Australia’s 1956 Olympic eventing team is among an elite group inducted into Equestrian Australia’s Hall of Fame.
The team was the first from their country in the discipline, and finished fourth. Their story is the subject of a book, Trailblazers.
Also inducted was the late Bill Roycroft, the late Victory Salute, the most successful Australian-bred grand prix dressage horse of all time, and Joyce and the late Bob Brook for their service to equestrian sport over the past 60 years.
The inductees were named at Equestrian Australia’s annual Sport Achievement Awards last week.
More than 200 guests gathered at ANZ Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park to recognise the sport’s highest achievers of the past 12 months.
2011 Sport Achievement Award winners
Founding Fathers award – Tom Luxton, Alec Creswick and Jim Barnes (Equestrian Australia was founded in May 1951 by Samuel Horden, Tom Luxton, Alec Creswick and Jim Barnes.)
Event of the Year (Joint winners)
Australian International Thee Day Event
All Reef RM Williams Endurance Festival
Official of the Year – Kerrie Robbins
Club of the Year – Eyre Peninsula Showjumping Club
Owner of the Year – Linda Spratley & Beau Dowsett
Administrator of the Year – Sue Austin
Coach of the Year – Megan Jones
Volunteer of the Year – Rob Leishman
Young Athlete of the Year – Tom McDermott
Domestic Horse of the Year – Jaybee Alabaster
International Horse of the Year – Cevo Itot du Chateau
Domestic Athlete of the Year – Rachael Sanna
International Athlete of the Year – Edwina Tops-Alexander