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Australia announces eventing team for World Equestrian Games

The Australian eventing selectors have included two British-based riders on their team for the FEi Alltech World Equestrian Games (WEG).

The selected combinations are:

  • Christopher Burton and Holstein Park Leilani, owned by Jean and Jade Findlay
  • Sam Griffiths and Happy Times, owned by Dinah Posford and Juliet Donald
  • Sonja Johnson and Ringwould Jaguar, owned by Jim and Augusta Saunders, Dan and Phoebe Johnson
  • Megan Jones and Kirby Park Irish Jester, owned by Margaret and Peter Jones
  • Paul Tapner and Inonothing (pictured right), owned by Jenny and Claus Waaler
  • Stuart Tinney and either Vettori, owned by Peter O’Connell and Kathy Ward; or Panamera, owned by Tim Game

The British-based riders are Sam Griffiths — who was third at Badminton and Burghley with Happy Times in 2009, and this year’s Badminton winners Paul Tapner and Inonothing.

Wayne Roycroft, Australian eventing head coach, said: “I think we have the makings of a very strong team for WEG.

“We have a good mix of riders, and some experienced riders and hopefully we can come back with a really good medal and make sure we qualify for the London Olympics.”

The horses depart Sydney airport on 13 September or the eventing competition that begins on 27 September.

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