olympic Dressage – Interview with President of the Ground jury

Here is a really interesting interview with Stephen Clarke, President of the Ground Jury, about the judging of the Olympic Dressage.  I love the quote from Eric Lette (former chairman of the FEI Dressage Committee – how true :-).  This was how it was reported by Eurodressage.

>>>>  President of the Ground Jury for the upcoming London olympics, Stephen Clarke and his team are busy preparing for their difficult, yet rewarding task, of deciding who will take home the gold!

“I can still remember Eric Lette (previous Chairman of the FEI Dressage Committee) once joking about the definition of a dressage judge…..” says Stephen. “He put it very well…that a dressage judge is the person that all the riders say ‘good morning’ to, but only the winner says ‘good evening’!”

With the games kicking off in less than a month’s time, Clarke says the feeling in London is one of great excitement, despite some negativity in the press.

“There is a general feeling of optimism right throughout London, and thankfully the negativity we are witnessing is NOT from the equestrian press. It’s instead, the general press, and their commentary regarding potential security/ transport problems etc. It’s just the usual disappointing British gutter press….gloom and doom stuff… You sometimes get the feeling that they actually want the Games to fail rather than succeed….It makes me mad!”

General press aside, the dressage world; riders, judges, horses, supporters…are staying focused and positive… ready to be welcomed by a world class stage!

“The Equestrian events in London will have perfect facilities, with fabulous views of the city,” says Clarke. “And hopefully these venues will be host to the highest level of dressage ever witnessed at an Olympic Games!”

Having scored gold class seats as the world’s top dressage riders take to the arena, Clarke says his team are well acquainted, and fully ready to take on the challenge ahead.

“We have been judging many major competitions together all year and have already a very good “team” feeling amongst us.”

But to ensure the team are all on the same page, the judges must meet not only on, but off the dressage arena.

“At every show where we officiate together we have several formal and informal meetings, in order to focus our thoughts, with the aim of ensuring we all prioritize the same criteria.”

With seven judges, including Clarke, being selected for London, I wondered what would happen if one of them was….stuck in traffic?

“We have chosen a reserve judge in case one of us gets sick…..Mary Seefried of Australia is the Reserve Judge, and has been included already in all discussions.”

After the recent controversy over displaying the running total on a scoreboard during the test for all the judges to see, Clarke is glad London will not be working with this system!

“Nothing will be visible to any of the judges during the tests. For each of us, our task is to judge each and every exercise as we see it. I am very happy not to have any outside distractions.”

However, the other recent controversial decision to introduce a half point judging system, will be incorporated into the olympic format, and hopefully IF USED CORRECTLY, will help to effectively rank the world’s top dressage pairs!

“I think half points are ok, as long as they are used appropriately, and not as something to avoid commitment.”

Clarke says there is lots to enjoy about Judging, and whilst there are some negatives, judging at an olympics is like being offered a first class VIEW of the action!

“There is lots of excitement, seeing wonderful performances close up. In fact we do have the best seats in the house! I also enjoy the challenge of “getting it right” and being fair to every rider by scoring as correctly and as accurately as possible, every single movement of the test. I do however dislike some of the negativity that surrounds our role as judges, but we as experienced judges are used to that, and are able to handle the pressure without taking any criticisms personally.”

And as for the crystal ball question that is on everyone’s mind.

“As President of the Ground Jury I cannot tell you who will be the nation and horse to beat… I’m afraid I have to say “no comment!”” <<<<

Go Mary Hanna, Lyndal Oatley and Kristy Oatley!

Ride Well!


via Ready, Set, Clarke! | eurodressage.

The Aussie Dressage Team comes together at Frensham Manor

Mary Hanna has posted an interesting article on her blog with an update on Sancette and their preparations for the London Olympics.  Sancette travelled well and ariived safely but it took a few days for him to settle into his new stables at Frensham Manor, where the team will be training until they move into the Olympic Village.

Lyndal, Kristy and Rozzie arrive any day. Knowing them there will be some team bonding! Their first trip to the Olympic Village will be uniform day.

Click here to visit Mary’s blog and get the full story.

The training facilities at Frensham Manor are fantastic and the main house is beautiful.

Here are a few shots:

If you want to read more about it Click here

Go Aussie! Go!  So exciting for you.  We are all with you 🙂

Ride Well!




Australian Olympic Dressage Team off to London – Ride well!

Congratulations to our Australian Olympic Dressage Team.

I sincerely wish Rozzie Ryan, Mary Hanna, Lyndal Oatley and Kristy Oatley all the very best for the London Olympics. All four combinations are extremely deserving and absolutely belong and have earned the right to represent Australia in London.

Safe travels for you and your horses. Have some fun and enjoy the experience.

Stay Safe and Ride Well!


Hayley Beresford Loses Appeal for Australian Olympic Selection | eurodressage

Hayley Beresford’s appeal to be included on the Australian Olympic Dressage team has been overturned.  This is how it was reported by Eurodressage:

“Australian Olympic reserve rider Hayley Beresford has lost her appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The German based Beresford appealed because she did not get an Australian Olympic team spot.

Beresford, a 2008 Australian Olympic team rider, and Zuchthof Schmidt’s Westfalian licensed stallion Belissimo scored the third highest qualification score at the two official Olympic selection trials in Mannheim and Compiegne but was not granted a team spot by selectors Joanne Fowler, Maria Schewennesen, and Virginia Creed. The selectors made last minute changes to the selection rules to “legalize” their current team selection.

“I have lost my appeal and last chance to represent Australia at the Olympics. I am deeply devastated and at this moment cannot find the words to explain the selection process,” a very disappointed and saddened Beresford said.

“I wish team mates Kristy and Lyndal Oatley and Mary Hanna the very best and will endeavor to positively support you as the reserve until the Games.”

At the 2012 CDIO Aachen yesterday Beresford scored the highest mark of all Australian riders in the CDIO Grand Prix, beating both Olympic nominated Lyndal and Kristy Oatley.  Despite being selected on the dressage team for Aachen, Olympic team rider Mary Hanna elected not to contest this year’s event with Sancette (by Sandro Hit).”

Best wishes to Lyndal and Kristy Oatley and Mary Hanna for your preparations.

Go Aussie Go!

Ride Well!


via Hayley Beresford Loses Appeal with CAS on Australian Olympic Selection | eurodressage.

Announcement by Equestrian Australia – Olympic Dressage Combinations

Hi Everyone!

This announcement was made by Equestrian Australia today.  Nothing final as yet it seems.  Congratulations to all three nominees.


On Thursday 7 June, Equestrian Australia’s national Dressage selectors identified the three horse and rider combinations to be nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee for selection to the 2012 Australian Olympic Team.

The horse and rider combinations are:

Lyndal Oatley and Sandro Boy

Kristy Oatley and Clive

Mary Hanna and Sancette

Equestrian Australia’s nomination policy gives athletes 48 hours to lodge an appeal against the nominated team.  Equestrian Australia can confirm that during that period, a rider has lodged an appeal which will be heard by an independent tribunal in due course.

During this time Equestrian Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee are unable to make further comment.

The Australian Olympic Committee will announce the Dressage team’s final selection.”

No date was given for the announcement by the Australian Olympic Committee.

Click here for the original announcement.

Have your say…….what are your thoughts?

Ride well!


Compiegne Grand Prix Special Draw

Here is the draw for today’s Compiegne Grand Prix Special.  Go Aussies!

Will try and get you the scores as soon as they come to hand.  But the French don’t seem so good at that!