The ride for gold

Jumping for joy: Olympian Shane Rose was awarded second place at a prestigious eventing competition held in Germany. The Australian team won gold at the event.
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Olympian Shane Rose and his team achieved a historic victory at a recent eventing competition in Aachen,Germany.

The Werombi resident rode alongside Chris Burton, Sonja Johnson and Samantha Birch to win gold at the CICO3 event.

The event encompasses cross country, showjumping and dressage disciplines.

“It was a great team event to win here in Aachen and a fantastic boost for Australian eventing,” Mr Rose said.

“We all came here as a team well prepared and focused and the win was what we wanted.”

Mr Rose finished second at the prestigious event.

This is alsothe first time an Australian teamhas won a round of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing series.

The Australian team conquered a competitive nine-nation field, including the undefeatedGerman team.

With less than 20 days to go until the Olympic team and individual eventing competitions beginat Deodoro inRio, Mr Rose said he hopedthe victory was a sign of things to come.

“With a few weeks to Rio we will continue to fine tune and be ready as a team for the challenges there,” he said.

Mr Rose and his Rio-selected horse CP Qualifiedfinished second in the individual standings in the competition.

“Individually I am really happy with the three phases, in particular the dressage phase where it all came together really well,” he said.

“We don’t have many events like this in Australia and to be able to run my horse over a beautiful course was super – however I should have gone one second faster”

Mr Rose will join Chris Burton, Sydney Olympic gold medallist Stuart Tinney and London Olympian Sam Griffiths for the eventing team competition in Rio.

In Rio the team will aim to reclaim a podium position in the team’s competition after finishing sixth in London.

The athletes will head to a pre-Games staging camp in the UK which will begin on Sunday,24 July.

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