Idag starter udvælgelsen forud for de olympiske lege i Rio de Janeiro i 2016, for de australske military ryttere. Dette sker når det andet stævne i ”FEI Classics ™ 2015/2016 serien” afvikles i Adelaide i Australien. De næste 3 dage vil der blive afviklet et stort 4-stjernet internationalt stævne.
Det er den legendariske britiske banebygger Mike Etherington-Smith, som har skal sørge for at give rytterne de nødvendige udfordringer. Han var manden som designede banerne til de olympiske lege i Sydney i 2000 og Beijing i 2008. Endvidere er Mike nu tilknyttet det store stævne i Adelaide de næste 3 år, samt ”Equestrian Australia” og deres “Eventing High Performance” program. Disse nye tiltag skal være med til at sikre den bedste, og mest optimale forberedelse af de australske ryttere inden næste års olympiske lege.
“British athlete Alice Dunsdon has also flown Fernhill Present to Adelaide in her quest to compete in all six FEI Classics™. “After I completed Luhmühlen with Hilly, my third four-star, I wondered if anyone had done all six with the same horse, and if not why not,” said Dunsdon. “Wouldn’t it be great if we were the first to do it! Adelaide will be four-star number five, with Badminton a history-making sixth next year.”
New Zealand’s Clarke Johnstone, team bronze medallist at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2010, has also made the trip across the Tasman, and New South Wales-based rider and trainer, Christine Bates, who has narrowly missed out on FEI World Equestrian Games™ and Olympic selection, has a very good horse in the 2015 Saddleworld Melbourne International CCI3* 2015 winner, Adelaide Hill, and is a strong favourite in Adelaide.
Given that anything can happen in Eventing, the other hopefuls are all previous winners. Sydney Olympic team gold medallist Stuart Tinney has resisted the call of the Northern Hemisphere, but has nonetheless regularly received team call-ups. He has three rides this year in Pluto Mio, who finished 11th at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014, Annapurna who was second in the Adelaide International 3 Day Event CCI2* in 2013, and War Hawk, second in the 2015 Melbourne CCI3*. After a gap yea