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2012 Olympic/Paralympic Games New South Wales riders dominated the Australian Equestrian Team for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games with Edwina Tops-Alexander, Julia Hargreaves, Andrew Hoy, Chris Burton, Lyndal Oatley, Kristy Oatley, Hannah Dodd and Rob Oakley selected for the 2012 Games. While the Eventing team did not come home with the results they had hoped for there were commendable performances from New South Wales team members Andrew Hoy and Chris Burton. The only Australian athlete of any sport to compete at seven Olympic Games, Hoy was consistent during all three phases to be the best placed Australian in the individual competition, finishing in 13th place overall. Rookie Chris Burton delivered a strong performance on Olympic debut, delivering a top dressage test in front of one of the largest crowds at the Games and then showed what he was made of on the Cross Country course going clear and under time as Australia’s first rider. He then went on to deliver a solid jumping round to qualify to the individual top 25 medal round where he finished 16th overall. In the Jumping it was the NSW girls Tops-Alexander and Hargreaves who were the stand out for the Aussies, both qualifying through to the final round. Tops-Alexander set herself up nicely after the first three days of competition had her in equal first. Unfortunately she did not have the dream ending she had hoped for, with one rail down in the first round and two in the second on the final day of competition to see her finish 20th. It was Julia Hargreaves who surprised not only the supporters but also herself, qualifying for the individual final to finish 35th overall on her Olympic debut. The Oatley cousins represented Australia in the Dressage, with Kristy appearing in her third Games and Lyndal making her Olympic Games debut. While Australia recorded its best ever dressage scores at an Olympic Games, the high quality of competition saw them unable to make it through to the Representing Australia at their first Paralympic Games, Hannah Dodd and Rob Oakley recorded pleasing results in both the Individual Championship and Individual Freestyle competitions, Dodd competing in Grade IV and Oakley in Grade Ia. In the team’s event their scores were combined with those of fellow team members Joann Formosa and Grace Bowman to secure a team’s result of 12th position overall. 1) Bill Levitt on Hippolyte at CHIO Aachen, credit A Webb 2) Chris Burton on Underdiscussion at CHIO Aachen, credit A Webb 3) Boyd Exell at CHIO Aachen, credit Rinaldo de Craen, FEI 4) Kristy Oatley and Ronan II at CHIO Aachen, credit A Webb 5) Chris Burton on Hazurac at CHIO Aachen, credit A Webb 6) Chris Burton and Underdiscussion winning the CIC3* title in Aachen, credit A Webb 7) Edwina Tops-Alexander and Cevo Ito du Chateau, 2012 GCT Champion, credit Sportfoto, FEI 8) Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro Great Britain, 2012 London Olympic Games, credit Kit Houghton, FEI 9) Australian Equestrian Team, 2012 London Olympic Games, credit Equestrian Australia 10) Hannah Dodd, Paralympian, 2012 London Paralympic Games, credit FEI 9 10 8 55


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