Aust’s first Olympic eventers for Hall of Fame

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Bill Roycroft at the Munich Olympics in 1972 on Warrathoola.
Bill Roycroft at the Munich Olympics in 1972 on Warrathoola.

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.

 

 

Brett Parbery and Victory Salute, during the World Cup final at s'Hertogenbosch in 2010, where they finished 10th.
Brett Parbery and Victory Salute, during the World Cup final at s'Hertogenbosch last year, where they finished 10th. © Kit Houghton

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

 

 

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