Aussie Dressage Team at English Base Camp

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Lyndal Oatley leading Sandro Boy to his stable after arriving safely in England with the Australian Olympic team.

LONDON, July 22–Australia’s dressage team arrived at their English base camp Sunday, just days ahead of the opening of the Olympic Games.

“I’m so glad to finally be here in the last step before the Games,” said Lyndal Oatley who arrived with her family’s Sandro Boy, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Sandro Hit x Utopia x Argentinus) for her first Olympics.

“It’s a great atmosphere here at Fransham Manor in Surrey. The team is in great spirit and the horses are fit and well after the trip.”

Kristy Oatley, her cousin, who qualified with Clive, a 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Caletto I x Brasilia 1 x Landgraf I), said, “We are all here in one piece.”

The third team member is Mary Hanna who will compete Sancette, 11-year-old Hanvoerian gelding (Sandro Hit x Cascade x Contender), at the dressage team competition which opens 11 days from now on Aug. 2 at Greenwich Park, the oldest royal park at about 600 years with a panoramic view of the London skyline.

Rozzie Ryan, the reserve with GV Bullwinkle, a 15-year-old gelding (Rocadero x Springfield Action) bred in Australia, said: “We have had a good lead up with some good performances in Hickstead including a second in the kür which made me very happy. Rocky is feeling very happy also and we are enjoying it here.”

Australian dressage team moving in to Fransham Manor in Surrey ahead of the Olympic Games

Shane Rose, an Australian eventing team silver medalist from the Beijing Olympics in 2008, suffered heartbreak when an injury to his horse, Taurus, flared up again this weekend and they withdrew. His place was taken by Megan Jones and Allofasudden.