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1 2 2010 was an amazing year for Australian equestrian back to Australia it just confirms to me how British I have sport. Not only did Boyd Exell dominate carriage driving become in the stable-management side of things and I and cap off an exceptional year with a WEG gold medal, don’t think I could ever go back to doing it the Australian but Paul Tapner won Badminton, Tom McDermott won manner. It’s just not in me any more. a team silver and an individual 8th place at the Youth You had a great lead up to Badminton with several good Olympics in Singapore, our dressage and jumping results - did you go to Badminton with an aim to finish in teams built on strong European results and achieved the top 10 or to win? unprecedented results at WEG, Stuart Tinney placed 8th in the individual eventing competition at WEG and Clayton My intention was to go to Badminton and finish 1st and Fredericks placed third at Burghley. Our vaulters sent a 2nd on my two horses but finishing 1st and 10th was team to WEG for the very first time, Edwina Alexander perfectly acceptable and I was very happy with that. continued her dizzying success on the international I understand that Inonothing wasn’t the easiest horse as jumping circuit and Megan Bryant and her mare a youngster? Donnabella put in impressive performances at the CDIY in Frankfurt Germany. Inonothing was broken in by Georgina and spent his first seasons eventing with my sister in-law Hannah, but she Aussie Wins Badminton 2010 had some problems with him so it was suggested that she should take him hunting. That didn’t really work out either Formally of NSW and now based in England, with his wife and Hannah was sent home because of Inonothing’s and two young children, Paul Tapner spoke to The Eventer very poor behaviour. And it was really because of those following his triumphant Badminton win. – we are pleased behavioural issues that I ended up getting the ride on to bring you an excerpt of that article here. him. He can still be quite difficult at times. You have been based in UK since 1999, do you still What did you think of the course at Badminton this year consider yourself to be very proudly “Aussie” or are you compared to previous years? And what are your thoughts leaning towards becoming British? on the use of open corners with the frangible pins? I’m still very much a proud Aussie and have no intentions I thought the course was very similar to how it had been and no need to ‘defect’ over to the British camp. I have a couple of years ago –where it had been described as had a lot of support from English owners and so financially a vintage Badminton with problems spread all round the I’m not struggling to attract owners. As an Australian rider, course. However because of that I was fairly confident it based in UK I am very lucky to have the support of EA was going to be a very influential cross country course, (Equestrian Australia) which is a great help. which it proved to be. What do you miss about Australia? Certainly the open corners proved to be one of the most There are a lot of things I miss about the Australian influential fences but I don’t think the fact that they were culture, my mates, the BBQ’s, the social scene but I also open, as such, caused the problem I think it was the love a lot about the British culture. The unique pub scene fact that the back rail was so ‘narrow’ in relation to the is something I enjoy and I love the winter sports we get front rail that it produced a bit of an optical illusion and over here like hunting and shooting.. the fence didn’t present itself as a particularly jumpable jump. I also think the riders rode those double of open Do you find yourself doing things around the horses in a corners as a double of open corners instead of a double of more English way these days or have you held onto a lot arrowheads. of your Australian ways? A few years ago when Hugh Thomas put in corner fences I definitely do things in a much more British way than (the hunt kennels) in a similar area they ‘caused carnage’ I used to which is probably due to the fact my wife, but then the riders learnt how to ride them and they Georgina, is British and is quite fanatical about the stopped causing the problems. I think these corners management of the yard. She has worked in the past for will be the same. They certainly weren’t unsafe thanks some very reputable people and is very strict in the way to the use of the frangible pin but without the pins they things are run and that has made me much more serious would be unsafe and that is why we need to have filled in about that side of it these days. Every time I make a trip corners on other occasions. 42


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