Aussies name their Oceania team

Two Tinneys and last year's Adelaide winner are included in the Australia teams to compete against New Zealanders at Melbourne's Three-Day Event in June.

Hazel Shannon and Clifford won last year’s Adelaide CCI4*. (Image: Libby Law Photography)

Equestrian Australia has announced the final teams to compete against New Zealand for the 2017 Oceania Championships being held in conjunction with the Melbourne International Three-Day Event from June 8 -12.

Several new faces have been selected this year, giving younger riders an opportunity to gain competition experience within a representative team.

Two chefs d’equipe/coaches will manage the senior and young rider teams: Sam Lyle (seniors) and Will Enzinger (young riders). Both are very experienced riders and coaches.

Wilhelm Enzinger and his wife Emily

2017 Oceania Championships Senior Team

Andrew Cooper – Evergem Perfection

Robert Palm – Koko Story

Hazel Shannon – Clifford

Stuart Tinney – War Hawk

Reserves

Emma Bishop – CP Issey Miyake

Rohan Luxmore – Bells ‘N’ Whistles

2017 Oceania Championships Young Rider Team

Olivia Barton – APH Bertie Bad

Hannah Lewindon – Veretti

Shenae Lowings – Venture Sky High

Gemma Tinney – Annapurna

Reserves

Richard Knight – APH Lion Red

Madeline O Callaghan – Fernloch Allemande

Tayah Andrew – Silverforce

The Tinney family has a strong presence this year. Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medallist Stuart Tinney will ride in the senior team while his daughter and emerging star Gemma has been named in the YR team.
Stuart Tinney and War Hawk

Gemma, who recently won the CIC3* and Australian Eventing Championship at Equestriad said she was rapt about making the team. “It is a massive honour to be named. I am excited to be on an Australian team for the first time and have the chance to test myself and see what I’m like under pressure.”

Gemma is looking forward to being part of a team with her father, who is a major influence in her riding career.

“Dad is always there, every step of the way. He helps me warm up for each phase and it’s so good having the support there,” she said. “I had no idea Dad was going to be on the team so when we found out we were all very excited.”

Gemma Tinney and Annapurna during the 2016 CCI2*YR at Adelaide (Imge: Libby Law Photography)

Gemma competed with success at last year’s Melbourne International Three-Day Event, winning the CC1*, so she is positively familiar with the stage for the Oceania Championships. She will compete in the CIC3* on her mare Annapurna at the Sydney International Horse Trials next week.

The Oceania Championships teams will gather for a training session at Werribee Park on Sunday June 4. All riders are looking forward to revisiting the great rivalry with New Zealand, and this should make for exciting action at the 2017 Oceania Championships.