Rider Profile–SHANE ROSE

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(Franz Venhaus/EA photo) (Franz Venhaus/EA photo)
Australia boasts many talented and successful event riders…and Shane Rose is right up there among the best of them.

Shane has had his share of wins in Australia’s major one and three day events, and has been selected to represent Australia in three Olympic Games. He had bad luck at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics after travelling to the US, only to have his horse Mr Joe Cool, go lame and they were unable to compete. In Beijing he was part of Australia’s silver medal eventing team and his ambition is to go one better and earn gold at Greenwich Park in London. Shane will be riding Taurus (stable name Arvey), a 16.2hh, 10 year old gelding by a Warmblood stallion out of a Stockhorse/Thoroughbred mare.

Shane and Taurus (Jenny Barnes/FEI photo). Shane and Taurus (Jenny Barnes/FEI photo).

“The silver medal was amazing. Personally though, I only finished 14th and I was hoping to be in the top few,” he said. Four years down the track, Shane is certain that he and Taurus are a combination capable of a medal…or even two!

"I bought Taurus five years ago, before Beijing with the hope that he would develop into a serious proposition for these Games. So I was preparing him for London before Beijing. He moves very well, has a great attitude and jumps well. He wants to please and has won every competition he's been in this year.

"I've set out a plan to achieve certain things with Taurus and everything has been going to plan, so I'm going into the Games with a high level of confidence.

"Taurus has been getting better and better and has grown up to be a nice, mature horse. We're not going over there for nothing, I'm hoping to get two gold medals…that's absolutely my goal and is top of my list!

(Jenny Barnes/FEI photo). (Jenny Barnes/FEI photo).

"The German and the Great Britain team are the main dangers but I'm sure I'll be right among it.

"I think the course and conditions will suit us, it will be similar to Beijing. The cross-country is a hilly course, so you need a nimble horse."

Shane is excited about being close to the rest of the main Olympic action in London.

“It’s going to be a special experience…the equestrian events are right in among the Olympic Village with Greenwich Park only a 15 minute drive away whereas the Beijing equestrian events were a three and a half hour flight away in Hong Kong.

Shane has certainly had his ups and downs over the years. In 2001 he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had his thyroid removed while in March 2006, he was kicked in the face by a horse, resulting in multiple fractures. He was placed in an induced coma for a week and had numerous operations to have facial reconstruction including eight plates inserted to help the bones heal.

Australian equestrian fans will have their fingers crossed Shane and our Olympic Eventing Team can do well in London...they are a strong, talented team, but competing against the world's best!

Australia Australia's Beijing silver medal-winning Eventing Team–Shane Rose far left. (Photo Kit Houghton/FEI).

Name: Shane Rose

Born: April 24, 1973

Place: Sydney, NSW

Married: Niki (nee Champman)

Children: Daughter Olivia Cleo Rose, born May 2012

Lives: Werombi, NSW

First Horse: Mickey Mouse, 8hh Shetland

First ribbon: A blue ribbon on Tinker, 12hh mare

Pony Club: Joined Pony Club aged five and remained through to his A Certificate

International Debut: 1994, New Zealand–Young Rider Trans Tasman

Riding Highlight: Team Eventing Silver Medal 2008 Beijing Olympics

Hobbies: Golf, watching sport, rugby. Had to choose between rugby or horses after finishing school.

Website: Bimbadeen Park

Major Influences: Horse trainers, Heath Harris and Tony Jablonski (who were working on the film, The Light Horsemen and taught Shane some stunts!), Peter Taylor, Jane Wallace (nee Thelwall), Denis Pigott, Wayne Roycroft…and he also nominates his horses as being major influences in his life.

Education: Horse Management at Sydney Institute of Technology

Works: Racehorse breaking and training; Performance horse business. Keeps fit by riding up to 35 horses a day!

Ambition: To be successful on the world stage

Superstitions: Avoids walking on cracks on footpaths if he can avoid them

Coach: Brett Parbury

Favourite Horse: Peace Matinee took Shane from Pony Club to Advanced eventing


1994 NZ Young Rider One & Three Day championships and the team won the Young Rider Trans Taman trophy for the first time

Three-time winner of the Anna Savage Medal for the best and fairest Australian eventing rider.

• 2004 1st CCI**** Adelaide with Beauford Miss Dior

• 2006 3rd Burghley Horse Trials

• 2008 Beijing Silver medal Teams Eventing with All Luck (placed 27th individually)

• 2011 1st Exhibition Eventing at Equitana Sydney

• 2012 1st Sydney International Three Day Event

• 1st Individual and Teams, NZ Trans Tasman

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